Toves: Mangkhut also damaged Rota airport’s perimeter fence


The perimeter fences surrounding the Benjamin T. Manglona International Airport on Rota also sustained damage from the powerful Typhoon Mangkhut that battered the island last month, according to Commonwealth Ports Authority board airport facilities committee chair Barrie C. Toves.

Toves, in an interview with Saipan Tribune over the weekend, said a large portion of the perimeter fence was knocked down, but CPA was able to obtain resources to temporarily erect the fence with the help of the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Toves said they expecting their property insurance adjusters to go to Rota and assess the damage.

Because CPA’s airport facilities are fully insured, Toves said that CPA expects to recover payment from the loss.

The damage to the fences have not affected airline flights.

“The only time the airport suffered major setback was when there was an islandwide outage,” Toves said, adding that they ran their backup generator but it also conked out in the middle of the night.

Fortunately, Toves said, he was working at the Emergency Operations Center at the time to coordinate resources for response and recovery. “I was able to see what was going on with CPA,” he said.

Toves said they were back to normal within the next 24 hours.

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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