Thursday, November 19, 2009

Opinions Differ on Effectiveness of Military Buildup Conference

Opinions Differ on Effectiveness of Military Buildup Conference

Guam - The Legislature's conference on the military buildup kicked off Thursday.

Before a packed session hall acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy Roger M. Natsuhara gave the keynote address for the opening of the Legislature's conference on the military buildup.

The conference enjoyed participation from every branch of government including the executive. In fact Governor Felix Camacho said that Guam will be better off by involving more people in discussions on the military buildup.

The focus of this conference is to involve as many people as possible and get as much public input as possible to provide the true Guam perspective on the buildup.

Some attendants however didn't believe this was achieved. Mrs. Jackson says she thought she would be able to ask more questions at the conference instead the majority of the conference was reserved for speeches Frank Hill was also disappointed by this saying he was hoping to ask the keynote speaker some questions. Natsuhara's scheduled question and answer time was dropped. Nevertheless not everyone was disappointed some like University of Guam student Dave Chiqetto felt the conference was a step in the right direction. According to Chiqetto communication is the key to success in this military buildup.

The conference which is open to the public ends wraps up tomorrow.

Romeo C. Lagman, of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment will address the “Philippine Perspective on the Guam Buildup.”

His speech is scheduled for 9 a.m.

There will also be a presentation by the Criminal Justice and Social Science program of the Guam Community College which will offer the results of a survey of 3,000 persons regarding the buildup.

And then the last two panels of the day will convene. Panel three will discuss “Public Services & Systems.”

A final panel, that will discuss “Federal – Territorial Relations,” will round out the conference agenda.

Written by :
Clynt Ridgell

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