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Cruz bats for procurement training

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Today is registration deadline

TODAY is the deadline to sign up for the Guam Community College’s Fundamentals in Procurement Training Course, which Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz said must be required of all government procurement personnel.

“Asking someone to work in government procurement without meaningful and substantive training is like sending a soldier into battle without his rifle,” Cruz said, noting “an endless barrage of protest” actions against a number of procurement decisions.

Cruz wrote to Gov. Eddie Calvo and Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez, seeking their support for his efforts to send procurement personnel to the training class.

The Vice Speaker urged Calvo to provide resources to ensure availability of training to employees “who most require it.”

Cruz has partnered with GCC and other community stakeholders to develop a program “focused on preventing procurement challenges by increasing core competencies among procurement personnel throughout the government.”

“I want to thank (GCC President Mary) Okada for her vision and dedication to this program. She understood from the start just how important this was,” Cruz said. “The course’s success is directly attributable to her hard work and the continued effort of its instructors.”

The program includes four modules: Fundamentals & Principles of Procurement, Solicitation Process, Procurement Review and Remedies, and Management & Administration of Procurement.

Module 1, which starts at 3 p.m. today and runs until July 29, will introduce procurement contracting to public and private sector participants in local government contracting.

Course dates

  • Module 1: Fundamentals & Principles of Procurement – July 8 to 29.
  • Module 2: Solicitation Process – Aug. 12 to 30.
  • Module 3: Procurement Review and Remedies – Sept. 9 to 27.
  • Module 4: Management & Administration of Procurement – Oct. 7 to 25.
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