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  • Twelve pickup vans valued at over $12 million have been handed over to Parish Mangers at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to carry out social work, public education and training for the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).
  • They were presented to the Managers at a ceremony held at the Ministry's Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, yesterday (August 20).
  • The vehicles, which are fully loaded and equipped with public address systems, will also be used by social workers to visit beneficiaries to investigate reasons for non-compliance, and for potential beneficiaries.

Twelve pickup vans valued at over $12 million have been handed over to Parish Mangers at the Ministry of Labor and Social Security to carry out social work, public education and training for the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).
They were presented to the Managers at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, yesterday (August 20).
The vehicles, which are fully loaded and equipped with public address systems, will also be used by social workers to visit beneficiaries to investigate reasons for non-compliance, and for potential beneficiaries.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, State Minister in the Ministry of Labor and Social Security with special responsibility for PATH, Senator Floyd Morris, said the allocation of the motor vehicles was very essential to the successful operation of the programme.
“In order to make sure that the policies that are put in place are fully implemented in the field, we have to make sure that our members of staff have the necessary facilities to accommodate their work, so we decided that all parish offices would get a vehicle to execute their responsibility,” the State Minister said.
He also encouraged the staff members to take adequate care of the vehicles, and to use them for the purposes intended.
Task Leader for the Programme at the World Bank, Andrea Verhemin, said that the implementation stage of PATH has been successful so far.
“PATH has come a long way and we are very proud that we have been part of this effort trying to support the reform of the different programmes and installing PATH. What we have seen so far is that it’s been a very successful programme during this implementation phase,” she said.
She argued that the Programme had great potential and would help greatly in poverty alleviation.
“One of the important elements is that there is a transparent and objective way of selecting the beneficiaries. The next important thing is that we don’t believe in handing out food, but we want people to have cash in their hands so that they can make the appropriate decisions for their families,” Miss Verhemin said.
Funded by the World Bank, PATH is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the most needy persons in the society. The Programme was established in 2002 and is an amalgamation of three major social assistance programmes – the Food Stamp, and Public Assistance and Outdoor Poor Relief Programmes.
The objectives of the programme are to improve education and health among Jamaicans who are considered to be poor, reduce poverty by increasing the value of benefits to the poor, reduce child labor by requiring children to attend school regularly, and to serve as a safety net for poor families.