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REMI Roman, a beautician and guest worker on Saipan for over 20 years, was one of the 60 CW-1 permit holders who received care packages from community member Irene Nepomuceno Holl and friends at the American Memorial Park beach pavilion on Friday morning.

“This is a big help for me,” she said, after receiving 10 lbs. of rice, two cans of sardines, two cans of Vienna sausages, coffee, noodles, toilet paper, and butane canisters.

Rolando Cervantes, who arrived on Saipan in 1996, was another recipient of the care packages.

Irene Nepomuceno Holl and friends distribute care packages to workers on CW-1 permits on Friday at the American Memorial Park beach pavilion. Photo by Junhan B. Todino

“I am very thankful for their assistance,” he said.

One of the volunteers who helped distribute the packages was Wella Palacios, wife of Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios.

She commended Holl for finding ways to help those affected by the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The other volunteers, who included two employees of Budget Rent-a-Car, were Alma Basilgo, Mary Grace Bautista, Tyran Lyn Sablan, Ryan Malasaga, Ladyvir Canape, Guillermo Canape, Rosanna Ortiz, Mike Holl, Wilfredo Escano, and Martha Badelles. 

Holl said she was thankful for the donations of community members who helped fund the project. These included CNMI front liner staff, people from Guam and the mainland U.S., including former worker advocate Rabby Syed. 

The other donors were Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Bridge Capital, LLC, Tyra Lyn Sablan, Steven Aguon, Gus Litulumar, Christine Kapileo, Alma Basilgo, Marissa Hardt, Victoria Scott, Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios and Wella Palacios, Nenita Ta, Budget Car Rental Micronesia, Dolores Moore, Abby Whang, and several individuals who requested anonymity.

Another CW-1 permit holder who received a care package on Friday was Madber Kabir, a construction worker from India.

“Maybe next week I will lose my room because I can no longer pay for my rent,” he said.

Holl said Friday’s distribution was the second round, and three of the care packages were delivered to the homes of recipients since they did not have transportation.

The third round of distribution will be held on May 9, she said.

The distribution of care packages on Friday, she added, was well coordinated. Every 30 minutes, 10 CW-1 permit holders received their packages and everyone observed the social-distancing rules, she said.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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