U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina yesterday approved $5.7 million in grant funding for infrastructure improvements to the Guam Memorial Hospital, and several of Guam’s public schools , as well as to replace the Guam Police Department’s outdated communication system. The assistance is provided through the Office of Insular Affairs’ Capital Improvement Project Program.
“Through this critical infrastructure funding we are able to assist the Government of Guam with a wide variety of public health, public safety and education related projects,” said Assistant Secretary Kia’aina. “These projects as prioritized by Governor Eddie Calvo are aligned with our mission to support and improve the quality of life for the people of Guam.”
Capital Improvement Project (CIP) grants to be awarded this week are as follow:
• Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) – $3,500,000 to renovate the hospital’s Labor and Delivery Unit and to purchase new furniture, fixtures and equipment in order to upgrade the services provided by GMHA to the people of Guam.
• Guam Police Department (GPD) – $1,170,000 for the initial phase to replace the current Public Safety Communications System with a “state of the art”, redundant, 800MHz, digital, narrowband, encryption cable, trunked radio system. The current system is 24-plus years old and is no longer manufactured. The Public Safety Communications System is the only radio communication system operated by the Government of Guam which is used by the Guam Police Department to dispatch public safety officers, including marine rescue and SWAT units, and the Guam Fire Department for firefighting, hazmat and emergency rescue services. It is also used by other government agencies that require radio communications, such as Guam International Airport Authority, Guam National Guard, and Guam Homeland Security.
• Guam Department of Education (DOE) – $1,000,000 for year two of the four-year Insular Area Assessment of Buildings and Classrooms (Insular ABC’s) health and safety initiative to address critical deferred maintenance issues throughout Guam’s public schools. The Insular ABC’s is a partnership between the Office of Insular Affairs and the Army Corps of Engineers which assessed every public school building in Guam, created an analysis of general school conditions, and aggregated a detailed database of deferred maintenance needs and their associated costs.