Governor Michael W. Cruz M.D., will sign Bill No. 142, a measure that
authorizes compensation and benefits adjustments for employees of the
Port Authority of Guam.
A signing ceremony is scheduled for today, July 2, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at the Port Authority of Guam, Piti.
Acting Governor Cruz Signs Three Bills Into Law
July 2, 2009
Acting Governor Michael W.
Cruz, M.D., signed three bills into public law including Bill 160
(COR), now PL 30-42. Additionally, it appropriates funding to the
Department of Administration and the Department of Revenue and Taxation
for processing and mailing of tax refunds and cost of living allowance
“I understand and recognize the financial strain
faced by the people of Guam,” said Acting Governor Cruz. “This bill
addresses the issue of overdue tax refunds and COLA payments and ensures
that our people will now receive the money they are owed.”
Acting Governor Cruz also signed the following:
No. 88 (LS) – PL 30-40: Amends current law relative to the David J.T.
Limtiaco Plant Nursery Building at the Department of Agriculture.
No. 146 (COR) – PL 30-41: Appropriates funding to sustain existing
operations for youth support programs for the balance of Fiscal Year
2009. These programs include the Department of Mental Health and
Substance Abuse Youth Drug and Alcohol Program and Sanctuary, Inc.
A Statement from the Governor and Lt. Governor of Guam
July 2, 2009
Governor Felix P. Camacho
and Lt. Governor Michael W. Cruz, M.D., issued the following statement
regarding the death of Reina Leddy:
“We are deeply
saddened by the passing of Reina Leddy, whose contributions to our
island will forever be remembered. Her tireless efforts as a business
and civic leader in our community will be sorely missed. We ask the
people of Guam to keep her husband David, and the entire Leddy family,
in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
PBS Guam General Manager Selected for Leadership Development Program
July 2, 2009
Acting Governor Michael W.
Cruz and PBS Guam proudly announce the selection of Dr. Sam Mabini, PBS
Guam General Manger, as a member of the 2009 PBS Leadership Development
Program funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Mabini is
one of five new individuals in the nation to be selected and is Guam’s
first member in the program.
“I commend Dr. Mabini for her
commitment to improving PBS Guam and congratulate her on this
prestigious selection,” said Acting Governor Cruz. “I am confident that
the knowledge she gains under this program will help her strengthen
Guam’s public broadcasting systems.”
The program is in its
fourth year and is a year-long process that provides management
development and networking opportunities to promising talent in the
public broadcasting system and seeks to diversify a new generation of
system leaders. Her selection to the program is based on her
demonstration of leadership ability and her long-term commitment to
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized
and chosen for this program, which provides me with the opportunity to
grow professionally with PBS Guam,” said Dr. Mabini. “More importantly,
it puts Guam in the position to make a significant contribution to the
public broadcasting community in the years to come and throughout the
Dr. Mabini has been the general manager of PBS
Guam since June 2008. She has held positions as acting director of the
Guam Public Library and associate dean at the Guam Community College.
H1N1 Influenza Virus Case Confirmed on Guam
July 1, 2009
The Office of the Acting
Governor announced today that a government employee on Andersen Air
Force Base has contracted the H1N1 influenza virus. The case was
confirmed today by the Guam Department of Public Health and Social
DPHSS has been working with the Department of Defense to ensure the individual receives appropriate medical attention.
individual after returning from a trip to Texas exhibited flu-like
symptoms. The individual sought medical care at Naval Hospital Guam on
June 25. The individual underwent sampling and was placed on home
isolation. The samples were sent to the Navy Health Research Laboratory
in San Diego, which confirmed the H1N1 influenza virus today.
individual is recovering and continues to remain in isolation. One
member of the individual’s household is experiencing flu-like symptoms
and has been placed on anti-viral medication. The individual and other
members of the household are currently undergoing further medical
There are everyday actions that can help prevent
the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.
Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
home if you are sick for seven days after your symptoms begin or until
you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to
keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.
