WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech visited the U.S. territory of Guam last week, where he met with Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio, the Guam Energy Office, as well as the staff of the Commission on Decolonization.
Domenech also met with Guam Speaker Tina Muña Barnes and several Guam legislators.
“The various issues that impact the lives of Guamanians are extremely important to the mission of the Department of the Interior, so I appreciated meeting with [Leon Guerrero and Tenorio],” said Domenech.
While in Guam, he signed several Capital Improvement Project grants totaling $6.33 million that he later presented to Leon Guerrero:
$3.08 million for the Department of Public Health & Social Services to fund the Division of Environmental Health’s new office space and a facility for processing and training.
$2.25 million for the Department of Youth Affairs to 1) purchase space in Mangilao in compliance with Department of Justice requirements for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and 2) build administrative offices and supply depots, provide maintenance, and replace emergency generators,
$1 million for the Insular Assessment of Buildings and Classrooms program to address deferred maintenance needs in local schools.
The CIP program provided through the Office of Insular Affairs serves to address a variety of critical infrastructure needs in the U.S. territories such as hospitals, schools, wastewater and solid waste systems.
The Insular Assessment of Buildings and Classroom program provides an assessment of the physical condition of public schools in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and prioritizes critical health and safety deferred maintenance needs. (DOI)