Guam, CNMI push One Marianas initiative

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Guam Sen. Will Castro poses for a photo during the inauguration ceremony of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios last Monday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

A Guam senator who pioneered the One Marianas movement said that both the CNMI and Guam are excited to push forward with the initiative.

According to Guam Sen. Will Castro, both Guam and the CNMI administrations and legislative bodies have affirmed their desire to continue the strong working relations between Guam and the CNMI and the One Marianas movement.

The One Marianas movement seeks to identify and establish dialogue between Guam and the CNMI on ways the two governments can help each other.

“We’ll be addressing issues of food security, free trade, equal economic development … issues relating to insurance coverage for medical referral to Guam… then you have those who want to address a universal parking access for persons with special needs…So if you are of special needs, you can take your special needs access parking card to Guam and it will be allowable for a certain amount of days so I got to work that out but those are the things we’re looking at on the horizon,” he said.

Castro said that although those are just small variables, both Guam and CNMI legislative bodies are also looking at long term and strategic means of bettering the relationship between the sister islands.

“My position has always been, individually we can achieve so much, we’ve seen what the challenges were over the decades, even centuries, but together the opportunities are limitless,” he said.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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