SPEAKER Judith Won Pat yesterday said the public’s involvement on the proposed programmatic agreement which deals with issues about the protection of historical sites on Guam should the military buildup project comes in full swing should be sought.

Won Pat said the Legislature will not tolerate the Department of Defense’s tactic of putting pressure on two Guam Historic Preservation officers to sign off on a programmatic agreement that she described as insufficient.

Won Pat is calling for DoD and the Joint Guam Program Office to solicit public involvement on the agreement in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act.

“There are over 150 projects outlined in the Programmatic Agreement that may affect historic and cultural artifacts on Guam and for DoD to pressure the two officers just so they can say that there will be no adverse effects on these historic sites is wrong,” she said.

She added that the preservation officers have not had adequate time to review over 150 projects and their impacts.

Further, she said the National Historic Preservation Act requires public involvement in the review process.

The preservation office has requested that DOD and the federal government solicit the involvement of the public and the Guam Legislature, but to date they have neglected this important request.

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