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Prime Minister, Bruce Golding has instructed that each Member of Parliament should be permitted to utilise $2 million of their Constituency Development Fund (CDF) balances for relief/repair related expenditure.
“It is to be understood that this is not an additional provision but an advance from the undisbursed balances on each constituency’s account. This, of course, would be separate from the provision of $2 million allowed for emergency/distress expenditure,” Mr Golding said during a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Sept. 2).
He also noted that despite the damage that has been sustained as a result of Tropical Storm Gustav, mitigation measures carried out earlier this year by the National Works Agency and the various local authorities resulted in less damage being experienced than has been the case in the past.
“Given the large volume of rain dumped on the island by Gustav, it is rewarding to observe that many communities that would normally have been ravaged by flood waters were able to withstand the onslaught with relatively minor dislocation. It is a lesson in the value of pre-emptive action that must not be ignored,” Mr. Golding said.
He also stressed that Jamaicans must be mindful of the fact that “we are only half way through the hurricane season.”
“There may well be more hurricanes to come. We must therefore remain alert and prepared. Where drains have been blocked and river courses silted as a result of Gustav, we must move swiftly to have these cleared in preparation for the next one and this will be part of the initiatives to be pursued in parallel with the restoration work that is now required,” Mr Golding said.