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Rodriguez Bill Would Help Fund Services of Vital Statistics Office

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Guam - Senator Dennis Rodriguez is proposing the establishment of a revolving fund for the Office of Vital Statistics.

The Senator's Bill 408 would require that all fees charged by the Department of Public Health for the issuance of birth, marriage and death certificates be  deposited into a revolving fund to help fund the services provided by the Vital Statistics Office.

READ Bill 408

Senator Rodriguez Chairs the Legislature's Health Committee. In a release he says that the Vital Statistics Office is currently under-funded and its staff is over worked.

The release quotes the Senator as saying that it is his aim " to ensure that the fees generated by the Office of Vital Statistics will remain with this vital program. The funds shall be utilized by the office to support and enhance its programs, to include a fully automated computer system and additional staff.  I firmly believe this can accomplished by creating an Office of Vital Statistics Revolving Fund to facilitate a more efficient service to accommodate more clients on a timely basis.”

READ Senator Rodriguez's release in FULL below:

PRESS RELEASE

January 9, 2012

Introduction of Bill No. 408-31 (COR); An Act To Establish The Office Of Vital Statistics Revolving Fund, By Amending §3227 Of Chapter 3, and Adding A New §3227.1 To Chapter 3, of Article 2, Title 10, Guam Code Annotated.

The Office of Vital Statistics under the Department of Public Health and Social Services is responsible for issuing birth, marriage, and death certificates. However, the funds generated from fees for the services provided are deposited into the General Fund of the government of Guam.  Senator Rodriguez stated that, “the Department of Public Health is unable to realize any benefits from the money collected for their services to fund the costs of operations.  The time required to produce critical records takes an inordinate amount of time.”

“I feel sorry for the people running this critical program which is underfunded and understaffed.  Members of the staff who have retired from the Office have not been replaced over the years.  It’s staffed by only the territorial registrar and two (2) vital statistics clerks who serve the needs of the entire population of Guam,” the Senator stated.

“Making matters worse, the office is burdened with using an antiquated computer system to manage their files,” Senator Rodriguez stated.  “The staff has to hand count records to retrieve data, causing them to become frustrated and overworked. The process to obtain these certificates is unnecessarily long.”

The Senator Rodriguez further stated, “it is my intention to ensure that the fees generated by the Office of Vital Statistics will remain with this vital program. The funds shall be utilized by the office to support and enhance its programs, to include a fully automated computer system and additional staff.  I firmly believe this can accomplished by creating an Office of Vital Statistics Revolving Fund to facilitate a more efficient service to accommodate more clients on a timely basis.”

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