Saipan mayor: Thank you Guam, military

SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang expressed his utmost appreciation to Guam and the military for providing crucial assistance to Saipan and its people in the wake of Typhoon Yutu.

Apatang introduced a resolution thanking former Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, the military, Guam Power Authority general manager John Benavente and the GPA crew.

He introduced the resolution at a recent meeting held on Guam by the Association of Mariana Islands Mayors, Vice Mayors and Elected Municipal Council Members or AMIM.

The resolution was unanimously adopted by AMIM, which also elected Apatang as its vice president.

“The people of Saipan are indebted to the quick response and help extended by the Guam Power Authority as their lives slowly resumed normalcy after electric power was restored,” the resolution states.

Within just days after Typhoon Yutu devastated Saipan, GPA immediately responded to the call to assist in the recovery effort, the resolution stated.

GPA mobilized its line power equipment and very experienced and highly skilled line crew for deployment to Saipan.

The resolution also thanked former Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, Joint Region Marianas, and the Guam Army National Guard 1224th Engineer Support Company for coming to the aid of Saipan in its greatest time of need.

Apatang said Calvo activated the Army National Guard in response to the CNMI’s call for assistance in carrying out what appeared to be an impossible task of cleaning up Saipan.

“The Guam Army National Guard mobilized its 1124th Engineer Support Company within less than a week after Super Typhoon Yutu battered the island and left it…with approximately hundreds of thousands of debris, which littered the landscape mostly in southern Saipan,” the resolution stated.

It added that the people of Saipan are “graciously indebted to the Guam Army National Guard and Joint Region Marianas for being in the front-line at a time when the people needed the support to carry out post-typhoon recovery efforts.”

The resolution stated that the Guam Army National Guard deployed 146 National Guard members and a fleet of heavy equipment to Saipan.

“They began the daunting task of removing typhoon strewn debris from the various villages in a well-planned, systematic manner.”