by Nick Delgado
Guam - The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously showed support for HR-4493, The Bunitan Tasi Bill. The measure was introduced by Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo in January and would ensure that the Government of Guam is treated as a cooperating agency in the process of developing the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. The bill would also enhance existing environmental education programs on Guam within the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Bordallo, "I offered an amendment that clarifies the role of the Government of Guam as a cooperating agency for the purposes of implementing the presidential proclamation. Secondly, the amendment focuses on enhancing visitor services at the already established Guam National Wildlife Refuge to improve education and outreach. The Bunitan Tasi Bill is vital because our community places a great deal of cultural significance on our oceans and marine resources.
"It is only fitting that the people of Guam are given a seat at the table as these management plans are created and implemented. I thank Chairman Nick Rahall for his leadership and I am hopeful The Bunitan Tasi Bill will be on the House floor for a vote soon."