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When the Guam Farmer's Market in Dededo opens in a couple of weeks, there will be a name on the building synonymous with a champion.

Sen. Rodriguez introduced Bill 203-33(COR) on October 30 to name the Guam Farmer's Market the "vicente (ben) c. pangelinan Farmer's Market - I Metkaon Lancheron I Taotato or the People's Farmer's Market."

During the public hearing on the Bill, great support was received in testimony from many individuals who supported farmers and the late Speaker.  It was suggested that another name be referenced in Chamorro to ensure the renaming was accurate. 

After much deliberation and research, the final proposal was made to enhance the renaming and ultimately became the "The Speaker vicente (ben) c. pangelinan Guam Farmers Market: Sagan Lina'la I Manaotao Tano' (The Place of the Life of the People of the Land)."

"Speaker Ben was a true champion of the people. He worked hard to ensure the Guam Farmer's Cooperative had the land and assistance to build this long-awaited farmer's market.  During his public service, Speaker Ben never failed to recognize and support the work each man, woman and child did for the family and island community.  He continually fought for the rights of landowners, farmers, fishermen, and indigenous rights, making him their champion.  This is a wonderful way to remember Speaker Ben's contributions to our island community," Sen. Rodriguez stated.

The bill passed with 14 yea votes and 1 excused absence.  It now awaits the Governor's action to pass or veto.

 

In a week long Legislative Session, one of the Legislative Bills introduced by Sen. Rodriguez, Bill 133-33 (COR) was debated on the legislative floor during the November session last week.

Bill 133-33's intent was to authorize Guam's commissioned Notary Public's to perform their notarial acts in a foreign country for legal documents to be used on Guam.

After much debate and deliberation, the Guam Legislature passed the bill with 9 yeas, 5 nays and 1 excused absence.

This bill will provide added economic development in allowing Guam's Notary Publics to provide a service to investors from foreign countries in their real estate transactions. All documents notarized must be filed with the Department of Land Management.

The Bill has been transmitted to the Governor's office for his review and hopeful enactment.

This morning, November 12, 2015, the Guam Legislature through Sen. Rodriguez's office joined the American Cancer Society Guam Field Office in a 2016 RELAY FOR LIFE kick-off event.

Sen. Rodriguez, joined by 10 other Senators, presented the American Cancer Society with Resolution 232-33 (COR)- commending and congratulating them for the work they do in support of Guam's Cancer Survivors, caregivers and families.

Immediately after the presentation, Senators got purple-ized when cancer survivors painted on their shirts as a symbol of Painting Guam Purple, the official theme for Relay 2016!

Purple is the official color of Relay for Life and exudes the spirit of the survivor and support for all who live with cancer, bringing hope and love until a cure is found!

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Cathy Rivera Castro reads Resolution 232-33 before Sen. Rodriguez presents to the American Cancer Society.

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Senators with American Cancer Society Officials and Cancer Survivors after the presentation.

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Cerina Mariano painting Sen. Rodriguez purple during the event.

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American Cancer Society with the PURPLE-IZED Senators during the kick-off.

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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.

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