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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded in August 1967 by five countries in the region: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. In subsequent years, the organization has expanded to include Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. The ten nations encompass a land mass of 4,479,210 km2 and population of 625,000,000. Two additional nations enjoy candidate/observer status. They are Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. The ASEAN Plus Three brings in the regional powers of China, Japan and South Korea. Additional countries with observer status include Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. The ASEAN Regional Forum adds seven additional entities including Canada and the European Union. The ASEAN motto is "One Vision, One Identity, One Community".

The 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur between 10 Southeast Asian nations and several other countries ended with a signed economic community declaration but no real progress on the continuing dispute concerning China’s behavior in the South China Sea. For 13 years the countries of Southeast Asia have tried building a framework with China to resolve their territorial disputes. That plan has been eclipsed in part, officials at high-level talks in Malaysia acknowledged, in favor of a blunter strategy for dealing with China: just strengthening alliances between countries anxious about Beijing’s increasingly assertive behavior. “The code of conduct had become like a beauty contest—everyone talking about world peace, but with substance totally lacking,” said William Choong, a regional security expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore. This shift in strategy has played into the hands of U.S. President Barack Obama. He signed a new U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership before attending Sunday’s East Asia Summit—the region’s top geopolitical forum—in Kuala Lumpur, furthering his hallmark policy of “rebalancing” America’s longer-term interests to the Asia-Pacific region. The minting of the pact closely followed U.S. moves to intervene more forcefully in the South China Sea through so-called freedom of navigation operations which have been applauded by some Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia and the Philippines—and condemned by China.

“For the sake of regional stability, claimants should halt reclamation, new construction and militarization of disputed areas,” Mr. Obama said at a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders. The waters of the South China Sea—claimed in part by China and ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as nonmember Taiwan—are among the most hotly contested in the world. The seabed there is believed to contain rich reserves of oil and natural gas, its fishing grounds are prized, and half of all world trade passes through its waters. Officially, the long-running process of negotiating a code of conduct remains alive, but only because ASEAN and China would lose face by admitting its failure after so many years of talks, said Richard Javad Heydarian, a security specialist at De La Salle University in Manila. “ASEAN will have

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“People aren’t giving up on ASEAN,” said one diplomat involved in the negotiations. “But some of the countries are looking at other options to stop the situation from getting worse.” Though China has been involved in talks to establish a “code of conduct” to curb the rival claimants in the South China Sea, Beijing has been steadily expanding the territory it controls, even building artificial islands around reefs and semi-submerged atolls in waters claimed by rivals. As a result, countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam are now breaking off to forge a new patchwork of alliances which they hope will slow China’s advance into some of the most politically and economically strategic waters in the world. Heads of State of the 10 ASEAN Nations at the Summit 10 | DECEMBER2015


to maintain the pretense of discussing a code of conduct with China [to maintain] some measure of unity, no matter how shallow,” he said. Even ASEAN officials admit that the rhetoric of remaining committed to thrashing out an elusive deal with China doesn’t always chime with reality. “We still see a gap between the diplomatic track and the political commitment, and the real situation out at sea,” ASEAN’s secretary-general, Vietnamese diplomat Le Luong Minh, said in an interview. One Southeast Asian diplomat said some ASEAN members still see strategic value in the 13-year stop-start process, and have been lobbying for talks about the code of conduct to resume in early 2016 to force China into making concessions, or be exposed as the main obstacle to progress. Given the failure to introduce the code in time to sanction China’s island-building spree, Vietnam’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said at the end of the weekend’s summit meetings: “it’s a little bit late”. Even so, he said Vietnam still wants to agree legally-binding rules establishing “things [claimants] should not do in the future.” He called on China to engage in serious negotiations to produce concrete results “as early as possible.” With the process seemingly going nowhere, China’s rivals are finding more dependable ways to defend their interest. The Philippines, for example, has responded to China’s assertiveness by taking the dispute to an international tribunal in the Netherlands, and last week by signing new strategic treaties with Vietnam and Australia. The U.S. has promised to provide military equipment to Manila, and Japan has said it may follow suit. Vietnam has also been strengthening ties with Tokyo and Washington. In the absence of a legally-binding mechanism to prevent tensions in the South China Sea getting even worse, some officials said they would be relying not on ASEAN, but on the U. S. to continue its freedom of navigation patrols.

