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Several Labour Day projects were carried out in Portland today (May 25) despite the inclement weather affecting sections of the parish since last week.
The scope of work included bushing of roadways; painting of pedestrian signs, and school buildings; constructing houses for indigent persons; and refurbishing of community centres.
The parish project was the refurbishing of the Portland Infirmary in Port Antonio. Work on the project involved the painting of the facility; establishment of a vegetable garden and planting of trees; and the demolition of an old building on the compound, which was formerly used as a dormitory for residents. The building was in an advanced state of disrepair and had become an eyesore.
The project, which was spearheaded by the Portland Parish Council with the support of several other organisations, began early in the morning with scores of persons carrying out the preparatory activities necessary to facilitate the work to be done.
His Worship the Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson, who was at the work site, said the infirmary was selected as the parish project out of recognition of the role it played in accommodating the weakest and most vulnerable persons in society.
He observed that most of the residents of the institution are persons, who had served the nation well and now deserve to be protected and cared for by the country.
Declaring that the Portland Parish Council is fully committed to improving conditions at the infirmary to make it into a modern facility, Mayor Patterson said the nation’s old and indigent persons are entitled to live their lives in comfort and dignity.

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