Democrat lawmaker releases letter to Gov. Calvo
The following is the text of a letter from Senator Frank Aguon Jr. to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo about expediting compensation to local farmers:
Buenas yan Hafa adai! I am writing to commend the efforts of your office for supporting the needs of our local farmers through the passage of Public Law 33-066, Subsection (o)(4) of Section 1, Chapter V; which appropriates the sum of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) from the General Fund to the Department of Agriculture for the compensation of farmers for crop damages pursuant to Chapter 64A of Title 5, Guam Code Annotated.
As you may know, our local farmers suffered substantial crop damages as a result of Typhoon Dolphin in May of 2015, and have waited patiently to receive adequate compensation for their losses. While discussions on contingency plans for local farmers and their crops may be underway, our local farmers need assistance with paying their bills, now. These are not wealthy people, but hard working family farmers. Many of them have farmed the same land for many generations. I do believe the government has a responsibility to come to the assistance of the people who have suffered losses- in this case, our local farmers. Moreover, I am respectfully requesting you expeditiously review, process, and compensate our local farmers for crop damages according to Public Law 33-066, Subsection (o)(4) of Section 1, Chapter V.
Your most expeditious attention and response to this matter would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you soon.Un Dangkolo’ Na Si Yu’us Ma’åse’.