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Residents of Portland, who are eligible for assistance under the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) and have not yet registered under the programme, are being advised to do so now.
Gloria Clarke, Parish Manager for the Portland office of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, informed that persons desirous of registering under the programme should do so at the office at 3 Smatt Road in Port Antonio between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. They should bring with them a valid identification, and copies of their children’s birth certificates, she noted.
Mrs. Clarke said that her office was specifically targeting persons living in the remote areas of the parish, who might not be fully aware of the initiative, and a public education programme had been planned to reach those persons.
She declared that her office was committed to ensuring that as many persons as possible benefited from assistance under the programme.
Declaring that PATH was working well in Portland, the Labour and Social Security Parish Manager appealed to those currently benefiting under the facility to continue to fulfil their obligations by ensuring that children attended school regularly, and that regular visits were made to health centres.
PATH was established by the government in 2002 for the purpose of providing welfare assistance to the most vulnerable persons in the country.
The benefits it offers are distributed on a family basis with eligible persons being children up to 17 years old, disabled individuals and elderly persons over 60 years old.