Reyes is newest Zoning Board member


The fifth member of the seven-member Commonwealth Zoning Board—Patrick Villagomez Reyes—was confirmed yesterday at the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation meeting on Capitol Hill.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres nominated Reyes to the board last Nov. 29.

The delegation managed to concur with the Torres’ nomination only this month due to the holidays and several other requirements the delegation needed to deal with first, according to delegation chair Rep. John Paul Sablan (R-Saipan).

In an interview after his confirmation, Reyes, who is an electrical and computer engineering graduate of the now defunct ITT Tech Institute Las Vegas, said he is ready to serve.

“I am going to focus on our main [economic driver], tourism,” he said, adding that “safety and security of the CNMI” would also be in his sights.

“I am going to work with [other] experienced individuals, so I am looking forward to it,” he said.

Other members of the Zoning board include chair Diego Blanco, Mario Taitano, Joe Ayuyu Jr., and Joel Camacho. Reyes has yet to be sworn into the board.

Torres continues to search for two more members for the board.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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