600 Clarendon residents receive birth certificates under ‘Operation Birthright’ – Morgan
CLARENDON, Jamaica – More than 600 residents of Clarendon North Central have been provided with birth certificates under ‘Operation Birthright’, according to Member of Parliament Robert Morgan.
They are among a list of more than 2,900 people whose names were submitted by Morgan to receive the document free of cost from the Registrar General’s Department (RGD).
An additional 1,000 constituents who were recommended by other designated institutions and individuals, are also benefiting from the initiative.
Morgan, who was addressing a handover ceremony for 17 residents held on Thursday at the Chapelton Library, said he was pleased that his constituents are getting the documents, which he noted, are necessary to enable them to access vital services.
“I hope that you will use it to get all your other documents, such as the National Identification System when it is ready, and your Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN),” he said.
A US$350,000 project of the Government of Jamaica, Operation Birthright aims to provide birth certificates, free of cost, to eligible persons across the island, who are without the important document.
Operation Birthright falls under the National Identification System (NIDS), which aims to create a unique, reliable and secure method of verifying individuals’ identities.
Eligible persons can be recommended for the undocumented registration programme by several institutions and individuals.
These include the Head of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities; senior officials of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; Members of Parliament; Justices of the Peace, and public officers.
Recommendations can also be made by a medical practitioner, minister of religion, police officer, parish councillor, dental surgeon, official representative of the Missionaries of the Poor, Chief Executive Officer/Coordinator of a Registered Civil Society Organisation, and Head of the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education, among others.
Regional Manager with the RGD, Ventora Cyrus, said Operation Birthright is intended for persons earning a monthly income of $52,000 and below.
“We want everyone to be able to have an identity, [without which] you cannot do business, you cannot get a TRN, a passport, and do banking. You must have a birth certificate, so we encourage you to tell your friends to come into the RGD,” she said.