Press Secretary Ivan Blanco hosted a group of Korean exchange students who are currently on island for English camp. The camp features educational field trips as well as recreation around the island. The Office of Public Information and Protocol welcomed this very enthusiastic group of 27 students (between the ages of 8 and 14 year olds) and three chaperones for a quick visit at the Office of the Governor.
We were happy to learn that some of the students aspire to be future newscasters, reporters, and writers and had many questions about the profession. This educational visit focused on the role and impact of Public Information and Protocol on the CNMI community, and the various functions/responsibilities of its personnel.
One major duty of this office is to release official information pertaining to the Office of the Governor to the general public and the news media.
The Public Information and Protocol Officer is also known as the Governor’s press secretary. As the official spokesperson for the Office of the Governor, Blanco communicates the policies, plans, and goals of the administration.
The Public Information and Protocol Office staff provides assistance to the public in obtaining information relating to the Executive Branch of government. The office houses an archive of Public Laws, Governor’s Directives, Executive Orders, brochures, and other governmental publications. Another major duty of this office is to implement procedures for receiving foreign dignitaries and official business delegations in the CNMI. Also as a matter of protocol, this office is the point of contact at the Office of the Governor for proclamations and governor and lieutenant governor’s messages to be published in newspapers, brochures, or magazines.
The Public Information and Protocol Office also helps answer questions the public may have relating to the CNMI Executive Branch.