20 Dec 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
MIRANDA Manglona of Rota is the board chair of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. once again.
She first held the position in June, but after her term expired, she was succeeded by board member Matthew Holley in an acting capacity.
Gov. Ralph Torres reappointed her and the Senate confirmed her appointment in October.
“I want to thank you for your continued confidence,” Manglona told her fellow CUC board members on Wednesday, adding that “we can work together and share ideas.”
Miranda was elected board chair by acclamation after board member Jovita Paulino nominated her to the position.
CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said Manglona fully supports CUC operations and its personnel from the lowest to management positions.
“We are happy to have her lead the corporation again on the board level,” he said, adding that Miranda is “very focused and allows management to do what it needs to do as long as it is based on the direction set by the board.”
At the meeting held in the Commonwealth Development Authority conference room, the CUC board also elected Weston Deleon Guerrero as vice chair; Jovita Paulino, secretary; and Matthew Holley, treasurer. CDA board chair Kodep Ogumoro-Uludong is CDA’s representative to the CUC board.
CUC board chair Miranda Manglona then appointed Paulino to chair the personnel committee; Ogumoro-Uludong, finance committee; and Deleon Guerrero, operations committee.
The committee chairs will appoint their members.
In an interview, Manglona said although they still need additional members, the current board constitutes a quorum.
According to law, the governor can appoint up to eight members to the board. At least five members must possess a minimum of three years of private sector business or professional background. The CUC board should also have at least one member from off-island with utility management experience.
Manglona said the board’s priority remains the restoration of utilities services in the CNMI which was devastated by Typhoon Yutu in October and Typhoon Mangkhut in September.
“We want to be transparent to the community,” she added. “We want them to trust CUC once again.”
She is encouraging community members to submit to the board their recommendations regarding utility operations and services.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109581-miranda-manglona-elected-cuc-board-chair