Residents of Denham Town, West Kingston, turned out Wednesday (July 28) for the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) Day, organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
During the sessions residents were sensitised about agencies and programmes which can facilitate their social mobility and empowerment. They also registered for assistance under PATH, as well as the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and other assistance programmes offered by agencies in attendance.
Partnering agencies in attendance were: PATH; Taxpayers’ Registration Number (TRN) office; Registrar-General’s Department (RGD); NIS); Steps-to-Work; the National Council for Senior Citizens; and, the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, addressing participants during the staging of Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) Day at the Denham Town Community Centre, West Kingston on Wednesday (July 28).
Speaking at the activity, held at the Denham Town Community Centre, Minister of State in the Ministry, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, urged residents to continue to strive for excellence in whatever they do.
“In many instances, there is no difference between people who have resources, such as money, and people who don’t, as far as your mental capacity (is concerned). We all get the same amount of brain and time to use the brain that we are given, but we focus on different things,” he said.
He added that some of the brightest Jamaican children were beneficiaries of PATH, adding that social background should assist in propelling persons to become better individuals. He described PATH as a “fantastic programme”, and noted that the number of beneficiaries has increased significantly over the years.
Mr. Gallimore said that the PATH Day seeks to provide a “fresh start” with members of the community, based on the police/military operation which occurred recently, adding that they needed special attention now.
Project Director, PATH, Dunstan Bryan, said that the day’s activities sought to assist individuals in need of the relevant services.
The main activities included workshops at the community level, designed to bring beneficiaries and prospective applicants into direct one-on-one contact with the service providers.