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Senate confirms governor’s four appointees

THE Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed four gubernatorial nominations.

They are: Roman M. Tudela Jr. who was re-appointed as resident executive director for the Indigenous Affairs Office; former Rep. Ramon A. Tebuteb, Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors; Ellsbeth Viola Alepuyo, Marianas Visitor Authority board of directors; and Dr. Tiffany Willis, Healthcare Professions Licensing Board.

Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigation Chairman Frank Q. Cruz recommended the confirmation of the nominees after reviewing their qualifications and testimonies provided to his committee.

He said all required documents have been submitted, adding that Tudela, Tebuteb, Alepuyo and Willis have “met all the necessary requirements.”

Indigenous Affairs Office program manager Crispin M. Ogo expressed his strong support for Tudela’s confirmation.

“I foresee the growth of this office in the next four years if Mr. Tudela is given the opportunity, once more. Therefore, I am seeking your vote of confidence to accept the appointment of Resident Executive Tudela and confirm him to lead the Indigenous Affairs Office for another four years,” Ogo said.

Marianas Visitor Authority board member Ellsbeth Viola Alepuyo, fifth left, Healthcare Professions Licensing Board member Dr. Tiffany Willis, 6th left, Indigenous Affairs Resident Executive Roman M. Tudela Jr., 7th left, and Commonwealth Ports Authority board member Ramon A. Tebuteb, 5th right, pose with senators in the Senate chamber on Thursday.Marianas Visitor Authority board member Ellsbeth Viola Alepuyo, fifth left, Healthcare Professions Licensing Board member Dr. Tiffany Willis, 6th left, Indigenous Affairs Resident Executive Roman M. Tudela Jr., 7th left, and Commonwealth Ports Authority board member Ramon A. Tebuteb, 5th right, pose with senators in the Senate chamber on Thursday.

CPA Executive Director Christopher Tenorio, for his part, said Tebuteb has proven his leadership as an educator, legislator and a community member.

“If I recall correctly, as legislator, Mr. Tebuteb has spoken on topics ranging from land use to submerged lands. Within the community, Mr. Tebuteb demonstrates great leadership skills as he coordinated and plays significant role for many athletics events,” he said.

“Furthermore, Mr. Tebuteb is passionate about cultural programs within our islands. Given all these qualities, I believe Mr. Tebuteb will bring in new ideas that would be beneficial to the mission statement of CPA in developing air and sea navigation to its fullest potential,” Tenorio added.

CPA board member and former Sen. Pete P. Reyes said he had the pleasure of working with Tebuteb in the House of Representatives.

“What I appreciate most working with Representative Tebuteb is his ability to recognize details that oftentimes escaped us. Sometimes in our haste to make good things happen, we forget small details that usually creeped up to hound us. Having Ray as a member of CPA board of directors will add and enhance the technical work that we do,” Reyes said.

“His vast experience in the field of education and his knowledge as a longtime member of the Legislature will be a tremendous asset to the board. Ray is a hands-on person and has the ability to learn quickly,” he added.