Senator Pangelinan Calls On Governor Calvo to Sign COLA Bill


Guam – Senator Ben Pangelinan has written a letter to Governor Eddie Calvo urging him to sign a bill that would allow the Retirement fund to use $3 million to pay COLA claimants.

The measure also authorizes the issuance of promissory notes “not to exceed the total amount of all outstanding and unredeemed Certificates of Claim to “COLA” Awardees”.

Bill #492 was passed by the previous legislature but former Governor Felix Camacho did not act on it before he left office.

According to a release, Senator Pangelinan wrote Governor Calvo  stating  “As the newly inaugurated Governor of Guam, U.S.C. 48 § 1423i (The Organic Act of Guam) provides the Governor thirty (30) days to sign Bill 492-30 (COR) into law if the bill cannot be returned to the Legislature. With the adjournment of the I Mina Trenta Na Lehislaturan Guahan, the bill cannot be returned, but you as the Governor of Guam can still enact it into law, “if signed by the Governor within thirty days after it shall have been presented to him.”

And Senator Pangelinan reminded Governor Calvo and Lt. Governor Tenorio that they both voted “YES” on Bill No. 492.