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The Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) is to benefit from a new and improved Management Information System (MIS).
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Pearnel Charles and Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tony Lewars, signed a US$522,500 contract for the installation of the system recently at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle office in Kingston.
Mr. Charles explained that the technology will support the information needs of PATH, through the design and implementation of the required software solution. “The system will be able to accept applications, qualify, monitor and manage beneficiaries, family structures and payments,” he informed.
He added that the new system will provide web-enabled access between authorized users at the headquarters in Kingston and the different parish offices.
State Minister Andrew Gallimore, who was also at the signing ceremony, pointed out that the computer programme will enable the Ministry to offer a higher level of service to PATH beneficiaries.
“The system will allow for all parish offices to be linked directly to the main office and allow personnel to input data and cut down on the paper trail. and we feel that it is going to significantly improve the product that we offer to the Jamaican public and allow us to help those who are in need of help the most, in the shortest possible time,” he stated.
The installation of the new system began on Monday (Nov. 19) and will be carried out over a 12-month period.
PATH, which was instituted in 2002 to replace the food stamp, outdoor poor relief and the public assistance programmes, targets children under the age of 17 years, pregnant women, persons over 65 and those with disabilities.