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    • More than 100 residents from four parishes on November 20 became proud land owners, following their receipt of certificates of title under the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).
    • The beneficiaries, who are from the parishes of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth, were presented with the documents, during a land titling ceremony held at the National Police College of Jamaica in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine.
    • They represent the first batch of land owners to receive titles under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change and the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).

    More than 100 residents from four parishes on November 20 became proud land owners, following their receipt of certificates of title under the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).

    The beneficiaries, who are from the parishes of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth, were presented with the documents, during a land titling ceremony held at the National Police College of Jamaica in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine.

    They represent the first batch of land owners to receive titles under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change and the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).

    The MoU facilitates the provision of grant funding valued at over $90 million to assist land owners, who are desirous of completing payments owed to LAMP for titling services, but are unable to do so due to financial constraints.

    Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who addressed the handing over ceremony, congratulated the new landowners, noting that the titles are a symbol of independence, personal empowermentand advancement.

    “I’m sure that those who are seniors will know that you can now make your will, with the surety that your children or grand children will hold your titles in their hands,” she stated.

    Mrs. Simpson Miller also used the occasion to laud the Ministry and the DBJ, noting that their efforts have not gone in vain, as their work continues to make a difference in the lives of many Jamaicans.

    “We need to continue to ensure that our people will be able to hold up their titles and proudly declare, ‘I own a piece of this rock, called Jamaica!’” said the Prime Minister.

    In the meantime, portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, said he is thrilled that many Jamaicans, who were once unable to complete the process of land ownership due to a lack of funding, are now able to do so because of the partnership with the DBJ.

    “We have noted this challenge, which has resulted in long delays in land owners getting the titles in their hands, even though they may be ready for delivery,” he noted.

    He said beneficiaries are now able to use the grant to make, or complete payments for the services, thereby making it possible for an earlier delivery of the titles.

    Mr. Pickersgill also noted that under the DBJ facility the Ministry plans to deliver about 2,000 titles across several parishes next year.

    “The titles we are delivering today are part of the first batch made possible under the DBJ grant, and we plan to deliver about 650 titles between now and early 2015,” he stated.

    For his part, Managing Director of the DBJ, Milverton Reynolds, said he is pleased to be part of a programme, which continues to help many Jamaicans realise their dreams of land ownership and improve the quality of their lives.

    “I have known many persons, even in my own family, who have spent many years toiling and labouring on lands, which they knew belonged to them, but for which they had no titles,” he stated. “This ceremony, therefore, proves that there is hope for many Jamaicans (who find themselves in a similar position).”

    Mr. Reynolds further gave the assurance that the DBJ is committed to “doing even more than we have already done”.

    Bog Walk resident, Cassilda Williams, who was among the beneficiaries, said “words cannot express her joy” at receiving her land title.

    “Today is the best day of my life! I am so happy today that I have my title in my hand, because it’s been over three years since I’ve been trying to get it,” she told JIS News.