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Activities Committee

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February 19, 2018

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February 21 2018

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February 22, 2018

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GUAM INDUSTRY FORUM 2018 By John M. Robertson

There is no longer the need for speculation about the Guam Military Buildup because it is underway. First word of the buildup came in 2004 when diplomat Richard Lawless stopped off in Guam on his return to Washington from Tokyo. There have been many false projections and obstacles along the way since then and there will be more ahead but now, with certainty, the US “Pivot to the Pacific” is real. There have been three previous industry forums related to buildup in the past but this one will be different and hopefully more interesting and beneficial for local Guam engineering and contracting firms as well as those from the mainland United States, Japan, and elsewhere. This March 2018 event will be different from previous industry forums primarily because it is being organized by the Guam Post of the Society of American Military Engineers with support from the Guam Contractors Association and the Guam Chamber of Commerce. The effort is being led by persons with broad experience in the engineering and construction contracting industry with the intent of keeping focus on what people in the industry want and need to know. The forum organizers are receiving no financial support from the government. Seed money was borrowed from the SAME Guam Post engineering scholarship account, putting the Guam Post at risk. Any surplus of monies, if any, remaining after all registration fees are collected and bills paid will benefit the scholarship fund. Members of the organizing committee are volunteering their time. That includes Noel Enriquez, Wayne Cornell, LT Timothy Dahms, Ilana Almquist and John Robertson of the Guam Post and Catherine Castro of the Chamber of Commerce and Bill Beery of Contractors Association. The committee has contracted with RiMS – Ruder Integrated Marketing Strategies for expert assistance. Attendance is expected to be in the range of 800 persons.

Advantages to be Gained by Attendance: Learn about the Guam Program first hand from those responsible for the program Learn first hand from those with expert knowledge about doing business on Guam Networking possibilities with other major American and Japanese contracting firms Networking between Large and Small Businesses to meet program subcontracting goals Presenters will be able to present factual information about projects in lieu of provisional data There is no longer uncertainty about workforce, environmental and similar program requirements The idea of an accelerated buildup is gone and projects will be executed over a reasonable time span

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Forum Registration will be available in the Ballroom Foyer at the Forum location on the 6th f loor of the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. All attendees should have pre-registered and paid the admission fee on the internet at www.GuamIndustryForum2018.com. All are encouraged to collect their Forum identification and other materials on the day before the program start in order to avoid long lines and congestion at the venue on the first day. Hafa Adai Welcome Reception. All registrants are invited to meet, relax, and network. The location is tentatively set for Ball Rooms A and B on the 6th Floor of the Dusit Thani Resort.

