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e purpose of the Charlie Corn scholarship program is to assist in the development of engineering and architecture talent among permanent residents of Guam and Micronesia. ered by SAME to high school seniors planning to pursue a full-time undergraduate technical degree, and to current engineering and architecture students enrolled at at a university with an accredited engineering or architecture program. To date, the program has awarded more than $100,000 is year, an impressive total of 11 scholarships were awarded: Chadler Iriarte

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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) U.S. Lifts Arms Embargo on Vietnam

President Obama says shift removes vestige of Cold War; move comes as region frets over Chinese assertiveness

By John M. Robertson

ittle has been said about the impact of a Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP on Guam but there has to be a mostly positive impact since our island is in such close proximity to the Asian side of the equation. If implemented, many more products, including construction materials could originate from our neighbors to the North and West rather than from 6,000 miles away from the U.S. mainland. One interesting aspect is the expected opening up of Vietnam that has been highlighted by a visit by President Obama to that nation in May. One can imagine engineering and construction contracting opportunities becoming available as a result of potential expanded trade and capital investment.

The U.S. will lift a decades-old ban on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam, a major policy shift that President Barack Obama said would end a “lingering vestige of the Cold War” and pave the way for more-normal ties between the two nations. The move comes amid heightened concern about China, as well as criticism that the Obama administration had given up one of the levers the U.S. still had to press Vietnam into allowing greater freedom of expression and political dissent in the closely controlled communist state. Mr. Obama, at a joint news conference on 23rd May with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, said arms sales will have to meet certain requirements, including conditions related to human rights. He said the U.S. is “fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment,” with the aim of ensuring Vietnam has the ability to protect itself. Mr. Quang welcomed the move, which his government has pushed for. He said Vietnam respects human rights and that Hanoi and Washington will work together to minimize differences on the issue. The U.S. and Vietnam increasingly share common interests, he said, and Mr. Obama’s visit “actively contributes to regional and global peace and stability.”

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong talk in Hanoi on Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS

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Security experts said the U.S. decision represents a concerted effort to embrace Vietnam as an important trade and security partner. It builds on the normalization of diplomatic relations between the former Vietnam War adversaries in 1995, some two decades after U.S. troops departed and North Vietnam’s communist fighters secured a victory over the south. The two countries went on to sign a bilateral trade agreement in 2001. Lifting the embargo also removes a key argument from conservative members of Vietnam’s Communist Party against closer ties with America. “For years they have used this issue to slow down the relationship with America, but now they can’t,” said Carlyle Thayer, emeritus professor and a Vietnam specialist at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Mr. Thayer said that while in many respects the lifting of the embargo is symbolic, it potentially opens the door for Vietnam to acquire sophisticated coastal radar and other intelligence and surveillance equipment to counter Beijing’s growing sway in the South China Sea. Ben Moores, a defense analyst at consultancy IHS Jane’s, said Vietnam has a roughly $13 billion shopping list of military equipment, including patrol aircraft, tanks, combat jets and attack helicopters. So far, much of Vietnam’s arms budget has been spent on buying weapons and equipment from Russia. But because of China’s familiarity with Russian weapons systems—China is also a significant buyer of Russian hardware—Vietnam www.guamcontractors.org


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is aiming to develop new suppliers. “About 82% of Vietnam’s spend went to Russia in 2015,” Mr. Moores said. “By 2021 we are forecasting that at least half of that market share will have been eroded.” In recent years, China has built extensive facilities on some of the atolls and reefs it controls in the region’s disputed waters, raising concerns in Vietnam, the Philippines and elsewhere about Beijing’s ability to extend its military power through the South China Sea, which carries trade traffic amounting to over $5 trillion a year. China’s reaction to the end of the arms embargo was muted. Hua Chunying, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, said that as a close neighbor, China welcomed Vietnam’s developing a normal and friendly relationship with any country, including the U.S. Like Mr. Obama, she described the embargo as an unnecessary remnant of the Cold War. Some Vietnamese dissidents welcomed Mr. Obama’s move. Nguyen Quang A, who has often been detained by police for participating in political protests, said there was no reason to link the embargo to the question of human rights. “They are separate issues. The embargo helps to close the gap between the past and the present and marks the end of an era,” Mr. Quang A said. “That’s a good thing for everyone.” In a nod to continued U.S. concerns about human rights in Vietnam, Mr. Obama was scheduled to meet with civilsociety leaders. The country arrested several bloggers and activists and sentenced them to lengthy prison terms earlier this year, in the latest of many crackdowns.

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that dominates the U.S. economy but weigh on manufacturing, a nonpartisan government agency said Wednesday. If ratified, the 12-nation trade agreement would likely lift U.S. gross domestic product by a small amount—0.15%, or $42.7 billion, by 2032and increase employment by a net of 128,000 full-time jobs, according to the report from the U.S. International Trade Commission. Signed in February, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, would lower or eliminate tariffs and drop many other trade barriers between the U.S. and Japan plus 10 other nations around the Pacific, not including China. U.S. food and agriculture would get a big

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presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, have rejected the TPP. Now Congress is unlikely to consider the deal, which requires majority votes in the House and Senate, before the November election.

Vietnamese discount carrier VietJet Aviation JSC signed a deal to buy 100 planes from Boeing Co. on the sidelines of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the country. The order for Boeing’s latest generation 737 MAX 200 jets is valued at $11.3 billion at list prices, though customers typically extract discounts of up to 30% on such large orders. Mr. Obama and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang witnessed the signing of the deal. VietJet said it would take delivery of Australia Canada Japan the Boeing aircraft starting from 2019 and Brunei Chile expand its fleet to more than 200 planes by 2023. VietJet currently flies 36 of Airbus Group SE’s A320 jets. The airline’s passenger Mexico Peru Malaysia New Zealand Singapore traffic grew 70% in 2015 and is expected to increase another 50% this year, overtaking flag carrier Vietnam Airlines as the biggest Vietnam United States domestic carrier, according to consulting firm CAPA-Centre for Aviation. VietJet’s current fleet plans suggest that it will chase growth within Asia, focusing on Thailand, China and South Korea. Separately, VietJet said it has signed a $3.04 billion engine supply and maintenance deal with Pratt & Whitney to power the Airbus A320NEO and A321NEO jets it ordered previously. If anything, the The ITC report and other reviews by economists show the deal’s impact of the TPP is likely to be extremely small on the overall U.S. economy and most industries. Still, the ITC study could help claw back some congressional support for Mr. Obama’s trade policy.

The announcements came on the first day of a three-day visit by the U.S. president to Vietnam. Mr. Obama, who is the third American president to visit the country, began a series of meetings with Vietnamese officials by congratulating Mr. Quang and Vietnam for making “extraordinary progress.” Mr. Obama also expressed confidence that Congress will pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year, despite election-year political hurdles faced by the 12-nation trade agreement, which both the U.S. and Vietnam have signed.

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boost from the TPP, which would lower barriers to U.S. exports to Japan and other countries. The services sector would get a $42.3 billion lift by 2032, including $11.6 billion for business services and $7.5 billion for retailers and wholesalers. But output in manufacturing would decrease slightly under the TPP, as the trade deal opens some U.S. companies to greater competition. The U.S. trade balance with TPP countries would improve over 15 years, the ITC says, but the overall U.S. trade deficit is unlikely to change much due to the TPP. In recent months the presumptive Republican

Mr. Obama’s travel to Vietnam with U.S. trade representative Mike Froman was to promote the TPP and lay the groundwork for the implementation of the deal. The administration is billing it as a strategic bulwark against China’s increasing military and economic assertiveness in the Pacific region. “What cannot be quantified in this study or any other is the cost to American leadership if we fail to pass TPP and allow China to carve up the Asia-Pacific through their own trade agreement,” Mr. Froman said in a statement. A previous study, co-authored by Peter Petri of Brandeis University, said the U.S. could get extra economic growth of about 0.4% by 2030 if the TPP is enacted. Vietnam’s economy could get a 10% boost in that period, according to that study. Yet another study, published in January by Tufts University, forecast the TPP would result in JUNE2016 | 11


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a reduction of 0.5% to U.S. GDP over 10 years. Many economists who support freer trade have since criticized the Tufts study, saying it doesn’t accurately model effects of the trade agreement. Predictions of growth and income due to trade agreements are difficult to make before the deals are implemented, and assessing the actual impact of trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement is still difficult years down the road, economists say. Individual trade agreements have a much smaller effect on U.S. income and jobs than the overall trends in globalization, technology, demographics and productivity, they say. Democratic lawmakers, labor leaders and environmental activists have said the TPP doesn’t go far enough to raise standards in Vietnam to prevent multinational companies from shifting U.S. jobs there or to other countries. Activists protested in front of the ITC in Washington on Wednesday, saying the report was designed to expedite passage of the TPP. The ITC is an independent government agency that includes three Democratic commissioners and three Republicans, all confirmed by the Senate. But increasingly, Republicans aligned with the tea party and Donald Trump have also questioned trade

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is expected to boost U.S. agriculture and services industries, but would hurt the manufacturing sector, according to a study by the nonpartisan U.S. International Trade Commission. PHOTO: PATRICK T. FALLON/BLOOMBERG agreements, a trend that could make it hard for House Republican leaders to muster votes for the deal. Backed by business groups, some Republicans who support lifting trade barriers—including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch—are demanding changes or clarifications to the TPP to protect the

intellectual property of biologic drugmakers for longer periods or loosen the rules on customer data for financial institutions. The administration is working with Republican lawmakers and trading partners on resolving these concerns.

