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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the Government will be engaging the public on a path of volunteerism to ensure the protection of the environment and sustainable development.
  • Mr. Holness used the opportunity to enlist the support of the church in bringing the message of environmental awareness to the public.
  • The National Labour Day project will take place at Gregory Park and Washington Mews in Portmore and will see citizens engaged in identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the Government will be engaging the public on a path of volunteerism to ensure the protection of the environment and sustainable development.

He said this engagement will come through the country’s education and health systems, as well as the media.

The Prime Minister pointed out that through coordinated, organised and motivated volunteerism, the country can successfully pursue programmes for environmental preservation.

He noted that even as the Administration pursues economic growth and job creation, it is important to ensure that these are achieved in a sustainable manner.

The Prime Minister was addressing a ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister today (May 6), to launch National Workers’ Week and Labour Day activities under the theme: ‘For Health’s Sake, Keep it Clean’.

Mr. Holness used the opportunity to enlist the support of the church in bringing the message of environmental awareness to the public.

He informed that the Government is considering a national policy on work that focuses on volunteerism and apprenticeship. He said this will serve to have the nation organised around efforts to improve health and the environment.

The observation of National Workers’ Week begins on May 15 and culminates on Labour Day, May 23.

Activities are being coordinated through the collaboration of the Ministries of Health; Local Government and Community Development;  Labour and Social Security; and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

The series of events will get underway with a Thanksgiving Service at the Olson Hall Church of God, St. Andrew, on Sunday, May 15, and concludes with a Gospel Concert at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Labour Day.

The National Labour Day project will take place at Gregory Park and Washington Mews in Portmore and will see citizens engaged in identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites.