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KINGSTON — A total of 330 projects have been registered by communities across the island for Labour Day 2011.

Of the sum, 150 were registered via the E-Labour Day form located at the JIS website at www.jis.gov.jm, while the other 180 were submitted to the parish councils and the Social Development Commission’s (SDC) parish offices.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, who made the revelation at a meeting of the National Labour Day Planning Committee on Wednesday  at Jamaica House, said the number is expected to increase.

“I know that we are going to exceed that number and we would have exceeded last year’s and previous years,” she said.

She commended the work of the committee and the use of the electronic registration form, which allows persons to register their projects online and for committee members to check on the status of the registration as well as to collate the number and categories of projects.

“I think it is an excellent way of ensuring that members of the committee stay on top of things,” she said, stating that the online form will be used for the registration of future Labour Day projects.

Minister Grange further urged citizens to come out on Labour Day, May 23, to participate in the many projects and activities geared towards the youth.

She also welcomed the participation of the three African Missions in Jamaica (Nigerian, South African, and Senegalese) in activities on Labour Day. 

“They have embraced us and they are partnering with us to ensure that Labour Day in keeping with the slogan ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, and in keeping with the fact that this year is being recognised as the International Year of People of African Descent,” she said.

 

By E HARTMAN RECKORD, JIS Information Officer