Torres fires OVR director Borja-Arriola


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has terminated Maryann Borja-Arriola as director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

In the letter he issued last Thursday, Torres said that Borja-Arriola, who was appointed to her post, serves at the pleasure of the governor and that he has decided to terminate her from her post, effective immediately.

As of press time yesterday, Saipan Tribune was still trying to obtain comments from Borja-Arriola.

Torres did not indicate the reason for her termination. A source, however, disclosed that the termination has something to do with a grievance complaint against her.

Torres said all matters related to closing out Borja-Arriola’s time as OVR director will be addressed by the special assistant for administration, Mathilda A. Rosario.

“Thank you for your time serving my administration. I wish you good luck on your future endeavors,” the governor told Borja-Arriola.

Torres appointed Borja-Arriola as OVR director in April 2019. She formerly served as a grants specialist under the Office of Grants Management and State Clearinghouse.

Last month, Rep. Sheila J. Babauta (D-Saipan) notified the House of Representatives during their session that she received a copy of a letter that day from a government employee who has a grievance complaint against his or her supervisor for alleged unprofessionalism.

Babauta, who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, said that although the letter is unsigned and from someone who wants to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, grievances must be taken seriously.

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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