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Administration's Port visit touches on modernization plan

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Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero continued her tour of government facilities Wednesday, this time visiting the Port Authority of Guam. It's where new management is reviewing initiatives by the previous administration that could include changes to the multimillion-dollar port modernization plan. 

After a brief dockside tour, the Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio met and addressed port workers, then joined port leaders for an impromptu news conference. Management says it's reviewing the modernization plan by the previous administration, which was financed through a $71 million bond, the first-ever floated by the port. The plan includes key infrastructure and wharf improvements, but GM Rory Respicio says they are reassessing the need for a new $17 million administration building.

"I'm gonna have to make a presentation to the board, update them with our findings, ask them for their support for a resolution to ask the legislature and the governor to amend the public law which was very project specific and amount specific," Respicio said.

He also formed a task force to review the cases of the so-called Port 7, employees who were fired for allegedly conspiring on an illegal workers compensation claim payment. The governor and lt. governor say they favor letting the legal process play out.


"I am very confident that the general manager and the board will follow the orders of the court, again going through the judicial process, so I feel it will be sent through a very objective, fair and of course judicious process," Leon Guerrero said.

"It's fresh eyes, but I think if we operate under, following the law and making sure fairness was present with the employees and I think that it would probably be clear what the outcome would be," Tenorio said.

They also support letting the legal process play out on another high profile issue, the $17 million arbitration award to the YTK company for the lease of hotel wharf.

"My position on that is to let it go through the courts," the governor said. "I would say they are about three-fourths of the way. I hear there may be decisions made soon. So I would rather it continue to go through the judicial process."

The previous port administration appealed the arbitration award to the Supreme Court.

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