The processing for Disaster Nutritional Assistance Program could be extended for another week.
Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter told Saipan Tribune yesterday that he would be pitching the idea of extending for an additional week the DNAP number processing because of the massive number of applicants that have yet to be processed.
Hunter noted that, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Nutrition Service and DNAP staff, they were only able to process 1,000 applicants last Monday from 9am to 3pm.
“…We have requested for an extension for another week. We are just waiting for that agreement in writing,” he said, adding that unless the proper paperwork has been provided, nothing is official.
Last Monday evening, DCCA announced new schedules for DNAP number processing; only 1,000 were processed during the allotted time.
In order to reflect the change, the schedule, if followed, would note that at least 3,400 numbers would have been processed by the end of Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.
Number D03401 through D04400 would be processed today, and so on until Saturday, where an expected 7,400 numbers will have been processed, according to Hunter.
The remaining numbers beyond 7,400 would be issued an interview date at a later announcement.
“…It will be extended out another week, but it has yet to be official,” said Hunter.
He noted that FNS officials verbally informed him that it would be extended but, unless there is paperwork, it is all not official.
As of 10am yesterday morning, DNAP numbers are already over 14,300 on Saipan. Hunter noted on several occasions that the total number of households on Saipan and Tinian amount to about 14,000 combined.