A revised selection mechanism for the beneficiary identification system (BIS) under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), will be submitted to Cabinet for approval shortly.
This was disclosed by Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who informed that the new system “takes full note of some issues that were identified and seeks to make the selection process much more robust.”
“While we seek to expand the gains of the social protection strategy that has already been implemented, the Ministry must maintain the current system to ensure its integrity,” he said.
The Minister was speaking at the signing for a $2.77 billion (US$30 million) loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to establish the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme. The ceremony took place at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston, on December 13.
He pointed out that the Ministry will be undertaking the mandatory re-certification of families that have been on PATH for over four years.
“This process will begin in February 2013. A total of approximately 32,000 families are to be re-certified,” Mr. Kellier pointed out.
The BIS selects persons for registration to PATH. To date, 410,000 beneficiaries in 135,000 families have been registered under the programme.