The Honorable Ralph Anthony Deleon Guerrero Torres

Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

The Honorable Ralph DLG. Torres is the 9th Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, serving alongside Lieutenant Governor Arnold I. Palacios, and the youngest Governor in the United States of America at 40 years old.

Prior to this new term in office, Governor Torres served alongside Lt. Governor Victor B. Hocog, as Lieutenant Governor under Governor Eloy S. Inos, as President of the 18th Northern Marianas Commonwealth Senate, and as the Chairman of the Committee on Health and Welfare in the 17th Northern Marianas Commonwealth House of Representatives.

Born on August 6, 1979, Governor Torres was raised on the island of Saipan until his family moved to Boise, Idaho where he attended high school. He attended Boise State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Following the unfortunate passing of Governor Inos in late 2015, Governor Torres ascended to the governorship of the CNMI on December 29, 2015. 

As Governor, he serves as the Co-Chair of the Strategic Economic Development Council, which brings together public and private sector leaders to discuss critical economic development policies. Through this role, he has actively advocated for economic and labor legislation for the CNMI in Washington, DC with Members of Congress and the White House. He was instrumental in the passage of the Northern Mariana Islands US Workforce Act of 2018, which provided for effective wage protection for US workers, an acknowledgement of CNMI long-term guest workers, stronger development of local US workforce capacity, and allows for a substantial labor pool for the CNMI’s ongoing economic development. Through his work in promoting the CNMI, he led formal agreements with Skymark Airlines for Saipan to become the airlines’ first international destination and the first Japan-based air carrier to provide direct flights from Tokyo since 2005.

He is married to Diann Mendiola Tudela Torres and has six children: Ralph Anthony, Vaniqa Marie, Deon Titus, Tristan Dane, Divannie, and Ryan Jayz.

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CNMI Department of Labor Provides PUA Update

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (“PUA”) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (“FPUC”) programs are intended to support workers whose employment was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department has received a total of 39,220 unique claims, inclusive of non-jurisdictional and fraudulent claims during the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act (CAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) pandemic assistance periods. Of these unique claims, 10,378 were deemed eligible and 26,243 were deemed ineligible for benefits based on the guidance and applicable laws provided to the Department by the US Department of Labor. As of September 15, 2021, there are a total of 2,599 pending claims.

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