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(Press Release) — The Rotary Club of Saipan and Emon Masonic Lodge 179 have teamed up in proposing a four-phased improvement plan for the historic Suicide Cliff.

The two organizations have adopted the site known for its significant place in the World War II history after signing up with the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers’ Public Private Partnership program to rally behind the CNMI government’s destination enhancement initiative.

Based on the proposal, Rotary and Emon Lodge are looking at further improving the natural features of the Suicide Cliff by planting additional trees and flowers and repainting and installing signages at the site that is also called as Laderan Banadero in Chamorro.

For Phase 1 of the project, the two groups are planning to plant golden shower trees along the road, while the repairs and repainting of the signages and planting of bougainvillea and yellow decorative ground flowers are scheduled for Phase 2. Rotary and Emon Lodge will work on the first two phases of the project in the last two months of the year.

The two non-government organizations chose to accent the natural beauty of the Suicide Cliff with yellow flowers as the color symbolizes friendship and peace.

“We came up with the color and design to create interest in a way that embraces the historical significance of this site and one that has purpose and meaning,” Rotary Club of Saipan president Sonya Dancoe said.

Rotary Club of Saipan members and officials, led by president Sonya Dancoe, seated left, pose with Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers co-chairs Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, seated center, and Jerry Tan after signing up an agreement with the GCEA’s Public Private Partnership program a few of months ago.

 

Emon Masonic Lodge 179 senior warden Leo Canedo, seated left, and other representatives of the group join Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers co-chairs Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, seated center, and Jerry Tan for a group photo after committing to the GCEA’s Public Private Partnership initiative. Contributed Photos

For Phases 3 and 4 of the enhancement project, Rotary and Emon Lodge will focus on the Suicide Cliff Lookout. Once the Department of Corrections and Marianas Visitors Authority have completed the repair work at the railings of the lookout, the Rotarians and the Masons will take over and plant bougainvillea and yellow decorative ground flowers at the site.

Though this will be Rotary and Emon Lodge’s first partnership for a big project, the two groups are no strangers to community work. They’ve either led or supported beautification drives in the CNMI, made significant donations to various organizations, backed sports programs, and the list goes on.

“Community service and charitable work are principal Masonic teachings. It’s our sworn duty to as freemasons to serve the community,” Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 worshipful master Joel Subang said.

The Emon Lodge and Rotary Club of Saipan share a common vision of making the community they belong to a better place to live in by engaging in projects that benefit the majority and echoing PPP’s belief — “Together, we can.” 

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