Guam Guard facilities to be upgraded

Global Pacific Design Builders LLC of Hagatna was awarded a $33.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for construction of the Guam Army National Guard Readiness Center in Barrigada.

The work provides for the “design and construction of a facility to support the training, administrative, and logistical requirements of the Guam Army National Guard,” according to a Sept. 30 release.

The contract also contains five unexercised options, which if exercised, would increase the cumulative contract value to $38.2 million. Work is expected to be completed by February 2025. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas made the award, for which Global Pacific was the only bidder.


Palau to introduce biometrics at entry

The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection of Palau has reached a deal with Tascent Inc. of Silicon Valley, Calif. for the deployment of its multimodal biometrics at the country’s border crossings, according to a Sept. 23 release. The bureau expects the system to go operational within the first six months of next year, according to the release.


Cornerstone Valuation Guam releases quarterly statistics


According to Cornerstone Valuation’s newsletter, released Sept. 30, Guam’s real estate sales volume increased slightly in the second quarter of 2022, compared to the second quarter of 2021, but the number of transactions went down. Both single family dwellings and land sales decreased. Condominium sales soared, due to Ladera Tower unit sales. The median price in all sectors reflects increases, mainly due to a limited supply, ‘balancing’ the rising interest pressures.


Grants update:

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Sept. 26 the award of $7.51 million in a Dislocated Worker Grant to the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Agency to support SkillUp CNMI. 

The project promotes enhanced strategic public-private partnerships to convey an effective plan to address the shortfalls of the workforce. SkillUp CNMI is designed to serve communities in priority industries, such as infrastructure-related sectors, including manufacturing, construction, communications, transportation, distribution and logistics; economy sectors such as health and childcare; environmental remediation and climate change mitigation-related industries; and individuals in leisure/hospitality, who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Sept. 27 release from the Office of the Governor.

The Office of the Governor, the Guam Economic Development Authority, and the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services presented checks totaling $1.6 million to 39 recipients through a second round of the Community Care and After School Care Programs.

Recipients are:




The Talent Box


To expand after school and intersession dance programs, giving Guam’s children more opportunities and resources to learn different styles of dance.

Dear Tree Learning Center and Art Studio


To expand their after school program dedicated to teaching children new and contemporary forms of visual art.

Santa Teresita Catholic Church


To bolster their community programs aimed at serving children ages 4 and up. These community programs are intended for faith based children’s programs and mental health awareness.

Gracie Barra Martial Arts Academy


To expand their after school and summer programs to offer more opportunities for Guam’s youth to train in jiu-jitsu and offer more accessible classes to children from low-income communities and children with disabilities.

Children’s Production Inc (SKIP Entertainment Co.)


To bolster SKIP’s after school program as well as the winter, spring and summer 2023 intercessions to give children more opportunities and resources to learn and cultivate different styles of dance.

Wings FC Soccer Club


To bolster team training activities and give the children more opportunities to train and love the sport of soccer

St. Francis Catholic School


To launch new summer program to be offered to Guam’s youth to give them a positive faith base environment and give them opportunities to participate in a variety of age appropriate activities

Guam Amateur Baseball Association


To bolster after school baseball leagues and host a summer camp baseball clinic aimed at teaching the youth the sport of baseball and educating the youth about drug, alcohol, and substance abuse

Guam Conservatory of Arts


To expand the after school program and summer program aimed at teaching children about ballet, dance, and dramatic arts

Gametime Inc.


To expand youth football league and establish summer camp aims at teaching kids football

Erica’s House Inc


To offer more activities and supplies for children at the center



To launch three summer programs and and one after school program  focused on suidicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, and providing age appropriate activities

Kidz Korner Child Care Center


To launch after school program for homework help and tutoring services

Guam Elite Basketball (Micronesian Sports Foundation)


To launch after school program that will offer basketball training clinics and fitness training to participating children

Art Beat Guam


To launch after school program for students to create art and explore new art styles

Junior Achievement of Guam


To launch three programs dedicated to teaching children about environmental sustainability

Guahan Sustainable Culture


To launch after school program to help students with homework and participate in a community garden

Guam Junior Golf League


To launch after school program and monthly tournaments

Guam Bowling Congress


To establish a junior division of bowling league

Father Duenas Memorial School


To launch intersession camp and summer camp in 2023

SIFA Learning Academy


To launch after school sports programs for rugby, basketball, soccer and volleyball

Santa Barbara Catholic School


To strengthen SBCS After school art club and music choir

Edtech Institute


To launch Youth Volleyball Camp and Math Camp – Summer 2023


The Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence and the Office of the Attorney General of Guam have received a $1.5 million grant to “combat human trafficking” in Guam and in the Northern Mariana Islands, according to a Sept. 30 release. Law enforcement agencies will receive $750,000 to support task force coordination, and victim service providers will receive $750,000 to support victim services with community outreach, resources, training, and coordination of awareness and response. Titled Project Setbe yan Protehi, the grant seeks to reestablish the Marianas Human Trafficking Task Force.


Port of Guam awards upgrade jobs

RN Builders were awarded $390,000 of renovation work at the Port of Guam’s Container Freight Station. The work will include painting of the exterior, interior, and roof coating, according to a Sept. 29 release from the port.


College president teaches cultural course

Patrick U. Tellei, president of Palau Community College; gave a continuing education class on the constitution of Palau at the Palau Cultural Center in Dededo on Sept. 24. The former trust territory of the United States became a sovereign nation Oct. 1, 1994. More than 40 students attended the four-hour course and earned a certificate from Palau Community College. The class is the first of more courses that Tellei hopes could lead to a larger program on Palau cultural studies. mbj