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A delegation of officials from the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) visited Palau this week. The delegation includes Congressman Ramon Tebuteb, Congressman John Paul “JP” Sablan, Northern Marianas College Dean of Administration and Resource Development David Attao, and NMC Director of Community Development Institute Floyd Masga.
During their visit, the CNMI officials met with the members of the Micronesian Voyaging Society (MVS). MVS is a group that promotes and supports non-instrumental navigation methods historically present in Pacific island culture. Currently, Palau Community College (PCC) offers a Non-Instrumental Navigation course to interested persons. During their meeting with MVS, the CNMI delegation discussed the program and ways in which CNMI could participate in it.
MVS members present at the meeting with the CNMI officials were Ibedul Yutaka N. Gibbons, Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, PCC President Dr. Patrick U. Tellei, MVS President Shallum Etpison, MVS Mediator Ephraim Ngirachitei, Dr. Victor Yano, and Alan Seid. Members of MVS not present during the meeting were Sesario Sewralur, Master Navigator and Instructor for the PCC Non-Instrumental Navigation Program, and President of the Republic Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. who was off-island during the meeting.
The CNMI Delegation also toured the PCC campus and facilities. Dean of Academic Affairs Robert Ramarui guided the guests on a tour of the PCC School of Career & Technical Education (CTE) as well as the Palau Tourism & Hospitality School of Excellence (PTHSE). In addition, the delegation visited the Cooperative Research & Extension (CRE) stations in Babeldaob. The group visited the PCC Research & Development (R&D) Station in Ngermeskang and the Multi-Species Hatchery in Ngermetengel, both in Ngeremlengui State.
The CNMI Delegation paid a courtesy visit to Palau as a means of strengthening the relationship between both islands.
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