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Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has assured residents of Portland Cottage which was devastated by hurricane Ivan, that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security would be setting up a registration centre at the Portland Cottage All Age School to facilitate residents affected by the hurricane. The centre would begin registering persons in need of assistance as of Thursday September 16.
The Prime Minister who was on a tour of the community located in the South East Clarendon Constituency of Opposition Member of Parliament Ruddy Spencer on Tuesday (Sept. 14) said the immediate concern was to provide shelter for the residents. In this regard, Mr. Patterson said the relief agency Food for the Poor would be making some houses available to affected persons but urged that the houses should not be placed in areas that had experienced severe flooding.
Mr. Patterson told the residents that he would be holding discussions with the Minister of Labour and Social Security with a view to determining how assistance to PATH beneficiaries could be augmented. He said also that help would be forthcoming for persons who applied for assistance under the programme but at that time, did not meet the criteria.
Prime Minister Patterson noted that water and food supplies have already been dispatched to Portland Cottage and stated that the distribution would be done in a non-partisan and transparent manner.
The Prime Minister’s tour of some of the worst affected across the island began with the communities of Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, Portland Cottage, Clarendon and Cave Valley in St. Ann. Mr. Patterson will on Wednesday (Sept. visit communities located in Westmoreland.

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