Gov asks OPA to dismiss latest Simon Sanchez protest

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The governor says he asked for the AG’s support on the dilapidated Yigo school over a year ago.

Guam – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo is now weighing in on the recent protest for the multi-million dollar request for bid to renovate Simon Sanchez High School.

During his weekly address, Governor Calvo thanked Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson for supporting the rebuild of the dilapidated high school.

The governor says he asked for the AG’s support over a year ago, adding that she had the power to sign a letter of substantial interest allowing for the protests to be quashed and the school renovated.

At present, the AG has reportedly asked the Office of Public Accountability to dismiss the latest procurement appeal filed by top bidder Core Tech International.

“These ongoing protests have forced our students to go to a school where water and not knowledge seeps through the halls, and collects in classrooms,” said Governor Calvo in his weekly address.

For the last four years, protests have stagnated the procurement process. There is currently a pending appeal filed by opposing bidder Core Tech International. CTI’s past protests have been successful, but have subsequently delayed the reconstruction of Simon Sanchez High School.

“Students are required to go to physical education classes in a gymnasium where rust and water pools, instead of sportsmanship and teamwork, are fostered,” said Governor Calvo. “Today, I ask the OPA to make the right decision as permitted by law and help ensure that the Simon Sanchez High School community has a facility that is truly conducive to teaching and learning.”

You can view the Governor’s latest weekly address here.