The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. will be releasing a portion of the housing allowance that employees have been waiting for since March this year.
Corporation board chair Joaquin Torres confirmed yesterday that affected employees would get a one-month payment of the benefit on Friday.
This applies to employees who were recruited from off-island and amounts to $800 for those with families and $600 for single employees.
“This is really good news for all of us. We're hoping the corporation CEO and the board will continue honor their word that they will pay us little by little until we get the full payment,” a longtime employee told Saipan Tribune.
The corporation is behind in the release of housing benefits mainly due to the lack of funding.
Torres reiterated that the corporation still honors the remaining unpaid obligation and would satisfy the payment once funding is identified.
CEO Juan N. Babauta has decided to eliminate the housing allowance in employee's contract effective Oct. 1 this year but plans are under way for an across-the-board salary adjustment. Figures have not yet been finalized.
Approximately $1.2 million is being spent by the hospital annually in providing housing perks to over 200 personnel.