FORMER CNMI GOVERNOR CAMACHO HITS ALIEN WORKERS’ ‘DOMINANCE’

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By Rene P. Acosta

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (Marianas Variety - April 21, 1999)---Former Governor Carlos S. Camacho is not happy with the continuous increase in the number of non-resident workers in the CNMI, and urged the Northern Mariana College and the business sector to do something to remedy the situation.

Camacho made the comments during a radio interview Friday.

Camacho challenged NMC to take on the task of preparing local citizens to join the workforce by providing quality education.

Camacho’s concerns were shared earlier by Manny Sablan, Chairman of NMC’s Board of Regents.

According to Sablan, from a businessman’s point of view, it would be hard for any company to take in workers which it thinks are not qualified for the job.

"We should educate them (locals) and later, after they have graduated, they can do what they want. They can even go abroad to look for jobs, too, if they want," he said.

Camacho said the government is in a bad situation due to the problem of increasing foreign workers and a lack of funding.

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