09 Jan 2019
- By Junhan B. TodiÃ±o – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has finally filled the human resources managerâ€™s position which has been vacant since last year.
CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said they have hired Vivian Santos in December for a two-year contract.
Santos succeeds Andrew Orsini who left CUC in June last year.
Acting HR manager Phil Eusebio is back to his previous position as generalist.
In an interview, Santos said her first day at CUC was on Dec. 17, 2018.
Prior to returning to Saipan where she was born, Santos lived in Hawaii for 29 years.
After graduating from Marianas High School, she attended Kapiolani Community College and Hawaii Pacific University where she received a bachelorâ€™s degree in human resources development.
Santos has 19 years of experience in human resources, 14 years of which were spent in the petroleum industry as an HR specialist.
â€œUpon moving back to Saipan, I knew I wanted to continue working in the human resources field or something similar, so it was an added bonus when I was offered by CUC the HR managerâ€™s position since utilities are similar to the petroleum industry where the focus is how to best serve the consumer and maintain the goal of service with professionalism and excellence,â€� she said.
As CUCâ€™s HR manager, Santos said her role is to represent the corporation in HR-related matters and assist employees in their professional growth and needs.
She said she will also help fill up vacant positions.
Bettina Terlaje, CUC chief of administrator and accounts and financial manager, said Santos was one of nine applicants for the HR managerâ€™s position.
â€œHer [Santos] 14 years of HR experience in the petroleum industry caught our attention,â€� she said.
Terlaje said hiring skilled workers remains a challenge for CUC.
The governmentâ€™s restriction on double-dipping also prevents CUC from hiring experienced but retired CNMI government workers,
Nowadays, she said, many members of the younger generation are into technology but what CUC needs are skilled and hands-on workers.
Terlaje said one of the priorities of the HR office is to create more training program and continue CUCâ€™s partnership with the Northern Marianas Trades Institute.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109889-vivian-santos-is-cuc-s-new-hr-manager