Guam – Senator Ben Pangelinan is calling on the public to attend the Department of Defense’s public hearing tonight [Thursday] on the Programmatic Agreement which will guide GovGuam, the Military and private contractors on how to proceed when ever historic remains or artifacts are discovered during buildup projects.
Tonight’s hearing will be held at Okudu High School from 5 to 8pm.
In a release, the Seantor points out that despite the signing of the Record of Decision [RoD] federal law still requires DoD to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, a law that requires federal agencies to consider the effects that its actions will have on historic properties.
In his relase, the Senator says the Department of Defense has “failed to comply with this law.”
Pangelinan is quoted in his release as saying that “This will be another opportunity for our community to ensure that DoD follows the law and does not trample on our cultural heritage and erase historic sites from our island and history. With over 41,000 additional people expected to come to Guam with the military’s expansion, we must determine its impacts on Guam’s cultural and historical resources before we begin digging up and cementing all over Guam”.
DoD has over 180 projects planned as part of the military expansion and have admitted that several of these projects will directly and indirectly affect properties that are culturally and historically important. Many of these projects will be in areas where the historical and cultural significance is still unknown.