ESGR’s Patriot Award is given to 3 employers


The Employer Support of the Guards and Reserve Committee for Guam and the CNMI on Friday honored three employers in the CNMI who have been supportive of their employees who are also service members.

The ESGR awarded the prestigious Patriot Award to Claire Sablan from the CNMI Legislative Bureau, Tyrone Celis from POI Aviation, and Vince Pangelinan from the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. for their efforts in providing support for their service member employees.

The three awardees are employers nominated by a service member, or a service member’s loved one.

In related news, ESGR hosted its 10th Planning and Training Meeting on Saipan over the weekend.

ESGR volunteers in the CNMI hosted the two-day event that focused on analyzing and improving the core events that are held every year by ESGR in order to make it more effective in achieving ESGR’s vision and mission in Guam and the CNMI.

According to a wiki source, ESGR’s mission is to develop and promote supportive work and a supportive environment for service members in the reserves through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws, and resolves employment conflicts between the service members and their employers.

According to an email from Don Clark, ESGR committee chair for Guam and the CNMI, the training took place at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan on Jan. 13 and 14 and was attended by 18 of the Guam-CNMI ESGR volunteers, of which four were volunteers on Saipan.

“For the past 10 years we have held our annual planning and training meeting in the CNMI. [This year] we started the APTM on Friday by hosting a breakfast for Saipan employers to inform them of the [Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994], which protects the employment rights of their service member employees. We then took all the volunteers on a full day tour of the [World War II] historical sites on Saipan, courtesy of the Saipan Mayor’s Office,” he said.

During the entire Saturday and half of Sunday, the committee planned and outlined the events and activities for the upcoming fiscal year and focused on training volunteers to achieve ESGR’s mission.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
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