Wednesday 7 March – First Day of the Forum 07.00-08.30

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Forum Registration will be available in the Ballroom Foyer at the Forum location on the 6th f loor of the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. The Master of Ceremonies role will be shared between two persons: • Ms Catherine Cruz Norton, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas • LT Timothy Dahms PE, CEC, USN, Assistant Operations Officer, NAVFAC Marianas Opening Remarks. Will begin promptly at 08.30 • Pledge of Allegiance – (all rise) • Forum opening by John M Robertson PE, President, SAME Guam Post (Principal, AmOrient Engineering) • Welcoming Remarks by Governor of Guam, the Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo • Remarks by Guam’s Congressional Representative, the Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo • Remarks by Director, Guam Relocation Project Office, Ministry of Defense, Japan, Masafumi Yamakawa • Remarks by the Commanding Officer, Joint Region Marianas, *RDML Shoshana Chatfield Networking Break Guam Program Management Office (GPMO) Update The proposed investment by the Governments of Japan and the United States in expanding the role of Guam as a training and national security installation is significant. Projects, especially those planned for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps, will be identified and discussed. • Mr Will Boudra PE, Director, Guam Program Management Office • CAPT Daniel Turner PE, CEC, USN, Commanding Officer, OICC Marine Corps Marianas Lunch – Networking Break Plenary Keynote Presentation. The Defense Policy Review Initiative (DPRI) has pivoted the national security objectives of the U.S. towards Asia. The importance, priority and execution plan for U.S. defense facility investment in Asia and the Marianas will be presented. • RDML John Korka PE, CEC, USN, Commander, NAVFAC Pacific Competitive Proposal Processes for Guam Relocation Projects. Presentation on the standard NAVFAC competitive bidding / proposal processes and procedures. Ms Jill Nii, Chief of Contracting Office, Acquisition Support Line Manager, NAVFAC Pacific Mr Ralph Luca, Capital Improvements Business Line Manager, NAVFAC Pacific Networking Break Installation Commanding Officer: Commander Panel. Key military commanders for the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force will present their roles in supporting the buildup. Each may have specific requirements for those doing contract work on their bases. • CAPT Stephanie Jones PE, CEC, USN – MODERATOR (Commanding Officer NAVFAC Marianas) • CAPT Hons Sholley, USN, Commanding Officer, Navy Base Guam (NBG) • *Colonel Brent Bien, USMC, Commanding Officer in Charge, Marine Corps Activity Guam (MCAG) • *Brig Gen Douglas Cox, USAF, Commander, 36th Wing, Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) Doing Business and Teaming on Guam. Guam, like any place you do business has requirements and expectations of the companies that work here. Learn about the tax, regulatory and incentives that are available to companies that are selected to participate in the relocation projects. A key component of this session will be a discussion on how teaming agreements can be used to link Guam/U.S. companies with Japanese partners. • Mr Pete Diaz PE – MODERATOR (Mr Diaz is Project Engineer/Manager with AECOM) • Mr Joe Arnett, Chamber of Commerce representative (Mr Arnett is a principal with Deloitte & Touche Guam office) • Mr William D. Beery PE, Guam Contractors Association representative (Mr Beery is President of Tutujan Hill Group, Ltd) • Mr Edward F. Calvo, Chairman of Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) • Mr Al Sampson, Small Business Advisor, NAVFAC Marianas Day One Wrap-up. The key take-aways from the sessions on the first day will be discussed and summarized. • *CAPT Stephanie Jones PE, CEC, USN, Commanding Officer NAVFAC Marianas Networking Mixer. All registrants are invited to meet, relax, and network in Ball Rooms A & B on 6th Floor of Dusit Thani Resort. It also offers an opportunity to visit the exhibition booths set up by some of the participants.

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Thursday 8 March – Second Day of the Forum 08.30-10.00

