Issues On The Commonwealth
United States Congressman
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan Serving the people of the Northern Mariana Islands
As your representative in Congress, I introduce legislation in Washington to benefit our islands and I vote on issues that affect our future. Additionally, I can assist you in finding answers to questions and getting help with the issues you may have with federal agencies. I have put together this guide to constituent services to give you an idea of the aid your congressional office can provide. Please don’t hesitate to call, write, e-mail, or stop by our offices on Saipan, Tinian and Rota and at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.; we’re here to help you! Sincerely,
LIST OF SERVICES: Helping you with your interactions with federal agencies is a big part of my job. Here are some of the areas in which your congressional offices most often provide help: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Social Security and Medicare Benefits Federal Student Aid Veterans’ Benefits Military Service Problems Federal Grants Immigration Concerns Passport and Visa Applications Small Business Assistance Capitol & Washington, D.C. Tours U.S. Flag Requests Congressional Commendations Internships Presidential Greetings Federal Employee Issues Disaster Assistance U.S. Service Academy Nominations
Student Services We can provide information about federal financial aid programs available to college students and their families. We also offer internships for college students who want to learn about the workings of a congressional office.
Veterans If you have served our nation, your congressional office can assist you with inquries about your pension or other benefits to which you are entitled, as well as recover service medals earned.
Visiting the Capitol Constituents from the Northern Mariana Islands who plan to visit the Washington area can obtain information on tours and places of interest. We can help you make your trip more rewarding by arranging tours of the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Supreme Court. Give us plenty of advance notice and be sure to visit your congressional office at 423 Cannon House Office Building.
Senior Citizens I can help you determine what services Medicare covers, assist with reimbursement problems, and inquire about overdue Social Security payments for disabilities, Supplemental Security Income, survivor, and retirement benefits.
U.S. Service Academy Nominations Each year, based on merit, I can nominate students from the Northern Mariana Islands to the U.S. Service Academies, where you can earn a college degree and become a commissioned officer in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marines. Contact us early in your junior year to begin preparing to apply.
Commendations & U.S. Flags As a service to constituents, your congressional office can provide commendations for special people and events. You may also order a United States Flag that has been flown over the Capitol Building. These flags can be flown in honor, or memory of a person, or special occasion and may be flown on a specific date. A certificate of authenticity is included with each flag.
United States Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan Washington, D.C. 423 Cannon House Office Building U.S. House of Representatives Washington DC 20515 Phone (202) 225-2646 Fax (202) 226-4249 Toll Free Number 1-877-446-3465
Northern Mariana Islands Saipan District Office JCB II #4, Susupe, PO Box 504879 Saipan, MP 96950 Phone (670) 323-2647/8 Fax (670) 323-2649
Rota District Office PO Box 1361 Rota, MP 96951 Phone (670) 532-2647 Fax (670) 532-2649
Tinian District Office General Delivery Tinian, MP 96952 Phone (670) 433-2647 Fax (670) 433-2648
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Braving the C ome November 6, 2012, 82 hopefuls will be seeking their bid for positions in the House, Senate, Municipal Councils, Board of Education and the lone Washington Delegate seat for the Commonwealth. Amid the crisis the island continues to face, these individuals will brave an enormous economic challenge that has crippled the islands. The once booming island nation is now at the mercy of challenges threatening its citizens of a livelihood of harmony, financial freedom and an economy of diversity and streaming income that was dreamt of years ago. The unyielding economic storm has everyone on edge. Retirement fund woes, cash strapped government on payless pay days, sky high utility services, fuel pricing affecting cost of commodity, education budgetary constraints, and safety and health care insecurities to name a few, makes our home a precarious place to live. Through social media networks, active and vocal users are voicing their concerns without fear, without intimidation, and are standing for what they believe is right for the Commonwealth. These advocates are ensuring that the community is hearing the outcry of the people and the beliefs in where elected persons of the Commonwealth should remember who they serve and why were they placed in office to begin with. Hopefuls too are using these social networks to gain favor. Many users comment
with personal views because the people of the Commonwealth know they deserve a better CNMI, a better home, a better way of life. Braving the storm, these 82 hopefuls will have a tremendous task not only for changing the economic climate in its entirety, but also the difficulty in convincing new independent thinking voters that will determine who gets seated. The once strong and ever-powerful campaign parties have dwindled in size, diminishing their dominance. Independent voters have expressed their dissatisfaction of promises that were broken time and time again. Party affiliation to what has now succumbed to the average Joe thinking independently. Political parties no longer possess the clout they once relied on. Voters are analyzing, meeting, asking questions, looking at character and developing their personal views on each candidate. Bison Relations, publisher for Tops + More Magazine and now Voice CNMI brings forward our communication with a variety of people stressing their issues on the CNMI. Stories and articles are opinions gathered and correlated to bring you the stories. We bid you good reading as you follow on our next issues leading up to the poles on the candidates that seek your vote.
