The Department of Community and Cultural Affair held a two-day workshop to present action plans, accomplishments, and outreach at the Pacific Islands Club?s Charley?s Cabaret on April 15 and 16.

The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs held a two-day workshop for all 10 of its divisions last April 15 and 16 at the Pacific Islands Club Saipan.

The workshop was held for two days to accommodate the more than 100 employees of the CNMI’s largest government department.

The event organizers were Nutrition Assistance Program administrator Walter Macaranas and administrative officer Marian Tudela.

The professional development workshop focused on all division’s action plans, programs, and outreach for this year.

The Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc. was also a part of the program, with Tom Thornburgh and Greg Borja serving as coordinators of both physical and mental activities for DCCA staff.

DCCA Secretary Laura T. Ogumoro, who took the podium to share some insights, said it has been over a year since she took over her post and has had the privilege of working with staff that know their programs very well and possess the knowledge and expertise to move the programs forward.

“In moving programs forward, we need to be skilled and knowledgeable about our field of work to successfully implement programs and services and we need to practice ‘teamwork’ as a workforce in order to accomplish our goals,” Ogumoro said.

According to her, the workshop was held in order for staff to learn about the 2014-2015 action plans by each division and section within DCCA and enable them to learn about their accomplishments, challenges, and upcoming plans. It was also meant to engage the divisions in team-building activities that would help build understanding of the importance of a “unified and cohesive workforce.”

The divisions under DCCA are: Chamorro/Carolinian Language Policy Commission, Child Care Development Fund, Child Care Licensing Program, Commonwealth Council for Arts & Culture, Division of Youth Services, Historic Preservation Office, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Nutrition Assistance Program, Office of the Secretary of DCCA, and Office on Aging.

By Jayson Camacho

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