The Government plans to spend $50 million this fiscal year on the continuation of the local government reform process.
As set out in the Estimates of Expenditure for 2012/2013 tabled in the House of Representatives on May 10, the provision is to go towards developing a viable and vibrant system of local government administration to meet the needs of citizens and provide them with greater opportunity to participate in the management of local affairs.
Meanwhile, $6.9 million has been allocated to the building disaster resilient communities initiative under the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).
The funds are to be used to: complete mitigation projects and documentation of the building disaster resilient communities process model; complete the National Emergency Response and Damage Assessment tool; and complete the baseline performance monitoring framework.
The project, which is chiefly funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), seeks to improve disaster management communication and planning systems at the national, parish and community levels.
It also aims to develop emergency response and disaster management plans for selected communities; strengthen response capacity; ensure a high degree of stakeholder ownership through active participation; develop a culture of disaster preparedness throughout the country; and increase civic action in disaster mitigation.
Up to March 2012, there were a number of achievements including completion of 17 of 19 community mitigation projects; establishment and training of 35 community disaster response teams; equipping of 28 emergency teams; and completion of 30 community disaster plans.
By Alphea Saunders, JIS Senior Reporter