Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente has asked to be given 10 more days to submit to Sen. Edith E. DeLeon Guerrero (D-Saipan) documents related to the CNMI Department of Labor’s issuance of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits.
Benavente wrote DeLeon Guerrero last Friday, requesting the additional 10 calendar days or until July 7, 2021 to submit the documents, in consideration of the breadth of records that the senator asked from her.
She said Labor received DeLeon Guerrero’s request for records last June 17. She assured that the department has begun to compile the requested records and intends to cooperate to the fullest extent possible.
In her Open Government Act request to Benavente, DeLeon Guerrero asked for the production of documents relevant to PUA/FPUC issuance. The senator asked Benavente to submit to her office within 10 calendar days, among other records, all internal allotment advices related to PUA and FPUC funding.
DeLeon Guerrero told Saipan Tribune that she made the OGA request because she has been receiving a lot of messages from applicants that are still waiting for their application/benefit status.