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Guam requests disaster unemployment assistance



By Pacific Island Times News Staff


The government of Guam has submitted a funding request for $26.6 million to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the payment of the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program.


Once approved, DUA benefits will be retroactive to the week beginning May 28 and can be paid up to the week ending Nov. 25, if the individual remains eligible for DUA. The computed weekly assistance amount for the territory of Guam is $384 as determined by USDOL.


“We’re seeing quick response by our federal partners, thanks to the actions we made days prior to typhoon Mawar’s landfall. These actions provided for the deployment of FEMA staff before the storm and the Individual Assistance grants available today to our residents who experienced damages to their homes,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.


“As we work to restore our community, it is clear not everyone can return to work and why we are aggressively pushing for this additional financial assistance to support our affected families.” “Recovery will look different for us all, and for many. Typhoon Mawar resulted in lost hours and wages,” said Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio.


“Now that our request has been submitted, we look forward to a favorable response within a few short weeks. Similar to documenting damages to your homes and property, we encourage individuals to document any losses in employment or wages as a direct result of Typhoon Mawar.”


Individuals who are registered on hireguam.com should take steps to ensure their accounts are active. If you are unable to log on or reset your password, e-mail helpdesk@dol.guam.gov for assistance. If you think you will be applying for DUA benefits as a direct result of Typhoon Mawar and do not have an account, register today at hireguam.com. For more information, contact GDOL at 671-475-7000/1 or visit dol.guam.gov. 

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