Guam – During a ceremony this morning [Monday] at the Governor’s Office , 35 families benefited from the latest deed and land lease agreements.
Deeds for a property in Asan and another in Barrigada were signed over to their original land owners. And another 20 families received leases to agricultural lots. 13 families got 99 year residential leases.
“First of all, I want to thank the Ancestral Land Commission, our partners Chamorro Land Trust Commission and all the land agencies for doing such great work. We’re already deeded over 1,000 acres of originally owned properties, owned by families on Guam that were taken by federal or local government. It’s now going back to the original land owners,” stated Governor Calvo.
Many of the families were on hand for the ceremony.
Wayne Ulloa along with his wife and kids were one of the families present. Ulloa, who has waited about 19 years, expressed his appreciation and thanks after receiving his papers. He expressed, “That’s why I’m so emotional because I get to start digging the ground that I’m going to build, a home for my family”.
Governor Calvo added, “It’s all about the Guamanian, the Chamorro dream. We have a 160,000 people living in this island and we got a small island. It’s so important that in order for someone, an individual, a family to reach their full potential, to reach their dream, they have to own a piece, lease or rent a piece of paradise. This is what it’s all about”.
READ the release from the Governor’s Office below:
“Some of these families have waited for decades to get their land back. They’ve gone through the process and have been so patient. Today, they get a plot of land to build homes with their families. The folks at the Department of Land Management have done a great job helping residents return to their roots. We remain committed to return land to original landowners and their heirs.” – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
CLTC Issues Leases
The Governor issued 20 agricultural and 13 residential Chamorro Land Trust leases this morning. Over the last two years, the Department of Land Management has issued over 165 agricultural and residential leases covering 154 acres. The families who have these leases can now use this land to start a farm or build their home.
These plots are leased to residents for $1.00 for 99 years from the day the lease was signed by the applicant. Currently, the CLTC is working on processing applicants who applied in 1995. These land leases can be used for residential or agriculture purposes.
For more information about leasing land and deeds, please call the Department of Land Management at 649-5263.
Ancestral Deed Signing Ceremony
The Governor also signed two deeds to families of ancestral lands. They celebrated with the Governor and the Department of Land Management in a deed signing ceremony at Adelup. For the past two years, 34 properties have been returned to ancestral landowners, totaling over 853 acres.
Guamanian Dream of Homeownership
You can be a homeowner, too! The Guam Housing Corporation is working every day to help residents realize their dream of homeownership. There are several grant programs, like the First Time Homeowners Assistance Program, which gives up to $10,000 per family for closing costs and other housing fees. More than a hundred families have received some assistance through this program to own their first home. You can call GHC for more information at 647-4143.