Art San Agustin appointed acting director of Public Health

Department of Public Health and Social Services Director Art San Agustin (file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero this afternoon named Art San Agustin the acting Director of the Department of Public Health.

San Agustin is a 30-year veteran of Public Health. He takes over from former director Linda DeNorcey who retired last month. Deputy Director Lori Duenas served briefly as acting director until the governor’s appointment of San Agustin today.

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“With the help of Deputy Directors Lori Duenas and Josie O’Mallan, I am confident that under the leadership and experience of Art San Agustin, Public Health will continue to serve the people of Guam during this pandemic and after, the governor said.

San Agustin was asked about the delay in appropriating $6.4 million in child care development funding received by GovGuam a few months ago. Only $800,000 has been allocated so far.

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San Agustin responded: “There is a process. The process doesn’t allow these funds to be used to pay for childcare (facilities) that have used the payment protection program. So these funds are only available to those child care facilities that have exhausted those funds. And they need to be in that category.”

San Agustin said that division head Tess Arcangel has advised that there are 9,030 applications that affected more than 19,000 households. He said he plans on reviewing those applications with Archangel tomorrow.