More than 512 Labour Day projects have so far been registered by citizens for completion on Labour Day, being observed on Wednesday, May 23.
Some 94 projects have also been registered on-line via the JIS E-Labour Day registration form.
There are also 14 Municipal projects earmarked for cleaning and beautification on Labour Day, under the theme, ‘Step Forward…Make Jamaica Beautiful’.
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Programmes Co-ordinator at the Social Development Commission (SDC), Terrence Richards, told JIS News that the projects were submitted to the SDC’s parish offices islandwide and the Parish Councils.
He said the total number of projects will increase, noting that the SDC has recently distributed a quantity of registration forms, which are expected to be returned before Labour Day. “We know that a number of forms have been distributed both by the SDC and the Parish Councils and we are still awaiting their return,” he said.
Mr. Richards pointed out that Manchester and St. Elizabeth are the parishes with the highest number of projects. “So far, Manchester has registered 86 projects and
St. Elizabeth, 74. This is followed by Portmore with 76 and St. Catherine with 56 projects,” he said, adding that projects can be registered on the day before Labour Day.
Labour Day will culminate with a concert at the Kingston Waterfront, starting at 6:00 p.m. “That’s where you can go and have some fun after completing your projects on Labour Day,” Mr. Richards noted.
The concert will be held after a Military Tattoo at the Waterfront, being hosted by the Ministry of National Security, in collaboration with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).
Labour Day activities this year will be focused on the cleaning-up of communities, towns, villages, open spaces and the physical environment for the Jamaica 50 celebrations.
By E. Hartman Reckord, JIS PRO