Former governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez has been officially tapped to take charge of the H2 and visa waiver programs for the Philippines.
In an executive order, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero officially tasked Gutierrez with researching and developing a strategy to assist in the inclusion of the Philippines as an eligible country to the H-2A and H-2B Nonimmigrant Worker Program and as a member country of the Guam-CNMI Waiver Program.
The executive order gives Gutierrez authority to work with participating governments and to ensure alignment and support for any request to the US Secretary of State and US Secretary of Homeland Security on the Philippine H2 and visa waiver programs.
With the written approval of the governor, Gutierrez is also authorized to consult with outside experts and retain the services of experts and advisors or consultants as necessary in the performance of his duties.
In an interview with the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57, Gutierrez said he also wants to works toward increasing tourism from the Philippines.
He said Filipinos spend more than anyone else when they are on Guam.
And because the Philippine economy has progressed so much, Gutierrez said there are more Filipinos who are well-off who have disposable income that they can spend on Guam.
He said many Filipinos want to shop on Guam because they enjoy the duty-free shopping and the U.S. merchandise that are available on Guam.