The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers announced Friday the completion of another incredible community transformation project.
Through GCEA’s Marianas Village Pride Adopt-A-Median project, volunteers from the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and Pacifica Insurance Underwriters joined together to adopt the Susupe medians along Route 30 in front of the library and the insurance building.
Staff and friends of the library and insurance company cleaned and repainted two medians last Feb. 6.
Erlinda Naputi, JKPL’s director and the project’s leader, said the GCEA’s MVP Adopt-A-Median project was a great opportunity for JKPL to build teamwork among its staff while participating in an outdoor activity.
“We feel proud that we helped our environment and beautified and maintained our infrastructure. This year, we celebrate our 30th anniversary with a year-long series of programs and events that highlighted our mission, thanks to the continued support of our community, our patrons, and our dedicated team. Our participation in the GCEA’s Adopt-a-Median Program marks the first of many library-sponsored activities that celebrate our 30th anniversary. These beautification efforts all lead into our National Library Week events, which we are gearing up for in March and April,” said Naputi.
She said that JKPL was not alone in this beautification effort, having partnered with Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, Inc. and the Friends of the JKPL. Naputi commends both partners for their hard work and volunteerism.
“We would like to send a special shoutout to the CNMI Department of Public Safety for assisting and protecting our teams while out in the field. We also thank [Rep.] Joe Flores (Ind-Saipan) for stopping by and donating some refreshments for our hardworking team. Our hard work continues as move on to Phase 2, which is the repair and painting of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s parking lot,” said Naputi.
Shirley Sablan, Pacifica Insurance Underwriter’s president, admires JKPL’s partnership and the tremendous work in the community. Sablan was joined by her staff who helped enhance an important area on the island.
“Erlinda and her team at JKPL do tremendous work for our community and their presence is felt at every corner. GCEA’s Adopt-a-Median program is just one of their many involvements and it is admirable to witness big-hearted public servants take their passion beyond the four walls of our library. It is always a pleasure partnering up with them and supporting their initiatives. We are extremely proud of our team who deserve all the credit for bringing to life the medians in front of JKPL and grateful to all other groups/organizations who have done the same. Adopted medians are not only beautiful but they also enhance safety,” said Sablan.
“I’m sure everyone in our community have taken notice of the numerous beautification efforts around our islands. Like GCEA’s Adopt-A-Median, similar programs are designed to create beautiful and long-lasting memories and pleasant experiences for both our taotao tano and guests. The CNMI is our home. Like every home, ours need just as much tender love and care. With a community of resilient people who are always ready and willing to lend a helping hand, we have no shortage of hands to help us move mountains. We just need to make time,” said Sablan.
As JKPL celebrates its 30 years in the community, Naputi said that joining the MVP Campaign’s effort in beautifying the island was one way to give back.
“The MVP Adopt-a-Median Campaign is one way to give back to our community. Beautifying our islands help us appreciate what we have. It is not just for visitors to enjoy the beauty of our Marianas but for us locals to appreciate the uniqueness and beauty that our island has to offer. The Adopt-a-Median Program is one way to get involved in improving public infrastructure and maintaining safe spaces for our community. Let’s work together to beautify our neighborhoods! We encourage all organizations—private and public—to help beautify our islands! Help clean our environment,” added Naputi.
GCEA extends its appreciation to both partners who helped each other to revitalize an important median in a busy area.
Before and after photos can be found on GCEA’s Facebook page (@cnmieconomy). For more information about the Adopt-A-Median program and the Marianas Village Pride Campaign, visit the GCEA website at cnmieconomy.com or contact the council at firstname.lastname@example.org. All GCEA Public Private Partnership projects are made possible by the support of the Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan’s public benefit fund with the Department of Public Lands. (PR)