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Tamuning, Guam.  Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security, and Senior Citizens, following the Congressional Address of Congresswoman Madeline Z. Bordallo, Guam’s delegate to the U.S. Congress, introduced Resolution No. 308-33(LS), relative to encouraging Governor Eddie Calvo to petition the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to include the Philippines and Vietnam in the list of approved countries in the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program.


Senator Rodriguez likewise supports Congresswoman Bordallo’s call to Governor Calvo to exercise his authority provided in the 2008 Consolidated Natural Resources Act to seek the U.S. DHS to add the Philippines and Vietnam to the Guam-CNMI visa waiver program.


Late last year, Senator Rodriguez reached out to Congresswoman Bordallo to seek her support and collaboration to establish a Guam-only visa waiver program for the Philippines and Vietnam.


The senator’s office has been following the rapid economic expansion and social rights advancement of Southeast Asian countries over the past few years.  Their continuing progress in this regard is meaningfully bolstered by countries opening doors for their inclusion in Western world experiences and opportunities, not by keeping doors closed.


“There is a growing middle class population in the Philippines and Vietnam that have disposable income that Guam’s economy can certainly benefit from.  The addition of a new airline from the Philippines, Cebu Pacific this month is also a testament of the desire of more Filipinos wanting to travel to Guam,” Senator Rodriguez stated.


There are numerous sectors of our community, to include island leaders, who have enthusiastically toiled with this idea for many years.  A few years ago, Senator Rodriguez was fortunate to be able to discuss the inclusion of the Vietnam market in Guam’s tourism portfolio with the late business icon, Mr. Pedro Ada.  This important conversation and ongoing effort continues between the Senator and Mr. Ada’s son, Sonny Ada.


“I am committed to pursuing this effort until Guam has successfully achieved this lucrative economic expansion of our tourism markets by inclusion of the Philippines and Vietnam.  I am especially inspired to fulfill the desires of the late Mr. Pedro Ada in welcoming Vietnamese visitors to Guam.  I will work closely with Governor Calvo and Congresswoman Bordallo to ensure they are supported in all efforts to make this a reality for Guam.”  Rodriguez concluded.


Guam is home to thousands of Filipinos.  Aside from the obvious, positive economic impact a Philippine visa waiver program would have for Guam, it is also an opportunity for families to unite and celebrate our shared culture and traditions.

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The Committee on Health has scheduled the following hearings on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Public Hearing Room in the Guam Legislature.

The Committee will accept written and oral testimony on the following:

Informational Hearing on the Proposed Rules and Regulations governing the Issuance of Sanitary Permits, as submitted by the Department of Public Health and Social Services via the office of the Governor.

Public Hearing on Bill No. 264-33 (LS) - T.A. Morrison / V. A. Ada T. R. Muña Barnes / R.J. Respicio / F.B. Aguon, Jr. / B.T. McCreadie / F.F. Blas, Jr.

An act to amend § 68605 of article 6, chapter 68, and to add a new § 68602.1 to article 6, chapter 68, both of division 2, title 21, Guam Code Annotated, relative to the Southern Development Master Plan.

Informational Hearing exploring the expansion of Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) on Guam and the various manners in which AAI using dogs can be utilized.

Written testimony may be addressed to Sen. Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman, and sent via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or sent to 176 Serenu Ave. Suite 107 Tamuning, Guam or the Legislature Mailroom at 155 Hesler Place Hagatna, Guam.

Individuals who may require assistance are asked to contact the office of Sen. Rodriguez at 649-8638/0511 no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled hearing.

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services, through the office of the Governor, submitted to the Legislature their request to amend the Rules and Regulations relative to the issuance of Sanitary Permits.

The proposal was submitted pursuant to the Administrative Adjudication Law.  Received by the office of the Speaker on February 4, 2016 and referred to the Committee on Health.

Senator Rodriguez, Chairman of the Committee on Health, will be conducting a Round table discussion on the proposal.  Business owners and other entities who will be affected by these changes are invited to participate to share their concerns or comment on the proposal.  

The Round table will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10am in the Legislature's Public Hearing Room.

The proposal may be found at:

For more infomration please contact our office.





10-Point Plan Outlined For Long-Term Sustainability of Public Hospital and Overall Improvement of Health Care on Guam.

Tamuning, Guam.  Today Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. released the work of the GMH Task Force that started in April 2015. The results of their efforts represent a shift in thinking from previous groups and provide a 10-point plan to chart a new direction for Guam Memorial Hospital.  This plan provides specific legislative and other actions that will begin a process for the long term resolution of the problems faced by GMH for many years. 

Initially tasked to complete the effort in 60 days, the Senator realized more time would be needed. As the team started their work they found they would need help going through the vast amount of information available and thus engaged Dr. Roseann Jones from the University of Guam to assist in their undertakings. The next reality was coming to understand that to truly “fix” GMH, they would need to look at the healthcare system.  A review of the history of GMH showed many efforts since the inception of the hospital.  "I view the efforts of the past to deal with the decades old challenges of GMH to that of Sisyphus, wherein previous attempts to make progress by pushing the rock up the hill, only to see it roll back down and having to start again."  Senator Rodriguez said, referring to the Ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus."By reviewing previous efforts, I've found that those efforts only focused on the hospital therefore limiting the results produced. We ought to take a holistic approach that addresses the system of care to this situation. Part of the 10-point plan lays the path to transition government operation of our public hospital into a public private partnership that will provide quality hospital services which are accessible to all the people of Guam." Rodriguez concluded.

As the healthcare sector on Guam grows; with the addition of a new hospital, the challenges of the Affordable Care Act implementation and the ever increasing cost and complexity of providing healthcare, it is imperative that we gain an understanding of how each of these factors work together. The hospital is but one piece of a system. Each piece impacts the other.  It is therefore prudent to address the system In order to have greater, long term impact and to put in place the tools needed to move to this system thinking.  

The entire report is available to the public at The 10-point plan can be found in the reports executive summary.
The Committee on Health, Economic Development, Homeland Security and Senior Citizens will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 6pm in the Legislature's Public Hearing Room.
The Committee will accept oral and written testimony on the following:
Bill No. 165-33 (LS) - D.G. Rodriguez, Jr. / R. J. Respicio / T.A. Morrison
An act to create the Guam Bureau of Health Planning and Development (GBHPD) under the Office of the Governor, and to transfer the health professional licensing office to GBHPD, establish special funds, by adding a new article 11 to chapter 1, title 5, Guam Code Annotated.
Individuals who wish to submit written testimony may address Sen. Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman, and send via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or hand deliver to his office at 176 Serenu Avenue Suite 107 Tamuning, Guam or to the Legislature's Mailroom at 155 Hesler Place Hagatna, Guam.
Individuals who may require special assistance are asked to contact the Office of Sen. Rodriguez at 649-8638/0511 no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing.
For more information, please contact 649-8638/0511.
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