Guam – Senator Rory Respicio has sent a letter to acting governor Ray Tenorio asking that the people of Guam be allowed enough time to review and comment on the recently revised programmatic agreement. Respicio would like for the acting governor to hold a public hearing on the revised agreement.
The programmatic agreement has been at the center of controversy because of it’s inclusion of the military’s plans to use Pagat and Rt.15 as a firing range complex. The revised programmatic agreement contains provisions that allow for 24/7 access to the ancient Pagat village and the Pagat caves however We Are Guahan, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Guam Preservation Trust have expressed safety concerns because the firing ranges will still be nearby the ancient village. There are also questions as to what the military defines as the ancient village of Pagat. “I’m hoping that acting Governor Tenorio would organize not just to delay the programmatic agreement but to give the people of Guam an opportunity to understand this revised programmatic agreement through a public hearing process,” said Respicio. Residents only have until this Friday, February 25, to submit their comments.