The post-typhoon response efforts should be moving much faster now that Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has signed an executive order authorizing emergency procurement for emergency response expenses.

This includes all response efforts to Typhoon Mawar for procurements dealing with safety and security, such as food, water, and sheltering; health and medical; energy; communications; transportation; and hazardous materials.

The governor’s order includes procurements for the Guam Power Authority and Guam Waterworks Authority to restore utilities to our community, and procurements for typhoon debris removal.

Additionally, the governor had authorized overtime payments for exempt and non-exempt government of Guam employees, to work in excess of 40 hours a week in order to mitigate and respond to the effects of the storm throughout Guam.