CNMI Acting Governor Victor Hocog decided that government workers deserve a pre-Christmas break after an unusually tumultuous typhoon season.
In a memo to all department and activity heads, Hocog gave them the day before Christmas off.
"Heading into the Christmas holiday weekend, I am hereby authorizing non-critical employees of the Commonwealth’s departments and agencies to take Administrative Leave on Monday, December 24, 2018. The Christmas season reflects 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 of the blessings in our lives.
As we move forward in our road to recovery from both Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu, we are especially thankful for the countless local and first responders and volunteers who have given their time and generosity to help get us back on our feet. Governor Torres and I want to express our sincerest gratitude to our CNMI Joint Field Office staff, the CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, FEMA, the Department of Defense, the American Red Cross, our law enforcement officers, our volunteer organizations, and our private sector partners. During this critical time when our islands need it the most, you represent what it truly means to serve others.
This year was an eventful one for the Marianas for many reasons. As we close this year, let us renew our bonds and friendships with one another and remind ourselves that we are one CNMI family—dedicated to progress and committed to recovery. Un Familia, Un Guinaiya, Inafa’maolek, Tipiyeew.
To our government employees, thank you all for your hard work and service to improve these islands we call home. Let us continue to rebuild our islands stronger and more resilient than ever before. On behalf of Governor Torres, our families, and the entire administration, we hope you and your families have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Sincerely, VICTOR B. HOCOG, Acting Governor."