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September 29, 2016 Public Hearing on Bill No. 317-33 (COR)

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Hall of Fame


The office of Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Guam Senior Citizens’ Hall of Fame and Married Couple Recognition Program will be on November 5, 2016 at the Outrigger Resort Guam.

Nominations are now open for the program. Nominees for the Hall of Fame must be 65 years or older and married couples must be married 60 years or longer. (Detailed information available on our website.)

The Guam Senior Citizens’ Hall of Fame was initiated to celebrate the great lifetime achievements of our island Manåmko’.  Their impacts and contributions to our island home are immense and are worthy of a celebration to remember their legacies as our island pioneers.

This annual celebration of the Guam Senior Citizens’ Hall of Fame and Married Couple program is one of Sen. Rodriguez and his wife Lena's initiatives to honor and celebrate our islands’ Manåmko’. It is the only program that recognizes an exceptional senior citizen and couples who have been married for 60 years and over. As a tradition and policy set by the senator, no government funds are being expended for the celebration.

"Our manåmko are the pillars of our island. They have helped shape the specialness of Guam. We all have a special manåmko that has made a positive impact in our lives, and this celebration is a perfect opportunity to recognize and honor them." Sen. Rodriguez stated.

Nominations are now being accepted and will end at 5pm on October 27, 2016.  Nominees for the Hall of Fame must be 65 years old or older and Married Couple nominees must be married 60 years or longer.

For nomination forms or more information, please contact the office of Sen. Rodriguez at 649-8638/0511 or visit, click on Hall of Fame poster link.

Si Yu’os Ma’åse’!


The Dennis Rodriguez Mobile Care Clinic is making its way around the island offering a variety of services!  Catch the mobile clinic at the following locations, dates and offering the following:

*Guam Cancer Care's 'Join the Fight" Health Fair

Saturday, September 10, 2016    9am to 1pm

Summer Town Homes, Machanao, Dededo

Offering Free Cancer Screenings for adults and Senior Citizens


*Mangilao’s Donne’ Festival

Sunday, September 11, 2016   1pm to 3pm

Mangilao Festival Grounds (next to Santa Teresita Church)

Offering TB Screenings, School Physical Exams, Consultation with Family Practice Physicians, Vision Screenings


*Astumbo Elementary School

Saturday, September 18, 2016   10am to 1pm

Offering TB Screenings, School Physical Exams, Consultation with Family Practice Physicians, Vision Screenings


Minors must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or adult with written authorization.

Please bring shot records.  Immunizations provided while supplies last.

First come, first serve.  Priority given to individuals or families without health insurance.

For information on the outreach, please contact 649-8638/0511.

Si Yu’os Ma’ase’!



Tamuning, Guam.  Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Chairman of the Committee on Health invites the people of Guam to attend a presentation on Silent Strokes and Vascular Diseases in Cognitive Impairments on Guam conducted by Dr. Ramel Carlos and his son, Noel Carlos, co-authors of the research presentation.


Dr. Carlos and Noel will make their presentation to the people of Guam on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 6pm in the Guam Legislature Public Hearing Room.


In the conclusion of the report, the data collected was used toward further research to determine whether patients with silent stroke and leukoaraiosis, and with memory loss and Mild Cognitive Impairments will later develop dementia.


The data is also to provide the public with increased information and awareness that proper treatment of various vascular diseases can potentially prevent the development of cerebral infarctions or silent strokes, which both can contribute to cognitive impairment and dementia providing a fount of information for all the people of Guam and the world, providing insight to the dangers of these diseases and hope for providing treatment and taking precautions when dealing with such.


Dr. Ramel Carlos and Noel Carlos, conducted their research from 2006 to 2014, at which their findings were presented on March 14-16, 2016 at the 5th World Congress on Neurology in London where they were awarded the Best Research Poster Presentation.


Advocates and Ambassadors for healthcare in Neurology, both Dr. Carlos and Noel have worked to serve Guam’s community for many years.  Noel Carlos, a 2014 graduate and class salutatorian of Father Duenas Memorial School is passionately following in his father’s steps toward achieving a medical degree in Neurosciences at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA).


The Committee invites the people of Guam and all medical professionals to participate in the forum immediately following the presentation.


The presentation will be broadcast live on GTA Channel 21 or Docomo Channel 117.


For more information, please contact the office of Sen. Rodriguez at 649-8638/0511.

Si Yu’os Ma’åse’!



June 27, 2016

Health Chairman Recommends Rejection of the Proposed Rules and Regulations;

Seeks Simultaneous Introduction of New Measure Addressing Stakeholder Concerns.

Tamuning, Guam.  In a June 22, 2016 letter to Sub-committee Chairperson, Senator Tina Muna-Barnes, Health Committee Chairman, Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., recommended the rejection of the proposed rules and regulations for the Joaquin (KC) Conception II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013.

Among the concerns raised by Rodriguez is the issue that the proposed draft rules contain provisions outside of, or in addition to the enabling statute, contains contradictory definitions and language, and may as well inadvertently impose undesirable burdens’ upon caregivers and patients alike.

Rodriguez wrote,  "there are numerous valid concerns relative to the legitimate medical validation for prospective patients, cultivation and dispensing monitoring, what is deemed exorbitant permittion costs, as well as access and costs of laboratory monitoring for health and safety purposes." 

In an effort to ensure the potentially deficient proposed rules and regulations do not lapse into law, the Health Committee Chair recommends that the proposal be formally rejected and that a new measure be simultaneously introduced to address the concerns and suggestions raised by stakeholders.

"I thank Senator Barnes for her tireless efforts to get us this far.  I share her desires to ensure the rules we adopt are all encompassing and addresses the concerns raised by our people.  The best course of action would be to reject the current proposal and diligently work towards drafting rules and regulations that accurately reflect the intent and mandates voted into law by our people," Rodriguez stated.

Senator Rodriguez is committed to working with Senator Barnes and other colleagues to draft new rules and regulations using the proposal proffered by the Department of Public Health submitted as a working draft template.

"Lots of hard work and research went into developing the proposed rules and regulations.  I thank those who've had a hand in this and assure them that their efforts will be duly considered in developing a final version.  I also thank our people for their patience with us in getting this implemented.  We need to ensure this is done right, taking into consideration all the components that are needed to support this complex program," Rodriguez concluded.