15 Jul 2013
- By Junhan B. Todeno - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
THE installation of monitoring equipment on Pagan will serve as a bridge in bringing man closer to nature in peaceful co-existence, Northern Islands Mayor’s Office program manager Jerome Aldan said.
This is a “true partnership and we shall — all come out winners at the end of the day,” he said, referring to the federally funded project.
He said the installation of permanent volcano hazard monitoring equipment, seismic and infrasound arrays will benefit nature and keep man from being in harms’ way.
Pagan, he added, has “3,000 wild cows, 2,000 wild boars, 3,000 endangered and protected Marianas fruit bats, giant coconut crabs, pristine hot springs, magnificent black sand, indigenous fauna and flora, natural landscape and seascape.”
Last week, Gov. Eloy S. Inos visited Pagan to see the seismic and surveillance monitoring equipment installed by a team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Development Center, U.S. Geological Survey and the contractor, XRI Geophysics. (View photos in our gallery)
Aldan said the project is also “a vital component in protecting and preserving the historic artifacts and remnants of early settlements from 1300 A.D. onward, the giant lobsters, prized fish, rich planktons, and the freely roaming dolphins in near-shore waters, and the wild birds.”
“God made Pagan the Paradise of Wonder that we are blessed with. It is provided for all the peace-loving people of Pagan, the Northern Islands, the CNMI, and the world,” he added.
He noted that his father, Mayor Tobias Aldan, has been supportive of the project as it supports the resettlement and redevelopment proposal for the Northern Islands.
The mayor also believes that the Mariana Trench Marine National Sanctuary will “make a compelling case to protect and safeguard the pristine and fragile ecosystem of the Northern Islands of Pagan, Sarigan, Agrigan, Maug, Asuncion, and Anatahan from environmental catastrophe by man and machine.”