Chamorro Village phasing in Chamorro-only policy

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A new system of operations concerning the Chamorro Village Wednesday night market will be put into effect by Nov. 6.

The Department of Chamorro Affairs is now phasing in the adoption of a Chamorro-only policy for the Chamorro Village.

In an interview with Patti Arroyo on K57, Ann Marie Arceo, president of the Department of Chamorro Affairs, said they are phasing out the holding of Polynesian dance and other non-Chamorro dances at the Chamorro Village.

This has raised an outcry from a number of residents, especially the island’s manamko who regularly frequent the Chamorro Village to dance non-Chamorro dances like the electric slide and the cha-cha.

The new policy can also affect vendors at the Chamorro Village whose offerings are not Chamorro or Guam-related.

“We have a plan that we have been working on for the past six months on making sure that items sold at Chamorro Village are made on Guam. We are working with the Guam Product Seal and GEDA. We are doing this slowly. We’re not trying to boot everybody out because they’re not doing local,” Arceo said.

During the same K57 interview, Arceo also said purview of the Chamorro Village may be transferred to the Guam Economic Development Agency for economic reasons.

She said there is a view that the Chamorro Village should also be considered as a business venture especially in light of its financial struggles.

During a recent roundtable informational hearing, it was revealed that the Department of Chamorro Affairs has to deal with thousands of dollars in arrears from Chamorro Village tenants.

According to Arceo, the debts are an accumulation of overdue rental and water fees and that in the past six months, they’ve had to evict vendors who were not able to pay up.

She added that the process for collecting payment is fair, stating that they send at least three notices when tenants do not make payment within 90 days.

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