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Governor tells Cabinet to dedicate Christmas to good works

Reminds them government offices will stay open to serve the people
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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga urged cabinet members to dedicate this Christmas to do something good for others, and further urged them to visit the less fortunate during this season, mentioning places such as the LBJ Pediatric Ward, Hope House, the prison, and any other respite care facilities, during the cabinet meeting held on Tuesday.
 
The government’s Christmas program this year will kick off with a church service at the Pavilion in Fagatogo on Sunday evening.
 
This year, Lolo has opted not to have the government departments and agencies sing Christmas Carols, as has been done for the past 20 years. Instead, he assigned the Department of Youth and Women Affairs and the Arts Council to put together a Christmas Program featuring the youth for the government’s Christmas Program.
 
Every year during the holidays, departments and agencies would take two hours off from work to attend practice, thereby closing the offices, however, this year Lolo said government offices will remain open to serve the people.
 
“The decision for ASG not to be involved is to ensure that the people are served, especially at this time of the year,” said Lolo.
 
During the cabinet meeting Governor Lolo also reminded directors to send in their accomplishments for the year to facilitate the preparation of the Territorial Address. “If you don't send in a report it will be construed to mean that you didn't do anything for the entire year.”
 
The deadline for their reports is the close of business today, December 13, 2013.
 
Lolo also extended the fundraising for the victims of the Haiyan Typhoon until the last pay period of this year. He urged the departments to donate generously for the victims of the typhoon and told directors to take the lead in this effort and don't let the line staff handle it. 
 
The governor also reviewed for directors and agency heads the Bank of Hawaii meeting he had in Hawai'i with Peter Ho, CEO and President of BoH, which was the culmination of negotiations with BoH. Lolo said that he wanted to make sure that the territory "will not be left without banking services connecting us to the United States." 



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