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What Your Company Needs to Know about Doing Business on Guam. The latest information regarding regulatory, environmental and archeological requirements including Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) / Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) needed to make your bid compliant with program requirements will be presented by a panel of subject matter experts. • *Mr Jeff Jones – MODERATOR (Mr Jones is CEO of Triple J Enterprises) • *Mr John Camacho, Director Guam Revenue & Taxation • Mr Brent Wiese AIA, Chairman of the Guam Building Code Council (Mr Wiese is a principal at RIM Architects) • *Mr Walter Leon Guerrero, Administrator of Guam Environmental Protection Agency • CDR Stephen Fichter PE, Operations Officer, NAVFAC Marianas – Oversees MEC/UXO Program • Mr Albert “Al” Borja, Environmental Director for MCAG Public Works Department (PWD) • Mr W. Shawn Arnold, M.A. RPA, Designated Regional Cultural Resources Manager, NAVFAC Marianas Networking Break Ports of Entry and Logistics. Logistics is a key component of being successful in the execution of projects on Guam because of our remote location in the western Pacific. Learn from a panel of experts what you need to know about shipping, as both air and sea freight and what Guam Customs will require when you ship materials and equipment to Guam. • *Mr Danny Lim – MODERATOR (Mr Lim is General Manager of CTSI Logistics) • *Mr Charles H. Ada, Executive Director of Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA) • *Ms Joanne M.S. Brown, General Manager of the Port Authority of Guam (PAG) • *Mr Vince San Nicholas Perez, Chief of Guam Customs and Quarantine Lunch – Networking Break Plenary Keynote Presentation. Discussion on the role of the Society of American Military Engineers in support of U.S. military contracting agencies of all branches of service. • Col Marv Fisher, LEED AP, FSAME USAF (Ret) President Elect of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). (Principal at Farnsworth Group) Educating and Building a Workforce on Guam. Discussion of Training and apprenticeship programs and incentives available to maximize Guam and U.S. workforce participation for the projects will be described by a panel of subject matter experts. • *Dr Anita Enriquez – MODERATOR (Dr Enriquez is Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Guam) • Dr Bert Johnston, Director of Education, GCA Trades Academy • Dr Mary Underwood, President of Guam Community College • Dr Robert Underwood, President of University of Guam • Dr Shirley A. Mabini, Director, Guam Department of Labor Networking Break Labor Workforce Update. The latest news regarding H1 and H2 visa regulations will be provided along with procedures on how to go about hiring foreign workers for projects on Guam. • Mr Greg Massey, Administrator, Alien Labor Processing and Certification Division of the Guam Department of Labor Guam, a Great Place to Live, Work and Play. The culture, lifestyle and living standards on Guam will be discussed by a panel of subject matter experts. • *Mr Josh Tyquiengco – MODERATOR (Public Information Officer, Guam Visitors’ Bureau) • Mr Lee Webber, Chamber of Commerce (Mr Webber is part owner of MDA and prior Publisher of PDN) • *Mr Jon Nathan Denight, CEO, Guam Visitors Bureau • Mr Christopher Felix, President, Guam Association of Realtors Conference Wrap-up. Two days of information will be summarized, and questions fielded regarding program requirements. Information on where to find the latest program information available will be provided to participants. • *CAPT Daniel Turner PE, Commanding Officer, OICC Marine Corps Marianas Networking Mixer. All registrants are invited to meet, relax, and network in Ball Rooms A & B on 6th Floor of Dusit Thani Resort.

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Window Tour of Key Project Sites. An opportunity to visit key project sites will be available in the morning of 9 March 2018 for those that wish to participate. For an additional fee of $50 per participant, bus transportation will be provided from/to the Dusit Thani Resort. There will be staff on each bus to point out sites of interest and answer questions. Charlie Corn Scholarship Golf Tournament. The SAME Guam Post is hosting its annual golf tournament (our 40th) to raise funding for its engineering scholarship program. All forum participants are invited to play in this fun tournament at the STARTS Guam Golf Resort. There will be an additional fee of $125 per person. The tournament is a two-person, select ball (scramble) tournament with a Peoria handicapping system. The fee covers golf, cart, a goody bag, a bag lunch, on-course beverages, an awards banquet buffet, and lots of generous prizes. See the forum website for details. www.guamcontractors.org

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Rey Llaneta, in much the same Tom Cruise (Knight and Day) tongue and cheek tenor, declares matter-of-factly... “I’m the guy” on the ground. I’m trying to make things happen, especially, for Guam. I’d really like to see my vision come to fruition—that U.S. quality standards, excellence, will be coveted by countries within our Pacific region. He says simply, “I really believe that our people can make a name for themselves in the Pacific.” Llaneta has been “working on this” vision around 8 years. And, in that time he has been injecting the idea initially of doing business via the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Over the past few months that position has taken on a new iteration —multiple opportunities have surfaced.. Essentially, Llaneta, each year, invited Guam businesses and other individuals, over the past 7 to 8 years, to explore the opportunities available, primarily, via the annual Asian Development Bank(ADB) Business Opportunities Fair, held in Manila. Toward the latter part of 2017, that model morphed a bit, from the resource-side and the opportunities-side into a consortium of 8 companies which are expressing their collective and individual interest(s).

