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DCCA official: Over 12,000 households eligible for disaster assistance

OVER 12,000 households are eligible for the Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program from Nov. 15 to Dec. 1 on Tinian and Saipan, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter said.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres on Sunday announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service had approved his request for emergency food assistance for the victims of Typhoon Yutu.

Hunter said they will start distributing disaster food vouchers on Tinian on Nov. 15-21, and on Saipan from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1.

Hunter encouraged people to come to Nutrition Assistance Program office even if they have lost their documents.

“Let us say you just lost everything — your license, your passport, your birth certificate. Fill out an affidavit. We will have it at the application site,” he said. “This should not discourage people. There are [documents] that we want to see but if you don’t have them, no problem.”

Among the required documents is an applicant’s payslip between Oct. 23 and Nov. 23.

Hunter said the program applies to everyone affected by the typhoon regardless of citizenship or “whether you are fully employed or just lost your job.”

Aside from the NAP personnel, he added, federal officers will help in the administration of the program.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108869-dcca-official-over-12-000-households-eligible-for-disaster-assistance

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