CNMI is awarded $2.M in OIA assistance funds

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Posted on Jun 19 2019

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Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, seated second from left, receives from Office of Insular Affairs director Nikolao Pula, seated second from right, $2.4 million from the Office of Insular Affairs yesterday morning. Standing from left to right, Matthew Deleon Guerrero, OIA CNMI desk officer Francisco I. Taitano, Commonwealth Health Care Corp. chief financial officer Derek Sasamoto, OIA grants management specialist for the CNMI Krystina B. Alfano, CNMI Office of Grants management administrator Epiphanio E. Cabrera Jr., senior policy advisor Glenna SP Reyes, CNMI Department of Public Works director of administrative services Peter Camacho, Commonwealth Ports Authority chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds, press secretary Kevin Bautista, and OIA CNMI field representative Harry Blanco. Seated from left to right, chief of staff Angel A. Demapan and Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig. (Office of the Governor)

Office of Insular Affairs director Nikolao Pula met with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and other CNMI officials on Capital Hill yesterday to formally award over $2.4 million in Technical Assistance Program and Maintenance Assistance Program funding for the CNMI.

The $2,409,879 in TAP and MAP funding will be allocated for the following priority projects:

$1.5 million to the Office of the Governor for central government unmet needs resulting from impacts of Super Typhoon Yutu.

$195,253 to the Commonwealth Health Care Corp.’s hospital critical care equipment upgrade and replacement.

$184,996 to the Department of Finance and Office of Grants Management for fixed asset inventory and property management reconciliation.

$30,000 to the Commonwealth Health Care Corp. for its proposal on achieving health equity through workforce development.

$220,605 to the Municipality of Rota for the Rota Seaport Pedestal Crane Acquisition

$279,025 to the Department of Public Works’ Division of Solid Waste for the acquisition of tire-shredding equipment.

“The CNMI has benefited greatly from the partnership we have had with Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech, Director Nik Pula, and the Office of Insular Affairs over the last several years, and this award is just another product of our shared goal to improve the lives of the people of the Marianas. We are very thankful to OIA for the continued support of our community priorities and our ongoing recovery efforts,” Torres said. (PR)

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