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    • Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller handed over 40 land titles to residents from several communities in Clarendon during a Certificates of Title Handing Over Ceremony held at the Havannah Heights Community Centre in May Pen on December 17.
    • he presentation of land titles was organized by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing and is part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to provide eligible Jamaicans with their land titles.
    • Between January 2012 and December 2014, 1070 land titles were distributed under the programme. It is expected that 46,000 land titles will be handed over when the programme is completed.

    Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller handed over 40 land titles to residents from several communities in Clarendon during a Certificates of Title Handing Over Ceremony held at the Havannah Heights Community Centre in May Pen on December 17. The presentation of land titles was organized by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing and is part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to provide eligible Jamaicans with their land titles.

    During her keynote address at the ceremony, the Prime Minister said that land and home ownership is generally accepted to be one of the most effective ways by which persons can achieve economic and social progress, noting that her administration is committed to this process.

    Mrs. Simpson Miller also stated that land ownership helps to strengthen and advance community development. “Land titles provide people with security of tenure. When you feel secure you can better plan your life. Your family situation is more stable. People who own the land on which they live have a greater stake in their communities. Ownership is vital for building wholesome communities and for giving Jamaicans a feeling of responsibility for their communities,” she said.

    The Prime Minister added that land titling encourages investment in private housing construction, thereby stimulating the construction sector. She also pointed out that the new land owners can now leverage their titles for personal advancement.

    “When you are presented with your land titles today, you are receiving power to change your lives for the better. That is what empowerment is all about. With your titles, you can get loans to build or improve your house. You can get credit to start a business or to expand an existing one,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

    Between January 2012 and December 2014, 1070 land titles were distributed under the programme. It is expected that 46,000 land titles will be handed over when the programme is completed.

    Turning to the issue of property taxes, Mrs. Simpson Miller urged the new land owners to play their part by paying their taxes. “I want to encourage the recipients of the titles, now that you are official titled landowners, those of you who have not been paying your property taxes, please do so.  You officially own a piece of the rock and have to help to maintain it,” said the Prime Minister.

    The 40 land title recipients are from the Havannah Heights, Halse Hall, Glenmuir, Raymond’s Dam, Pridees, Ebony Park, Trout Hall and Curatoe Hill communities in Clarendon.

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