Guam - Guam State Historic Preservation Officer Lynda Aguon may have signed the Programmatic Agreement, but We Are Guahan says the fight to save Pagat Village is far from over. According to Governor Eddie Calvo the signing of the PA is both historically significant and critical to the island economy.
The governor added that approximately $1 billion in projects and bids for projects now can begin. According to We Are Guahan member Attorney Leevin Camacho the Department of Defense will still have to answer in court for breaking the law. We Are Guahan, the Guam Preservation Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation last year filed a lawsuit against the DoD for failing to provide or consider other alternatives for the Marines proposed firing ranges along Route 15 and the Pagat area.
A hearing for the case has been scheduled for September in Hawaii. Meanwhile, Camacho says, "At some point, we all have to ask ourselves: what kind of guam do we want to leave for our children and for our grandchildren,", likewise We Are Guahan member Cara Flores-Mays comments, "times may be hard. But there is no amount of money that can buy back our land or our culture."