San Nicolas urges Governor to take advantage of federal emergency declaration

Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas (PNC file photo)

With the declaration of a federal emergency by President Trump regarding the impact of the coronavirus on public health and safety, Congressman Michael San Nicolas is urging Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero to seek out Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for Guam’s impacted workforce.

“The Stafford Act that is triggered with a Federal Emergency Declaration opens up access to federal funds for workers who are unemployed due to a disaster,” San Nicolas stated. “With the Congress recently categorizing the coronavirus as an official disaster, our workers who are losing their jobs due to the economic impact the pandemic has had on Guam tourism can get federal relief.”

San Nicolas added. “We must act swiftly to put these options into action so as to mitigate impacts across the board before they cause further harm due to bureaucratic delay,” Congressman San Nicolas concludes.

(press release)