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Bank of Saipan supports Saipan Fishermen’s Association youth program

THE Bank of Saipan on Monday donated $1,800 and made a commitment to support the Saipan Fishermen’s Association youth program.

The program, which will be launched this Saturday in partnership with the Public School System’s Daok Academy, will advocate for environment and a sustainable way of life.

“It’s important for me that people understand how valuable our natural resources are especially from the ocean, not only to protect fish but to reduce the amount of trash and damage,” said John Z. Arroyo, president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Saipan.

A former fisherman himself, Arroyo said the program’s goals are “very near and dear to my heart.”

In implementing the program, Saipan Fishermen’s Association or SFA president Gene Weaver said they will select 16 students to undergo five weeks of lecture involving visual and oral presentations as well as hands-on experiences.

Each Saturday in June, students will “gain insights into a variety of topics that involve advocacy for the environment as well [as] a sustainable way of life through utilizing one of nature’s abundance, the ocean,” he said.

“Whether shoreline, cliffline or offshore fishing, knowledge that is provided will enhance each student’s ability to fend for themselves while ensuring that protection of the environment will go on for generations,” he added.

Arroyo said such educational programs for the youth are “something that we need to support.”

The Bank of Saipan is committed to fund the program for at least the next three year, Arroyo said.

Saipan Fishermen’s Association officials led president Gene Weaver receive a financial donation from Bank of Saipan through its president and chief executive officer John Z. Arroyo on Monday. Also in the photo are Bank of Saipan loan officer Karen Kalen, former Sen. Pete P. Reyes, Floyd Masga, former Rep. Joseph Deleon Guerrero and Wayne Pangelinan.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoSaipan Fishermen’s Association officials led president Gene Weaver receive a financial donation from Bank of Saipan through its president and chief executive officer John Z. Arroyo on Monday. Also in the photo are Bank of Saipan loan officer Karen Kalen, former Sen. Pete P. Reyes, Floyd Masga, former Rep. Joseph Deleon Guerrero and Wayne Pangelinan. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

The bank will provide a total of $4,000, Arroyo said. “That’s my commitment as long as I’m here at the Bank of Saipan.”

Weaver expressed his appreciation to Arroyo and the Bank of Saipan for their assistance, saying the youth will certainty benefit from the program.

“We are hopeful that they [youth] will carry on the tradition of fishing and protecting our resources and passing this knowledge to the next generations down to their relatives and their families,” he said.

“Hopefully with the fishing associations on [Rota and Tinian] we can share our ideas with them and they can introduce [a similar program] to one of their schools.”

The SFA is in its 35th year of hosting events for the CNMI and has the longest operating fishing tournament in the region.

Its educational program is one of its ways of giving back to the community, Weaver said, adding that SFA provides the basic knowledge to a lifelong skill.

Besides the Bank of Saipan, other sponsors are SP Dancoe & Associates, Team Victoria, JWS Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Inc., Supertech, Ginen Saipan, Mr. & Mrs. Juan Diego Tenorio, former Sen. Pete P. Reyes, former Rep. Joe Guerrero and wife Mercedes, Mr. Scott Shular and Marah Javier.

“Without our sponsors’ commitment, this program would possibly take a bit longer to get established,” Weaver said.

Also providing support are the Bureau of Environmental & Coastal Quality, the Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance, the Department of Public Safety- Boating Safety Unity and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation-Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program.

“Our sponsors and SFA members are committed to maintaining the momentum of this youth program and hopefully we can offer more avenues for such activities on island,” Weaver said.