by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Department of Defense is hoping they'll finally get signatures on the highly controversial Programmatic Agreement by the end of the week. The latest version of the agreement on how historical properties will be treated during the military buildup was released in late November.
But the revised PA still included the historic village of Pagat as a live artillery training site.
Parks and Recreation director Pete Calvo says he's inquiring whether the Government of Guam can have an extension to Friday's looming deadline, but confirms the Administration is working to make a decision on the PA. He said, "We hope to finalize something to the benefit of Guam so the people of Guam can make sure that our interests are protected as well as provide the military and navy assurances that they too would be assisted in this buildup."
This is not the first time the DoD has given the Government of Guam a deadline to sign the Programmatic Agreement. Because of concerns in the document, Guam State Historic Preservation Officer Lynda Aguon has refused to sign citing major concerns with protecting the island's historical properties.