CPA repairs burn pit

The Commonwealth Ports Authority will be able to facilitate training for airport and local firefighters throughout the Pacific region once its training facility/burn pit, which was destroyed by Super Typhoon Yutu, becomes operational.

CPA executive director Christopher S. Tenorio said Wednesday that repairs of the training facility/burn pit are ongoing.

There is no known date yet as to when the repairs would be completed.

The Pacific Region ARFF/Aviation Training Center has been a revenue-generating section of CPA since 2005. It provides training to firefighters throughout Micronesian each year.

Yutu damaged the facility in October 2018.

In addition to firefighting training, CPA said PRATC expanded its curriculum to include aviation courses.

To date, PRATC has conducted one aviation course and is looking forward to expand its curriculum to be able to offer up to 14 courses.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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