Despite a flag-design contest earlier held by the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council, new council members have decided to retain the main flag design and just introduce minor changes.
Council chair Antonia Tudela, vice chair Alicia Igitol, and secretary Lareina Camacho came to this decision at their first regular session yesterday.
Igitol said the minor change includes having a mwar-mwar (head garland) around the latte stone design of the flag.
“The previous chair, Ramon Camacho, wanted to change the flag design so the art contest was for the new flag design, but the previous and past council members didn’t want a change for the whole flag design,” Tudela said.
In October 2014, the council held a flag design contest and hundreds of students from the Public School System submitted entries. During their final session on Jan. 7, the 12th municipal council deferred taking action on the adoption of the flag design, leaving it to the new council members to decide.
Tudela said they agreed to keep the design as it is, with just the addition of the mwar-mwar design. She said they will change the flag design as soon as possible.
Igitol said they have informed the winning students of the change and that they still presented awards to the students, despite the decision not to use the winning design.
Tudela said they will still display the winning flag designs at their office and at the Kiosku Memorial.