After over 25 years, the official Government of Guam Protocol Guide has finally been updated to provide a standardized reference for all protocol-related matters in the government of Guam.
The modernized guide, spearheaded by Senator Mary Camacho Torres, who chairs the 35th Guam Legislature’s Subcommittee on Protocol, updates the GovGuam Protocol Guide, which was established in the 16th Guam Legislature and last updated in 1993.
The protocol guide has served as a reference for proper planning procedures, etiquette for government functions, and the regular conduct of international courtesy.
Authorized by Sen. Régine Biscoe Lee, who chairs the rules committee, a subcommittee on protocol was established and tasked with the preparation of an updated guide.
A training session addressing key topics within the guide was already hosted by Sen. Torres and Lt. Gov. Joshua F. Tenorio at the Guam Museum, with over 40 representatives of GovGuam agencies in attendance.
The training was led by protocol experts Jean Chabanne and Clare Borja.
Chabanne was recently trained and licensed by the Protocol School of Washington. As Protocol Officer for the Marine Corps Activity Guam (MCAG), she provides etiquette and protocol services to government agencies.
Borja retired from the Joint Region Marianas as Region Protocol Officer. She served as the Chief Protocol Officer for Gov. Felix Camacho as well as Protocol Officer for Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo; and is trained and licensed by the Protocol School of Washington.
The updated Protocol Guide reorganizes the content of the previous guide by grouping related sections to create sensible flow and user-friendly layout. In addition to the reorganization of certain information, some areas were revised to reflect proper protocol observed on Guam today. These additions or revisions include the following:
* Updates to addresses referenced in the previous publication, such as references to the temporary Guam Legislature Building;
* Territorial Order of Precedence: the positions of the Public Auditor of Guam and the Attorney General of Guam were added because these titles were not recognized previously as they were not elected officials at the time of the last publication;
* Opening ceremonies: a new section including descriptions of the Blessing/Bendision and the Inifresi was added. These traditional cultural ceremonies are now observed at many events;
* Guam Flag: a new section detailing the proper folding of the Guam flag was added; and
* Digital Etiquette: a new section pertaining to email, cellphone, photograph and social media etiquette was added because the committee found it useful to have this reference on proper digital etiquette with today’s increasing technological advancements.
Given developments in protocol over the last two decades, Sen Torres said a new guide was crucial as it relates to all official events and activities conducted by the government of Guam.
The updated guide is available to the public at www.guamlegislature.com.