Lt. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has pledged his support for the CNMI’s human resources sector, which continues to face concerns, including the challenge of bringing back skilled and talented residents to the CNMI.
Torres, speaking at the induction of a new board of directors of the Society for the Human Resource Management NMI Chapter on Thursday, said there is a need to open “the lines of communication and keeping them [CNMI residents abroad] informed of our work toward creating more jobs they would be proud to accept.”
“As someone who left the islands in search of an education, I know first hand of the disconnect between the employment market here and the potential labor pool abroad,” Torres said. “We can and will do a better job [of] informing our former residents around the world of our need and desire for them to come back home.”
Torres assured HR practitioners that his office is encouraging “open dialogs” so that these issues can be tackled. He said the industry can count on his help to address these human resources concerns.
“The truth is that your roles as human resource managers are vital in developing the necessary human capacity to meet the challenges of this new and exciting chapter in our Commonwealth. And in essence we all want the same thing. We all want our people, the stakeholders of our organizations, to grow and be more productive in our callings,” he said.
Torres led the swearing in of the new board of directors of the SHRM.
This year marks the group’s 18th year of providing an affiliate branch of the National Society for Human Resource Management Association for the Commonwealth’s human resource professionals.
The chapter’s 2015 board of directors is composed of president Frank L. Gibson, owner, HR Support, CNMI (1997 founding member); vice president Josephine DLG Mesta, director of Human Resources, Hyatt Regency Saipan (1997 founding member); treasurer Esther Ada, Human Resource manager, DFS Saipan, Ltd.; secretary Micah Parico-Acuavera, executive assistant, Triple J Saipan, Inc.; board members Ernesto Lacorte, chief financial officer, Saipan SDA Clinic; Evan Hunsberger, training manager, Pacific Islands Club Saipan; Bertha C. Leon Guerrero, Human Resource manager, Micronesia Resorts, Inc.; adviser Maria Luisa Ernest, director of Human Resources, Tan Holdings, Inc.; and past president Nora Mae Sablan, service manager, TakeCare Insurance Company, Inc. (Joel Pinaroc)