As PUA closes, GDOL assures everyone who’s supposed to be paid, will be paid

GDOL PUA processing center (PNC file photo)

Wednesday, Oct. 6, was the last day for filing claims under the Guam Department of Labor’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

And GDOL Director David Dell’Isola said Oct. 27 is the last day to accept the weekly filing of claims online.

“So it’s important for all claimants out there to enter on the claim the weeks that you feel that you have. Even if there’s an issue or a problem, file those all the way on the last that you feel you’re eligible for and get them in by the 27th,” Dell’Isola said during an informational hearing on his agency conducted by Sen. Sabina Perez.

During the hearing, Dell’Isola assured that everyone who has issues, problems, or appeals, or all those who need adjudication, will be taken care of.

“We will get to every single one of you. We will continue to pay PUA up until probably March 31st. So March 31 is probably the last day to clear and satisfy overpayments. We need to put a date on when we’re gonna try to get everybody adjudicated, fix claims, and get them all paid. So, we have plenty of time to make sure that everybody that’s supposed to get paid, gets paid,” Dell’Isola said.

He added that June 30, 2022, is the administrative closeout for PUA.

“That’s when all of the audits and reports required to finish out the $800-some billion dollars that were put out nationwide would have to be submitted,” Dell’Isola said.

With the closing out of the PUA program, Dell’Isola said they will be moving the American Job Center all under one roof in the GCIC building in Hagatna.

“So in the next 30 to 45 days, it’s going to be a little bit of chaos as we close down the Bell Tower operations and move AJC over to the third floor of the GCIC building. The PUA Center, which is located on the second floor, will remain there until after the AJC kind of gets settled, and we get everything moved in. And then the PUA center will eventually move over to our new location on the fourth floor of the GCIC building,” Dell’Isola said.

During the close of his presentation, Dell’Isola again assured the public that if you have a claim, and you haven’t gotten paid, GDOL will fix you.

“We will pay you. It may not happen this week or next week, but it will happen. I won’t close PUA until I close everybody out. No matter how long it takes, I will make sure everybody gets paid,” Dell’Isola promised.