‘He did things out of the box; he was a visionary’

Beach Road pathway signage finally unveiled

Senate President and acting governor Arnold Palacios (R-Saipan), House Speaker Rafael Demapan (R-Saipan), and Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang cut the ribbon officially renaming the Saipan Beach Road Pathway to the Gov. Froilan C. Tenorio Beach Road Pathway with family members of the former governor yesterday. (Erwin Encinares)

Signages officially recognizing the Gov. Froilan C. Tenorio Beach Road Pathway were unveiled yesterday in honor of the former CNMI governor.

The Department of Public Works unveiled these signages, which are located at the beginning and end of the 5-kilometer pathway, during a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday at its southern end.

Senate President Arnold I. Palacios (R-Saipan), who is also acting governor, said the pathway was a project of the former governor, who reportedly weighed whether to use the funds for a different purpose instead.

“We as a community have come to…appreciate the vision and the effort that [Tenorio] put on behalf of our community,” said Palacios, adding that visitors to Saipan marvel at the pathway.

“Today our community is certainly using this simple, iconic [pathway] that not only gives you the pleasure of walking while enjoying the scenery but also [takes care of your health],” he said, referring to the several exercise stations scattered along the pathway.

House Speaker Rafael S. Demapan (R-Saipan), author of the 2016 legislation that renamed the pathway in honor of the former governor, said in an interview that Tenorio was a “make things happen-guy.”

The pathway, according to the speaker, was a hot topic for debate since there were those that believed that the funding for the pathway could be used for something else.

“…Because of the vision of the [former] governor, we are here today, enjoying the pathway,” he said, adding that the pathway is about 20 years old.

“We just hope the people will remember the former governor for his hard work and services, and also as a former representative of the CNMI,” he said.

Tenorio’s niece, Carla Torres, expressed her gratitude toward Demapan for introducing the bill. She added that Tenorio is currently residing in Dallas, Texas.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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