By Pacific Island Times News Staff
DOI grants $4M to Guam for CIP
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs announces $4 million in capital improvement project grant funding to design a new Guam multi-purpose/emergency operations center and handle deferred maintenance needs in Guam's public schools. “We are pleased to support the CIP priorities identified by Gov. Lourdes “Lou” Leon Guerrero that are aligned with our mission to support and improve the quality of life for the people of Guam,” said Nikolao Pula, OIA director and acting assistant secretary.
Pula said the funds will provide critical support to Guam and the other territories, an in particular for the ongoing deferred maintenance needs at schools.
“Covid-19 has created unprecedented socioeconomic challenges that have threatened much of our advances. A key component in our economic recovery is protecting our environment and natural resources," Leon Guerrero said.
"The Guam Environmental Protection Agency plays a critical role in ensuring our development does not harm our island, and it is time we give them the tools they need to continue their mission,” she added.
The Capital Improvement Project fiscal year 2021 grants announced are: Guam EPA Resource Center - $3,000,000 will fund the architectural and engineering design as well as site improvements for a new Guam Environmental Protection Agency multi-purpose center in Tiyan. The proposed building will be LEED-certified and will also serve as an emergency operations center. Guam Department of Education (DOE) - $1,000,000 will be used towards ongoing deferred maintenance needs throughout Guam's public schools and an inventory and work order system, to optimize asset utilization and reduce operational cost across Guam’s schools.
“We cannot deny the effects COVID-19 has had on education and our students’ development. Investment in our schools is now more important than ever—laying the foundation for the rebuilding of our economy. This funding allows us to prioritize the health and safety of our students and renew our mission to give them the schools they deserve,” said Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio.