Select Page

Author: Stephane Berimbere

Guam government struggling to maintain websites

The government of Guam has been facing issues with various websites under its authority. One of the affected websites was the Guam Health Professional Licensing office according to acting Administrator of the Guam Health professional licensing office, Marlene Carbullido. The websites are “not functioning as they’re supposed to” due to limited space hence they are unable to put up minutes on there as required by the Open Government Law for various boards under the HPLO. The root cause of these issues has been funding which by the estimates is  between $35,000 and $174,000 to procure the website space needed, according...

Read More

Economy, security among top priorities of Guam’s Leon Guerrero administration

The newly elected governor of Guam, Lou Leon Guerrero has set up a transition team in charge of ensuring the smooth passing down of the territory’s gubernatorial office. Led by Mary Okada, she has emphasized on the fiscal challenges the island is facing, and the plans by the newly elected government to maximize revenues, find ways of generating them and the need for expenditure cuts, as a way of addressing the fiscal challenges. The transition chief hinted on their working on the reports from different agencies in order to address challenges they face, hence find short and long term...

Read More

5 takeaways from the U.S. Treasury’s Analysis of the Situation in Puerto Rico Hearing

Last week, the United States House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing to hear the analysis of the US Department of the Treasury on the Puerto Rico economic crisis. Here are the top five takeaways from the hearing, which is expected to lead soon to the passing of legislation to address the crisis. 1. Puerto Rico needs equal treatment ‘’Puerto Ricans are American enough to fight US wars, but not American enough to vote for president’’ said Pedro Pierluisi, the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico. In this statement he was referring to one of the different inequalities Puerto...

Read More

President Obama requests funding to fight the Zika virus in Puerto Rico

With a struggling health care system and about a hundred identified cases of Zika virus spreading in Puerto Rico, President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget proposal suggested to Congress an increase in the number of beneficiaries of Medicaid, by proposing an increase of 83 per cent of the federal share of costs of the health care program. If passed, this proposal will provide $30 billion for the Puerto Rico healthcare system over a period of 9 years. This will help to relieve some of the heavy debt on the already debt-stricken island. It will also provide access to quality and affordable healthcare for almost...

Read More

Congress is likely to establish a financial control board in Puerto Rico

Last week, the possibility of a financial control board for Puerto Rico was the main focus of debate at the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Affairs’ hearing. Prompted by the financial crisis in the US territory, the subcommittee heard opinions on how to proceed. “If we would have done what I wanted to do 15 years ago we would not be in this mess,” said Don Young, the chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee, referring to the proposal he gave 15 years ago on making Puerto Rico a state. He went further in his...

Read More