Sixteen individuals graduated from the first Guam Community College Regional Marine & Terrestrial Conservation Law Enforcement Academy, trained in ways to protect the environment and combat human trafficking.
Participants were recognized for completing the nearly three-month training during a special ceremony on Oct. 6 at the Pacific Star Hotel in Tumon.
Funding for this first-of-its-kind academy was obtained from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Forest Service’s PIPTIEM Program, USAID’s Project Ready Program, the FSM Congress and the Raymond James Asia Pacific Group, through the Micronesian Conservation Trust, according to a press release from GCC.
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GCC acting President Ray Somera said, “This academy represents the best component of being a part of Micronesia – the part where we collaborate, and share resources and information, because it is in this way that we can successfully cast a much broader law enforcement talaya, or net, than if we each just cast individual nets to catch the bad fish.”
Carla Laguana, class commander and the lone female member of the class, said the historic program is important to the region’s survival.
“In the midst of all this controversy concerning Guam’s political status and the loss of our land, conservation is needed now more than ever, and not just exclusively to Guam but to our sister islands – Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Yap, Palau and Republic of Marshall Islands,” Laguana said. “To conserve our agriculture is to preserve our land. To preserve our land is to preserve our heritage. To preserve our heritage is to keep our culture alive.”
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