Torres to meet with DoD officials


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres left yesterday morning to attend a meeting with U.S. Department of Defense officials in Hawaii.

Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog is the acting governor and will be signing today and tomorrow’s proclamation declaring September as Childhood and Prostate Cancer Awareness and CNMI Preparedness months.

Torres’ meeting with DoD officials is in connection with the ongoing plans of upgrading the CNMI’s community infrastructures, specifically on Tinian and the Tinian Health Center, respectively.

The Guam National Guard’s 254th Red Horse Squadron is currently working on improvements at THC, with the project cost estimated at about $500,000. The CNMI government and the DoD had also teamed up to complete the planned paving of Marpo Heights II; enhancing the Tinian seaport is another project that DoD has committed to.

Torres will then head to Washington State to celebrate the Labor Day weekend with other elected officials visiting CNMI constituents in the state.

Torres and other CNMI officials will be attending the 13th Annual CNMI Labor Day Goodwill Softball Tournament in Washington State.

The Labor Day softball tournament usually brings together all CNMI residents who are living and working in the U.S. mainland, particularly those in the West Coast. It is a weekend of camaraderie and cultural preservation of all CNMI residents in the mainland.

In a statement by his office, it said that Torres, when visiting constituents in the U.S. mainland, “always reaffirms his commitment of ensuring the CNMI’s economy continues to grow and stabilize,” so off-island residents could think of coming back to the islands.

Torres said he’s committed to have more job opportunities, resources, and amenities available in order to attract CNMI residents in the U.S. mainland to return to the Commonwealth.

The administration said it has prioritized the “critical role of the economy to all CNMI residents—here and in the mainland—so everyone who calls these islands home have various opportunities available once they return.”

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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