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Retiree: Let’s be thankful to banks

JUAN “Bobo” Muna Cabrera, a retiree, is reminding everyone on island to thank the banks that helped them after Super Typhoon Yutu battered Saipan in October.

A former technician of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., Cabrera said he is deeply grateful to the Bank of Saipan for  deferring his loan payment that was due on Oct. 24, 2018 — the day Yutu hit the island.

For Cabrera, saying “thank you” to the bank wasn’t enough. He said he wants everyone else to know about it.

“This was not the first time that the Bank of Saipan helped me. They helped me after Typhoon Mangkhut and now they helped me again after Typhoon Yutu,” Cabrera said.

“So I ask those whose loan payments were deferred to please appreciate all these banks for helping us,” he added.

Juan “Bobo” Muna Cabrera shakes hands with Bank of Saipan President/Chief Executive Officer John Arroyo as they pose for photo at the BOS Chalan Kanoa branch. Also in the picture are loan manager Karen Kalen, second right, and staff members Thelma Reyes, Jessa Igitol, Justin Blas, Gina Hazen, Dora Deleon Guerrero and Annjuleit Lifoifoi.  Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoJuan “Bobo” Muna Cabrera shakes hands with Bank of Saipan President/Chief Executive Officer John Arroyo as they pose for photo at the BOS Chalan Kanoa branch. Also in the picture are loan manager Karen Kalen, second right, and staff members Thelma Reyes, Jessa Igitol, Justin Blas, Gina Hazen, Dora Deleon Guerrero and Annjuleit Lifoifoi. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

Cabrera also thanked City Trust for helping him in previous typhoons and Commonwealth Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho for working hard to help restore power on Saipan and Tinian.

Bank of Saipan President/Chief Executive Officer John Arroyo said they are always ready to help whenever there is a natural disaster.

“We understand the difficulties that our customers can go through in their recovery efforts — the expenses and the stress as they try to rebuild their lives.”

A three-month deferment, he added, is given to customers after a natural disaster.

“We owe an obligation to our customers to make this difficult period easier for them by taking away the worry about their loan payments,” he said.