by Sabrina Salas Matanane Guam - With public meetings set to begin this weekend on the Draft SEIS island leaders like Speaker Judi Wot Pat encourages the community to participate in the dialogue. "I want to encourage all those who have spoken out and all those who have not yet had the chance to express their opinions about the buildup, to attend these public hearings and make your voices heard by providing oral testimony, speaking to the leaders and DOD representatives who will be present or by submitting a written comment," she said. As we reported the Joint Guam Program Office launches its series of public meetings on the SEIS on Saturday, with its first public meeting scheduled to be held at Okkodo High School.
Buenas yan Hafa Adai,
There are a lot of important events this week concerning the military build-up that require
our community’s active involvement. I’d like to encourage all members of our community,
who share many different perspectives on the build-up, to attend these events, learn more
about what is being planned, and share their views.
At 9 a.m. today, Senator Vicente Pangelinan is holding a round-table meeting in the Guam
Legislature Public Hearing Room on the Programmatic Agreement relative to the
realignment of marines from Okinawa to Guam. The Programmatic Agreement was signed
in March 2011, and addresses the preservation of historical and cultural resources that will
be affected by the build-up. The build-up plans have changed since the Programmatic
Agreement was signed. Thus, the round-table meeting is intended to provide the
community with information about the Agreement that will help them formulate questions
and submit comments and public testimony on the Draft Supplemental Environmental
Impact Statements or SEIS.
The Public Hearings for the draft SEIS begin this Saturday May 17, at Okkodo High School.
There will be an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by a public hearing from 3 to 5 p.m.
The last two Public Hearings will take place next Monday, May 19 at Father Duenas
Memorial School’s Phoenix Center and Tuesday, May 20 at the former DODEA McCool
School in Santa Rita. On both evenings, the open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m.
followed by a public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
The public hearings are an opportunity for our people to provide oral testimonies
expressing concerns, raising questions, and providing thoughts on the revised build-up
plans. Since the draft SEIS was released, there have been many different points of view
expressed about the build-up. As an educator, this has been very enlightening for me,
because I always consider all perspectives before making a decision. I have been listening
very attentively to our community, and I look forward to hearing more at the public
hearings. I want to encourage all those who have spoken out, and all those who have not
yet had the chance to express their opinions about the build-up, to attend these public
hearings and make their voices heard by providing oral testimony, speaking to the leaders
and DOD representatives who will be present, or by submitting a written comment.