CUC considers austerity measures

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THE reduction of work hours is among the austerity measures discussed by the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. management, CUC Executive director Gary Camacho said.

“We are looking at all avenues —and how austerity measures could impact our services and programs,” he added.

Due to the economic slowdown caused by the global Covid-19 outbreak, the CNMI government has implemented work-hour cuts and other cost-cutting measures.

An autonomous agency that generates its own revenue, CUC will ensure that its services are always available especially in times of emergency, Camacho said.

CUC has a standby team to operate the power, water, and wastewater systems, he added.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to each and every one of those people who come to work to ensure that critical utility services are available to our community,” Camacho said.

One of CUC’s concerns right now is ensuring the protection of its staff and other personnel from Covid-19, he added.

He said CUC has enough protective materials but “we may need more obviously if the Covid-19 threat continues.”

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