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Simply Marianas Tourism is the only economic driver for the island economy. It doesnâ€™t take a rocket scientist to understand the domino effect tourism has for a developing island, city, or nation. The CNMI is no stranger to tourism, yet strengthening and reinvigorating the islands tourism has always been a challenge. Marketing the island as a destination of choice for visitors from Japan, Korea, Russia, China, U.S., the Military and elsewhere requires a substantial amount of funds to compete globally. The strategic location within the 3-5 hour flight radius from major cities in Asia is no longer the finer attribute to visiting the islands as competitors take stride on their destination to enhance for their clientele. Competition is great and the CNMI cannot afford to sit idle. Visitors traveling abroad seek to â€œexperienceâ€? the destination. The CNMI has some to offer in this respect. Aside from the natural beauty the islands possess, the tranquility and solace, there is a need to transform the islands to become a destination hot spot once again. Tourism requires the support of all people, the businesses including the government. The people of the Commonwealth must learn to take pride of the islands. The humbleness possessed that portrays the greatest hospitality. Businesses must be able to train people to show more, not just to visitors, but to everyone equally as this will pay forward. The government needs to redevelop the islands image, keep it clean and well maintained for all visitors to enjoy as well put funding where is needed as priorities. The scrupulous and mischievous acts of people victimizing visitors must be stopped. Word of mouth is the strongest form of advertisement and with these experiences left for the islands visitors, the islands will fall second best to none against any other destination who takes pride and
places resources to tourism. Keeping in mind the value of tourism, each dollar generated has its many uses. Revenues made from the mechanism of tourism covers costs related issues to education, health and safety. As of this year, the MVA General Membership meeting announced new heads at the Marianas Visitors Authority Board of Directors. They will look forward to enhancing the islands tourism product. It will be no easy feat and funding being scarce, places little to nothing the authority can do. Change is necessary and the MVA has its plate full with the need to create the demand with funding far below the competitive range. November marks the change of political seats, who will sit in as the champion for Tourism? Will they be as stern and forceful to ensuring tourism funding is granted sufficiently? The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a simple and beautiful destination, but that is not enough. The product must be able to attract visitors and keep them returning. A need to change from the old look and feel to a more modern and activity oriented destination while keeping the pristine beauty possessed. Several projects in the past for destination enhancement took place. The Kalabera Cave lookout, the proposed Susupe Lake Park, and Paseo de Marianas are all attractions, but have not been either completed or lack the infrastructure to make them be the attractions they were penned to be. Tourism can grow with a few issues being addressed and they are; redevelop new attractions, keep visitors safe, and put sufficient funding for the islands to be marketed effectively. Would our new leaders take this into consideration? The only economic driver the CNMI has is yet to be fully supported, why?