The foregoing was adapted from a 23rd May Wall Street Journal article by Carol E. Lee and James Hookway with contributing information from Vu Trong Khana and Robert Wall. Also, an 18th May article in Wall Street Journal by William Mauldin.

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It is innate in our people to be generous. Our very culture is based on interdependence – helping one another in our darkest hours or even when times are good. We see these instances of generosity and assistance every day; sometimes we take them for granted because they’re just so common. Boot drives, lunch plate and medical fundraisers, companies creating scholarships, even giant, flamboyant gala dinners, are among some of the examples we see in our community of people helping each other. We also see others bringing food to a friends party, chenchu’le for a graduation, and manginge to the manamko’. It’s more than just simply giving things though. It’s a unique part of our island culture to remedy a situation and maintain harmony. We call it inafa’maolek – ‘striving for harmony’ as Guampedia so eloquently and poetically describes it. Asking how inafa’maolek developed might send us into a spiral of cultural conundrums, but the word itself literally means to “make good”. According to Guampedia, it is a key, central value for the Chamorro people and a concept around which Chamorro life revolves – a concept of reciprocity. Other than reciprocity, inafa’maolek ignites and sustains positive relationships in the community. On May 22, 2016, the eyes of the entire Pacific region were on our stake of paradise. The Paseo de Susana Stadium was filled to the brim of delegates from different nations and residents who wished to catch a glimpse of the ornate costumes and colorful performances of our brothers and neighbors throughout the Pacific. For the better part of that Sunday, the delegates queued in, performed, got the crowd hyped, presented gifts to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and First Lady Christine M.S. Calvo, and kicked off the Festival of the Pacific Arts. Granted the opening ceremony went on with a few hiccups here and there, but it wouldn’t have been without the warmth, generosity, inafa’maolek of our island community and partners. It takes a special community to mobilize quickly with their respective talents and resources and demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity and the generosity taught to us by our ancestors. In the midst of logistics, delegations, costumes, schedules, and vendors, there was an overwhelming sense of inafa’maolek in the air, even before the opening ceremonies of the festival began and continuing until well after the festival is over. Angela Massey of Black Construction Company expresses, “Extending hospitality to people visiting our island is extremely

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important to our organization.” She continues, “It’s part of the Chamorro culture to welcome all and make them feel like they are part of our family.” Tydingco states Black Construction donated “huts to house vendors” and donated water and snacks during the festivities. They answered the call when they were informed the FestPac Committee was looking for contractors to assist in the organizing of the event. Black Construction’s footprint in the Pacific is broad to say the least, but getting a chance to be a part of the spectacle was that more fulfilling for the 2015 Construction of the Year. “Meeting our FESTPAC visitors, learning their cultures, and developing friendships was amazing.” Keith Stewart of Pacific Rims Group of Companies says, “FestPac was a very unique event that brought together many individuals, companies and cultures that would not have normally interacted or collaborated.” He continues, “Being a part of this incredible event has developed pride both in our organization, our culture and our island.  We are very proud to be a part of this wonderful event!” Pacific Rim worked with two structural engineers to create a roof canopy design solution for the main stage. “While the design was ultimately not used, the coordination work created the overall final concept,” says Stewart. “Pacific Rim also donated manpower and various materials with Pernix support to add architectural finishes to the upper and lower façades of the main stage.” Stewart explains they wanted to get involved to help showcase Guam and her culture. Many have touted FestPac as an once-in-a-lifetime event. For Frank Florig, President and CEO of the Special Olympics, it was a matter of enthusiasm from members of the planning committee that got him excited to help. He says he helped with planning and construction of the VIP and main stages and wings on his own. With his desire to help, the love he has for his home, Guam, and her people, and support and encouragement from his pals in the planning committee, he has felt an overwhelming sense of reward. “We as an island people regardless of how much we contribute to the success of any event on Guam are not in it for the glory, we truly are in it because our culture dictates that we get involved (sic) to showcase our island spirit, beauty and hospitality,” says Florig. And, that we did. The theme for the 12th Festival for the Pacific Arts is "Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinåha-ta, Håfa ta Påtte, Dinanña’ Sunidu Siha