On the opportunity-side, the US Commercial Service's Liaison Office to the ADB visited Guam. Gregory Harris, American Director/Senior Commercial Officer, to the ADB. Harris was encouraged by Llaneta to channel the Guam-American businesses to take the action step to engage themselves abroad, namely, the Asia-Pacific, via the ADB project needs. Such a meeting, per Llaneta’s Guam Consortium’s drive, UOG’s SBDC and Endowment, and the Governor’s Office, took place at the University of Guam, Small Business Development Center(UOG SBDC) at an event called “Commercial Opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region” on September 28, 2017.

This consortium of companies, per Llaneta are listed here: Universal Engineering Co., Ltd: http://www.universal-e.co.jp/?lang=en Black Construction Corporation: http://www.blackconstructionguam.com/ EE Black: http://eeblackphilippines.com/ Engineering Partners: http://epinc.pro/ Galaide Professional Services, Inc. (GPSI): http://epinc.pro/ MAS2 Consultants: website under construction Ezo: website under construction

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Harris spoke on: the scope of the ADB in the region, its recent focus in the Pacific, marketing to Asia through the ADB, and recent experiences in Taiwan and Philippines.

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Here is a brief narrative, directly from their U.S. Commercial Service website: (https://2016.export.gov/adb/aboutcsadb/index.asp)

The U.S. Commercial Service's Liaison Office To The ADB Who We Are The U.S. Commercial Service's Liaison Office to the Asian Development Bank (CS ADB), based in U.S. Embassy in Manila, is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s global network of export development offices. CS ADB works directly with U.S. firms to target major project, consulting and procurement opportunities generated from the Asian Development Bank’s direct lending and grant activities. CS ADB captures these opportunities and sends them out as monthly reports entitled "Foreign Government Tenders". CS ADB also works with U.S. sponsors/developers of private projects who can benefit from the lending and risk mitigation activities of the ADB’s Private Sector Department, and the ADB’s Office of Co-financing Operations. Our Mission The CS ADB office was created by the U.S. Congress to provide assistance and advocacy for U.S. firms pursuing business opportunities generated by the ADB's lending and grant activities. The office’s staff of five is led currently by an American Director/Senior Commercial Officer, Mr. Gregory Harris, and works closely with the U.S. Executive Director to the ADB, Ambassador Swati A. Dandekar, and his staff. We began operations in 1992. The point: it appears that Guam/U.S. businesses (resources) have been matched with the real project needs (opportunities). And, that picture gets even brighter with some other revelations Llaneta conveyed beyond the ADB umbrella—NAVFAC and US AID. ADB—pushes out $30 Billion annual, to rid poverty in their respective 20- member countries NAVFAC Philippines—estimated $150 Million(from $50 Million), Civil Military Affairs, Enhanced Defense Cooperative Agreement (EDCA) will require U.S. construction standards for projects approved and locally awarded and administered via NAVFAC Philippines. And now, for the first time, NAVFAC Philippines (will be a stand-alone entity as a Regional Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC)), whereas previously, they received their authority via NAFAC Thailand. Also, along with that NAVFAC Philippines update, Llaneta advises of the 2018 Guam Industry Forum in March of this year (https://www.guamindustryforum2018.com), hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) to give an overview of the prospective opportunities. US AID (https://www.usaid.gov/) the US response to the Pacific region, to aid in natural calamities, which is in need of U.S. contractors to be on their radar with respect to U.S. standards.