The DPHSS Incident Command Center will continue to operate as usual from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
more information, please visit the Department of Public Health and
Social Services Web site at www.dphss.guam.gov, the Guam Homeland
Security/Office of Civil Defense Web site at www.guamhs.org, or the
Center for Disease Control Web site at www.cdc.gov.
You may also call the information line at the Incident Command Center at 735-H1N1 (4161).
Guam Trade Mission to Manila Attracts Serious Interest
Governor Camacho issues invitations to do business on Guam
July 1, 2009
Felix P. Camacho yesterday attended a conference in Manila as part of
the Guam Trade Mission delegation that met with approximately 150 senior
executives from several Philippine companies to expand on their initial
interest in doing business in Guam. The executives represented
companies from the fields of technology, real estate, construction,
insurance, financial services, agriculture, aquaculture and medicine. In
addition to Governor Camacho, members of the Guam delegation included
representatives of the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) and
members of the island’s private sector.
“I am excited that these
companies are looking to extend their services to our island and we
certainly welcome their investment,” said Governor Camacho. “I informed
them that my office and GEDA are ready to assist with their entry into
the Guam market.”
Philippine companies in attendance included
Petron Corporation; Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company;; Land
Registration Systems, Inc.; 1 Document Corporation; Stradcom
Corporation; Penta Capital Investment Corporation; Saludo, Fernandez,
Aquino and Taleon Law Offices; and HP Diagnostic. Additionally, the
conference was attended by the Philippine Representative of Asian
Development Bank as well as representatives of the Philippine Chamber of
Commerce and Chemical Industries of the Philippines.
A number of
private businesses are sponsors of the trade mission, including
Continental Airlines; International Group, Inc.; Pacific Rim Brokers,
Inc.; Land Registration Systems Inc.; Stradcom Corporation; 1 Document
Corporation; Century Insurance Co. Ltd.; and the Marianas Business
“I would like to thank Governor Camacho and GEDA for
their participation in this event. While this mission was arranged by a
number of individuals in the private sector, the support we have
received for the Governor and GEDA is proving invaluable,” said Peter R.
Sgro, chairman and executive officer of International Group. “We look
forward to the next step in the process as these organizations firm up
For more information, please contact Christina
“Tina” Garcia, GEDA Deputy Administrator, at (011-63) 905-666-9727 or
Peter R. Sgro Jr., private sector group representative at (011-63)
915-235-9095. Additionally, Mr. Sgro can be reached at the Renaissance
Hotel on (011-632) 811-6888, Room 1250
Media Advisory – 06/30/09
A press release will be sent out in the
evening regarding the Guam Trade Mission. Governor Felix P. Camacho is a
part of Guam’s delegation that is in Manila currently meeting with
regional executives who have expressed interest in conducting business
The release will accompany photos and will detail information of the Guam Trade Mission in Manila.
U.S. Consul General and Media of Okinawa Visit Adelup
Group meets with acting governor on Marines relocation, tours military bases
June 30, 2009
Governor Michael W. Cruz, M.D., hosted Kevin Maher, the U.S. consul
general of Naha, Okinawa, his staff, and a group of Japanese media today
during a courtesy visit at Adelup.
The Joint Guam Program
Office escorted the group to Adelup as part of a full-day tour of Guam
and the military bases. The eight media reporters, who cover military
and security issues in Okinawa, engaged Acting Governor Cruz in
questions regarding Guam’s preparedness for the social impact of the
Marines’ transition from Okinawa to Guam. The transition must be a
“national priority and commitment” to ensure that the quality of life
for residents on and off base will be better and not worse, said Acting
The group also toured Naval Base Guam, including
Apra View Housing, and visited the Asan Bay Overlook, the Pacific War
Museum, the Andersen Air Force Base Marine Corps Aviation Combat
Element, and the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS)
proposed Marine Corps relocation facilities. The purpose of their visit
is to enhance their understanding of the relocation plan and to see
examples of housing and other facilities that will be constructed with
the aid of Japanese funds.
The group arrived in Guam last night and will depart for Okinawa tomorrow morning.