Senate Vice President Arnold Palacios (R-Saipan) disclosed on Wednesday he is working on a framework, along with other members of the Senate, to create a “planning” department, or office, within the government.
Palacios disclosed this after hearings with department heads on how to address infrastructure impacts from ongoing development concluded Wednesday.
“I’ve been in the framework of putting together an office of planning or a department of planning, which we used to have in this government but it got somehow taken out,” said Palacios in an interview in his office.
“We are glad that the [Coastal Resources Management] major siting process has a semblance of consolidating all the different agencies together,” he said. “This is the only process that we have…Otherwise, this one is doing this, and this one is doing that, and it’s contradicting.”