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Ex-official says CUC should hire unemployed for recovery program

FORMER Commonwealth Utilities Corp. chief of operations Patrick Deleon Guerrero said CUC should hire unemployed people for its typhoon recovery program.

Deleon Guerrero, who was involved in previous typhoon recovery efforts in the CNMI and Guam, said this would be a good opportunity for CUC to train unemployed individuals as ground support or traffic control personnel.

He attended the recent CUC board meeting on Wednesday and lauded the agency for its “amazing” progress” with its  recovery program, saying that utility personnel are hard-working, dedicated and committed to accomplish their tasks.

CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said while they are getting support from off-island utility agencies, CUC is also considering collaborating with the Workforce Investment Agency and the Department of Labor to get temporary manpower services.

At the CUC board meeting on Wednesday, Rep. Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero reported that heavy equipment involved in the debris removal operations ran over valves and surface pipe.

He also asked CUC to continue going after those committing water theft.

“This is the opportunity to catch those folks,” he said, adding that CUC water personnel can discover possible water theft while repairing leaking pipes.

“CUC could collect more revenue if more people are legally connected to its water system,” he added.

He said personnel from Guam Waterworks Authority can also help detect and prevent water theft.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109173-ex-official-says-cuc-should-hire-unemployed-for-recovery-program

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