Mayors asking for help with senior citizen centers

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Robert Lizama -- who serves as a Special Assistant to the Governor --- assured the mayors that around $20,000 has been allocated for each center during the current fiscal year.

Guam’s senior citizen centers are in need of repairs and the Mayors’ Council of Guam – the organization which has purview over most of these facilities – is seeking Adelup’s help in fixing the problem.

During the last council meeting this week, Robert Lizama, who serves as a Special Assistant to the Governor, assured the mayors that around $20,000 has been allocated for each center during the current fiscal year.

Lizama said the funding may be used to repair roof leaks, upgrade the air-conditioning system, or for repainting the facilities.

For the incoming fiscal year, MCOG requested more than $200,000 to fund repairs and maintenance of the senior citizen centers.

According to the MCOG, the current state of the centers requires an infusion of funds. The council said it intends to distribute $20,000 to each of the 12 centers to ensure at least a minimum amount of funds to cover for repairs and refurbishment.

“Governor Lou Leon Guerrero had started and engaged the mayors’ involvement through a quarterly meeting and on our first quarter meeting, the director of the Mayors’ Council of Guam, Angel Sablan, had asked the governor for support for our senior citizen centers,” Lizama confirmed.

There are 11 senior citizen centers under the responsibility of the mayors’ council. The Department of Public Health and Social Services manages only one senior citizen center.

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