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Tebuteb wants NMC to get up to $3M in CIP funds annually

REPRESENTATIVE Ramon A. Tebuteb is asking the capital improvement projects office to “reserve” up to $3 million in federal CIP funds annually for the improvement of classrooms and other facilities at Northern Marianas College until the completion of the project.

Tebuteb, Ind.-Saipan, prepared a letter yesterday addressed to CIP office administrator Virginia C. Villagomez, asking her to help NMC with its improvement project.

Ramon Tebuteb
In an interview, Tebuteb said there has not been much CIP funding used for NMC. Over the last 10 years, NMC has received only about $2 million in CIP funds.

Most of the CIP money the CNMI receives goes to road projects, he added.

He said the government is supposed to prioritize public safety, public health and education, and much has been given already for road projects. The government, he added, should not forget that education has to be prioritized.

Tebuteb said he has been receiving calls from a number of students who are concerned about NMC’s “dilapidated” classrooms.

He said he is aware of NMC’s master plan to upgrade its facilities.

“NMC is the only [post]-secondary educational institution in the islands and serves approximately 2,000 students on a daily basis,” he added.

He told Villagomez that using CIP money for NMC will greatly benefit the commonwealth because the college will attract more students and this in turn will help the CNMI grow economically.