The U.S. Department of Labor has approved the CNMI’s implementation plan for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) programs.
CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torre made the announcement via the Official CNMI Governor’s social media account this morning.
With the approval of the implementation plan, USDOL also approved an initial disbursement of $70.5 million for the PUA and FPUC programs in the CNMI.
“Lt. Governor Palacios and I want to thank everyone at USDOL ETA who have been working closely with our Secretary of Labor Vicky Benavente and her team at CNMI DOL,” said Torres. “We are eager to get these benefits out to employees who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We also want to commend Secretary Benavente and her team at CNMI DOL for all their hard work to fulfill the requirements of the program since I executed the CNMI’s agreement with US DOL on March 29, immediately after President Trump signed the CARES Act into law,” Torres said.