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I WRITE this letter voluntarily and willingly in my personal capacity.

Years ago, when I turned 18, I listened to my grandmother on who to vote for. It was no secret that Nang was a die-hard Republican. I remember some pocket meetings at her house growing up. Years later, I too now believe in the same principle values of the Republican Party, as did she. She always ensured that everyone voted and we all had to report to her to show her our inked thumbs as evidence of casting our ballots. She instilled the importance of casting your ballot. The choice and the difference in our lives will all depend on the type of candidates you vote for.

I believe in this administration and the leadership of the Governor and the Lt. Governor. I believe in their work, one, which has manifested in a GDP growth rate, unseen anywhere else. In 2015, the GDP was pegged at $16,691, which rose to $22,247 a year later, and in 2017, rose to $28,305, a 27.23% increase.  Progress will continue under a Republican leadership. 

Covid-19 has caused financial strains not only to our economy but around the world and the lessons we all learned definitely have changed everyone’s way of life.

Thankfully, during every hardship, the people have been assisted by Uncle Sam. Such as receiving FEMA assistance after Typhoons Soldelor and Yutu, the economic stimulus package and now the pandemic unemployment and other assistance.

The Torres-Palacios administration in collaboration with the Legislature identified funds to pay out land compensation claims. DPL has managed to pay out a total of $2,429,962.00 in land claim payments since 2017. The efforts to continue to pay out land claims continues and will continue, especially if we get a Republican majority in the Legislature again.  These claims date back to the 1990’s.  

For many there is a misconception regarding the land acquisition and land compensation process. The Department of Public Works is the first agency that initiates the land acquisition if the taking of a private land is for a public purpose, such as but not limited to, roadway, ponding basin, some wetlands, etc.

DPL is the last agency in satisfying the claim. It simply ensures that everything required under the law is addressed, such as an appraisal at time of taking, appropriate land documentation, appropriate documents from the court, etc.  It became easy to settle these claims when the Legislature appropriated the funds for land compensation payments. (For transparency, a full detail of who was paid is listed in DPL’s annual report on its website).  

So it is time to vote. Please vote Republican.

 

MARIANNE CONCEPCION-TEREGEYO

Saipan, CNMI

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