GDOL set to send out next batch of unemployment funds

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The Guam Department of Labor is getting ready to send out their next batch of unemployment funds totaling around $9.7 million.

David Dell’Isola, the department’s director, says the money should be hitting Guam bank accounts next week.

He says staff have been working through PCOR 1 remotely, particularly with an influx of filings with the recent business shutdown.

As for any additional weekly “bump-up” money, now that the FPUC has expired, Dell’Isola says they’re in the final stages of applying for President Trump’s lost-wages act, but we’d only get funding for three weeks.

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“We finished the draft, it’s going around for final comments, and we’ll be sending in that application very soon so we can hopefully get some additional funding for after the FPUC expired,” Dell’Isola said.

He added: “Because Trump only set aside $44 billion for this program, we all knew that it wasn’t going to last very long. We were all trying to figure it out. So what FEMA did was allot three weeks for all the states and every territory and then see what’s left over, and whatever is left over, if we can do another week, we’ll do another week.”

Dell’Isola says if it weren’t for FEMA’s strategy to divvy up the money fairly, Guam likely wouldn’t have received anything at all.

And an important note on the new program: Not as many people will qualify since residents need to be making at least $100 of the PUA when previously, they just needed to be eligible for $1.

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Mai Habib
Mai Habib is a radio and television broadcaster and journalist originally from Toronto, Canada. She worked at CTV News and CFRA in Canada for over 5-years, where she was a reporter, anchor and show host. After a brief stop in Canadian politics and the non-profit world, she's happy to be back at the news desk on Guam. Mai is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program and completed her Master's in International Affairs and Public Policy at Carleton University. She is excited to be reporting on Guam's current affairs, legislature and other topical issues.