ASEAN DEFENSE MINISTER’S MEETING (ADMM Plus) (3 – 5 November) U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, attended the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting in Kuala Lumpur which preceded the ASEAN Summit disused above. The following was included in his formal statement: “U.S. activities throughout the Indo-AsiaPacific region, through the rebalance and

more broadly, are helping to build a security architecture I described and in which ASEAN remains an important part.

First, we will work to build our partners’ maritime capacity and capabilities, so we can face shared challenges, together. And I’m pleased to say that we’re preparing to move out on the Maritime Security Initiative that I announced at Shangri-La in May – a critical part of our overall efforts. Through MSI, we will focus on building an inclusive, shared maritime domain awareness architecture that will help countries in the region share information, identify potential threats, and work collaboratively to address common challenges. Ultimately, we believe MSI will help our allies and partners develop the right mix of capabilities, which is why the Department will fully fund this initiative at $425 million over the next five years. Second, we are leveraging defense diplomacy to reduce risk and promote shared rules of the road. That’s why we’re participating in so many exercises across the region, and that’s why we’ve also established four confidence-building measures with China.

Third, we are strengthening America’s capacity to deter conflict and coercion and respond decisively. We are adjusting our presence, posture, and operations in the region to deter aggression, support our allies and partners, and stand up for freedom of navigation.

Fourth, we’re also modernizing our alliances and partnerships that are the bedrock of peace and stability. As the threat environment evolves, our partnerships will evolve, too.”

In this meeting, a diplomatic impasse over the territorial dispute in the South China Sea soured a high-level ASEAN defense summit in Malaysia. On Wednesday 4 November, as U.S. officials confirmed, there would be no agreement to cap the talks. The U.S. and six other countries in the Asia-Pacific region—confirmed that a lunchtime ceremony at which defense leaders were due to set out their shared vision of regional security by issuing a joint statement has been canceled. The ministers failed to reach an agreement “because the Chinese lobbied to keep any reference to the South China Sea out of the final joint declaration,” according to a senior U.S. defense official. “Understandably a

number of ASEAN countries f‎ elt that was inappropriate.” The Chinese delegation in Kuala Lumpur, led by Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan, couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Sensitivity over the South China Sea disputes is at an all-time high, with a U.S. warship having the previous week sailed close to an artificial Chinese islet in the disputed Spratly Islands to assert the right to freedom of navigation there. Beijing condemned the move as provocative. The Chinese government also reacted angrily to a ruling by a United Nationsbacked tribunal in the Netherlands in October that it has jurisdiction over a case brought by the Philippines against Beijing seeking to have China’s actions in the South China Sea ruled as unlawful. China has refused to take part in the arbitration process. Against such a contentious backdrop, the deadlock at the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus, or ADMM Plus, summit is hardly surprising, said Richard Javad Heydarian, a regional-security expert at De La Salle University in Manila.

U.S. CHALLENGES THE STATUS QUO IN SOUTH CHINA SEA Two U.S. B-52 bombers flew near a cluster of Chinese-built artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, U.S. officials said, the latest in a series of American challenges to Beijing’s maritime claims. The aircraft took off from Andersen Air Force Base and flew around the Spratly Islands on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 8, said U.S. Army Maj. Dave Eastburn, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command. The operation came less than two weeks after a U.S. Navy destroyer, The USS Lassen, sailed within 12 nautical miles of one of the Chinese-built artificial islands, in what U.S. officials described as a demonstration of the right to freedom-of-navigation there. China described that as a dangerous violation of its sovereignty and warned that it would take “all necessary measures” if the U.S. conducted more such patrols. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter also visited a U.S. aircraft carrier in the South China Sea during the week following the ASEAN Defense Ministers meeting. Beijing has built seven artificial islands in the past year or so on rocks and reefs it has taken control of in the Spratlys, where its claims overlap with those of Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and the Philippines—a U.S. treaty ally. China says


