McDonald’s makes $2,500 ETC donation to NMTI

Posted on Jan 18 2021


McDonald’s Saipan owner/operator Marcia E. Ayuyu, second from the left, hands a check donation of $2,500 to Northern Marianas Trades Institute chief executive officer Agnes McPhetres, second from right. Others in photo are McDonald’s accountant Marissa E. Obtanalla, left, and purchasing officer Leonard Cabanting, right. (Neil Fama)

McDonald’s Saipan once again renewed its vow to assist the Northern Marianas Trades Institute in its workforce development strategy with an educational tax credit donation of $2,500 Wednesday last week.

Marcia E. Ayuyu, vice president & owner/operator of McDonald’s Saipan, presented the check donation to NMTI CEO Agnes McPhetres, who said it is important to note that McDonald’s educational tax credits have already been committed to other worthy organizations” and yet they find it in their hearts to continue giving. For this we are truly blessed.”

“As part of our company’s continuing effort to develop skills that help local employees, we are happy to present to NMTI the amount of $2,500 and wish to thank the NMTI board of directors for their dedication toward developing local talent,” said Ayuyu.

This marks the fifth occasion that McDonald’s has made an ETC donation to the school, marking over $20,500 in cash donations over a period of five years.

NMTI’s relationship with the Ayuyu family began by chance at NMTI’s first gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency Saipan in 2016, where McDonald’s Saipan and Guam president Joe Ayuyu was an attendee. Seeing something special in the school that evening, Joe Ayuyu wrote NMTI a check in the amount of $3,000. That began a strong relationship of giving that remains strong today.

“Our community is so fortunate to have educational benefactors like the Ayuyus that actively subscribe to our homegrown sustainability approach. The workforce data hasn’t changed much since 2008. The CNMI continues to be plagued with the dilemma of addressing its ongoing shortage in the skilled trades areas. Our leaders are faced with the tough decisions ahead on whether we continue to beseech Congress for extensions of federal policy or are we going to address this problem by supporting the ‘hard skilled’ professions by adequately funding them. I firmly believe that our community is beginning to see the need for NMTI and see beyond the rhetoric, thus the untiring contributions from the private sector,” said McPhetres. (PR)

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