Guam – Since the widespread devastation done by Super Typhoon Yutu in the CNMI last month, many organizations—government, private and non-profit—have worked tirelessly and pledged support to the people of the Northern Marianas. One notable donation comes from a group of companies pledging a quarter of a million dollars.
The companies are IT&E, SK Telecom, IP&E and Citadel. They announced in a joint release that they are committing $250,000 to aid in recovery and relief efforts in Saipan and Tinian.
Both IT&E and SK Telecom will contribute $100,000 dollars each, with IT&E’s share a combination of monetary and service support. IP&E will be contributing $50,000.
“As we move forward together, as one community and focus our efforts on the full restoration of our islands, we ignite our own individual resilience and create an opportunity for a strong comeback. It’s during times like these that we see real strength, dedication and love for community come to surface,” said IT&E CEO Jim Oehlerking.
As a partner of IT&E, SK Telecom, a telecommunications conglomerate in South Korea, said they are more than pleased to be able to contribute to recovery efforts and devoted themselves to standing by the community.
IP&E Managing Director Brian Bamba also pledged to help the Marianas rebuild their communities.
Citadel CEO Ricky Delgado noted that as a witness of the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yutu, they will continue to provide for the community in quote “good, bad and difficult times.”
You can read the full press release below:
Citadel Pacific Ltd., SK Telecom, IT&E, and IP&E today have announced that the companies have committed a total of $250,000 to support relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu. SK Telecom has generously contributed $100,000 that will support disaster relief organizations. IT&E’s contribution of $100,000 is a combination of services and monetary support. Additionally, IP&E is committing a total value of $50,000 for these efforts.
[From left to right: Jack Salas (IP&E), Jim Oehlerking (IT&E), Governor Ralph DLG Torres, Minyong Ha (SK Telecom), and Sungwon Pyun (SK Telecom)]
Citadel Pacific Ltd. is a diversified private holdings company with operations in the CNMI, Guam, Republic of Palau, and the Philippines. Citadel’s holdings range from stakes in companies engaged in telecommunications, retail, petroleum, gas distribution, property development, and airport services. Citadel’s entities in the CNMI and Guam include IT&E and IP&E.
For over 35 years, IT&E has been delivering connections that matter. With almost 400 associates, IT&E serves more than 90,000 subscribers on the widest and strongest 4G LTE data network in Guam and the Marianas. We believe that through technology, we improve people’s lives and empower them to explore their world.
As we move forward together, as one community, and focus our efforts on the full restoration of our islands, we ignite our own individual resilience and create an opportunity for a strong comeback. It’s during times like these that we see real strength, dedication, and love for community come to the surface. I’m inspired by the efforts of our community partners to provide critical services during this period of immense need. I am also very proud to work alongside the best team, maintaining a robust network able to sustain service throughout Super Typhoon Yutu.
IP&E Holdings, LLC is the retail and commercial supplier of petroleum products in Guam, Saipan, and Palau. It operates all the islands’ Shell Service Stations through a licensing agreement with Shell.
There is a long road ahead to recovery for the islands, which is why IP&E is fully committed to working together with our Saipan community to rebuild after Super Typhoon Yutu.
SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea, holding around 50% of the market. In September, SK Telecom announced a strategic partnership with IT&E to work hand in hand to strengthen IT&E’s wireless network and deliver leading edge technologies.
As a sincere partner of IT&E, our hearts go out to the residents of Saipan and Tinian, whose lives have been greatly affected by Super Typhoon Yutu. SK Telecom is more than pleased to contribute to the recovery efforts and will continue to stand by the community.
Recovery here in the Marianas has seen progress, but we still have a long way to go. We are thankful for the commitment from our friends at Citadel, SK Telecom, IT&E, and IP&E during this critical time. This partnership has remained strong over the years, and I’m confident that we will rebuild the Marianas to be stronger and more resilient for the future.
The Citadel family of companies and SK Telecom remain committed to helping rebuild the Marianas stronger than before.
It is with great sadness that all of us in the Citadel family witnessed the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yutu. Having seen the destruction that it has left in its wake, ITE, our partner SK Telecom, and IP&E, challenged ourselves to ensure that our company could play a major role in the recovery efforts so that people could get back on their feet. I am proud to say everyone in our group has risen to the challenge. As always, we are here for them in good, bad, and difficult times.