IPI now up to date with payroll

IPI currently has no CEO, but has executive assistant to CEO and assistant to CEO

Andrew Yeom and Redie Dela Cruz

As of Wednesday last week, Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC has paid all outstanding payroll to their active employees, according to Commonwealth Casino Commission executive director Andrew Yeom.

He informed the CCC board during their monthly meeting Thursday that, according to IPI’s human resources senior adviser Redie Dela Cruz, IPI is now up to date with payroll payouts.

This, however, does not include all employees who were separated or terminated without being paid in full, he added.

“That is another serious matter that IPI must resolve,” said Yeom as he assured that CCC will be keeping its eyes on this matter until it is completely resolved.

In response to Saipan Tribune’s question, Dela Cruz disclosed that, as of yesterday, IPI has 15 active employees.

On the issue of IPI having obsolete titles on its list of employees, Yeom said there is no chief executive officer at this time, but Billy Lam is the “executive assistant to the CEO,” while Steven Liang is the “assistant to CEO.” He said Lam and Liang were hired during the tenure of then-IPI CEO Ray Yumul.

Yeom said that Lam and Liang were tasked to assist Yumul with all general matters routed to their executive office for reporting to the IPI board.

Specifically, Lam handled all government and investor relations coordination, while Liang coordinated all legal matters for Yumul’s review.

Lam and Liang continue to serve in this capacity, Yeom said, performing the same duties since they were hired.

“It is just that they do not have a CEO at this time,” he added.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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