Gov. Eloy S. Inos extended anew on Monday a state of emergency declaration for the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. so that CUC will be able to continue employing skilled technical foreign workers in the absence of qualified U.S. citizen workers.
CUC earlier said it currently has 48 non-U.S. citizen workers in various divisions that require their special skills and expertise. Most of them are from the Philippines.
The governor’s Executive Order 2013-18 dated Aug. 20 extends the CUC emergency for another 30 days.
Because of the continued lack of a functioning CUC board and the difficulty the Office of the Governor has been experiencing in its search of volunteers who meet the complex statutory qualifications, CUC’s executive power continues to rest with the governor’s designated executive director.
However, Inos has been saying that he is close to nominating board members for Senate consideration.
The EO also allows the governor to reprogram funds, and suspend procurement laws or rules to address the CUC emergency.
The governor said CUC is still owed $16 million by the Public School System and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Millions more are owed by residential customers to CUC.