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1/23/2016

Senator Rory J. Respicio, who has legislative oversight over Guam's natural resources, recently held a public hearing on Bill 223-33 (COR). This bill, which was introduced by Senator Respicio, appropriates money from the inspection fees to fund the personnel needs of the Biosecurity Division of the Guam Department of Agriculture.

The threat of invasive plants and animals to Guam led the Legislature to pass Public Law 31-43, sponsored by Senator Chris Duenas. This law established a Biosecurity Division in the Guam Department of Agriculture and also an Invasive Species Inspection Fee. These revenues are kept separate and apart from the General Fund, and can only be used for efforts to protect our island from invasive species, such as the Rhino beetle.

Since the enactment of this statute, rules and regulations have been adopted for the fee’s implementation which began in July of 2015. Collections on these fees are just starting to come in, but the Department of Agriculture estimates that as much as $2 million annually could be realized from the Invasive Species Inspection Fee.

There was unanimous support of the bill by the Department of Agriculture personnel who testified, particularly in light of the start of FestPac in May. Director Matthew Sablan of the Guam Department of Agriculture said the need to beef up inspection personnel was dire: “It is incumbent that our division be staffed to protect our natural resources from biological invasion and threats from visiting countries and protecting our environment and endangered species,” Sablan told legislators at the hearing.

For more information, please contact Senator Respicio’s office at 472-7679.

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UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.




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1/12/2016

Health occupations, culinary arts, business technology, professional landscaping and painting. These are just a few of the fields and occupations that offer the potential of good paying jobs, business opportunities and a prosperous career.

A variety of officials on Guam have long realized the importance of connecting young Guam jobseekers with such employment and opportunities and it’s a particular concern of Senator Rory Respicio, a former Director of the Government of Guam’s Department of Youth Affairs.

Officials from the Hawaii Job Corps, which specializes in providing the bridge to these careers, visited Guam this week, meeting with local officials, including members of the Guam Legislature. Guam serves as a satellite site for the recruitment and processing of potential participants for the HJC, working with the Guam Department of Labor. Since 2011, Guam has sent 43 participants to HJC. As of last month, there were 15 Guam participants enrolled, including Nicolette Ngiraked, at the Maui Job Center, and Devine Quichocho at the Waimanalo campus.

During their visit, organized with the assistance of Senator Respicio’s office, the Hawaii Job Corps personnel provided technical training, informational sessions, and support for the staff and management at GDOL to begin the process of fulfilling requirements of the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

They also be discussed how they might be able to assist Guam with Job Corps services. These federal programs fund workforce development activities.

For more information about the Hawaii Job Corps, visit http://dol.guam.gov/employment-and-training/job-corps/, call the American Job Center (AJC) at 475-7000/1 or visit the AJC located at 710 Marine Corps Drive, Suite 301 Bell Tower Plaza, (across from the 76 gas station in Anigua).

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UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.




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