Torres granted administrative leave


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres granted administrative leave for all non-critical Executive Branch employees last Friday beginning at 12pm in observance of a new national holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.

In his memorandum addressed to all department and activity heads last Friday, Torres said Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans and the end of slavery in the United States. He granted the administrative leave in commemoration of this significant day in the nation’s history.

“May this new national holiday allow for all of us to reflect on our country’s past, the fight for freedom and equality, and our responsibility to continue to work toward a brighter future for all,” Torres said.

On Thursday, June 17), Pres. Joe Biden signed Senate Bill 475, also known as the “Juneteenth Bill,” designating June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day and a legal federal holiday. That makes Juneteenth is the 12th federal holiday.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at
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