‘Covenant Day remains important for the CNMI’s future’


The celebration of Covenant Day remains an important day for the CNMI, serving not only as a reminder of its history but also a reminder of what is in store for the Commonwealth in the future.

Today is the 39th celebration of Covenant Day.

“March 24, 2015, marks the 39th anniversary of our islands’ finest moments. On that day, President Gerald R. Ford took pen to paper and, surrounded by federal officials and local leaders, signed U.S. Public Law 94-241 into effect, entering the Northern Marianas into a ‘covenant’ of political union with the United States of America,” Gov. Eloy S. Inos, in a statement, said.

“In the last 39 years, the Covenant has allowed us to elect our own leaders, set our own Constitution, and live in a society governed by the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“It has seen us through good times and tough challenges, and through it all, it has and continues to remain that which binds us in union with the United States of America,” Inos said.

For Rep. George Camacho (R-Saipan), Covenant’s Day is a reminder of the “choices made by our forefathers” that the youth of today should look at.

Camacho, who is also the House floor leader, said Covenant Day is also a way for CNMI residents and lawmakers to “look back.”

“The agreement is still intact, and in the last 30 years, we made significant progress,” Camacho said.

For House Speaker Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero (Ind-Saipan), Covenant Day “is not just another holiday.”

“There is a long history behind the Covenant, and we in the Commonwealth alone recognize this event which is unique to us,” the lawmaker said.

Joel D. Pinaroc | Reporter
Joel Pinaroc worked for a number of newspapers in the Philippines before joining the editorial team of Saipan Tribune. His published articles include stories on information technology, travel and lifestyle, and motoring, among others. Contact him at joel_pinaroc@saipantribune.com.

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