Community Briefs – May 22, 2019


Pro-life walk/roll on May 24

Grace Christian Ministries Navy Hill is inviting the public to join them for a candlelight prayer walk/roll on Friday, May 24, at 6pm, at the Garapan Fishing Base across Kristo Rai Parish church. Its purpose is to pray over the many needs of the island related to the issue of abortion. After the prayer there will be a walk/roll to Quartermaster Road then back to Garapan Fishing Base. (PR)

Public warned about wastewater treatment plant odors

There is currently a sewage odor in the Sadog Tasi, Puerto Rico, Lower Base, Lower Navy Hill, Garapan, San Antonio, and Koblerville areas and this is expected to continue throughout May and June.

According to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., the cause of the sewer odor is due to the activation of the temporary clarifier at the Sadog Tasi and Agingan wastewater treatment plants. The temporary clarifier needs additional sludge on the bottom of the basin to properly treat the waste. This process may take about a month or two. As a result, the quality of the effluent discharge into the lagoon will improve.

CUC is also working on lessening the odor around treatment plants to prevent emission of the odor to neighboring areas.

CUC appreciates the public’s patience throughout this sewage process and will continue to work diligently to minimize any inconvenience to its customers.

Precinct 2 town hall on May 28

Members of the community are invited to join a town hall meeting with Precinct 2 Reps. Christina Sablan and John Paul Sablan next Tuesday, May 28, from 5pm to 7pm, at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe. The two Precinct 2 representatives will take questions and concerns from constituents, and share updates on legislative issues and precinct activities. All are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, call the Office of Rep. Christina Sablan at 664-8829 or the Office of Rep. John Paul Sablan at 664-8965. (PR)

Comments sought on PA Memo on proposed Marine Corps project

ASAN, Guam—Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas announces the availability of a Programmatic Agreement Memo for review and comments through June 30, 2019.

PA Memos provide an opportunity for all members of the community to participate in the Section 106 consultation process required under the National Historic Preservation Act.

The following PA Memo provides new cultural and natural resources information associated with planned construction projects and is available on the NAVFAC Pacific Cultural Information webpage at (Please note the URL is case sensitive):

P-296 Design Studies for P-296 Ordnance Operations Administrative Building, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. This project proposes to conduct project design efforts including geotechnical and topographic surveys for an administrative building on AAFB.

The public may submit comments via email to

Those without internet access may obtain a printed copy of this PA Memo from the Guam Historic Resources Division at 490 Chalan Palasyo, Agana Heights, 96910 (in the Department of Parks and Recreation office).

In addition, the public is encouraged to subscribe to regular updates and other information related to the Programmatic Agreement by visiting the Joint Region Marianas website and signing up at (USN)

Public hearing on mandatory fishery data reporting regs

The Department of Lands and Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife is inviting all fishermen, boat owners, restaurant operators, tour operators and all agencies engaged in commercial fishing on Saipan and, the Northern Islands that there will be a public hearing on the proposed mandatory data reporting regulations under Pubic Law 17-98.

The hearing will be held on May 29, 2019, from 5pm to 6pm at the Carolinian Utt in Garapan.
Contact DLNR or DFW for inquiries or to get a copy of the draft regulations at 322-9834 or 664-6000. (PR)

SSHS registration for ongoing students

Saipan Southern High School is now accepting registration forms for ongoing students for SY 2019-2020. Deadline for submission will be on Aug. 21, 2019. All ongoing students must re-register to be enrolled at SSHS.  If you have any other questions email Victoria Apatang at (PR)

MIFICPA seminar on May 25

The Marianas Institute of Filipino CPAs and Accountants will be conducting its “Leadership Values & Management Accounting Seminar” on May 25 at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe, from 8am to 12pm. It will be conducted by Philippine honorary consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago. Registration fee for members is $15, inclusive of snacks and certificate of attendance. Non-members and non-accountants are also welcome for the same fee. Registration starts at 7:30am.

To facilitate the question-and-answer portion of the seminar, you can pre-register and turn in your question(s) ahead of time through the organizers.

For reservation and more details, email Angie Mamaril (, Noemi Catigan (, Deo Manese (djmanese, Paul Saniel (, Ronnel Calma (, Jimaela Ham ( (PR)

Public invited to Islandwide Cleanup

The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality would like to invite the public to participate in the two-day Islandwide Cleanup on Friday, May 31, from 3pm to 4:30pm and on Saturday, June 1, from 8am to 10am. The event is part of the celebration of Environmental Awareness Week, which will be celebrated on May 28-31, 2019.

If you are interested in participating in the islandwide cleanup, fill up the registration form and submit before 4:30pm on May 21, 2019. Fax the form to BECQ at 664-8540, or email it to the event coordinators:

– Glenn Arriola
– Loy Atalig
– Emma Iriarte (PR)

Police checkpoints this week

The CNMI Department of Public Safety will be conducting four checkpoints this week.

Today, May 22, the first checkpoint will be from Chalan Pale Arnold, Garapan to Chalan Pale Arnold, Chalan Lau Lau from 8am to 11am. The second checkpoint will be from Beach Road, Garapan to Beach Road, San Jose from 3pm to 6pm.

On Friday, May 24, the first checkpoint will be from Beach Road, Garapan to Beach Road, Susupe from 9am to 12pm. The second checkpoint will be from Chalan Monsignor Guerrero, San Jose to Isa Drive, San Vicente from 3pm to 6pm.

Locations of the checkpoints were pre-determined based on the number of auto accidents in these areas. (PR)

Jun Dayao Dayao
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