Lawmaker turns typhoon debris into beach pavilions, bus shelters

RECYCLE: Rep. Roman C. Benavente at a beach pavilion his staffers constructed on San Antonio Beach. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

SAIPAN - Some call it debris, but Precinct 1 Rep. Roman C. Benavente saw possibilities instead.

So, he approached the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. and asked if he could have the wooden power poles brought down by Supertyphoon Yutu last year.

Last week, he said his staffers completed the construction of two beach pavilions in San Antonio by repurposing the downed power poles.

Benavente said he bought iron sheets and lumber to complete the pavilions.

Using the downed power poles, he also constructed school bus shelters and a pavilion next to a playground in Koblerville.

In an interview, Benavente said, “In these times of financial hardship, we should learn to be creative in order to continue serving our people.”

He added, “Old power poles can be recycled into something usable. The bus shelters and pavilions constructed by my office are now being used by schoolchildren and residents. These and other public services and programs are where taxpayers’ money should go.”