SOCA set for late July 2018

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres would be delivering his second State of the Commonwealth Address in late July.

In a letter dated June 15, 2018, to both House Speaker Rafael Demapan (R-Saipan) and Senate President Arnold I. Palacios (R-Saipan), Torres said he intends to deliver the second SOCA of his term on July 27, 2018, in a joint session of the CNMI Legislature.

His letter did not specify where and what time the SOCA would be held. Press secretary Kevin Bautista said the location of the SOCA would be announced at a later date.

The SOCA has traditionally been delivered at the House of Representatives chamber on Capital Hill or the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe.

However, the governor recognizes that there has been an increase in the overall quality of life in recent years.

“Over the last few years, our Commonwealth has experienced tangible process that has provided more job opportunities and critical public services, and created an increase[d] sense of financial security within our community,” Torres wrote to legislative leaders.

“While we recognize the challenges that still need to be addressed, we have an opportunity to further advance the dreams, goals, and interests of every single person who call these islands home. Looking ahead, we all share in the spirit of presenting solutions that address the critical issues affecting our people,” he added.

Torres’ previous SOCA was held on March 31, 2017, at the Multi-Purpose Center and focused on the CNMI’s economic development.

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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