by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Department of Parks & Recreation director nominee Peter Calvo assured lawmakers today that he will not sign-off on the Programmatic Agreement. Instead, Calvo said he would defer to State Historic Preservation Officer Lynda Aguon. The nominee said he has not been asked to sign the PA and believes that any signature must come from the SHPO.
Lawmakers like Senator Rory Respicio clearly wanted more assurances. "Will you just then defer to Lynda Aguon, who is the SHPO for Guam, who is designated by statute and that whatever she decides to do in terms of the PA, as director of that agency, you will support your employee?" "Yes, I will support Lynda Aguon," Calvo stated. "So if they ask you to sign you're gonna say it's Lynda Aguon's signature that has to be on that document and I'm going to defer to her?" Respicio asked.
Upon Calvo's affirmation, Respicio said, "Then you have my support."
Calvo also said he is working on putting up signs at Pagat warning people of the law that prohibits the taking of cultural artifacts that may be found at the historic village. Many individuals testified in support of his nomination.