CHCC board down to two

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Posted on May 01 2019

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The Commonwealth Health Care Corp. board is down to two members, with a recent board member leaving the ranks a few weeks ago.

That leaves the board with only two members: board chair Lauri Ogumoro and Saipan representative Polly Masga.

That leaves the board with no quorum, which means it cannot conduct meetings and business.

Saipan Tribune learned that Saipan representative David Rosario left the CHCC board a few weeks ago, according to sources familiar with the matter.

William M. Cing, the CHCC board member representing Tinian, vacated his position in January 2019. Dr. Larry Hocog, the Rota representative on the board, resigned last year.

Last April 5, 2019, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres appointed Corrine H. Santos to serve as the Tinian representative on the CHCC board; on April 11, 2019, he appointed Elizabeth A. Paeda as the Rota representative. In an interview last week, Torres did not mention an appointment for the Saipan representative.

However, Torres noted that his office did receive a notice from Ogumoro about the non-participation of Hocog in the board. Torres noted that the letter also included the fact the Hocog resigned from the board last year.

The CHCC board was completed in mid-June 2017.

In her resume submitted to Torres’ office, Santos said that she had worked at Oregon’s Portland VA Medical Center’s purchase care division as a voucher examiner from November 2011 to February 2015.

Before that, she worked with the Tinian Division of Youth Services as a juvenile probation officer from September 1999 to November 2007 and as a special assistant for social affairs for the office of Sen. Henry DLG San Nicolas from October 1995 to September 1996 on Capital Hill.

At CHCC, she was a developmental physical therapist from August 1991 to December 1991.

The Governor’s Office has yet to provide the professional history of nominee Paeda.

Both Paeda and Santos, if confirmed by the Senate, would serve as Tinian and Rota representatives on the CHCC board until June 22, 2021.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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