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    Wednesday, June 19, 2019-4:39:35P.M.






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Saipan mayor’s office to get manpower from WIA, HUD for debris removal operation

THE Saipan mayor’s office is tapping other government agencies and non-profit organizations to assist in clearing the typhoon debris that still clutter villages.

Mayor David M. Apatang said his office needs more people for the job now that the U.S. Army Reservists and Guam Army National Guard volunteers have left Saipan.

David Mundo Apatang

“There are still lots of debris in the villages,” he said, adding that the recovery team is already conducting a second round of operation in Chalan Kanoa, Susupe, Chalan Piao.

“We’re not done yet in San Antonio. It will take two weeks more to remove the debris,” he added.

He said the Department of Labor through its Workforce Investment Agency Division will deploy at least eight workers on Monday, and additional personnel will join the team through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Church of Jesus Christ  of Latter Day Saint and the Marianas Young Professionals are also helping out, Apatang said. “We encourage other non-profit organizations to support the effort,” he added.

Apatang said there’s also an ongoing discussion with the Department of Public Works and the Bureau of Environmental Coastal Quality on how they will address issue of  household trash mixed with typhoon debris.

He said they are looking for a temporary staging area where they can deposit the household trash mixed with typhoon debris since they are not allowed to dump those in the landfill.

Apatang said the operation is focused only on clearing typhoon debris  as instructed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“But we are also working on the disposal of the household trash,” he said, adding it has been the priority of his administration to clean the villages and eliminate rodents and mosquitoes.

“I don’t want people to get sick,” he said, reiterating his advice to his constituents not to mix their household trash with storm debris.

The mayor said it is important to keep the island clean, especially now that tourists are again visiting Saipan.

Apatang thanked DPW, the Department of Lands and Natural Resources-Division of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs for their support and partnership.

The mayor said he has also deployed field personnel to repair roads in Gualo Rai and Kannat Tabla in order to facilitate water delivery in the area.