VIDEO: Senator Taijeron Believes Emergency GGARP/SPIMA No Longer Necessary


Guam- Governor Eddie Calvo has yet to act on Bill 431, which calls to extend the contract for services at the island’s 12 senior centers. While the legislature unanimously passed the measure, Senator Mana Silva Taijeron says she won’t support any possible override if the Governor vetoes it.


After speaking with the Mayors Council about how they are managing the centers and implementing new ideas, Taijeron feels Bill 431 isn’t necessary. She issued a statement today saying at the time the legislation was passed, she and most of her colleagues felt “the debate and discourse surrounding this issue was unclear.” In addition, she says Bill 431 is more of an option for the Department of Public Health to use while it goes through its procurement process.

“What there was, was an idea that perhaps the services to the man’amko would be interrupted and we wanted to make sure there were options in place for the Department of Public Health to quickly move into issuing an RFP so that they’re able to renew their contract with GGARP/SPIMA” said Taijeron. “But seeing that the mayors are able to handle it, I don’t think it’s necessary.”

Governor’s Chief of Staff Frank Arriola confirms to PNC that Governor Eddie Calvo is likely to act on Bill 431 Friday.