03 Mar 2013
- By Emmanuel T. Erediano - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
GOVERNOR Eloy S. Inos expressed his gratitude on Friday for the many years of the American Red Cross’s commitment to the people of the NMI and the neighboring islands.
At the same time, he urged community members to help the Red Cross whenever it needs volunteers, especially in times of disaster.
He said his administration will approve administrative leave for government employees who wish to volunteer their time to help the Red Cross accomplish its mission.
The American Red Cross has been in the NMI for 34 years now and it “continues to work tirelessly through its small staff and 100 volunteers to help when disaster strikes.”
The Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families. It provides training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, swimming, lifeguarding and first aid.
In an interview after signing the proclamation declaring March as American Red Cross Month, Inos said the organization’s many years in the NMI “is a very good indication that this organization is strong so we’d like to ask people for more participation.”
The Red Cross, he said, undertakes civic activity “that we should all participate in.”
Red Cross emergency service director JD Tenorio said they rely on the participation of the people, including government employees.
CHC emergency extended
Also on Friday, Inos extended the emergency declaration for the Commonwealth Health Center.
In an interview, he told reporters that his administration had to look at the situation promptly “because the issue of funding is still critical.”
In order for the government to find funds, he said the executive order extending an emergency declaration will be required.
Like previous executive orders, E.O. 2013-04 gives the governor the authority to suspend pertinent statutory and regulatory provisions and reprogram funds necessary to meet the emergency.