Community, Expectations & Comments Expectation Although, there is much that I expect from those who become our islandâ€™s officials, the most prominent and basic thing I expect from those elected is for them to fulfill the promises they made throughout the campaign season. We as voters put our faith and effort into deciding who we want to represent us based on their platform and background. All I ask is they reciprocate our faith in them during their term in office by following through with their stance from the ballot to the end of their term. Deveney Dela Cruz
Marianas HighSchool alumni 2012 (or you can use Saint Martinâ€™s University freshman/absentee voter)
To open their hearts to building and preserving the economy, to open their ears to the inquisitions and concerns of the people, and to raise their voices, not seeking admiration or promoting egotism, but revealing a passion to faithfully execute whatever is necessary for the progress and development of the CNMI. To create a community in which the youth of today would be willing to return to and implement their knowledge and experience. To be the legislators who care, who help us find our way in the dark with a government we can be proud of. Hope Leilani Reyes Gomez a Senior at Saipan Southern High School.
Elected individuals are expected to listen to the people they represent, to welcome differing opinions, to serve the needs of their people and suspend personal interests. Do not turn the blind side. They must use their best judgment to make decisions that ultimately afford everyone in the CNMI a chance at a better life - the reason they all should have had when deciding to run in the first place.
Classroom Teacher - Kagman High School ( CNMI - PSS ) 2002 - Present.
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Comment There was a time in America when a few people voiced their opposition to being treated unfairly. They did not worry about losing their jobs. They had to worry about losing their lives. And those few good people were scorned, threatened, ridiculed, beaten, and even lynched. They went from a minority to a majority after years of struggles because they persevered every time they faced setbacks. Without perseverance balanced with the patience and passion to do what is right, change can never occur. Every change movement in history has martyrs who were willing to sacrifice their lives so that future generations may enjoy the freedoms they were not entitled to. It is not only about us...it is about our children. Edwin Propst via Facebook
Comment It is incredibly refreshing to see the mass amount of civic involvement flaring up in our community. the people really do have power. slowly putting to bed that overreaching sense of apathy that used to be the status quo in the CNMI.
Glen Hunter via Facebook
Expectation I expect those newly elected officials to actually DO their job. I expect them to show us progress and what motivates them to improve our island.
Jake Reyes NMC Student
Comment Working in the legal services for 2 years. I want to see a candidate take a new approach for the changing generation, be proactive about their plan that will support the community such as creating local events that will appeal to tourism and listening to the voices of the people throughout their term 70% of the time to come up with solutions for revenue or a better future. A hundred ideas coming from the community is better than a few ideas coming from within their offices.
+ 10,000 Young Minds Commissioner of Education Dr. Rita A. Sablan gets reappointed for another 4 years. The Public School System, headed by the COE is destined to educate the 10K+ students in the classrooms. No easy task at hand and her efforts with her team of leaders continue their plight in pressing matters that concern the operation and stability of education in the Commonwealth. Each year, battling the economic woes the CNMI endures, Commissioner Sablan and her team tirelessly seeks funds to keep PSS operating at maximum capacity ensuring the CNMI’s 10K+ students get the very best education possible. A culmination of local and Federal Funds make the budget that PSS relies on. Over the years, the CNMI PSS has been acknowledged by the Department of Education as the pioneer in various unorthodox educational learning practices. From its Strategic Priorities PLUS One, to the Common Core initiatives, to computer literacy programs and online courses, it’s no wonder the youth today have become high achievers in the way they speak and understand, all this through PSS. November 2012 will have changes in the persons serving in elected positions. The circus starts over and the profession-
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als at PSS will once again huddle to put their fact sheets in order to present the need of why education is important for the Commonwealth and why the PSS requires the needed budget to maintain and not defeat the perception of higher learning for our children. The question is does PSS need to do this? Education is paramount to getting our islands out of this depressed economy. Support for PSS is imminent and just. Will our newly elected officials apply what is necessary for the agency to operate soundly and efficiently? The elected officials will once again question all needs, yet they must understand, cost of operating and staying consistent with current day and age is more costly as compared 10 years ago. Through Dr. Sablan’s leadership and the Board Of Education, sacrifices have been made to accommodate shortfalls. Cancellations of FTE positions-school teachers, counselors, etc., reduction in use of power at schools and main offices putting the administration, teachers and students in heated classrooms and offices, cost reduction across the board to ensure the continuance of operations required by the PSS. In fairness, the new elected officials should practice conservation and lead by example, the question is will you?
