FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senator Seeks Bordallo and Calvo’s Support and Action on U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Creation of Parole Program for Filipino-American WW II Veteran Family Members and Perusal of Guam Only Visa Waiver for Philippines and Vietnam.
Tamuning, Guam. Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Health, Homeland Security, Economic Development, and Senior Citizens over the weekend sent letters to Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and Governor Eddie Baza Calvo regarding the October 2, 2015 announcement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s creation of a program to allow certain family members of Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veterans to receive parole to enter the United States and to seek support and action for a Guam-only visa waiver program for the Philippines and Vietnam.
The circumstances and factors that were analyzed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2008 pursuant to the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-229) have evolved, especially as it relates to the Philippines and Vietnam.
“The recent announcement of the DHS’s parole program for family members of Filipino and Filipino-American WW-II veterans has inspired me to once again revisit the potential of a Guam-only visa waiver for the Philippines and Vietnam. Both these countries are geographically located in close proximity to Guam and have emerged as a powerful economic powerhouse that could provide positive economic and business growth to our island.” Senator Rodriguez said.
Congresswoman Bordallo assured the senator that her office is in contact with the DHS to seek information and guidance on the parole program and that her Guam District Office will provide further information and update to the community once available.
The Senator’s letter to Governor Calvo regarding the perusal of the Guam-only visa waiver for the Philippines and Vietnam was delivered to Adelup this morning. Senator Rodriguez will await the governor’s response and is committed to work with the administration and provide any assistance to achieve this effort.
Several dozen Brokers of the Guam Association of Realtors gathered to discuss crucial developments in their profession and other areas of island happenings directly related to their business during their last Brokers Forum for 2015.
At the invitation of the GAR, Sen. Rodriguez spoke on two Legislative Bills he introduced in the 33rd Guam Legislature.
Bill 133-33, an Act to authorize a Guam commissioned Notary Public to perform notarial acts in a foriegn country for documents to be used on Guam; and Bill 185-33, the Government Land Takings Compensation Act were presented to give the Association an understanding of the intent of each bill. Sen. Rodriguez took questions from several of the realtors during and after his presentation.
Senator Rodriguez expressed his appreciation for the work that the GAR and each individal Realtor on Guam contributes to the economic and family success of our island community.
Sen. Rodriguez addressed the Guam Association of Realtors during their last Brokers Forum for 2015.
The Bureau of Statistics and Plans said thank you and congratulations to two of their long-time public servants today, Sept. 29 during a retirement celebration.
Senator Dennis Rodriguez, on behalf of the people of Guam, presented Legislative Resolutions commending and congratulating Mr. Edwin Verzosa and Ms. Selina Tenorio for their service on their retirement after 30 and 31 years, respectively.
Congratulations Mr. Verzosa and Ms. Tenorio, and Si Yu'os Ma'ase' for your service to the people of Guam!
Senator Rodriguez with BSP Dep. Dir. James McDonald and retirees Edwin Verzosa and Selina Tenorio with their family during their retirement celebration.