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Acting Executive Director of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Dwayne Vernon, has said that the SDC is working to complete profiles for some 783 communities across Jamaica.
Speaking at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Think Tank held today (October 21) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Mr. Vernon said that Research Departments of the SDC have so far completed 344 profiles, which are being used by Government agencies to facilitate the relevant planning for each locale.
“Of the 783 communities that we have, we have actually completed profiles for (44) per cent that is approximately 344 communities,” he said.
Mr. Vernon said that the profiles contain detailed information on the communities, such as demographic data, education and training, health, housing and sanitation, infrastructure and social services, crime and public safety and governance.

Acting Executive Director of the Social Development Commission (SDC) Dwayne Vernon (left), consults with Director of Governance at the SDC, Sherine Walker-Francis, before his presentation at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Think Tank held today (October 21) at the agency’s head office in Kingston.

He said the document also focusses on the economic status, project ideas and problems facing particular areas.
“You cannot go anywhere else in Jamaica and get information about a specific community. For example, Havendale. What is happening in Havendale? How many persons live in Havendale? What is the socio-economic status? What are the issues facing them? What are some of the projects or ideas that they have?” he noted, adding that information could easily be obtained about a parish but not about a particular locale.
He noted that the SDC has been receiving numerous requests for facts on various communities, especially from university students and persons living overseas.
Ministries and organisations have also found the profiles useful in the implementation of social intervention programmes.

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