GUAM—Sen. Rory J. Respicio asked the Guam governor yesterday to declare a state of emergency in order to assist local farmers.
“As you are fully aware, our local farmers have suffered severe losses to their crops as a consequence of recent adverse weather,” Respicio stated in his request to Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo. Guam public law “has already established a program for the compensation of farmers for crop damages due to natural disasters such as typhoons, severe rain storms, floods and droughts.”
The rules and regulations authorized by 5 GCA Chapter 64A have been in place for many years now, and compensation for crop damages has been dispensed previously under this authority when there has been severe damage to local farms, as in the case of Typhoon Chata’an.
“Inasmuch as the mechanism currently exists for meeting the needs of our farmers in coping with the harm to their livelihood resulting from the recent storms, I would like to respectfully request that you declare a state of emergency and exercise your transfer authority in order that the compensation authorized by this statute be issued as quickly as possible to our local farmers,” said Respicio.
Respicio is chairman of the Committee on Rules, Federal, Foreign & Micronesian Affairs and Human & Natural Resources & Election Reform. His request to the governor for the state of emergency was sent yesterday. (PR)