CNMI’s PUA and FPUC plan OK’d

Posted on May 25 2020


The U.S. Department of Labor has approved the CNMI’s implementation plan for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs

USDOL also approved an initial disbursement of $70.5 million for the PUA and FPUC programs in the CNMI.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced the approval on Saturday on his official Facebook page, saying that USDOL’s Employment and Training Administration has given the CNMI the green flag in how it will dole out the unemployment assistance. The CNMI Department of Labor has asked USDOL if legal foreign workers can also avail of this aid but it has yet to receive a response.

“Lt. Gov. [Arnold I.] 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 USDOL on March 29, immediately after President Trump signed the CARES Act into law,” added Torres.

Benavente herself looks forward to getting “this much-needed assistance to employees in the CNMI.”

“I also want to recognize our hardworking team at the CNMI Department of Labor for their hard work and dedication. We will be pushing out this program very soon and will be making announcements before we open the application period,” she added.

For the latest contact information and guidance, visit the CNMI DOL website at or the Office of the Governor website at (PR)

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