Posted on May 28 2020

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JKPL reopens with limited services

Effective yesterday, May 26, 2020, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library facility reopened for limited public services by appointment only to ensure health and safety of our patrons. Also, effective yesterday, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library hours of operation will be from Tuesday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm. For more details, click on link at

CUC Customer Center hours

The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. would like to inform the public of its new business hours for the CUC Customer Center. The center will be open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3pm to assist customers with their CUC accounts and/or payment to CUC/ prepaid load purchase.
Customers are also encouraged to use the following options for CUC bill payments:
• For online payments, log into
• For pay-by-phone, dial 1-855-729-2282
• Other locations for CUC bill payment: Bank of Saipan, Bank of Guam, Bank of Hawaii
For emergencies, contact the CUC Customer Call Center (664-4282) and monitor CUC’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

OVR resumes normal office hours

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s office hours have resumed back to Monday to Friday, from 7:30am to 4:30pm.
Modified VR services during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be in effect. Individuals needing to apply for OVR services are still encouraged to reach out to OVR via phone at (670) 322-6537 / 6538. A staff member will provide further information on our modified processes.
If you have access to the internet and would like more information, visit to view OVR requirements. If you do not have access to the internet, inform our offices and an information/ referral/orientation packet will be mailed to you.

BECQ announces updated hours of operation

The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality has announced that they are now providing services to the public from Monday to Friday, 9am – 3pm, during the current government shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
BECQ will be practicing social distancing and safety measures for the protection of their visitors and staff. The designated visitor’s entrance will be the BECQ main entrance and visitors parking will be in the front of the BECQ building. For details, click on link at

USDA outlines telehealth service changes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issues a summary of key service changes to increase the use of telehealth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures include allowing rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers to serve as “distant site” providers, increasing the types of services that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can deliver via telehealth, and allowing certain telehealth services to be delivered to Medicare recipients by phone. For details, go to

USDA RD steps to help

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Visit for more information. Or click on

Commerce Department in operation

The CNMI Department of Commerce will continue to provide services to the CNMI business community via means of teleworking.
For direct support and services, the CNMI is advised to contact the support team via the department’s website at and indicate the attention to the respective division or section for the appropriate services. See DOC advisory at the link at

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