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Senate panel holds public hearing on scholarship-board appointee

THE Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations on Wednesday conducted a public hearing on the reappointment of Geri Dela Cruz as a member of the CNMI Scholarship Board.

Her family, friends, and staff as well as members of the community expressed support for her confirmation. Among them were Rep. Angel Demapan, CNMI Scholarship Office staff member Monique Boyer Sablan, administrator Rose Pangelinan, former Rep. Juan Tenorio, Elaine Dela Cruz, Aileen Farley, Reyna Saures and Catherine Attao.

MVA Managing Director Chris Concepcion and Viola Alepuyo submitted written comments in support of Geri Dela Cruz’s reappointment.

Sens. Jude Hofschneider Justo Quitugua and Frank Cruz, who chairs the committee, commended her for making positive changes to the board on which she has served for three years.

Geri Cruz thanked Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres for reappointing her and for believing in her.

Geri Dela Cruz, center, poses with CNMI Scholarship Board staff, family, friends and senators who conducted a public hearing on her reappointment to the scholarship board.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaGeri Dela Cruz, center, poses with CNMI Scholarship Board staff, family, friends and senators who conducted a public hearing on her reappointment to the scholarship board. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

She is a product of the CNMI Scholarship Office or CSO herself and returned home seven years ago to work in the private sector and the government.

During the public hearing, she was asked about the CW funds that the CSO administers. She said $1.9 million in CW funds was distributed to the Northern Marianas Trades Institute, the Latte Training Academy and Northern Marianas College for the enhancement of the local-workforce program.

According to the CSO, $629,930 was disbursed to NMC; $629,930 to NMTI; and $665,484 to Latte Training Academy for fiscal year 2018.

Geri Dela Cruz said she remains committed to ensuring that the scholarship office continues to assist local students as they pursue higher education.

She said the scholarship office and board have approved various financial assistance programs that are not only available to high school graduates but also to high school students.

Rep. Angel Demapan and the other supporters of Geri Dela Cruz  urged the Senate to confirm her appointment so she can continue doing the good work that she is doing for CNMI students.