Guam – Governor-elect Eddie Calvo chose his fiscal team today. The first in Cabinet appointments by he and Lt. Governor-elect Ray Tenorio come as the government faces serious financial problems.
“We need strong financial managers who will be accountable and who understand the services our people need,” Governor-elect Calvo said. “The priorities of our administration are the education of children, the health of the people and the safety of families. These services cannot happen without the financial resources to pay for them. We picked a top-notch fiscal team to start fixing the systemic and structural financial problems.”
Bernadette Artero, whose appointment was announced last week, will direct all fiscal policy as the Governor’s Chief Fiscal Advisor. Joining her will be the heads of the agencies managing the government’s cash flow and its budget, and the agency collecting cash:
1. Gener Deliquina, CPA will be the Director of Administration
2. George Santos will be the Deputy Director of Administration
3. Benita Manglona, CPA will be the Director of the Bureau of Budget and Management Research
4. John Camacho will be the Director of Revenue and Taxation
5. Marie Benito will be the Deputy Director of Revenue and Taxation
Deliquina is no stranger to cash management. As a matter of fact, he understands both the budget process and the spending process, two separate and complicated functions of government fiscal policy. Hailing from the private sector, he is a Certified Public Accountant and the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coast360 Federal Credit Union. He began his career at DOA as an accountant and general accounting supervisor for 10 years. He left to work for BBMR as the general accounting supervisor for three years before assuming the top financial position at Coast360.
Santos has extensive public and private sector human resources and financial experience. He is the Assistant Director for the Apprenticeship Training Program at Guam Community College. He also served as chairman of the Coast360 Federal Credit Union board during its major growth period and its transition from the Government of Guam Employees Federal Credit Union. He previously was Director of Administration, a budget analyst at BBMR and a financial analyst in the Legislature. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Government of Guam Retirement Fund.
Manglona is a business owner and Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Guam and California. She attained a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University, after which she gained 30 years of experience in taxation and accounting. She has extensive experience in financial management, having worked for the CNMI government for 15 years. She’s been a leader in the private sector on Guam since 1996. In 1999, she was listed as one of the top 100 business people by Guam Business Magazine. She served on the boards of the Commonwealth Development Authority, the Marianas Public Lands Authority, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Academy of Our Lady of Guam and Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School.
Camacho built his career from within the Department of Revenue and Taxation, working his way up the ranks and accomplishing much with limited resources. Camacho currently is the Banking and Insurance Commissioner at DRT. He regulates the banking and insurance industries. He also served as deputy director of the department, overseeing the divisions of insurance, securities, banking, general licensing, compliance, weights and measures, motor vehicles and taxation. He also served as deputy tax commissioner, where he managed tax programs in the areas of tax enforcement, tax service, real property taxes and tax appeals. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in accounting and management from the University of Guam.
Benito has decades of experience at DRT and is intimately familiar with its operations and resources. She currently is the Acting Supervisor, Criminal Investigation Branch of the DRT Tax Enforcement Division. She has worked for DRT for 30 years in numerous positions, including as a tax investigator and a tax technician. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from the University of Guam.