FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 10, 2020
Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced Welcomes Visit from Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown, White House Special Representative to Puerto Rico
(July 10, 2020- Washington, D.C.) – Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced announced today that she would welcome Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown, White House Special Representative to Puerto Rico, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Small Business Administration (SBA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to the island.
“I want to welcome my good friend and colleague Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown and representatives from the various U.S. federal agencies that will be visiting our beloved island later this month. We will be discussing federal funding allocations for impacted areas in Puerto Rico,” said Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced. “We have an excellent relationship with the White House, and we will continue to work hand-in-hand with President Trump and his Administration as our island continues to recover fully”.
“I look forward to continuing engaging with the great people of Puerto Rico. Our last trip focused on energy production and hurricane preparedness; this trip will focus on small business owners, Puerto Rican farmers, education and housing developments, and individual stakeholders”, said Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown.
This visit builds upon Admiral Brown’s visit last month where he traveled to Puerto Rico to discuss preparedness and readiness for this year’s hurricane season. However, while Hurricane Season 2020 comes with challenging circumstances as the island continues to recover from the 2017 hurricanes, Irma and María; the recent earthquakes that continue to impact the island; and the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic are also issues at the forefront of this trip to be examined and discussed. The officials will visit Puerto Rico later this month.
“As Puerto Rico recovers from the 2017 Hurricanes and the recent earthquakes that continue to affect our island daily, the Government of Puerto Rico is committed to providing a transparent account of ongoing recovery projects,” said Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq. “Our priority is the adequate stewardship and proper management of funds as we continue to take measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and remain vigilant in our preparations for this year’s Hurricane season”.
Vázquez Garced concluded: “I am committed to continuing to provide accountability for federal funding as our island recovers from these major natural disasters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, we want our state Senators, Representatives, and Mayors to have access to the necessary resources and information so that the 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico can fully recover and be prepared for Hurricane Season 2020. This funding is reaching those who need it the most and the people of Puerto Rico. It is essential that we continue to work with the White House, Rear Admiral Brown, and Congress so that in the midst of these challenging times, Puerto Rico can move forward”.