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Ada told to address DPW issues

ACTING Secretary of the Department of Public Works James Ada was told by lawmakers to address federal issues that the department is currently facing and encouraged him to work diligently with other agencies to ensure that all pending projects are completed.

Sen. Arnold Palacios during the public hearing on Ada’s nomination, advised the acting secretary to address the issues related to the landfill, streetlights and highways.

Palacios said he was impressed by the DPW employees’ testimony supporting Ada, but added that there are many challenges the department faces considering its limited resources.

Palacios noted that based on the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget for DPW, $1.7 million goes for streetlight power which, according to the senator, should not be DPW’s responsibility.

“There are better uses of that money,” Palacios said.

He said he will discuss this matter with the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.

Palacios also asked Ada to look at the existing and old contracts of DPW.

Sen. Justo Quitugua advised Ada to read the transition report and its recommendations so DPW can implement projects effectively.

Acting Department of Public Works Secretary James Ada and his family pose with senators following the public hearing on Thursday in the Senate chamber.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaActing Department of Public Works Secretary James Ada and his family pose with senators following the public hearing on Thursday in the Senate chamber. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

Sen. Teresita Santos asked Ada whether he supports future projects for Rota. “Yes,” he replied.

In an interview, Ada said he will use the talents of young engineers and architects to complete all the pending projects.

He said their budget will always be an issue especially if most of it goes to CUC, but he added that the completion of all pending infrastructure projects will result in more federal funding for new projects.

“Expect a lot of projects and groundbreaking ceremonies in October and I will challenge our young guns to complete all projects,” Ada said.

He expressed his appreciation to all the department employees and public officials who came to the hearing to support him.

The Senate chamber was jam-packed with his supporters who urged the senators to confirm Ada.

“Honestly I am humbled and overwhelmed by this show of support,” Ada said. “I didn’t expect it to be like this.”

Among those who expressed support for Ada were Saipan Mayor David Apatang, Peter Camacho, Norbert Mendiola, Lorraine Seman, Joaquin Sablan, Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Deleon Guerrero, James Ripple, Felipe Atalig and Dolores Reyes.