Plan In Place To Assist Displaced Guam Government Workers

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Designated agencies will provide aid, training to laid-off employees

By Louella Losinio

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, July 2, 2012) – The Guam Displacement, Education, and Training Committee of the Governor’s Spending Task Force has developed a plan of action for workers who will be impacted by Gov. Eddie Calvo’s directive to cut government spending by $43 million. Calvo recently directed government of Guam agencies to explore belt-tightening solutions, which could potentially displace a number of workers employed in these agencies.

The plan of action, an offshoot of the committee meeting held recently, discussed measures that could help workers smoothly transition out of government work into possible new career or entrepreneurial opportunities.

According to Agency for Human Resources Development (AHRD) Director Alfredo Antolin Jr., the committee will be convening a rapid response team comprised of representatives from partner agencies such as AHRD, Guam Department of Labor, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority, Guam Community College, and various financial institutions, to assist laid-off or furloughed workers by facilitating access to public worker assistance benefits, training and education information, and career services such as counseling and job search assistance.

AHRD’s One-Stop Career Center, Antolin said, has a "rapid response program designed to help growing businesses obtain the information and resources needed to stay competitive, including links to skilled workers and response to layoffs and closures by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to management and affected workers."

Another program, supported by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), will be offered as an option for dislocated workers. The WIA, he said, has an integrated and comprehensive range of workforce development activities.

One of its program components, the Title IB Dislocated Worker Program, seeks to help eligible laid-off workers re-enter the workforce by providing unsubsidized re-employment and intensive training based on the current needs of the individual.

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