Bill to set limits on public health, procurement emergency directives

Sen. Wil Castro

Declaring public emergencies, while it may be necessary, should not be an automatic solution to a crisis, Sen. Wil Castro said.

"While a declaration of a state of emergency empowers the governor of Guam to act expeditiously, it is imperative that in times of extended emergencies, especially given the current dire economic outlook, transparency and fiscal responsibility are prioritized,” said Castro, a candidate for the delegate seat in Congress.

Senators on Tuesday heard Bill 399-35 relative to the renewal of declarations of public health Emergencies that also includes provisions relative to procurement activities during such times.

Democrat and Republican senators as well as Congressman Michael F.Q. San Nicolas and former Congressman Robert A. Underwood testified in support of the measure.