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Senate conducts hearings on 2 board nominees

THE Senate on Tuesday held separate public hearings for Benjamin Huk L. Borja and Jessie Tudela who were nominated to the Commonwealth Public Utilities Commission and the Northern Marianas College board of regents respectively.

Borja’s hearing was held in the morning while Tudela’s was held in the afternoon.

Jessie Tudela
Benjamin Borja

Borja has a business administration in accounting degree from the University of Guam and is currently  an accountant of Bridge Investment Group LLC.

Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas noted Borja’s experience and qualifications and expressed support for his confirmation.

Sen. Teresita Santos, in her remarks, urged Borja “to uphold the laws of the CNMI including his fiduciary duty, and to protect and defend our ratepayers and public utility customers.”

Sen. Jude Hofschneider, for his part, asked Borja to look into the structure of utility rates and examine “why some consumers are being charged for some services that are not necessary.”

A former hospital administrator, Tudela is a psychology graduate of the University of Hawaii and has master of education in international studies from Framingham State College and a master of education in health administration from the Ohio University’s online program.

NMC’s acting president Frankie Eliptico, speaking on behalf of NMC President Carmen Fernandez, said Tudela is a proven leader, administrator and visionary who will bring with him years of healthcare and education experience and knowledge to the board of regents.

Eliptico said Tudela’s résumé demonstrates proven effectiveness and professional success.

“Despite his successes at [the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.], much of Mr. Tudela’s experience has been in education. He’s been a classroom teacher, vice principal and principal. He is even credited for establishing the nursing assistant program at Saipan Southern High School. Taken together with his passion for helping our youth earn their college degrees, Mr. Tudela’s extensive educational experience makes him extremely capable and prepared to be a member of the NMC board of regents,” Eliptico told the senators.

NMC regents Irene T. Torres and Charles Cepeda also expressed support for Tudela’s confirmation.

Frank Cruz, chairman of the Senate Executive Appointments and Government Investigation Committee, asked Tudela to see to it that NMC and the Northern Marianas Trades Institute work together to address workforce issues for the benefit of the entire commonwealth and U.S. citizens.