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Rota ‘understands’ austerity measures, says mayor

THE municipal government of Rota is ready to enforce the 72-hour work-schedule and may further reduce the number of work hours to 64, depending on availability of funds, Mayor Efraim Atalig said.

“We would comply with the directives of the governor,” he said.

Efraim M. Atalig

The work-hour cut took effect on June 23 as part of the government’s austerity policy.

The CNMI government said its fiscal year 2019 revenue collection is $30 million less than what was projected.

Atalig said while they will observe a no-work day on Friday, his office will continue to ensure the delivery of basic services to the community “because that is very essential to the people.”

He said the municipality will also restrict non-CNMI travel.

According to the mayor, he is grateful to the municipal government personnel for their willingness to make sacrifices.

He said during the recent observance of Nurses Week, the employees used their own money for the activities.

“They [employees] are also more than willing to help our visitors and tourists,” he said. “But of course they have limits and they also have to take care of their families.”

The Rota municipal government, he added, “understands the need for the austerity measures and we will comply with them.”

Atalig said the municipality has 97 personnel, including him, who are affected by the work-hour reduction measure.