Rep. Alice S. Igitol (R-Saipan) expressed support yesterday to a company’s plan to build a hotel in Tanapag, saying it will boost development projects in the village and give its people job opportunities.
Igitol, who attended a Division of Coastal Resources Management hearing last Jan. 23 at the Tanapag Middle School, said she supports the $144.3-million project of American Sinopan LLC, not only as a representative of Precinct IV but as a resident of Tanapag.
The project will be built on the west site of the middle school in Tanapag.
Among the reasons that Igitol cited for supporting the project is the free training the company will provide, employment opportunity to the residents of Tanapag who are finding it hard to find jobs because of a lack of transportation, and the first priority the company will give to hiring Tanapag residents;.
She also pointed out that American Sinopan has promised to provide employment opportunities to residents first before it hires anyone from outside the Commonwealth.
“It is my responsibility as an elected official of the Legislature to make sure that any and all economic development in the CNMI are properly scrutinized to make sure they are positively responsive to the well-being of our social, education, health, and environment,” she said.
Igitol said that social wellbeing is dependant on the employment of its citizens. To this end, American Sinopan has created a community based association called the Tanapag Community Enhancement Association, which has started its public contribution program by donating the first complete set of computers to Tanapag Middle School. The computers are according to the specification provided by the principal, Hilda Rios.
In addition to the school computers donation, American Sinopan plans to upgrade the present sewer system that runs through Tanapag to solve the sewer overflow that have been happening in the village for years past.
Igitol said she sees more positive benefits to come to Tanapag in the years to come from American Sinopan’s proposed hotel project. (PR)