01 Nov 2018
- By Emmanuel T. Erediano – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
INDEPENDENT gubernatorial candidate Juan Nekai Babauta is asking the Department of Public Lands to allow Super Typhoon Yutu victims to temporarily seek shelter at Mariana Resort & Spa, which has been closed since Sept. 30.
In his letter to DPL Secretary Marianne Concepcion-Teregeyo, the former governor said the Marpi hotel can accommodate:
1) families whose homes were completely destroyed by Yutu;
2) medical referral patients from Rota and Tinian who are presently being accommodated at the former Valley Inn and Sun Palace Motel, both of which sustained major damage; and
3) the elderly, the sick, and people with disabilities.
“I understand that there are at least 150 rooms with bathrooms at the hotel,” Babauta said. In addition, the hotel has a self-sustaining power plant and water wells.
He added, “I hope you can also make use of the $20 million Community Chest Fund available yearly from the casino in times of crisis like this. By pursuing this plan, the schools will be free from sheltering requirements so that repairs can start expeditiously, and our Public School System can get our children back to school. Thank you for your understanding.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108578-babauta-asks-dpl-to-use-mariana-resort-as-shelter