Governor grants non-critical employees administrative leave on Christmas eve

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Monday granted non-critical government employees administrative leave today, Tuesday.

But the employees of departments and agencies with critical tasks, such as law enforcers and emergency responders, will report for duty throughout the holiday season, Press Secretary Kevin Bautista said.

In his memorandum, the governor said he and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios also “want to thank all our government employees for your hard work and service this year.”

While 2019 was a challenging one for all of us as we continue our recovery, we appreciate your sacrifices, strength, and resiliency,” the governor said.

Christmas is a reflection of all that is best in our island spirit. This is a special time of the year for rejoicing with our family and friends, for spreading charity and goodwill throughout our villages, and for giving thanks for all the blessings and little things in our lives,” he added.

In the spirit of the holiday season, “I am hereby authorizing the non-critical employees of the Commonwealth government to take administrative leave on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. As we close this year, let us renew our bonds and friendships with one another and remind ourselves that we are one family working together to build a safer and more prosperous Marianas,” Torres said.

Some employees of the Legislature are expected to report for work today, Tuesday, among them staffers of Rep. Luis John Castro who said he may allow them to take the leave on the 26th instead.

Others in the Legislature “will work full day, some half day — it’s up to the House and Senate members,” Variety was told.

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