Utilities in the Commonwealth are at an all time high. LEAC charges as of September 6, 2012 are at $0.31+ per kilowatt-hour and is calculated based on the rise and fall of crude oil. While in the United States average kilowatthour ranges from 12-20.5 depending on state, and in Hawaii, a whopping
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$0.30/KWH. Power consumption based on needs has now become increasingly worrisome. The economy of scale between the CNMI and Hawaii differ with minimum wages making CNMI’s far more costly by comparison. The average cost for fuel at the pump in the U.S. is $3.94/gallon, Jonathan
Fahey, Associated Press August 10, 2012. The CNMI is at $5.10/gallon, Guam at $4.80/gallom. Granted the shipping cost to our remote islands increase cost significantly when it arrives at the pump, nevertheless, we are paying so much for fuel and electricity in comparison to Guam and the US as well with other U.S. territorial areas. With the recent finding of the contract signed for a $190M, this deal has got the attention of many in the islands. PUTC members, House Representatives, Senators, including Lt. Governor Eloy Inos and the power generating agency CUC had no idea of such a contract took place between the CNMI Government and Saipan Development, LLC. Social network activists on Facebook share their disappointment over this deal that will have severe consequences on the CNMI for 25 years or more. What happened to alternative energy? Continued on...P8
How Important is Your Health? While the Commonwealth went into shock after the announcement of CHC closing its clinic services due to the insufficient funding, lawmakers scramble to make funding available â€“ in essence, they pulled out their defibrillators to jump start the CHC. Questionable as it is, it takes a large sum of money to account for payroll and utilizes per month to operate the hospital. What about supplies, medicinal properties, and equipment maintenance? Are these not factored? Dwindling financial resources of the government has seen its worse and medical and health services are hampered for all residents of the islands. Aside from federal funding keep-
ing certain offices operational at CHC, the main operative of the facility is squandered to fend for itself leaving thousands of medical recipients wondering what is going to happen. Where will they seek alternative care? How will they acquire the medication they need without Medicaid? These are not easy fixes for any elected official. Although there are private clinics operating, most residents depend on Medicaid support and with that too is another problem. Primarily, the 82 hopefuls will have to consider the health of the Islands, as it is a major responsibility they will endure for the Commonwealth.
Honor and Integrity â€“ High commission for responsibility Do you feel safe in the Commonwealth? Do you feel safe in your home? Do you depend on our men in blue to keep you out of harms way? We cannot undermine the basis that the DPS along with every other government agency faces extreme operating difficulty. Broken down vehicles, lack of funding to repair them, compensation that does not meet standards. The Commonwealth needs these men and women who are out there to serve and protect,
and must also know they need the necessary tools and equipment to make them do their jobs effectively. Stressing on the need for protection in our communities and protection for our visitors, public safety is vital to ensuring the CNMI rebounds in its economic slump. The hopefuls must look at the CNMI and all its needs. All areas are depended on each other. DPS is no different. Keeping our islands safe is imperative to succeeding economically.
The value of a vote 82 Hopefuls, 16,472 voters
formed in their capacities whether in public or private service that have been recognized over time. The characteristic of the individual that offers trust, humbleness, while stating solutions to addressing the economic woes we all face together.
Members in the community have witnessed voters capitalizing on elections season, be it the mid-term or the general elections. Of those that were mentioned in this artcile are genuinely demanding for services, pay outs or promises in lieu of patronage to the names to be selected on the ballot.
