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  • Four new members of the land surveying profession were presented with their certificates on January 30, designating them as commissioned land surveyors.
  • They are Sherene Williams Chin, David Brown, Kharie Blackwood and Hugh Roberts.
  • Mr. Pickersgill said that surveyors have a critical role to play in the land titling programme of the Government.

Four new members of the land surveying profession were presented with their certificates on January 30, designating them as commissioned land surveyors.

They are Sherene Williams Chin, David Brown, Kharie Blackwood and Hugh Roberts.

The certificates were presented by Minister of Water,Land,Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, during a ceremony held at the Ministry’s Dominica Drive offices.

In his comments, Mr. Pickersgill said that surveyors have a critical role to play in the land titling programme of the Government.

“It is you who provide the measurements, and the objective information related to surveying, mapping and cartography to help to decide the size and configuration of a parcel of land, whether the owner or intended owner is an individual, a group or persons, a company, an organisation, or the state,” he stated.

He added that the amendments to the Land Surveyors’ Regulations will upgrade the profession to international standards.

The Minister also urged the new members to procure the necessary Global Positioning Systems (GPS) equipment as soon as possible, so as to be able to utilize the services of the Government’s Virtual Reference Station, code named gFIX.net.

The system is a configuration of 13 high precision global navigation satellite system (GNSS) continuously operating reference stations (CORS), strategically positioned across Jamaica, and is managed and maintained by the National Land Agency (NLA).

In his comments, Chairman of the Land Surveyors’ Board, Trevor Shaw, noted that a surveyor receiving his commission marks the beginning of a promising career.

He noted that land is central to a country’s development and a surveyor’s work plays a vital role in land tenure and administration.

“It intimately impacts the quality of people’s lives and is essential for the sustainable development of our country, therefore, we implore you to provide professional service not just to your clients but more so for the public good,” Mr. Shaw stated.

Sherene Williams Chin, who responded on behalf of the land surveyors, pledged that “we will try to play our part as best as possible to improve the country’s condition and to continue to serve our country.”