NEWS: Mayors forced to buy masks from vendor at $100/box of 50 blue & white masks


By Troy Torres

troy@kanditnews.com


(Tumon, Guam) The government of Guam is paying Bic Sobti, owner of Royal Bics, $100 per box of 50 generic blue and white face masks that retail at Cost U Less for $19.99; Dewan Enterprises for $25; Benson for $29.88; and KMart for $39.99.


These face masks primarily are provided by the mayors to senior citizens, according to Sinajana Mayor Robert Hoffman.



The mayors offices of Guam were told they are able to procure these face masks from this particular vendor after the start of the public health emergency. Mayors offices submit their requests to Royal Bics.


Kandit was sent a purchase order for the face masks from one of the mayors's offices dated April 6 for boxes of 50 face masks per box. The total amount to be paid to Royal Bics indicates the boxes were sold for $100 each.


Mr. Hoffman confirmed the cost to Kandit News.


The government of Guam has been seizing several other merchants's supplies of protective face masks upon shipment to Guam. These face masks and other supplies to protect people against COVID-19 infection are pending release from the director of public health, Linda DeNorcey.

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