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Mayors Council taking over senior centers

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Government of Guam Association of Retired Persons president Pilar Lujan says she's saddened the relationship the organization has with the island's senior citizens centers will be ending at the end of the month when its contract expires. GGARP has been running the island's senior centers for more than four decades.

Due to a lack of an agreement on costs with Public Health, the Mayors Council of Guam will now take over running the senior centers' operations.  A memorandum of understanding was signed this past Friday.

GGARP has asked Governor Eddie Calvo to intervene. Lujan said, "I would hope that he would call his people and find out why this happened and how this happened, and I really don't feel that the Mayors Council, as much as I respect all of them because they do so much public services, that they are not necessarily in a position to have the management and operation of the food services in the centers."

Lujan adds there isn't even a transitional plan in place to ensure the integrity of the program. If the MOU receives all the required signatures, the Council will take over operating the senior centers on March 1.

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