Tinian and Agat now sister cities

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TINIAN—The island of Tinian and the village of Agat in Guam recently came to a sisterhood agreement that means a helping hand will always be extended to the island of Tinian if any help is needed and vice versa.

The first sister-city agreement between an island within the CNMI and a village in Guam was signed during the 14th Annual Hot Pepper Festival on Tachogna Beach, Tinian over week ago.

“It would be the first [agreement] of its kind, I believe, to join the CNMI and one of the villages in Guam…we’ve helped the folks throughout different areas such as the Philippines, Japan, and in the U.S. but now we are focused on helping us, the Marianas,” said Agat Mayor Kevin Susuico

According to Susuico, the agreement is intended to assure Tinian that they can always count on the Municipality of Agat in times of need and to assure Agat that they can always count on the municipality of Tinian as well.

“For example, if there are kinds of events that are here (Tinian) or there are events on Guam where we can somehow help one another… or if god forbid there is a disaster here we can help one another, truly as one family,” he said.

Susuico said that the agreement has been in the works for a while and he is excited, in behalf of Agat, for what the fruits of the sisterhood will be.

“We look forward to the growing relationship between Guam and Tinian and we look forward to many many years of sisterhood together,” he said.

Tinian Mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas said that he is extremely happy that the agreement was officiated and there are already plans in place to utilize the newly established bond.

According to San Nicolas there are already events coming up like the Mes Man’amko, It has already been arranged that the village of Agat will host and entertain them and Tinian plans to do the same for the Man’amko of Agat.

The village of Agat has also committed to sending 50 bags of rice down to Tinian for the man’amko in honor of the sisterhood agreement.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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