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  • On the eve of Emancipation Day, July 31, 84 residents of land settlement schemes in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland, and St. Ann, have become proud landowners.
  • The residents received their titles under the Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project, being jointly undertaken by the Governments of Jamaica and Republic of (South) Korea.
  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who addressed the handing over ceremony held at the St. Mary Parish Church in Port Maria, congratulated the new landowners.

On the eve of Emancipation Day, July 31, 84 residents of land settlement schemes in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland, and St. Ann, have become proud landowners.

The residents received their titles under the Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project, being jointly undertaken by the Governments of Jamaica and Republic of (South) Korea.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who addressed the handing over ceremony held at the St. Mary Parish Church in Port Maria, congratulated the new landowners. She noted that the titles are a means of personal empowerment and advancement.

“This prized piece of paper…after so many years of waiting, this means more to you than just a certificate of ownership. It means independence; it means accomplishment, collateral with which you can negotiate loans and other acquisitions. You can leave a legacy for your children, and generations to come,” she stated.

The Prime Minister used the occasion to laud the country’s athletes for their “excellent” performance in the Commonwealth Games now underway in Glasgow, Scotland.

She also urged Jamaicans to remember the progress the country has made since Emancipation and Independence, noting that “we are a great people with an inspiring heritage.”

“At our best, we are inventive, adaptive, and know how to succeed against incredible odds. These are deeply embedded attributes in Jamaica’s culture. Jamaica’s vibrancy and bold energy spring from its people, who are never content in standing still when initiatives and enthusiasm are required,” the Prime Minster told the gathering.

Along with the 84 titles that were hand over, 88 notices of allotment were presented to other residents, who will receive their titles, after making their final payments.

A total of 1008 parcels of land were surveyed under the Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project, and 806 certificates of titles have been issued in the name of the Commissioner of Land, and will be ultimately transferred into the names of the allottees.