Torres appoints Quitugua, Basa as CPUC members


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has nominated former Rota High School principal Oscar Patrick Quitugua and re-nominated former Saipan representative Ramon S. Basa to serve as members of the Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission.

Torres appointed Quitugua to serve as CPUC member representing the First Senatorial District or Rota. Quitugua is a former CPUC member.

Torres re-nominated Basa to serve as CPUC member representing the Third Senatorial District or Saipan and the Northern Islands. Basa is a former representative.

Their appointments require the confirmation by both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

If confirmed, Quitugua will serve a four-year term, which will expire on April 3, 2022. If confirmed, Basa will serve a four-year term which will expire on April 3, 2024.

The CPUC is a five-member governing body that regulates the rates and service of public utilities such as electricity supply, water supply, and telecommunications in the Commonwealth.

As of press time yesterday, Saipan Tribune was still awaiting information from press secretary Kevin Bautista as to who are the current member/s of CPUC.

In his letter Tuesday to Senate President Jude U. Hofschneider (R-Tinian) and House Speaker Edmund S. Villagomez (Ind-Saipan), Torres said that Quitugua and Basa are highly qualified to fulfill the vital responsibilities of CPUC. The governor is confident that Quitugua and Basa will continue to devote their time and efforts to represent the interests of the Commonwealth.

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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