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Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Ronald Jackson, says that aid has been coming in from countries and organisations that pledged assistance to the country in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“We have fostered a very good relationship with our donor community and the embassies here, both from the ODPEM standpoint and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…so by and large, those pledges do come through,” he said at this morning’s (November 7) Jamaica House press briefing.

Mr. Jackson said that Ministry of Education, for example, is mobilising detailed bills of quantity for two schools, for which the government has received support to assist with repairs.

The institutions are Robin’s Bay Primary in St. Mary, and Old Pera Primaryin St. Thomas, which need a total of some $6 million to effect repairs.

“We are also going to be supporting, from those pledges, the Muirton Boys Home in Manchioneal (Portland) so we are also trying to look at places of safety that may have been on the list,” he added.

Mr. Jackson also disclosed that private sector entities have been delivering their pledges. “In fact, we are currently working out some specifics with some private sector entities, which have come forward. We have never had a problem (with delivery of pledges),” he stated.

In a statement to the House of Representatives last week, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, informed that the country has been receiving pledges of support and assistance from Governments and international agencies following the passage of Hurricane Sandy.

These she said include pledges from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the Governments of Japan, Germany and France, as well as the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).