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Government commends CUC employees, managers

ACTING Gov. Arnold I. Palacios last week emphasized the need to “incentivize the environment” at the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. so it can retain its employees.

He noted that 122 of more than 300 employees, including top-level managers, have been with CUC for as long as 10 to 29 years.

He said incentives for the staff should include a compensation package, continued development training and recognition.

It is also important to consider the employees’ physical environment, and to recognize them for “investing so much of their lives” in serving the public.

In an interview, Palacios said all public service employees should be recognized.

“It’s really a simple token of recognition of the critical roles that they play in providing public services in our community,” he added.

CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said the services provided by CUC are “very challenging” and require committed and dedicated employees.

He said some employees, who have served for over 25 years, have “lots of industry knowledge.”

“We all continue to strive, on a day-to-day basis, to become better and infuse our work with new technology,” Camacho said.

For her part, CUC board member Jovita Paulino said, “We become so busy that sometimes we forget to thank our employees. So this is one special day reserved strictly for them.”

Employees of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. gather in the conference room during the  public service employee recognition ceremony on Friday last week.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoEmployees of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. gather in the conference room during the public service employee recognition ceremony on Friday last week. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Paulino said the personnel, with the guidance of their managers, continue to move CUC forward.

Sen. Vinnie Sablan, who chairs the Senate public utilities, committee, emphasized the importance of recognizing CUC employees for their contributions to the community and the utilities corporation.

“The things that they do in their different capacities provide a great service to the community,” said Sablan, who has been working at CUC for over 10 years.

He said CUC is probably the heart of the CNMI’s economy, and “it is very important to recognize the employees not only this week but every day.”

Vice Speaker Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero said the CUC employees’ hard work highlights the good leadership CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho.

“Through his leadership, we have everybody involved and they are all working hard to serve the public,” Deleon Guerrero added.

He said CUC employees have “a lot of confidence” in Camacho’s leadership.

“The CUC family is very strong,” he added.

Rep. Roman Benavente said the recognition of employees is a “win-win situation” for CUC management and employees.

“When you recognize individual effort, that’s an incentive that is sometimes worth more than money,” he added.