More than half of Rota mayor’s office employees terminated

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FIFTY-ONE of the 101 employees of the Rota mayor’s office have been terminated due to the government budget shortfall, Mayor Efraim Atalig said.

The remaining personnel, he added, will have to “multi-task to continue the delivery of public services.”

The revenue collection of the government has plummeted because of the Covid-19 crisis that has affected the global economy and the tourism industry, the islands’ primary source of revenue, the mayor said.

The mayor said his office has complied with the across-the-board budget cuts imposed by the CNMI government.

Meanwhile, he continues to encourage island residents to get tested for Covid-19.

The tests on Rota started Monday. This Saturday, May 23, there will be drive thru tests from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Benjamin T. Manglona International Airport. On Tuesday, May 26, tests will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rota Health Center.

Atalig said on each testing date, the community-based testing team can collect up to 94 specimens.

The results will be provided via phone calls, he added.

“I am urging and highly encouraging all government workers, private business establishments, and our residents to please register to get tested,” he added.

To register, go to


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