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Giya Pasifiku. What we own. What we have. What we share. United Voices of the Pacific.” FestPac was truly magical. It wasn’t just about the smiles, the musical talents, or the plume of barbecue smoke that seemed to never disappear. It wasn’t just the traditional performances, cultural practices, or lectures. What FestPac taught us more than anything is that we are living our culture every day, that it is evolving, and that we must do everything we can to make sure our children and their children know about our values. Food vendor, business owner, architect, safety officer, construction company, or otherwise, we are a giving people. We are striving for harmony. We are ensuring that everyone is taken care of. We are making good happen. Those are things we truly own, have, and share.

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Today, on network television the reporting of mass shootings and killings have become as commonplace as the severe and calamitous weather in the U.S. mainland. So, it has become incumbent on communities to marshal their collective security and knowledge resources to better enhance and fortify local institutions, both public and private, in this present-day urban malady. Yes, even on sun-sand-surf locales like our own beloved Western Pacific gem—Guam. Our resource for this discussion is, Public Information Officer A.J. Balajadia; a 32-year veteran of Guam’s finest, the Guam Police Department. After 3 decades of serving and protecting Guam’s residents and guests, Officer Balajadia comes with some sage views of not just the current fare of GPD, but its iterations of the department’s mission. While those internalized thoughts may not surface completely here, they are part of the actual comment he does make—regarding Active Shooter, and GPD’s effort to ready the island. Who gives the active shooter training? Officer Balajadia mentioned that “Homeland Security has online information regarding Active Shooter information and training.” One of the information pieces available at the Homeland Security website is the Active Shooter Pocket Card. You can go to that link:

COPING WITH AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION

• Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers • Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit • If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door • Attempt to take the active shooter down as a last resort

Contact your building management or human resources department for more information and training on active shooter response in your workplace.

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https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/ active_shooter_pocket_card_508.pdf or view it here… Also, Sgt. John Aguon, the GPD Training Facilitator and his team, provide Active Shooter training for a host of GovGuam agencies and departments; to include, GDOE, the private sector and Joint Region Marianas. Particularly, this partnering with the military demonstrates the cooperation of between the local police and the military. Guam Police Department (GPD) Active Shooter Training Facilitator, Sergeant John Aguon states, in a Joint Marianas Command training session (and featured on Joint Marianas News Network-produced by Journalist Leah Eclavea, last year http://youtu.be/dxJmIalv7KM ), “In the first zero to 12 minutes of an active shooter situation, if those we are training follow what we’ve taught them here, lives will be saved.” In that same feature, Gregory Jacobs, Joint Marianas Security Officer, said “When you talk Active Shooter, it’s not necessarily a military or a civilian issue. GPD has the qualified personnel, and they had the opportunity to come and train our staff; so, we took advantage of it.” According to Officer Balajadia, Sgt. Aguon has a department goal to conduct Active Shooter training in every school on Guam. However, he is open to conducting this important life-saving program at any institution--public or private. They can contact the Guam Police Department, Police Chief’s Office, to put them in contact with Sgt. John Aguon to make those arrangements. Recounting Guam’s own experience with an Active

PROFILE OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.

CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION

• Victims are selected at random • The event is unpredictable and evolves quickly • Law enforcement is usually required to end an active shooter situation

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Shooter situation, which happened on Feb. 26, 2001, at Seventh Day Adventist Clinic, in Tamuning, Officer Balajadia recalled, “GPD officers responded very quickly.” News accounts of this event validate his information indicating only about 30 minutes from the time the shooting began till it ended. When the event subsided, 3 were dead (including the gunman) and 4 were wounded. When asked how he now feels as the information officer in 2016 regarding these kinds of events, he pauses to comment: “I don’t know if this will ever happen again, but we are preparing.” He notes the not-too-long-ago established Homeland Security and its role in providing training and information regarding preparedness and action protocols to attend to these regrettable and frequented assaults on local communities. It is our societal marker of present times. “We do need to stay prepared. As we prepare for predicted typhoons and such; we should stay prepared even for things we wouldn’t want to happen,” he concluded. “Training is key to saving lives.” As a sidebar to the Active Shooter topic, he touched upon the support of community. Citing a couple of community-driven programs--Neighborhood Watch (Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio’s Office effort) and Crime Stoppers

