Senator Aguon Urges Governor Calvo and Senator Pangelinan to Identity Funds for Merit Bonuses for the Judiciary


Guam – Senator Frank Aguon Jr. is urging both Governor Calvo and Appropriations Chair Senator Ben Pangelinan to “consider merit bonus payments” to the employees of the Judiciary.

The Senator notes the $1.3 million paid out to Guam DOE employees last Friday and points out that $1.1 million is still owed to Judiciary employees.

READ the July 27 letter from Senator Aguon to Governor Calvo HERE

READ the June 10 letter from Senator Aguon to Governor Calvo HERE

Aguon has written letters to both the Governor and Senator Pangelinan asking for their help in identifying the funds and appropriating them so that the outstanding debt can be paid.  The Senator says this is the second time he has called on the Governor to identify the funds.

READ Senator Aguon’s letter to Senator Pangelinan HERE

READ the release from Senator Aguon below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Senator Aguon urges Governor Calvo and Senator Pangelinan to consider merit bonus payments due to Judiciary of Guam employees
July 28, 2013


Hagåtña, GU — With the recent payout of $1.3 million in merit bonuses due to Guam Department of Education employees last Friday, Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr. is again urging Governor Eddie Calvo’s intervention in identifying funds necessary to address about $1.1 million in outstanding merit bonus payments still due to Judiciary of Guam employees.

Sen. Aguon, who is oversight chairman of the Judiciary, wrote to the Chief Executive yesterday, as well as to Senator Ben Pangelinan who chairs the Committee on Appropriation, seeking their assistance in resolving the payments owed to outstanding Judiciary employees since 2009.

“I am once again urging your direct intervention in instructing the Bureau of Budget and Management Research (BBMR) and the Department of Administration (DOA) directors to work on the identification of the funds necessary to address the $1,125,256.00 and to remit such funds to the Judiciary of Guam for the compensation of merit bonuses due to their outstanding personnel,” wrote Sen. Aguon to Gov. Calvo. “Should legislation be necessary to realize the closure of this issue, my office stands ready to assist in the preparation and eventual consideration of such a measure by members of I Liheslaturan Guåhan.”

Sen. Aguon wrote on the same issue to the governor in June following the governor’s recent Executive Order providing the payment of merit bonuses and raises for employees of GDOE, Guam Memorial Hospital and other line agencies.

Meanwhile, in his letter to Sen. Pangelinan, Sen. Aguon wrote:  “As I Liheslaturan Guåhan proceeds with the discussion and deliberation of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget in the coming weeks, I would like to request your consideration in incorporating and appropriation of the approximately $1,125,256.00 necessary to address the outstanding payments due to the employees within the Judiciary.”