Almost five decades ago, President Gerald R. Ford signed a document that resulted in one of the most unique political relationships in modern democracy—a Commonwealth in political union with the United States.
Today, we commemorate the signing of that honorable accord, which is our sacred agreement with the United States and the foundation of our government.
We remain committed to ensuring that our Covenant upholds our founders’ original intent, which is to promote economic self-sufficiency in the modern world economy and to raise the standard of living for the people who call these islands home, through protecting safety and wellbeing, achieving healthcare goals, expanding educational opportunities for our students, building resilient infrastructure, and revitalizing our economy.
On this day, while we reflect upon the progress that we have made as a Commonwealth, we also continue to look toward the future, with partnership and collaboration at the heart of our work for the best interests of everyone in the Marianas.
From my family to yours, may all of you have a safe and restful Covenant Day.
Ralph DLG Torres (Special to the Saipan Tribune)
Ralph DLG Torres is governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.