CUC’s Camacho won’t recommend work-hour cut


Commonwealth Utilities Corp. executive director Gary P. Camacho disclosed Wednesday that he will recommend to the CUC board of directors not to reduce the work hours of CUC employees—at least for now.

Camacho, in an interview, said they are going to review their expenditures and see where they can trim a little bit for the time being and make some adjustments. By making the necessary adjustments in other areas of operations, Camacho believes that CUC will be able to keep CUC staff on the regular 80 hours. “But this is something that I’m going to discuss with our board of directors and I will be able to do that soon,” he added.

Camacho said that keeping the utilities infrastructure humming along is important and requires close monitoring on a day-to-day basis.

Camacho said they are still reviewing their finances, but that they are going to make all efforts not to go into austerity.

In last year’s austerity measures, CUC and the Commonwealth Ports Authority were the only autonomous agencies that did not cut the regular 80 work-hours.

CPA recently announced a plan to implement 72 work hours effective March 1. Government employees will have a 64-hour work schedule starting March 15.

Camacho attended Wednesday’s meeting with members of the House Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications to update them about operational matters at CUC.

PUTC chair Rep. Marco T. Peter (R-Saipan) said he wants to take a look at the current status of CUC’s power, water, and sewer programs. Peter said he wants Camacho to give them an overview of the status of what’s going on with the power plants and certain areas within CUC.

The lawmaker said this will committee members answers to their questions and the information they need before their next meeting.

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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