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Customs officer named employee of the year

LIEUTENANT John Henry Maratita Sablan of the Division of Customs-Department of Finance is this year’s Overall Employee of the Year in the department.

This year’s Public Service Employee Recognition Award Presentation started on Wednesday with more than 300 employees of Finance and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs recognized for their hard work, dedication and length of service.

Gov. Ralph Torres, Office of Personnel Management Director Sid Seman, Joseph Pangelinan, chief of OPM employee and staffing, who is also the chairman of  Public Service Recognition Week, DCCA Secretary Robert Hunter and Finance Secretary Larrisa Larson presented certificates to the employees who have served for more than five years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 30 years, 35 years and 40 years.

Loida Macaranas of the payroll division was honored for her 40 years of service, but she was not around to receive her certificate.

Division of Youth Services Administrator Vivian Sablan, Office on Aging Director Walter A. Manglona and Nutrition Assistance Program Administrator Walter Macaranas were among the employees recognized for being in  public service for 20 years.

Macaranas and Manglona also received the Leadership Award. Hunter said the two  possess the  qualities of a good leader and are good examples to their subordinates.

Hunter added that Macaranas and Manglona are instrumental in the success of the NAP and the Office on Aging.

As for Customs Lt. John Henry M. Sablan, it is his second time to be recognized as a public servant, but the first time to be chosen as the department’s overall  best employee.

He was chosen as the best employee of his division a couple of years ago.

Sablan has been a Customs officer for 25 years.

In an interview, he commended his team members for helping him accomplish his tasks. “I am also thankful to my supervisors, to the governor for his support, to our director (Jose Mafnas) and secretary (Larrisa Larson). I became a good leader because I learned from good leaders like them.  I always try to pass that on to my colleagues. My message and advice to my fellow  government employees is to communicate with each other, work hard and do things in the right way.”

Finance Secretary Larrisa Larson said she is proud of her department’s personnel.

“I’m also grateful to them and for all the hard work they put in every day, not only for the department, but also for our commonwealth,” she added.

OPM’s Joseph Pangelinan said the awardees from various divisions and departments will compete for the Overall Best Employee Award, the winner to be announced in September during the Labor Day celebration.

Today, Thursday, Governor Torres will recognize the employees of the Department of Lands and Natural Resources, the Department of Public Works, the Office of the Attorney General, the Legislative Bureau, the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Lt. Governor.

On Friday, similar recognition ceremonies will be held at the Northern Marianas Housing Corp., the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., the Office of Personnel Management, the Commonwealth Casino Commission and the Department of Public Lands.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104321-customs-officer-named-employee-of-the-year

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