Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr., in one of his first acts as Oversight Chairman of the Committee on Tourism in the 34th Guam Legislature, joined the Guam Visitor's Bureau in a Hafa Adai Pledge (HAP) Signing Ceremony with 17 new participants representing the shop, dine and play category in the HAP program.
With 674 members representing over 33,500 individuals, the HAP means making a deeper commitment and taking more responsibility in our community. It also commits to "Uniting in One Spirit" for the perpetuation and preservation of the language, culture and traditions of our home; having a conscious awareness and concern, and supporting the programs that promote the culture; making a difference in the survival of our island culture; and, doing everything to "go local, look local and think local" throughout the year.
"I am very pleased that since 2009, the Hafa Adai Pledge program has attacted and encouraged over 674 businesses, on and off island to share the Hafa Adai spirit with over 33,000 employees and their families to go, think and look local. This is a great step in bringing awareness to what Guam's special culture and traditions are. The spirit of ina'guaiya and inafa'maolek are just a few of the ways we share our culture. In this year of Love, as branded by the GVB, we share our island love with all our visitors and encourage our people to do just the same with one another," Senator Rodriguez shared.
Senator Rodriguez, with GVB President Nate Denight and other GVB officials with the new Hafa Adai Pledge participants.
Sen. Rodriguez with the cultural entertainers after their performance commemorating the Hafa Adai Pledge.