Since its inception in 1979, the current DPL has taken giant steps in having an active role in the caretaking, management, and disposition of public lands in the CNMI. February 22, 2006 was a milestone in the history of the DPL. Public Law 15-2 allowed the administration to assume control of the former autonomous agency, the Marianas Public Lands Authority (MPLA) thus allowing a time of reflection and clarification of corporate objectives within the agency.View website.