JIS News

Cheques totalling $10.4 million were distributed to 966 persons in Port Maria, St. Mary, on December 21, to assist with their rehabilitation efforts, following the losses they suffered as a result of last month’s heavy rains.
The cheques, which were issued in categories of $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000, were presented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security during a short ceremony at its St. Mary office in Port Maria.
Among those in attendance were Custos of St. Mary, Hon. A.A. Bobby Pottinger; Member of Parliament for Central St. Mary, Dr. Morais Guy and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Senator Floyd Morris.
Addressing the function, Senator Morris said the presentation was in response to a commitment by the Government to assist those persons who have suffered as a result of the disaster.
The State Minister said he was proud of the swift work done by the government’s response team in investigating the needs of the residents of the town following the flooding, and congratulated the St. Mary Disaster Committee for the outstanding effort it had made to restore normality to the community.
He explained that the cheque presentation was in keeping with instructions from Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller that it be done before Christmas, and appealed to the beneficiaries to use the money for the purpose intended.
Also speaking at the function was Faith Innerarity, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, who also urged the beneficiaries to use the money to help replace possessions lost as a result of the flooding and emphasized that the cheques were presented on the basis of investigations conducted by the Ministry’s Welfare Officers to certify reported damage and losses.
Several of the recipients told JIS News that they were grateful to the government for the assistance, and that it would help them to recover from the setback they have suffered from the flooding.