Gerald K. Crisostomo Jr. has won first place in the Department of Public Lands’ 2nd Annual 2021 DPL Scholarship Essay Contest.
This year’s competition sought to answer the question: “What can the CNMI do to strike a sustainable balance between land preservation and development?”
Crisostomo’s victory nets him a cash prize amount of $1,250, courtesy of Bibong Corp.
The other contest winners are:
2nd Place—Bri’Ana T. Royal, award sponsored by Saipan Stevedore Corp. in the amount of $1,000
3rd Place—Amea M. Reyes, award sponsored by Asia Pacific Hotels, Inc. in the amount of $1,000
4th Place—Manuel DLG Sablan, award sponsored by Asia Pacific Hotels, Inc. in the amount of $1,000
Fifth Place—John David A. Reyes, award sponsored by Bibong Corp.
6th Place—Ainah T. Chargualaf, award sponsored by A&M Corp. in the amount of $500
7th Place—Rica Ann S. Dela Cruz, award sponsored by Asia Pacific Hotels, Inc. in the amount of $500
8th Place—Nazalie Mirzoin, award sponsored by Kenneth and Concepcion Coward in the amount of $500
9th Place—Vincent G. Tudela, award sponsored by Kenneth and Concepcion Coward in the amount of $100
Honorable Mention—Tyler James Warwick (Saipan)—$100
Honorable Mention: Maggie Mae A. Chaufauros (Tinian)—$100
Honorable Mention: Roberta M. Maratita (Rota)—$100
DPL launched its 2nd Annual 2021 DPL Scholarship Essay Contest this past February.
DPL thanks its lessees/annual scholarship sponsors for their generous public benefit commitment. “We would also like to thank Ms. Jo Anna Ada for her personal contribution of $300 for the additional scholarship prizes given to the honorable mentions. This is Ms. Ada’s second year in a row for her support,” DPL said in a news release.
To see the award-winning essays, visit our website: https://dpl.gov.mp/bpl-scholarship/.
DPL is mandated to get the best and highest use of rent for public lands. DPL collects base rent and a percentage of BGR, meaning DPL also collects a percentage of any revenue derived from public land and we negotiate for the highest public benefit we can get. The scholarship benefit is a small component of all the public benefits that DPL has negotiated over the past few years. However, at all times, base rent, and a percentage of BGR is never compromised in lieu of public benefit. DPL continuously shifts public benefit to directly impact the lives of people of Northern Marianas descent. (PR)