This morning, November 12, 2015, the Guam Legislature through Sen. Rodriguez's office joined the American Cancer Society Guam Field Office in a 2016 RELAY FOR LIFE kick-off event.
Sen. Rodriguez, joined by 10 other Senators, presented the American Cancer Society with Resolution 232-33 (COR)- commending and congratulating them for the work they do in support of Guam's Cancer Survivors, caregivers and families.
Immediately after the presentation, Senators got purple-ized when cancer survivors painted on their shirts as a symbol of Painting Guam Purple, the official theme for Relay 2016!
Purple is the official color of Relay for Life and exudes the spirit of the survivor and support for all who live with cancer, bringing hope and love until a cure is found!
Cathy Rivera Castro reads Resolution 232-33 before Sen. Rodriguez presents to the American Cancer Society.
Senators with American Cancer Society Officials and Cancer Survivors after the presentation.
Cerina Mariano painting Sen. Rodriguez purple during the event.
American Cancer Society with the PURPLE-IZED Senators during the kick-off.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senator Seeks Bordallo and Calvo’s Support and Action on U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Creation of Parole Program for Filipino-American WW II Veteran Family Members and Perusal of Guam Only Visa Waiver for Philippines and Vietnam.
Tamuning, Guam. Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Health, Homeland Security, Economic Development, and Senior Citizens over the weekend sent letters to Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and Governor Eddie Baza Calvo regarding the October 2, 2015 announcement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s creation of a program to allow certain family members of Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veterans to receive parole to enter the United States and to seek support and action for a Guam-only visa waiver program for the Philippines and Vietnam.
The circumstances and factors that were analyzed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2008 pursuant to the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-229) have evolved, especially as it relates to the Philippines and Vietnam.
“The recent announcement of the DHS’s parole program for family members of Filipino and Filipino-American WW-II veterans has inspired me to once again revisit the potential of a Guam-only visa waiver for the Philippines and Vietnam. Both these countries are geographically located in close proximity to Guam and have emerged as a powerful economic powerhouse that could provide positive economic and business growth to our island.” Senator Rodriguez said.
Congresswoman Bordallo assured the senator that her office is in contact with the DHS to seek information and guidance on the parole program and that her Guam District Office will provide further information and update to the community once available.
The Senator’s letter to Governor Calvo regarding the perusal of the Guam-only visa waiver for the Philippines and Vietnam was delivered to Adelup this morning. Senator Rodriguez will await the governor’s response and is committed to work with the administration and provide any assistance to achieve this effort.