Fruitful meeting between CNMI Gov. Torres and FEMA Administrator – $20.1M secured for CNMI

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Guam – Governor Ralph Torres has announced that FEMA has obligated $20.1 million towards the Commonwealth’s Public School System and Northern Marianas College, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation and also the CNMI Judiciary.

Last night we reported that CNMI Governor Torres met with with FEMA Administrator Brock Long to discuss the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu. Tonight, we bring you an update on the outcome of that meeting.

Of the 20.1 Million allocated for the Commonwealth, $4.5 Million will go towards the Public School System to erect 42 classroom structures, $2.3 Million to the College for 22 structures, 13.4 million for power restoration and $151,000 to the judiciary for a generator.

Governor Torres’ representative Virginia Villagomez says that this $20.1M allocation is the first of many to come as the team gets “our islands back up and stronger than ever.”

In a statement from the Governor, Torres stated that “We wanted to give our students, teachers, and staff at PSS and NMC strong temporary classroom facilities while we rebuild their schools and campuses, and we wanted to make sure that our Judiciary can return to normal operations as much as possible to accommodate their caseload.”

With regards to power restoration, Torres states that teams from Army Corps of Engineers, Guam, Colorado and Micronesia have been on hand to assist the CUC. He adds “We are really pushing on several requests to address key areas of the recovery. It has been progressing really well, and I thank FEMA, our federal and military partners, and our local first responders for working daily to achieve a sense of normalcy again.”