MOA looks to establish CNMI Liaison & Medical Referral Office in Adelup

 “I have long wanted to strengthen political ties with our CNMI
brothers and sisters.  CNMI Governor Torres and I agree to look at
ways we may jointly shape regional policy and share resources.”

–       Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Guam
“Guam and the CNMI have strong historical and familial ties.  Guam’s
Governor Calvo and I commit to strengthening those ties for future

                                        –       Governor Ralph DeLeon Guerrero Torres, CNMI
For Release: Nov. 3, 2016
Today, the Office of Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Office of CNMI
Governor Ralph de Leon Guerrero Torres, jointly announce that an
agreement to strengthen Guam-CNMI governmental partnerships, regional
policy, and joint-resource utilization is underway.
A draft Memorandum of Agreement stipulates that the government of Guam
and the CNMI government commit to working in good faith in areas of
regional policy, joint-resource utilization, towards the development
of economic linkages and community outreach.
In addition to continuing partnerships in times of natural disaster,
the agreement enables both governments to work towards the placement
and coordination of a CNMI liaison and medical referral office to be
located in Adelup with a point of contact assigned to facilitate open
communication between the two governments.
The effort is led by Wil Castro, Director, Guam Bureau of Statistics
and Plans and co-led by Ivan A. Blanco, Special Assistant for the
Office of Public Information and Protocol in the CNMI.
“This is important for the Marianas politically, culturally, and
economically.  The only thing separating our communities that we can’t
change is the body of water between our islands; everything else is
negotiable if the political will exists.  I’m glad that Governors
Calvo and Torres are empowering their team to bring us closer
together,” says Wil Castro.
Ivan A. Blanco is assisting CNMI Governor Torres on identifying issues
of mutual interest as it pertains to regional policy, logistics and
planning between both governments.
“This is smart policy.  It’s economically efficient and socially
responsible.  Thanks to Guam’s offer to open the office in Adelup we
may make better use of those scarce resources on things other than
rent,” says Ivan Blanco.
Both Governor Calvo and Governor Torres acknowledge that hosting the
Guam Community Affairs Office alongside the CNMI Liaison and Medical
Referral Office in Adelup will forge a stronger dialogue on how to
assist families in transition for work, education, medical attention
or extended recreation.
“Improving public services and identifying solutions that will make a
positive impact on our citizens is a priority. Doing this as
efficiently as possible, especially in terms of our healthcare system
is an opportunity to build partnerships and our region. I extend my
gratitude to Governor Calvo for his assistance and look forward to
solidifying regional policies and practices as we move forward,”
Governor Torres said.
The formal signing of the Memorandum of Agreement is set to take place
later this year.
For more information, contact Mr. Wil Castro,
Director, Bureau of Statistics & Plans, at (671) 472-4201/2/3 or email
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