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  • The Registrar General's Department (RGD) began an extensive public education campaign last week (July 12) at six locations throughout the United States and Canada.
  • The two-week mission includes South Florida, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C. and then to Canada where they will visit locations in Toronto and Ottawa.
  • The team led by Dr. Patricia Holness, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RGD met with over 100 persons in three outreach programmes at locations throughout the community including the Jamaica Consulate in Miami, the Jamaica National Overseas office and at a town hall meeting at the Norland United Church in North Miami.

The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) began an extensive public education campaign last week (July 12) at six locations throughout the United States and Canada.

The two-week mission includes South Florida, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C. and then to Canada where they will visit locations in Toronto and Ottawa.

The team led by Dr. Patricia Holness, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RGD met with over 100 persons in three outreach programmes at locations throughout the community including the Jamaica Consulate in Miami, the Jamaica National Overseas office and at a town hall meeting at the Norland United Church in North Miami.

The team also responded to several questions and queries on various radio talk shows throughout the day.

The RGD personnel gave an overview of the agency’s objectives, providing information on application procedures for births, deaths and marriages, genealogical researches, deed polls and tourist registry weddings.

New innovations, recent changes and accessibility to the public were among the issues discussed creating public awareness of the services made available by that Department.

For instance, approximately 50 persons filed applications for documents on location to which prompt responses were received the following day.

Dr. Holness explained that the main problems causing delays were incomplete, inadequate and incorrect information coming mainly from overseas locations.

The CEO said she was encouraged by the positive response on this stop of the fact-finding mission. She said that there were plans to further develop the agency’s output both locally and overseas and this opportunity would assist the expansion process.

The last fact-finding overseas mission of the RGD was carried out two years ago covering several locations, which were densely populated by Jamaican nationals.