Governor Camacho Signs $3.8M in Compact Impact Grants; Health & Public Safety Projects Top the List

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Guam – Governor Felix Camacho and U.S Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary Anthony Babauta have signed a grant for $3.8 million dollars from the 2011 Compact Impact Funds.

The agreement was signed yesterday [Tuesday], before the Governor left for Palau.

The funds are designated to assist Guam Memorial Hospital with medical equipment, the Department of Public Health and Social Services with medical and pharmaceutical supplies, the Department of Corrections with their electronic cell locking system upgrade, and to assist the Department of Youth Affairs in improving their facilities.

“The grant funding awarded to our island will assist some of our government agencies in providing quality services to the people of Guahan,” said Governor Camacho. “I acknowledge the help from Mr. Babauta as he has been instrumental in ensuring that these funds are awarded to us.”

These projects were approved as the funds are being used for the health, education, social or public safety services, or infrastructure related to such services from the impact from residents from the freely associated states.

“These funds come at a time when some of our island’s public services are in dire need of funding to provide critical services to island residents,” said Governor Camacho. “I will continue to work closely with federal officials to ensure that Guahan is provided necessary funding for all of its public services.”

Governor Camacho expressed his enthusiasm at being able to have these grants benefit not only the people of Guahan but also our island brothers and sisters.