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Revised PA expected by end of the week

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - By Friday Governor Eddie Calvo is hoping to have the final draft of the ever so controversial Programmatic Agreement, which outlines how Guam's historic properties and artifacts will be dealt with during the military buildup. He's hoping to have it in place before he leaves for the nation's capitol Monday.

"We look forward to having those issues resolved before the end of the week," said the island's chief executive. Calvo says once the latest revised version of the Programmatic Agreement is received he'll be relying on input from his Chief Policy Advisor Arthur Clark and Guam State Historic Preservation Officer Lynda Aguon. "I want to make sure that its acceptable both to my self and to the SHPO," he added.

You may recall the Governor has said he would be inclined to sign the PA should the Department of Defense put in writing concessions discussed with Navy Undersecretary Robert Work when he visited the territory last month.  Those included: unrestricted access to Pagat Village, the military reducing its footprint, the "One Guam" approach to improve the quality of life for all on Guam and the Green Guam approach toward energy efficiency.

If those concessions are not included in the PA, the Governor says it can make all the difference when he's in DC next week. "If the language is still not in line with the representations and promises made by undersecretary work then I'm going to be over there and state that with clarity," he noted.

Governor Calvo meanwhile won't be the only elected leader traveling to the nation's capitol. He's invited Speaker Judi Won Pat, Senators Rory Respicio, Frank Blas Jr. and Senator Judi Guthertz to join him.  The latter has confirmed she has accepted the invitation. Guthertz who chairs the Guam Military Buildup Committee plans to press the feds on an array of issues and will fight for island businesses

Guthertz said, "I still don't see the kind of local business involvement in these construction project awards and maintenance awards and things of that nature that have gone off-island and that very much concerns me and I want to find out why is that. And I want to find out why is that the case. Is this a procurement issues a legal issue what do we need to do make sure that Guam's businesses come first for this buildup."

This will mark only the second time Guthertz has traveled off island since she was first elected four years ago, according to the island's chief executive he wants to make sure everyone's input is included. Said Calvo, "Senator Guthertz as oversight chair of the military buildup and also as a partner in this process with the Legislature that the view of herself as chairman of the committee as well as other representatives from the legislature, their voices are heard as well."

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