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its construction is mainly for civilian purposes, such as weather monitoring, but U.S. officials say Beijing could use them to enforce its territorial claims as well as control over one of the world’s busiest shipping routes. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular news briefing the Chinese government had noticed the U.S. operation on Sunday. He said China respected freedom of navigation “but we oppose the action of undermining China’s sovereignty and security under the pretext of freedom of navigation and overflight.” Asked if China planned any other response to the U.S. operation, he said he had nothing to add. Chinese air-traffic controllers on the ground warned one of the U.S. aircraft by radio, speaking in English, that it had “violated the security of my reef” and instructed it to change course “to avoid misjudgment,” Maj. Eastburn said. The U.S. aircraft was more than 12 nautical miles away from the Spratlys at the time of the radio call, he said. That means it was beyond the limits of any territorial waters that can be claimed around the islands under international law. He said the U.S. aircraft responded: “I am a United States military aircraft conducting lawful military activities in international airspace. In exercising these rights as guaranteed by international law, I am operating with due regard to the right and duties of all states.”

a territorial dispute between China and Japan. China had warned of military action against aircraft entering the zone without notification, but didn’t respond directly to the B-52s. The Chinese defense ministry said later it had monitored and identified the U.S. aircraft on that occasion. U.S. officials say they are concerned that China may use airstrips and other military facilities on the artificial islands in the Spratlys to help enforce a similar air-defense identification zone over the South China Sea. Chinese officials have said that more such zones may be established in the future, but there are no immediate plans for one over the South China Sea.

By sending a U.S. warship within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s artificial islands, Washington has signaled the start of an open contest for the future of the South China Sea. Andrew Browne explains why the dispute is far more than just a battle over a reef. China has issued similar warnings to U.S. naval ships and aircraft in the South China Sea in the past. When the American destroyer, the USS Lassen, conducted its patrol through the Spratlys in October, it was shadowed by a Chinese naval vessel that repeatedly made radio contact, according to the U.S. ship’s captain, CDR Robert Francis, Jr. The Chinese ship conveyed a number of “queries” during the patrol, repeatedly telling the Lassen it was in Chinese waters and asking what its intentions were, CDR Francis said. The U.S. crew repeatedly told the Chinese ship that the Lassen was navigating in international waters and in accordance with international law, he said. In 2013, the U.S. sent a pair of B-52 bombers into what Beijing had declared as a new air-defense identification zone over islands in the East China Sea that are the subject of

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The Spice Girls. “Rosie the Riveter”. Beyoncé. The Harvard Computers. Rosa Parks. Princess Diana of Wales. President Corazon Aquino. Maya Angelou. Cleopatra. Hilary Clinton. Mother Theresa. Marie Curie. Madonna. Anne Frank. Barbie. Most, if not all, of these names are synonymous with trailblazers; women who broke barriers in a man’s world. Politics, entertainment, philanthropy, civil justice, and spirituality – what have you - these women, and many more, rewrote the way history portrayed women. They gave little girls someone to look up to; a kindred spirit and in some cases a figure to emulate.   More profoundly, these women – and a litany of others – demonstrated how curiosity, a fighting spirit, and a little pep only a woman possesses, can transform a mindset and leave a mark on the world.   We only studied these women in history books, or we read about their achievements on the Internet, but the truth of the matter is, we find some of these same women on Guam. We see young girls breaking barriers every day. They are following in the footsteps of established women who showed the boys they could do it better.   It didn’t take long for the Guam Contractors Association to see the potential in opportunities to generate interest in the construction industry for young girls on Guam. After teaming up with the GCA Trades Academy and the National Association of Women in Construction, Guam Chapter five years ago, young girls are still participating and gaining insightful, “hands-on experience in the safe use and operation of hand and power tools.”   The Pizza, Pop & Power Tools program is an industry initiative

