Guam – It has been a week since the transition committee released its report, but it remains unclear if Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is inclined to support its recommendations.
At Thursday’s legislative briefing on the report, Sen. Joe San Agustin sought answers on whether there are any proposals outlined in the study that do not have the backing of Adelup.
While acknowledging that the concern is justified, transition team co-chair Dr. Laura Souder said the authority to adopt the proposals rests with the governor herself, who commissioned the study.
“I got a copy right here in front of me. Does the governor support this report and the recommendation that’s one question? So our task was to provide a list of recommendations to the governor for her consideration,” Souder said. “So a copy of the report has been given to the Maga’haga and so there are some steps she is taking to employ some of the recommendations but we have not had a one-on-one conversation with her as to which particular areas she supports or does not support.”
Recommendations included leadership revamp at the National Guard and raising customs fees–both of which have been taken on board. The governor, however, has yet to weigh in on other proposals such as the consolidation of governing boards, repealing a local ban on waste-to-energy technology, and the sale GHURA properties.
Last week, PNC requested a list of recommendations from the transition team that definitely won’t be pursued by Adelup. We have not received a response as of news time.