Governor meets with credit rating agencies, visits troops

Spc. Christopher Cruz performs for Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and fellow soldiers during a visit from the governor at Fort Bliss. From left: 1st Lt. Sheryl Padilla, Spc. Christopher Cruz, Governor Leon Guerrero, The Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Esther Aguigui, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Agnes Diaz. Adelup photo

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is still in the United States on official government of Guam business, a news release from Adelup stated.

Following a three-day meeting in Vail, Colorado to attend the Western Governors’ Association’s (WGA) annual meeting, the governor traveled to San Francisco, California with members of her fiscal discipline team for a bond presentation.

Leon Guerrero and her team made a presentation before credit rating agencies Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s on the Guam Solid Waste Authority Bond, authorized under Public Law 35-21, which is intended to finance the construction of a new cell at the Layon Landfill.

“I’m confident in the presentation our team made to two of the ‘Big Three’ credit raters,” the governor said in the news release sent by Adelup to the media. “At the presentation, we were able to highlight our commitment to fiscal discipline throughout our government, aggressive efforts to collect on unpaid taxes and, in particular, a strong commitment to funding ‘Rainy Day Fund’ reserves. I believe we showcased a serious and pragmatic approach to fiscal discipline in governance and I look forward to favorable ratings within the month.”

After the bond presentation, the governor headed to Fort Bliss and to Yuma, Arizona to visit deployed soldiers of the Guam National Guard.

While in Fort Bliss, the governor visited soldiers of the Guam Army National Guard’s 1-294th Infantry Regiment “Chamorri Battalion” at McGregor Base Camp in New Mexico.

Leon Guerrero and the Adjutant General of GUNG, Maj. Gen. Esther C. Aguigui, then took a tour of the training facilities where they saw a mock-up Forward Operating Base and they spoke with the Chamorri Soldiers at a brief ceremony, offering congratulatory remarks, awards, and words of encouragement.

“I had such a wonderful time meeting our soldiers who are far away from home and witnessing the bond and camaraderie they have developed as they prepare for full mobilization. As Commander-in-Chief, it was a deep honor to spend time with the troops and to assure them of our prayers and support for them and their families. We will continue to pray for their safety as they honorably serve our island and nation. I look forward to their safe return,” said Leon Guerrero.

The governor is now in Yuma, Arizona to visit GUNG soldiers who are providing operational support for domestic operations at the border and she is expected to return to Guam later this week.