by the Guam Contractors Association, the GCA Trades Academy, and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Guam Chapter. The aim of this program is to get young girls in middle school and high school to start thinking about career opportunities in the construction industry. Through the program, participants learn about carpentry, plumbing, backhoe operation, electrical work, and masonry. “I think…the importance of this program demonstrates that there are really no gender specific occupations that only requires either a woman or a man to do. If they have the interest and the willingness to learn a craft, they can do anything a guy can do and vice-versa for their male counterparts,” said Guam Contractors Association President James Martinez. Martinez cites the industry’s desire to diversify its workforce, as well as help reduce the shortage of workers in it.   Martinez hopes that by reaching younger women earlier, the interest generated can be fostered, nurtured, and will grow into a promising career. “If we can show that the work is not just a ‘man’s job’ and that women are certainly capable of learning this skill and doing the work, we may be able to encourage some young women to consider a career in the industry…” he added.   With a growing push for STEM education (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), it only makes sense to get young students interested in a growing and diverse workforce. However, Martinez cited that 17-percent of Chemical Engineers and 22-percent of Environmental Scientists are women. That’s not to say that there isn’t a desire to employ more women, but it’s programs like Pizza, Pop & Power Tools that have the potential to solidify a desire to


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grow with an industry. Probably one of the biggest benefits of Pizza, Pop & Power Tools is the networking and “mentorship” the participants get as well. In any industry, it might do some good to have someone – a “big brother” or “big sister” figure – who could help you along the way. Someone who knows the ropes, has the best advice, and might learn a thing or two from you as well. Simon Camacho of Pernix Guam, LLC is one of those “big brother” figures who is an instructor with the program. He says the program has the chance to “spark the beginning of a rewarding career,” especially while teens deal with life’s challenges, it’s a positive outlet for them to participate. He continued, “I enjoyed every part of the sessions, especially the enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Some of the girls needed encouragement to try a task, while others jumped to the front of the line.”   Part of the program includes demonstration enhancing experienced gained. “It is our hope that the girls will leave the event with a better understanding of construction and the skills needed to perform the various tasks in this industry and that anyone is capable of learning the skills needed to do this occupation, even women,” said Martinez.

Annaleise Kealiher placed third overall. She fit right in with a desire to possibly be an engineer or architect when she gets older. “I love to build and create new things, draw designs, and be creative.” She also has a desire to work in astronomy and physics with her passion for stars, math, and physics. “Power tools can be fun! I learned how to use a backhoe, how to make a proper electrical connection, and how to mix  cement to lay bricks… It helped me gain confidence using power tools that I wouldn't have had access to otherwise,” said Kealiher.   Mattel’s Barbie comes to mind when talk comes to breaking barriers. It’s funny how Barbie had so many jobs: lifeguard, doctor, teacher, astronaut, yoga instructor, dog groomer. But did anyone ever see her put on a pink hard hat and actually get to work on a site? What’s her safety record? Did she have a pink backhoe? I don’t think so. She may have been an architect, but surely she didn’t have a program like Pizza, Pop & Power Tools to guide her.   What Pizza, Pop & Power Tools does is more than just incite interest in an important industry; it can make the difference in providing confidence and could most definitely help students realize possible career options.   The young ladies who participated in the Pizza, Pop & Power Tools, might actually have an advantage over the legendary, iconic plastic doll. Who knows? Maybe we just met the next Jessica Barrett, Narci Dimaoala, or Karen Storts, or a future female president of the Guam Contractors Association. No matter the case, it’s programs like Pizza, Pop & Power Tools that fuels the proverbial fire in young girls, but our entire community to motivate, encourage, and celebrate trailblazing.

This was Jillianne's Leal, first place winner's first time participating in the event.   "All women are able to do the same jobs and that they aren't the only people in the world who can do hard working jobs," said Leal.  Her favorite part of the day was the crane and paint activities but most especially learning about electricity from Mr. Camacho was clearly important. She also said that she enjoyed learning how to trouble shoot plumbing from Jessica Barrett and can help her mom whenever

