No Christmas party for CPA, but 208 staff will get $150 each in subsistence allowance


There will be no Christmas party for the Commonwealth Ports Authority employees this year. Instead, each of the 208 CPA employees will get $150 in cash—not as a “bonus” but as a form of a “subsistence” allowance.

The CPA board of directors approved Tuesday during a special meeting the proposal to give each CPA staff $150 for 208 employees —a total of $31,200—rather than spending the money for the Christmas party.

CPA board financial affairs committee chair Kimberlyn King-Hinds said all CPA staff from Saipan, Tinian, and Rota will receive the cash.

The directors are not entitled to the allowance.

CPA personnel committee chair Roman Tudela said they have to be careful not to use the word “bonus” because there will be tax for it.

Tudela proposed to call it subsistence in response to the Super Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.

A smiling CPA board chair Thomas P. Villagomez then announced, “No Christmas party!”

The giving of cash to employees was among the agenda discussed at Tuesday’s special meeting at the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting classroom at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

Also present at the meeting were directors Pete Reyes, Barrie C. Toves, and Joseph Diaz, along with some CPA officials and employees.

When Saipan Tribune left the meeting Tuesday past 3pm, the directors were still in executive session.

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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