Guam - An agreement between the Chamorro Land Trust Commission and one of the island's largest real estate developers is on hold. Tonko Reyes Incorporated agreed to voluntarily survey a million square meters of CLTC land that would have enabled hundreds of lots to be subdivided and distributed to those who have been waiting years for CLTC property.
Last year we broke the story that TRI was using CLTC land behind Paradise Estates as a staging area without compensating the Commission, as a result the memorandum of agreement was signed. However due to concerns raised by oversight chairperson Senator Ben Pangelinan about the legality of the agreement, things remain at a standstill.
CLTC administrator Monte Mafnas and the board discussed the situation during their meeting this afternoon, Mafnas said, "I just want to go on the record that Senator Ben Pangelinan's concern is right for checks and balance but however, but however I want to say Governor Calvo his board and myself are cognizant of the law and we ensure that we will follow the mandates of the law that we will do the right thing. I want to go on the record that this exercise of collecting or receiving that offer was for past due exercise of TRI utilizing CLTC property retrospectively. It didn't happen on our watch at least with the commission board and myself. I went forth and collected a debt that I foresaw but this debt was retrospectively speaking with the previous administrator. I want to go on record that it was unsolicited for surveying services, I demanded compensation from TRI for utilizing CLTC property and they came gave an offer because they have a surveyor on board they made an offer to survey 1 million square meters of CLTC property. To do the retrace service and survey and assist us in master planning and developing a subdivision plan.
A CLTC board member said, "I think thinking outside of the box is a pretty good notion especially when nobody has the money to do the things that need to be done. And partnerships with folks that are going to do it. Seems to be good but I do recognize as well the important of ensuring that its going to be done in he realms of the law and policies established in this government and the respect that Senator Ben Pangelinan as oversight of what's going on I don't think any of us what to step off the boat and do the wrong thing and as you mentioned Monte none of us have I don't have a vested interest in this at all. I think we're looking for the interest of all these folks that are still on the waiting list and can't get anywhere because we can't issue anything out if its not surveyed."