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CDA official weighs in on Rota airline issue, workforce bill

THE lack of reliable air service on Rota has not only affected medical-referral patients, but also its government board members.

Manuel Sablan

Commonwealth Development Authority Executive Director Manny Sablan said they had to cancel scheduled board meetings because of the lack of a quorum as members from Rota could not attend.

“Members from Rota are having a hard time flying to Saipan. That’s why it is important that we have reliable air service so that the island can be well represented,” he said in an interview last week.

Sablan also expressed concern about businesses affected by the CW cap which was set at 4,999 for fiscal year 2019 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The FY 2017 cap was 12,998 which was reduced to 9,998 in FY 2018.

Sablan said he is relieved that the NMI workforce bill, which will re-set the FY 2019 cap to 13,000,  is now with President Trump. Signing the bill will allow businesses in the commonwealth to move forward, he added.

“The workforce bill is truly good news for the CNMI. We are looking forward to the signing of it into law so businesses can be back to normal and everything can move forward. We need stability in the business community to sustain our economy,” he added.