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Tinian council members to focus on recovery efforts

TINIAN — The newly sworn in municipal council members vowed to continue working for the quick recovery of Tinian which was devastated by Typhoon Yutu in October.

“We were left without power and water for weeks; however, our faith and hope keep us going and we must continue to do so,” said Thomasa Palacios Mendiola in her inaugural speech at the Antonio M. Borja Amphitheater.

Mendiola, who was elected chair of the 17th municipal council, said they should also “not forget to push the refresh button and not only recover our material belongings but also to reconnect and restore ourselves to the beautiful people we are: resilient, responsible and remarkable.”

Esteven San Nicolas King Jr., who was elected vice chair, said the people of Tinian are resilient and with a common desire to always improve their standard of living despite many challenges.

He said he will reach out to CNMI and municipal agencies to develop a plan that will ensure that a super typhoon will never catch them off guard again.

King said there should also be a task force created to seek additional funds for the island infrastructure.

“We can do it, we must do it,” he added.

Newly elected Tinian Municipal Council members Thomasa P. Mendiola, Esteven SN King Jr. and Patrick A. Manglona are sworn in by CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro on Wednesday. The council members are joined by their families.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoNewly elected Tinian Municipal Council members Thomasa P. Mendiola, Esteven SN King Jr. and Patrick A. Manglona are sworn in by CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro on Wednesday. The council members are joined by their families. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

He said he will work with his colleagues to create new opportunities for the youth by funding the scholarship program.

The council, he said, will also work with Mayor Edwin P. Aldan in the implementation of the medical referral and supplemental medical assistance programs.

“For our residents living here and abroad, I will work to provide timely, transparent information on the operation of the municipality — that means producing reports detailing our projects and programs,” King added.

He expects a good working relationship with his colleagues on the municipal council.

“We are pretty much part of  one team with the mayor and the legislative delegation. We are going to work together for the people of Tinian and CNMI,” he said.

Patrick Aquiningoc Manglona, who was elected secretary of the municipal council said: “It’s time to work.” He is a retired U.S. Army soldier.

The three municipal council members were sworn in by CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro on Wednesday.