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I’ve been a GCA Trades Academy CORE Curriculum instructor for four years. I’ve had the pleasure to be instructing middle school students and adults. As you may know, the GCA Trades Academy uses the National Center for Construction Education and Research curriculum for its classes. NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation created in 1996 to revolutionize training for the construction industry. NCCER created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry and this program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States and in Guam at the GCA Trades Academy. The NCCER Core Curriculum, the course that I instruct, is a pre-requisite to all other levels and for the craft curriculum. Its modules cover topics such as basic safety, basic rigging, hand and power tools, communication skills and introduction to construction drawings. Completing this curriculum gives the student the basic skills needed to continue education in any craft area he or she chooses. I’m also taking the project management course and I can say that I’m learning that the learning never ends! The project management course is a one-level curriculum that covers topics such as safety, scheduling, construction documents, resource control, and continuous improvement. Since I have been involved with the Guam Contractors Association and the GCA Trades Academy, trades and craft training on Guam has only gotten better and better. 28 | DECEMBER2015

I have been asked what age groups I enjoy instructing the most. I can honestly say that I adjust to all age groups from beginners to professionals; tailoring the education to all age groups. I enjoy instructing basic safety the most of all of the modules because I believe all workplaces must be safe for everyone on the job site. I always tell students and people that I work with to be proactive, safe and follow the plan, ensuring they understand how to be safe before they even go into the field. From my experience from the construction site as a Quality Control Manager and a Site, Safety & Health Officer, I want students to know the classroom side as well as the hands on side of the construction industry. As past president-elect, board of director and current Safety & Health Chairwoman of National Association of Women in Construction Guam Chapter I can see how women in the construction industry are increasing in numbers. You may not see a lot of the women at the actual construction sites, but you will find them in the office. In the construction industry you will see them involved and support in the planning, budget, and safety. You might be surprised on how much interest we’re getting from women who are taking a look at careers in the construction industry. These numbers are increasing. I encourage women and young high school ladies to attend the GCA Trades Academy as a career option. As an authorized OSHA instructor, License Guam EPA BT-A Trainer and Licensed American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Instructor and working as an instructor at the GCA Trades Academy has also helped me run my business, OSH Solutions Guam. Changes in the industry happen quickly. I have been able to take knowl-


edge learned in the field and take that knowledge into the classroom to provide real world examples to the students. Also, the skills that I learn to prepare for classes are also the skills I use for job preparation in my business. It is never too late to learn and get your education started. Word of mouth is the best advertisement for the GCA Trades Academy. For those who want to get skilled, call the GCA Trades Academy at 647-4840 or OSH Solutions Guam at 9890734. Get skilled and learn the trade and craft that you want to move forward in your career. Now is the time to get started. The more you start to learn in the classroom and the job site the more confidence you will gain and success you will have in your future. Safety first and safety through management! Be safe Guam!


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Total U.S. Workers

Grand Total H2B Workers

US Workers vs. H-2B

Grand Total H-2B Workers

Total U.S. Workers



42 89

Non-Construction Total H-2B Employers



1664 7 7 2 1 0 1 1 6 0 1689

Employers By Industry

Philippines Korea Japan Kiribati United Kingdom Australia Italy Peru Thailand Other Total by Nationality

Workers by Nationality

Total Common Const.


90 5

Electrician Camp Cook



7 38

543 174

Heavy Equip. Operator

Plumber Sheetmetal Worker

Structural Steelworker

Reinforcing Metalworker

Common Construction Occupations 479

Cement Mason Carpenter

MONTH ENDING: October 2015

Korea Thailand 0.41% 0.36%







6.56% 0.36%

Other 0.00%

Peru 0.06%

Prepared By: Sherine Espinosa Contact information: Greg Massey, ALPCD Administrator P.O. Box 9970 Tamuning, Guam 96931 (671)475-8005/8003

Camp Cook

Heavy Equip. Operator Electrician

Sheetmetal Worker

Reinforcing Metalworker Structural Steelworker Plumber


Cement Mason






United Kingdom





United Kingdom 0.06%

Kiribati 0.12%


Common Construction Occupations

Philippines 98.52%

Japan 0.41%

Australia 0.00%

Italy 0.06%

H-2B Population by Nationality






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Statistics provided by Guam Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Guam Contractors Association; and the GCA Trades Academy, as of September 30, 2015.









Statistics provided by Guam Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Guam Contractors Association; and the GCA Trades Academy, as of September 30, 2015.

32 | DECEMBER2015




GCA Construction News Bulletin December 2015  

Guam Contractors' Assn. Monthly Construction News Bulletin is Guam's official construction news publication.

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