Senate committee wants to hear from Labor on PUA


The newly appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Government, Law and Federal Relations wants to hear about the status of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in the CNMI from the CNMI Department of Labor.

Sen. Karl King-Nabors (R-Tinian) notified committee members last Friday about a meeting with Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente this Wednesday at 1:30pm at the Senate chamber.

The senator said they want to also hear from Benavente regarding the status of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and unemployment insurance benefits.

Written comments on agenda items may be submitted to King-Nabors’ office prior to the meeting.

“Oral testimony may be presented during the committee meeting,” he said.

Sen. Edith E. Deleon Guerrero (D-Saipan) stated during the inauguration of the 22nd Legislature last Jan. 11 that, as of the Dec. 16, 2020, the CNMI has $6.69 million in PUA and FPUC funds available for disbursement, and that these funds are supposed to be disbursed on a weekly basis.

Deleon Guerrero, who is a former Labor secretary, said thousands of individuals are still waiting for their weekly PUA and PFUC benefits.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at
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