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(Press Release) — Past and current elected leaders gathered to revive a Refaluwasch organization with a clear vision of improving the lives of the Refaluwasch people in the Northern Marianas.

To further support initiatives of the Carolinian Affairs Office, leaders from the Refaluwasch community came together to organize the United Carolinians Association. Officially incorporated on July 14, 2020, UCA formed to “preserve, promote and advance the culture, education, economic self-sufficiency and quality of life of the Northern Marianas Carolinians.”

Members of the board of directors, both past and present elected and government leaders, include former Reps. Fred Peters Rogolifoi Deleon Guerrero, Melvin Odoshi Faisao, Jacinta Matagolai Kaipat, Maria “Malua” Taisakan Peter, Mariano Taitano, Ramon “Ray” Angailen Tebuteb; current Reps. Edmund Hosono Sablan Villagomez and Jose Ilo Itibus; Sen. Sixto Kaipat Igisomar; former Gov. Benigno Repeki Fitial; and Office of Planning and Development Director Aschumar Kodep Ogumoro-Uludong. Executive Assistant for Carolinian Affairs John Itibus Tagabuel serves as an ex officio member.

 

 

United Carolinians Association officers and members of the  board of directors gather for a photo on July 28, 2020. From left, Sen. Sixto K. Igisomar, Fredrick P. Deleon Guerrero, Malcom J. Omar, Felicidad T. Ogumoro, Frank M. Rabauliman, Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Assistant John I. Tagabuel, Maria T. Peter, Melvin O. Faisao, Rep. Edmund S. Villagomez, and Ramon A. Tebuteb. Contributed photo

In their organizational meeting held July 9, 2020, the UCA board of directors elected as their officers president Frank Mareham Rabauliman, vice president Felicidad “Daling” Taman Ogumoro, treasurer Mark Olopai Rabauliman, and secretary Malcolm Jason Omar.

“The current Covid-19 pandemic crisis and economic impacts from the past two super typhoons have affected the lives of every citizen in the CNMI. We wanted to revive UCA to pool our ideas and resources in pursuit of the mission and goals of UCA, to help our people and contribute to our community,” stated newly elected UCA president Rank M. Rabauliman. “We have united to support Executive Assistant Tagabuel in his duties as established by Article III Section 18 of the CNMI Constitution to benefit our people.”

“We want to ensure that opportunities are sought out and made available to the Northern Marianas Carolinians that would help us work towards achieving economic self-sufficiency; this will in turn not only benefit the Carolinians and Chamorros of Northern Marianas Descent, but all members of our community” said UCA vice president Felicidad Ogumoro.

UCA wishes to inform the general public that it will be announcing upcoming community meetings. Any inquiries or requests for assistance can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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