February 28, 2017
Dear People of Guam:
Buenas yan Hafa Adai! As the sponsor of Bill 26-34 (COR)- “An act to amend Section 3 of Public Law 33-104 and Section 2 of Public Law 33-176, relative to extending timelines and means of notification for Land for the Landless purchasers,” I would like to invite you to participate in the following Town Hall Meetings:
1) Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 5:30 P.M. at the Dededo Mayor’s Office
2) Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. at the Inarajan Community Center
The Land for the Landless program was a series of laws to distribute government lots to low-income families between 1978 and 1987. The 33rd Guam Legislature passed two bills imposing deadlines on Department of Land Management processing of applications in default and to move the properties into the Chamorro Land Trust inventory.
The law required procedures and deadlines that may have been too restrictive for land agents and applicants to address the range of historic issues and satisfy government guidelines.
If enacted, Bill No. 26-34 (COR) will allow a wider variety of procedures for public officers to find and notify qualified Land for the Landless program applicants. It will allow qualified applicants to make payment arrangements, and allow land officers to assist unsuccessful applicants to transition to other housing and land programs. Foreclosed and vacated lots will be transferred into the Chamorro Land Trust Commission inventory.