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Guam senator lauds ‘One Marianas Spirit’

IN the spirit of “One Marianas” the 35th Guam Legislature and the 21st CNMI Legislature have affirmed their commitment to continue the strong working relationship between the two territories, Guam Sen. Wil Castro told Variety on Monday.

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Guam Sen. Wil Castro poses for a photo in Koblerville on Inauguration Day, Monday.  Photo by Bryan Manabat

A One Marianas working group will address issues such as food security, free trade, economic development, medical insurance coverage and special parking access, he added.

Castro said Sen. Vinnie Sablan wants to work on issues related to insurance coverage for medical referrals to Guam while Rep Ed Propst is looking into universal parking access for persons with special needs.

“So if you’re from the CNMI who has special needs with special access parking, you can take your special access placard to Guam, and it will be allowed for a certain amount of days,” Castro said.

“I am still working on it, but those are the things that we are considering.”

He said his position has always been: “individually we can only do so much. We have seen the challenges over the decade or century for that matter — but together the opportunities are limitless.”

After Typhoon Yutu plowed through the Northern Marianas, he said Guam put together a team called “In the Spirit of One Marianas” that brought relief goods to Tinian “which, irrefutably, was the hardest hit by the super typhoon.”

Castro said “there are commitments by various mayors and other members of the Guam community to come back with more relief goods. We are looking at 10 [Guam] mayors. We are also looking at members of the Knights of Columbus to come and help the church and bring the spirit of cooperation back to Tinian.”