Govt employees descend on Pre-Labor Day picnic


Labor Day committee chair Eliceo Cabrera noted that the CNMI government’s pre-Labor Day picnic last Saturday at the Garapan Fishing Base was a success.

“…We rented 44 tents, which are rented by each department. They are supposed to provide their own tents,” Cabrera told Saipan Tribune. “The turnout today, I believe, consists of all the government employees.”

The occasion also served to recognize outstanding government employees.

Although Labor Day officially falls on Sept. 3, 2018, Cabrera said it was Gov. Ralph DLG Torres who requested that the picnic be celebrated in advance.

“…The governor wanted the government to be united on this day, so that on the Labor Day weekend itself, employees could spend it with their families,” he said.

Cabrera noted that they had only one day to prepare for the picnic.

“We did not want any competition for decorating tents. Last night [Thursday evening] was street market night, so yesterday [Friday], we spent most of the afternoon here delivering tents, setting up tables, setting up logistics, etc.,” Cabera said, adding that he was assisted by members of the Labor Day picnic committee.

Cabrera chairs the committee while Gus Kaipat, the special assistant to the Lands and Natural Resources secretary, served as the vice chair. The committee consists of at least three members.

For the 2019 Labor Day picnic, Cabrera said he’d like Kaipat to serve as chairman.

The pre-Labor Day picnic Saturday saw the attendance of at least 20 government agencies such as the departments of Community and Cultural Affairs, Public Safety, Public Lands, Finance, Lands and Natural Resources, Public Works, Corrections, Commerce, and Labor; Commonwealth Ports Authority; Commonwealth Casino Commission; Marianas Visitors Authority; Legislative Bureau; Office of the Attorney General; Commonwealth Development Authority, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, CNMI Scholarship Office; Commonwealth Utilities Corp.; CNMI Judiciary; Office of the Mayor-Saipan, and the Northern Marianas College.

Tents for the Northern Marianas Housing Corp., Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., and the Public School System were not seen during the picnic, among others.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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