So, to summarize Llaneta’s update: There is an initial consortium of Guam companies(8) positioned to participate in opportunities off of Guam, which are literally, too numerous to exhaust. And, as this proverbial “I’m the guy…”, communicates, Llaneta may be your guy to contact regarding all-things Asia-Pacific (Asian Development Bank, NAFAC Philippines, and US AID). Renie "Rey" Llaneta, BA, MS, CPCM President, MAS2 Consultants Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business DUNS # 855021541

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A monthly crane and rigging informative column for all personnel directly or indirectly involved with crane safety. Each month we will attempt to explain a different technical issue pertaining to crane operations here on Guam, addressing the sometimes over-looked or misunderstood topics by management and operators alike. By Dave Barnhouse OSHA announced that it has changed the the Subpart CC—Cranes and Derricks deadline for crane operator certification by one year, to November 10, 2018. The following is a set of questions and answers that discuss this proposal and its effects on the construction industry. Question #1: Why has OSHA extended the compliance date for crane operator certification? Answer: OSHA extended the compliance date for crane operator certification to ensure it has enough time to complete a rule making addressing two issues raised after publication of Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks. First, Subpart CC—Cranes and Derricks requires that operator certification be by “type and capacity.” The two largest testing organizations have issued certifications by “type” but not “capacity.” These certifications are not currently valid under Subpart CC. The Agency is concerned that this will disrupt the construction industry severely, both for employers and crane operators who thought their certification would be valid. Second, many crane industry representatives requested that OSHA revise the crane standard to preserve a requirement that employers assess the ability of their operators to run the cranes to which they are assigned. In order to address these issues, OSHA extended the compliance date for crane operator certification by three years, until 20 | JANUARY2018

November 10, 2017. OSHA now needs one additional year to propose and finalize the rule making addressing these issues. Question #2: OSHA extended the compliance date in 2014 by three years to November 10, 2017. What steps has OSHA taken during this period of time to address the stakeholders’ issues? Answer: After extending the compliance date, OSHA considered options for addressing stakeholders’ concerns. The Agency decided that rule making would be necessary for consideration of any revisions of the requirements in the final rule for Subpart CC. To gather more information, OSHA spoke with over 40 industry representatives about how they currently ensure crane operator competency. Based on this information, OSHA revised crane operator requirements and presented the draft to the Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health at a meeting on March 31 and April 1, 2015. Considering feedback from this meeting, OSHA revised the crane operator requirements and preamble www.guamcontractors.org

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Question #3: What crane operator requirements are in place right now? Answer: Currently, OSHA requires employers to: • ensure that operators of cranes covered by the standard are competent to operate the equipment safely; • train their employee prior to operating the equipment when that employee is assigned to operate machinery and does not have the required knowledge or ability to operate the equipment safely; and • ensure that each operator is evaluated to confirm that he/she understands the information provided in the training. These are the same requirements that have been implemented since publication of Subpart CC in 2010. If the proposed rule is finalized, these requirements will remain in place until November 10, 2018. Question #4: If a crane operator’s certification now only specifies type, but not capacity, will the operator have to get another certification by November 10, 2017, now that OSHA’s proposed extension has taken effect? Answer: No. Certification is not currently required because of the previous extension, and OSHA has extended the compliance date for the operator certification requirements again to November 10, 2018. Since this extension is finalized, November 10, 2018, would be the earliest date on which certification would be required.

Please e-mail any comments, questions, or specific topics you would like to see addressed in this column to dave@islandcerts.org and we will certainly attempt to accommodate your requests. Dave Barnhouse resides in Tamuning and has been involved with operations, maintenance, operator training, and/or inspections, of cranes since 1969. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, CHST, NCCCO and CIC certified crane operator, NCCCO Lift Director, NCCCO Level II Rigger, Crane Institute of America practical examiner for all types of mobile crane operators, riggers, signal persons, and the only OSHA accredited crane inspector on Guam.