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY

1 • Have an escape route and plan in mind • Leave your belongings behind • Keep your hands visible

2. HIDE • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors • Silence your cell phone and/or pager

3. FIGHT • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

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(citizen non-profit organization); and how these efforts truly help the GPD to gather good evidence and make valid arrests. “The community can be quite beneficial to also preventing criminal activity,” said Officer Balajadia. And given the staffing shortage regarding police officers, the engagement of community (via individuals, groups, businesses, and government departments), will surely make • for a more secure and safe Guam. As a closing comment to this conversation, he thought that the use of video cameras would be of a great • assistance to the local GPD. He refers to a program in Detroit called Project Greenlight, which organized a given number of video cameras located at a variety of • gas stations; a kind of public-private partnership. He also sees a benefit locating video cameras at our local parks, and •also, traffic intersections. Essentially, if these cameras are “smartly” connected, it would help to cover some of the manpower shortage, yet effecting the policing of • without reliance on the convention of traditional Guam manpower. Somehow, the good Officer Balajadia posited some constructive comment, yet he was emphatic about this: “Our department will be only as effective as our community steps forward to help us in our efforts to safeguard them and our island.”

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES

• Remain calm and follow instructions • Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets) • Raise hands and spread fingers • Keep hands visible at all times • Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD PROVIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR 911 OPERATOR

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7

1

2

4

1

1 1 17 3 1 1 1 3

5 1 2

1 1

11

3

1

23

2

2

10 5

1 5 5 2

Automotive Repairer

Baker

Biomedical Equipment Specialist

Bridal Stylist

Cardiac Cath Registered Nurse

Chef

Chemo Registered Nurse Civil Engineer Cooks Crew Leader Dive/Scuba Instructor Diving Instructor Electrical Drafter Electritian ER Registered Nurse Executive Assistant Manager F&B Figaro Coffee Shop Supervisor

Florist Guest Relations Host/Hostess

HE Mechanic

ICU Registered Nurse

Inventory Control Manager

Landscape Gardener

Laundry Maintenance Technician

Machinist

Marine Maintenance Mechanic Massage Therapist

Mechanic

Med-Tele Registered Nurse Messeus Motor Repairer

1 1 1 6 2 4 17

Specialty Chef Italian Specialty Chef Thai Specialty Cook Surgical Registered Nurse Ultrasound Technician Wedding Service Attendant Welder/Fitter

204

3

Spa Therapist

TOTAL Construction H-2B Workers

Total OTHER Construction

1259

63

10

Welder

1

Radiology Technologist

Landscaper 4

5

Iron Worker Plasterer

17

HVAC Mechanic

10 2

4 8

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Pipefitter Quality Control Inspector

1 4

OBGYN/IMU Registered Nurse OR Registered Nurse

2 6

A/C Mech General Maintenance and Repair

2

1

NICU OR Registered Nurse

7

Other Construction Occupations A/C Maint Tech

Pediatrics Registered Nurse

1 4

MRI Technician NICU Registered Nurse

Employers Workplace Monthly Report Statistics

Total Non-Construction H2-B Workers

1

Auto Mechanic

Assistant Solar (PV) Installer

5 11

A/C Maintenance Technician

Other Non-Construction Occupations

GUAM DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Alien Labor Processing Certification Division

1196

0

500

1000

Total U.S. Workers

Grand Total H2B Workers

US Workers vs. H-2B

1463

3494

Korea Thailand 0.27% 0.07%

9.28%

4.93%

2.93%

0.67%

37.79%

2.84%

4.43% 2.09%

Other 0.00%

Peru 0.07%

Prepared By: Paul Miyasaki 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

Carpenter

Cement Mason

Other

Thailand

Peru

Italy

Australia

United Kingdom

Kiribati

Japan

Korea

Philippines

United Kingdom 0.07%

Kiribati 0.00%

35.03%

Common Construction Occupations

Philippines 98.97%

Japan 0.48%

Australia 0.00%

Italy 0.07%

H-2B Population by Nationality

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1500

2000

2500

3000

3500

4000

4500

5000

Grand Total H-2B Workers

Total U.S. Workers

39 79

Total H-2B Employers

Construction Non-Construction

40

1445 4 7 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1460

Employers By Industry

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

53 25

34

8

59 35

452 111

Workers by Nationality

Total Common Const.

Camp Cook

Electrician

Heavy Equip. Operator

Plumber Sheetmetal Worker

Structural Steelworker

Reinforcing Metalworker

Carpenter

Common Construction Occupations 419 Cement Mason

MONTH ENDING: April 2016

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

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