13 Aug 2013
- By Junhan B. Todeno - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
AFTER approval by the Department of Public Works of the architectural and engineering scope of work for the proposed Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Visitor Center, a report will be submitted to the office of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan.
Cabrera hopes to begin a dialogue to make the visitor center plan a reality and he wants to update Sablan about the proposed sites for the visitor center which include the Navy Hill lighthouse.
The other sites are in the Garapan tourist district area, the Carolinian Utt, Mt. Tapochao, San Vicente and Naftan Point or east Dandan.
Cabrera said he will also discuss with Sablan the financing requirement for the visitor center and the possibility of funding a scientific laboratory for marine and other ecological studies on the volcanic island of Pagan.
“The pre-history of the Marianas needs to be studied more extensively, as the vast stretch of the Marianas archipelago around Pagan, Maug, Agrigan, Sarigan, Guguan, Alamagan and Anatahan contains ancient island communities that supported life then just as the Nile River did in Egypt,” Cabrera said.
He noted that Sablan was responsible for obtaining federal funds to look into the possibility of transforming the Japanese-era lighthouse on Navy Hill into a visitor center. The study was completed last year.
In May this year, DPW Secretary Martin Sablan approved the architectural and engineering scope of work for the proposed Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Visitor Center.
More than four years following President Bush’s creation of the monument, its supposed economic benefits to the CNMI that were cited by the monument proponents have not materialized.