Public Health discriminates against Chamoris.
Norbert Perez, president of PUGUA' International Corporation
recently debunked the Attorney General's Office, Department of Public Health and the
Allied Board of Health Examiners.
"The government of Guam is giving me the run-around, again!" Perez decried his
recent encounters. "I submitted a letter and an application to secure a license and
health permit as a Therapeutic Masseuse for my new Hinilos Aniti traditional Massage
Therapy and they send me on a round-the-island tour."
"The Attorney General came down with an opinion that I needed to first get a license
from the Allied Board of Health Examiners before Public Health can give me a health
permit. The Allied Board told me that they do not issue licenses for therapeutic
massages...Public health does that." Perez said.
"Public Health told me that they could not issue a license and permit until I could
produce a diploma or certificate from an institution." Perez added.
"How in heavens name can I produce a diploma or certificate on a traditional massage
therapy system? What Suruhåna and Suruhånu will give me a certificate or diploma?"
"I want the people of Guahan to know that the laws of this island are so
discriminatory and so anti-chamori." Perez stated. "This is a prime example of
ethnic cleansing that we do unto ourselves.
We grant licenses and permits to the Shiatsu Massage, Mandasar Massage, and every massage
parlor in town, but when it comes to our traditional Suruhånus and Suruhånas, we send
"I honestly feel like an alien in my own island. Outside credentials mean more to our
government than our own traditional systems." Perez cried. "Something is
terribly wrong here! Something is terribly amiss."
Biba Taotao Tano'!
Prepared by Lynn Cruz