Times have surely changed. Individuals seek to reprimand those who are corrupt and plagued with despicable actions on the tax dollars. A tough time to run for office and swing votes are harder to see or predict because of the educationally cultured minds today that challenge those who seek prestige in the House, Senate, Board of Education, Municipal Council and the Washington Delegate
“I would like to ask for assistance, please cover my utility bill and I will swing my family to vote for you.” I need a new brush cutter to maintain my home and do make extra, please give me that for my vote.” “Do you have any money you can spare, I have 6 voters in this household.” Typically some of the island residents see this as opportunity and gain for themselves. Politicians look to acquiring votes to be seated. How much is your vote? Our 16,472 voters registered with the Election Commission stands ready to cast their votes come November 2012. Census statistics of 2010 indicate that the population is dominantly young. The voting population, in dominance, may be young in itself, is it? While the politicking continues as time draws near for the polls in November, the 82 hopefuls whether incumbents or new comers all vie for their share of the pie in their respective precincts or island wide. The conscious voters of today are those who seek no party affiliation, but the reverence of individuals who have per-
seat. Who are these people running for the seats? What have you heard about what they stand for? Covenant, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Independent Republicans The changing of colors with each political affiliation has shown the community that those who seek office not only look at the platforms which each party stands for, but now, the platform which the people ask for – A better stable economy, better health services, better tax structure to keep CNMI competitive in the global market, lowered utility and fuel cost, lowered commodity cost, retirement, social security issues, no corruption and in plain English an easier living for all of the Commonwealth. God speed CNMI!
Running another diesel power generation plant will continue to give the residents of the Commonwealth high utility rates. What will the newly elected officials do to address the concern of high power rates in the Commonwealth? Will they surge or purge utility cost and look at rising fuel cost to see how this can be addressed.
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Saipan Voters Tinian & Rota
Note: Figures as of August 31, 2012
1. Gregorio â€œKililiâ€? C. Sablan, Independent 2. Ignacia Demapan, Republican
1. Illuminada Bermudes, Independent 2. Ray Yumul, Republican 3. Ana Teregeyo, Covenant 4. Luis Crisostimo Republican
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1. Marylou Ada 2. Victorino Cepeda 3. Janice Tenorio 4. Angel Hocog
1. Ramon Camacho 2. Antonia Tudela
House of Representatives Precinct 1 1. Eliceo D. Cabrera - Republican 2. Antonio Sablan - Independent 3. Joseph Deleon Guerrero - Independent 4. Janet Maratita - Independent 5. Joseph Palacios - Republican 6. Roman Benavente - Independent 7. Mariano Taitano - Independent 8. Martin Sablan - Covenant 9. Vicente Cabrera - Replublican 10. Richard Seman - Republican 11. Ramon Delacruz - Republican 12. Jose Limes - Republican Precinct 2 1. Rafael Demapan - Covenant 2. Eric Atalig - Republican 3. Liana Hofschneider - Republican 4. Eric Diaz - Independent 5. Danny Aquino Jr. - Independent 6. John Paul Sablan - Covenant Precinct 3 1. Felicidad Ogumoro - Republican 2. Francisco Dela Cruz - Independent 3. Ramon Tebuteb - Independent 4. Stanley Torres - Independent
5. Edmund Villagomez - Covenant 6. Roy Rios - Republican 7. Juan Reyes - Republican 8. Jose Saures - Republican 9. David Maratita - Republican 10. Jesus Castro - Republican 11. Ralph Yumul - Independent 12. Ignacio Cabrera - Independent 13. Raymond Lizama - Independent 14. Mariano Fajardo - Independent 15. Anthony Benavente - Independent 16. Brian Torres - Covenant Precinct 4 1. Sylvestre Iguel - Republican 2. George Camacho - Republican 3. Christopher Leon Guerrero - Covenant 4. Jesus Wabol Jr. - Independent Precinct 5 1. Ramon Basa - Republican 2. Frederick Deleon Guerero - Republican 3. Lorenzo Deleon Guerrero - Independent 4. Antonio Agulto - Independent 5. Daniel Quitugua - Independent 6. Jesse Torres - Democrat
Published on Sep 6, 2012
Published on Sep 6, 2012
An opinionated publication catered to the peple of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on and for the upcoming mid term ele...