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Jamaicans to put work in Labour Day today

Friday, May 23, 2014    

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DAHLIA Harris, principal director of culture and chair of the National Labour Day Committee, said she is satisfied with the level of participation and engagement of the Jamaican people, given the large number of projects registered for Labour Day today.

"The Labour Day Secretariat is quite pleased with the number of projects that have been registered so far. We are, however, still encouraging individuals, service clubs, schools, and other organisations that have not yet registered their projects to still do so," Harris said.

The types of projects, she said, include planting of trees, construction, erecting of fences, renovations, painting of pedestrian crossings, and raking and bushing. She also added that so far she has seen projects from all 14 parishes across the island. This, she said, speaks volumes to the emphasis Jamaicans place on improving lives and creating a better environment for their fellow citizens to live in.

The Ministry of Youth and Culture said several private sector companies have given financial support for the several Labour Day projects, the latest of which was VMBS, which on Monday donated $350,000 towards work to be carried out at the Portmore Climate Change Park.

In handing over the cheque to the Labour Day Secretariat, Janice McKenley, senior vice-president and group chief financial officer, said VMBS was excited to lend support to the national project, as it had a long relationship with the Portmore municipality.

This year, the National Labour Day Project is the Portmore Climate Change Park. The selection, the ministry said, forms part of the country's sustainable development agenda which seeks to address issues of climate change mitigation and adaptation, wastewater management and sewage clarification, green space development, and environment protection. The activities at the park will include clearing of the land, bushing, planting of trees, and the installation of solar lights.

At the same time, 15 police stations have been identified by the committee, in collaboration with the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the parish councils, as the parish-based projects for this year's Labour Day.

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