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Iridium To Grow Service With The Launch Of New Satellites By: Shawn Gumataotao A little while ago, SpaceX launched 10 communications satellites into low-Earth orbit for the Virginia-based company Iridium. In the lead up of a week filled with heavy rain and strong winds, just a few clouds dotted the skies in Southern California when the rocket climbed skyward. The first batch in a $3 billion 72-satellite network that will replace the company’s current fleet of aging low-Earth-orbit mobile voice and data relay stations. The stakes are high for both companies. For SpaceX, which has now lost two of 29 Falcon 9 rockets -- one in flight and one on the ground -- a successful mission will help restore confidence in the low-cost boosters and clear the way for a resumption of commercial and government launches that have been on hold since a September mishap. For Iridium, the launch was the first step in a complex satellite-by-satellite swap out, part of a long-range effort to retire satellites that have operated long past their design life, replace them with upgraded, more capable spacecraft and expand the company’s capabilities in an increasingly competitive commercial space operations environment. 22 | JANUARY2018

“Frankly, it means our future, because we have to replace this network anyway,” Iridium CEO Matthew Desch said in an interview with CBS News.

Daniels is excited about the short term prospects in which there will be due to couple of satellites that are not working at 100%.

Going into the long replacement operation, Desch said the first order of business is “to do no harm to our 800-and-some-thousand current subscribers. So the new satellites do everything the old satellites did, but they do a whole lot more. It really gets us seriously into sort of broadband connections.”

Down the road, the software upgrades implemented after launch, the first-generation satellites can relay voice and data at ISDN-class speeds, but the Iridium NEXT spacecraft will work at up to 1.4 megabits per second or "a whole lot more performance".

Range Global Service General Manager Terry Daniels tells this blogger that the Iridium launch will help initially with overall coverage and service which could mean less dropped calls and improved signal quality.

To find out more about how GET, LLC, through our Iridium satellite phone partner at Range Global Services, LLC-can help your satellite phone needs, give us a call at 671-483-0789 or our website at www.get-guam.com for more information.

"In the big picture, the new constellation which will take about two years to get launched and fully operational - will offer higher speed data solutions," wrote Daniels in an email. " Of course, higher data speeds come at a higher price. All pricing is still yet to be determined, and higher speed service won't be available until late this year."

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The GCA Small Business Committee supports small business members of the association to ensure their voices are heard and needs are met within GCA capabilities. Do you have an issue or concern that we might be able to assist with? Do you have an idea or suggestion that may benefit our small business community? Help us help you by joining us at our monthly meetings or contact: Lysander “Al” Star (Chair) 647-7870 islaroofing@guam.net Jane Ray (Co-Chair) 735-2595 jane@pacificsbdc.com Gerardine Mendiola (Co-Chair) 647-2895 gmendiola@guamptac.com Our next meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 30th , 11:30 AM at the GCA conference room 202. Please RSVP with Elaine Gogue. Her email address is elaine.gogue@guamcontractors.org

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Total OTHER Construction

Other Construction Occupations

Employers Workplace Monthly Report Statistics

Total Non-Construction H2-B Workers

3

Baker

Other Non-Construction Occupations

GUAM DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Alien Labor Processing Certification Division

40

0

58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 58

58 Grand Total H-2B Workers

0

50

100

150

200

250

300

350

400

450

Total U.S. Workers

Grand Total H2B Workers

US Workers vs. H-2B

195

Total U.S. Workers

500

3 6

Total H-2B Employers

4 Non-Construction

Construction

Employers By Industry

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

Workers by Nationality

40

Total Common Const.

0

Heavy Equip. Operator 0

0

Sheetmetal Worker

0

0

Plumber

Camp Cook

0

Structural Steelworker

Electrician

2

23

15

Reinforcing Metalworker

Carpenter

Cement Mason

Common Construction Occupations

MONTH ENDING: October2017

Korea Thailand 0.00% 0.00%

5.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

57.50%

0.00%

0.00% 0.00%

Other 0.00%

Peru 0.00%

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

Carpenter

Cement Mason

Other

Thailand

Peru

Italy

Australia

United Kingdom

Kiribati

Japan

Korea

Philippines

United Kingdom 0.00%

Kiribati 0.00%

37.50%

Common Construction Occupations

Philippines 100.00%

Japan 0.00%

Australia 0.00%

Italy 0.00%

H-2B Population by Nationality

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