Port adopts flexible workforce policy

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PAG general manager Rory Respicio said the new policy will allow the port to adjust its workforce level according to demand.

The Port Authority of Guam has adopted a flexible workforce policy that will allow it to hire temporary workers for the Guam buildup.

In an interview with Phill Leon Guerrero on NewsTalk K57, PAG general manager Rory Respicio said this policy will allow the port to adjust its workforce level according to demand.

If workforce demands caused by the buildup increases, Respicio said the port can adjust quickly while if the military buildup winds down, the port won’t be stuck with expensive classified employees.

According to Respicio, the port board has already given the green light to issue a Request for Proposals for temporary port workers.

During the interview, Respicio also talked about the need for adopting a conservative budget.

“We don’t want to project for the military buildup when it’s three to four years out,” Respicio said.

He added that the port budget also provides for interest payments on the port’s bond loan as well as any expense that may be incurred in port personnel cases that are still in the courts.

He pointed out that the Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in a port personnel case that resulted in a big payout and the port wants to be prepared just in case something like this happens again.

Respicio also said that the port is ending the year with a $4.7 million surplus.

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