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Office on Aging hopes for better year, more activities for manamko’

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AMONG the biggest challenges faced by the Office on Aging last year were the typhoons that passed by the island, OoA Director Walter Manglona said.

But none hit Saipan, and the operation of the office in the past year was smooth, he added.

The OoA is one of the designated typhoon shelters for evacuees on island.

“Whether it’s helping people in the community during storms or always trying to find better ways and strategies to be able to deliver services to the seniors more effectively — we’re equal to the task,” Manglona said.

He added that his office continues to collaborate with other agencies to maximize the services that can be delivered to the senior citizens.

He said he also works closely with his staff. “We always plan on how we can better address the challenges we may face,” he added.

On Saipan, he said, there is an average of 85 congregants at the Saipan Senior Center and about 100 homebound clients.

In 2020, Manglona said his office will continue to introduce new activities to the manamko’.

“I always meet with the advisory council president and the members to hear their ideas and suggestions,” he added.

He said this year, his office will try to bring some of the manamko’ from Rota and Tinian to Saipan to celebrate the Older Americans Month in May with their Saipan counterparts.

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