VIDEO: Other Port Employees May Lack TWICs; Ada Calls Oversight Seeking Answers


Guam -Senator Tom Ada has called an oversight hearing for the port authority of Guam over concerns about port security and personnel hiring following reports of nepotism.

Patrick J. Sablan was hired as a cargo handler even though he failed to qualify for the required transportation worker identification card or TWIC card.

Sablan’s aunt is port deputy G.M. Anisia Terlaje. Because of these reports Senator Ada has begin looking into security issues at the port and has learned that there may be several employees who are lacking a TWIC card.

“Now I think security at the port cannot be taken lightly because of the fact that ninety percent of the consumables that come to this island come through the port so we certainly cannot take any chances at all of having any kind of disruption at that port,” said Senator Ada.

The hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the legislative public hearing room.

READ Senator Ada’s release in FULL below:

Hagåtña, Guam (May 9, 2012): On May 8, 2012, Senator Tom Ada issued notice to the Port Authority of Guam that the Committee on Transportation will schedule and conduct an Oversight Hearing to assuage concerns regarding port security and personnel protocol.

Senator Ada indicates that reports by the local media regarding the failure of a recently hired Cargo Checker to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) has raised serious concerns, and such concerns warrant an Oversight Hearing. Senator Ada states, “The Oversight
Hearing is needed to address concerns regarding the Port’s Rules and Regulations relative to security clearance requirements and protocol, should an employee fail to obtain the required clearances to perform the duties of their job.”

The TWIC is required for unescorted access to maritime facilities and vessels regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard and designated as secured or restricted. As such, each employee who regularly performs their duties within these secured or restricted areas – including cargo checkers, stevedores, equipment operations, drayage, contractors, truck drivers and merchant mariners –must obtain a TWIC.

Senator Ada states, “We should ensure that potential employees are able to obtain both local and federal security clearances as security at the port terminal is paramount to preventing disruption in the processing of goods imported to Guam.”

The Oversight Hearing will be conducted on May 16, 2012 at 6:30pm. It will be held at the Public Hearing Room, I Liheslaturan Guåhan, and will be broadcast on MCV channel 13 and GTA channel 21.