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Puerto Rico gov names new Labor secretary

By on May 8, 2019


Attorney Briseida Torres’ nomination sent to Senate for confirmation

SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Wednesday that he was nominating attorney Briseida Torres Reyes as secretary of the Puerto Rico Labor and Human Resources Department. Torres Reyes’ nomination will now be considered by the island’s Senate.

“I am grateful to attorney Torres Reyes for being available to head the Labor Department,” the governor said in a statement that noted her “experience and dynamism,” adding, “I am sure that the Department will continue addressing with commitment and determination the development of a better work environment through the identification, training and transformation of the workforce,” he said.

Torres’ work experience includes working at law firm O’Neill & Borges’ labor division. She also served as a judicial official for Puerto Rico Supreme Court Associate Justice Luis Estrella.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Puerto Rico’s (UPR) Río Piedras Campus, and juris doctor degree from the UPR School of Law.

“Certainly it is challenge that I take on with a lot of enthusiasm and commitment,” Torres said. “My commitment will be to strengthen and efficiently contribute to Puerto Rico’s socioeconomic development and to fight for Puerto Ricans’ labor rights….”

She applauded the governor for “continuing to” appoint women to head key cabinet posts.

“It is an honor to form part of the ambitious group of women who continue giving something to talk about in positive way,” Torres said.

Meanwhile, Rosselló highlighted Labor Secretary Carlos Saavedra efforts. He will continue heading the Labor Department until May 19.

“I am immensely grateful for the commitment and dedication of whom today also serves as La Fortaleza’s main legal adviser,” the governor said. “I am convinced that together we can continue to achieve great breakthroughs for a new and better Puerto Rico.”

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