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Labor Subcommittee Report May 2007 PDF Print E-mail

May 2007 was an exciting and productive month in which efforts were focused on strengthening Governor CamachoÝs vision of transformationÍa season of transformation across the spectrum with emphasis on the emerging workforce and training and education to meeting the critical demands. Therefore, the following report on regional (insular areas) and federal collaborative activities is submitted:

TRI-MEETING: OEA, USDOL Regional Administrators and Guam DOL - Meeting of 14 May 2007

Gary Kuwabara, Program Manager, Office of Economic Adjustment and GDOL Director Maria Connelley met with the U.S. Department of Labor Region VI Administrators. In addition to the OEA presentation on global repositioning in the Pacific Theater and its impact on Guam, GDOL articulated the need to strengthen relationship by collaborating and leveraging of resources. (GDOL Report ˝ Attachment A)

In addition to meeting separately with USDOL ETA Regional Administrator Richard Trigg and Rosemary Cowan, Division Chief, the following USDOL Regional Administrators, EOA and GDOL representatives were at the TRI-Meeting in San Francisco:

  • Christopher Lee, Regional Administrator ˝ OSHA Consultation
  • Richard Holden, Regional Commissioner ˝ Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  • Dennis Reid, Deputy Regional Commissioner ˝ Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  • John Jacobs, Federal Project Officer ˝ Employment & Training Administration (ETA)
  • George Friday, Regional Administrator ˝ Wage & Hour (ESA)
  • John Glyder, District Director ˝ Wage & Hour (ESA)
  • Chris Still ˝ VeteransÝ Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  • Deanne Amaden, Regional Director ˝ Office of Public Affairs
  • Gary Kuwabara, Office of Economic Adjustment ˝ Office of the Assist. Secretary of Defense Maria Connelley, Director - Guam Department of Labor
  • Key Divisions of the Guam Department of Labor:
  • Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS): To provide, analyze, and disseminate essential and accurate statistical data in the filed of labor economics to the public, local and federal government, business, and labor.
  • Employment and Standards Administration (ESA) - Wage and Hour: To promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of GuamÝs workforce.
  • Guam Employment Service (GES): To contribute to the more efficient functioning of the labor market by providing high quality job training, employment, labor market information, through workforce investment systems.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Consultation: To assure the safety and health of GuamÝs workers by providing training, outreach and education, establishing partnerships, and encouraging continual improvements in workplace safety and health.
  • VeteransÝ Employment and Training Service (VETS): To provide veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st Century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified veterans.


USDOL ETA Regional Administrator, Richard Trigg confirmed receipt of GuamÝs PY2007 & PY2008 Strategic Plan Modification. The CMTF Labor Subcommittee continues to navigate and initiate programs to realize the goals of the Guam Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser State Plan. (Plans of Work ˝ Attachment B)

CNMI WIA DIRECTOR - Meeting of 29 May 2007

Ms. Edith DeLeon Guerrero, CNMI Workforce Investment Agency Director met with CMTF Labor Subcommittee members and discussed regional collaboration on the following topics:

  • 8th Western Micronesia Chief ExecutivesÝ Summit (WMCES), tentatively scheduled for 5-7 July 2007 in CNMI. The Chief Executives endorsed the following: establishing a Regional Workforce Development Council; alignment of workforce development; vocational education and other programs and leverage resources; collaborating, integrating and formation of partnerships with the private sector; and creating and implementing training programs for demand-driven occupations. (7th WMCES Communiqu╚ ˝ Attachment C)
  • GWIB/SHRM Workforce Conference tentatively schedule for 3-4 October 2007 in Guam to help develop a forward-thinking regional economic development plan that not only generates momentum for development in the Marianas, but also helps access federal resources. (GWIB Resolutions ˝ Attachment D)
  • Anticipated arrival of U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Regional Administrator Richard Trigg;
  • Continuous partnership with Guam GDOL to improve the workforce system ˝ a data system to capture and monitor WIA participants for federal reporting requirements.

Present at the meeting with CNMI WIA Director include:
´ Maria Connelley, GDOL Director
´ David DellÝIsola, AHRD Director
´ Joe San Agustin, AHRD Deputy Director
´ Peter Barcinas, GWIB Member
´ Joleen Santos, GWIB Support Staff
´ Vera Topasna, GDOL/AHRD Planner
´ Celine Cruz-Aguilar, GDOL/AHRD Planner


Mr. Spensin James, incoming Chairman of the Pacific Post-Secondary Education Council (PPEC) and President of the College of Micronesia ˝ FSM (COM-FSM) paid a courtesy visit with GDOL/AHRD officials. In line with the power of e≥ (education, economic development and employment) discussion focused on efforts to continue aligning and strengthening relationship between the education and the workforce agenda. A copy of the Guam Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser State Plan ˝ Plans of Work; Passport-to-Careers information booklets; and latest issue of the Occupational Estimates Survey were provided to Chairman Spensin.

Present at the meeting at the meeting with Chairman Spensin include:

  • Maria Connelley, GDOL Director
  • Erica Unpingco, GDOL Deputy Director
  • David DellÝIsola, AHRD Director
  • Joleen Santos, GWIB Support Staff
  • Larry Gamboa, GDOL/AHRD Special Projects Coordinator


The Pacific Post-secondary Education Council, or PPEC, was established in 1981 as a nonprofit, public benefit corporation to address the concerns and needs of Pacific island post-secondary institutions. The Council consists of chief executive officers (or their representatives) of public colleges and universities in the American-affiliated Pacific islands including:

´ American Samoa,
´ Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,
´ Federated States of Micronesia,
´ Guam,
´ Republic of the Marshall Islands,
´ Republic of Palau, and
´ State of Hawaii (Honolulu and Hawaii).

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