CHCC pays CUC $200K for utilities, works on resolution to pay monthly


The Commonwealth Health Care Corp. recently made a $200,000 partial payment to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. for its utilities that has reportedly ballooned to over $27 million.

CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho informed CUC directors during Thursday’s board meeting that he met with CHCC chief executive officer Esther Muña to discuss CHCC’s delinquent accounts.

Camacho said their discussion was productive and that Muña made a payment of $200,000. Camacho said Muña also stated that she recognizes the debt problem and explained challenges the health care corporation is currently dealing with.

He said Muña disclosed that she is working on a resolution to pay the monthly bills and that she would need legislative support for that.

With the $200,000 partial payment, Camacho did not indicate how much CHCC still owes CUC.

Last May, acting CUC board chair Weston Deleon Guerrero said CUC should take CHCC to court to compel it to pay its debt, which has reportedly reached over $27 million, with CHCC allegedly failing to pay $400,000 in monthly bills.

Deleon Guerrero said the court should intervene and decide on the matter as it is the only remaining avenue for CUC to collect the money.

Last April, Camacho said that, according to CHCC, they can only afford to pay $71,000 at this time because of other obligations that they must meet.

Camacho underscored the need to be creative and work something out with CHCC to collect the receivables.

Last March, CUC reported that CHCC owes the utilities agency $27,412,615, with its past due being four years. Last April, the debt reached $27.7 million.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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