Torres assures power supply to CHCC won’t be reduced


Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres assured Friday that the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. will not reduce the power supply to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. due to unpaid billings.

Speaking at his regular radio news briefing, Torres said the administration and CHCC sat down with CUC recently and they came to an agreement on making some payments under some terms and conditions.

“There will not be any shortfall of utility provided to the hospital,” said Torres.

Not everything has been resolved, though. Torres said there are other pending issues like arrears that need to be addressed.

The governor said there will future discussions among the parties with respect to CHCC’s options on how to pay what it owes CUC.

Last Aug. 20, the CUC board voted to turn off CHCC’s power for six hours a day starting tomorrow, Tuesday, because of its unpaid bills. CUC claimed that CHCC owes $35.7 million in utility bills. CUC demanded a $5 million payment by last Aug. 6 or else it would cut power to CHCC for six hours a day.

The administration then met with CHCC officials and committed $2.5 million in initial payment to CUC. This prevented the reduction of power hours last Aug. 6.

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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