10 Jul 2013
- By Junhan B. Todeno - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
THE Department of Public Lands should be aware of the letter of intent to develop an eco-tourism business on the volcanic island of Pagan, local architect Herman Cabrera said yesterday.
Cabrera, one of the presenters during the first Northern Islands Economic Development Summit in September last year, said he submitted the letter of intent to DPL on Oct. 15 but has yet to receive a reply.
On Tuesday, DPL Secretary Pete A. Tenorio was quoted by the Saipan Tribune as saying that his office had not received a single application from any entity for any development project in the Northern Islands.
“So what happened to my letter of intent?” Cabrera asked.
He said the business blueprint he submitted to DPL included the design rendering, descriptive features and photos of the island, a listing of potential business opportunities to be generated from the development, and an overview of the proposed development implementation.
He said the planned project schematic is estimated to require between $150,000 and $200,000, adding that his associates have initiated “partnership dialogues” with the office of the Northern Islands Mayor Tobias Aldan regarding the project.
Cabrera said he has also discussed the plan with other government agencies including the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation as well as with Arctic Circle Airline for a Saipan-Pagan flight service.
“We will definitely pursue the project,” he said, while waiting for a response from Tenorio who will appear today in the Senate for his confirmation hearing.
Had they gotten a response from DPL to his letter of intent, Cabrera said they would have presented the final plan to the department in December, held a groundbreaking ceremony in January, and began the construction in February.
Cabrera said he is still looking forward to a favorable response from DPL.