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Max Aguon continues to clean up tourist sites

COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon continues to clean up tourist spots on Saipan which, he says, can be done without spending much money.

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Max Aguon, a community volunteer who now works for the Division of Park’s and Recreation, cleans up a portion of a rock formation that leads down to the Grotto.  Contributed photoMax Aguon, a community volunteer who now works for the Division of Park’s and Recreation, cleans up a portion of a rock formation that leads down to the Grotto. Contributed photo
“It is good to see tourists visiting our island that is safe and clean,” he added.

Aguon, who was named Environmental Champion by the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance in 2013, is now employed by the Division of Parks and Recreation and his job is to maintain the tourist spots in Marpi: Banzai Cliff, Suicide Cliff, Bird Island, the Last Command Post and the Grotto.

From Monday to Friday, Aguon works under the supervision of Ray Sablan in maintaining the cleanliness of these areas, including regularly trimming vegetation.

“This is for the safety of visitors and tourists so they can see their vehicles in the parking lot while they are away,” he said, referring to the Grotto area.

Aguon said he is thankful to Director Eli Cabrera of the Division of Parks and Recreation for the encouragement to continue the beautification program.

Since 2002, Aguon has also been picking up trash in the Sugar Dock and Aquarius beach areas.

Aguon received the Environmental Steward Award from Beautify CNMI in 2008 and was recognized by the CNMI House of Representatives the following year.