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USDA APHIS delivers resources to DLNR Rota

(Press Release) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service out of Guam recently delivered a brand new aerial lift and other resources to the Department of Lands and Natural Resources on Rota to support its battle against the invasive and destructive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle.

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CRB coordinator Mark Manglona, Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and DLNR-Rota Resident Department head David Calvo with the aerial lift in the background.  Contributed photo

The DLNR resident department head, David Calvo, and CRB coordinator Mark Manglona received and unloaded the support equipment and supplies with APHIS’ Ben Quichocho, and presented the new assets to Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig.

“The aerial lift is an important tool that we’ve been asking for as it will help us better inspect the tops of tall coconut palm trees and take appropriate measures on CRB affected coconut trees,” said Mark Manglona.

David Calvo pointed out that “what DLNR really needs now is a container to store and protect this expensive equipment from inclement weather as our current buildings are inadequate to house our assets, so I’m seeking the DLNR secretary and Office of Grants Management’s support with this.”

Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, DLNR’s David Calvo and staff express their appreciation to USDA APHIS staff Dallas Berringer, Troy Brown and Ben Quichocho, for their untiring support in helping Rota manage its CRB predicament. “We are forever grateful,” the Rota officials said.