CPA board meeting

Commonwealth Ports Authority Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds, right, and CPA Executive Director Christopher Tenorio confer with other CPA officials during a break from a board meeting on Wednesday. Also in photo is board secretary, Jadene Villagomez.

Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

THE Commonwealth Ports Authority stands to receive $4,891,659 from the federal government.

During Wednesday’s CPA board meeting, CPA Executive Director Christopher Tenorio reported that CPA was allocated $5.8 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and has already submitted its application to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tenorio said through the office of U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, CPA learned about additional funding opportunities for CNMI airports to assist the islands’ economic recovery efforts.

Tenorio said they learned that CPA was allocated $9.09 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, and will receive payment for its Super Typhoon Yutu insurance claim in the amount of $26.13 million.

But he added that the insurance payment can only be used for repairing CPA facilities destroyed by Yutu on Saipan and Tinian.

Conditional allocation

The CPA board, for its part, approved the conditional allocation and certification of certain amounts from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act for the restoration of the CPA employees’ work schedule, which used to be 80 hours.

Right now, CPA employees are working 64 hours only as part of the austerity measures.

CPA will determine if funds from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act could increase the employees’ work hours to at least 70.

Prior to the roll call vote, CPA Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds clarified that the board’s approval “will be contingent on the allocation and the certification of those funds being received” as well as the conditions set by the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act.

“I don’t expect to restore the work hours until those conditions are met,” she added.

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