DCCA: No more DNAP


Disaster Nutritional Assistance Program lines last Saturday were not as long as the first day, where people even camped out of the NAP office in As Lito for processing. (Erwin Encinares)

The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs officially ended its Disaster Nutritional Assistance Program last Saturday.

DCCA, the department that administers the Nutritional Assistance Program, which in turn handles DNAP, told Saipan Tribune yesterday that they believe they were able to distribute DNAP to all who were provided a number over the past few weeks.

DCCA Secretary Robert Hunter confirmed yesterday that his department would not be processing any further DNAP applications.

“…If you got a number and did not come in before the deadline [Saturday], then that is on you,” Hunter said. “The last three to four days were quite slow.”

DNAP numbers D07401 through D15901 and above were all served from last Sunday, Dec. 2, until Dec. 7, Friday, while Dec. 8, 2018, Saturday was reserved for first responders, disaster relief workers, disaster recovery workers, and DNAP workers themselves.

“A lot more people took numbers than showed up,” Hunter predicted, adding that he has yet to see the final numbers. He further told Saipan Tribune that he has yet to meet with NAP administrator Walter Macaranas yesterday afternoon.

DNAP numbers were being processed since Nov. 25, 2018 and concluded processing last Dec. 8, 2018. Those who still have numbers but did not show up for the interview would not be given a second chance.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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