Torres: CNMI needs more help to maintain system, save lives


Although the system to protect the community from COVID-19 has been working in the CNMI, the federal government needs to continue to provide additional resources in order to maintain that system, said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.

Speaking at a radio news briefing last Wednesday, Torres said that, with a new incoming administration in Washington, D.C., he is hoping that the CNMI will get additional assistance from D.C. as COVID-19 still remains and he hopes that D.C. understands the CNMI’s position.

“I think one thing that is very important that we acknowledge and make a statement is, ‘Do not take us here in the CNMI for granted’…meaning we need more resources,” the governor said.

The CNMI may be safe and its number of COVID-19 cases may be down but that should not mean that resources intended for the CNMI may be diverted elsewhere, he said. Torres said it’s important that D.C. understands that the CNMI put all its resources in the very beginning to safeguard the community.

“And we should be awarded to continue to maintain our status here because the lesser the resources you give us, the more chances for us to have an outbreak here,” he said.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at
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