Gov’t Reaffirms Support for Parish Development Committees

Jamaica News: Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government remains supportive of the role of Parish Development Committees (PDCs) in nation building.

“The Parish Development Committee is a non-partisan organization. It is a community-based organization and its tenets are not predicated on which political party you support,” he said.

The Minister was speaking at the National PDC Programme’s relaunch, at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in St. James on November 15.

The PDCs were relaunched under the new participatory governance framework, mandated in the Local Governance Act, 2016.

Market to be Built in Negril

Under the Act, PDCs are now an integral part of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, with the Social Development Commission (SDC) functioning as the facilitator and regulator of all Committees.

The SDC is mandated to monitor and audit each committee to ensure their adherence to the stipulated operational guidelines.

The Commission will also administer the Parish Development Committee Grant which was established to support the PDCs’ administrative functions.

Each PDC is eligible for a $1 million in quarterly disbursements, once they apply to the SDC and meet the requisite criteria.

Details of the functions and requirements of critical stakeholders are listed in the Local Governance Partnership Agreement signed by Minister McKenzie, the Executive Director of the SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, and all Mayors and PDC Chairpersons.

“There is no longer a need for the PDCs to worry about the funding because beginning in the new financial year 2019/20, full funding for the Parish Development Committees will be channelled through the Social Development Commission,” Mr. McKenzie assured.

 

Source: JIS News

Please send us your Feedback, News Item, Photos and/or Videos to our WhatsApp Number 1-876-353-1389 or Email [email protected]

Recently Published

79-Year-Old Man Missing

79-Year-Old Man Missing

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said 79-year-old Rudolph Forrester from Dorien Avenue in Three Oaks, Kingston 20, has been missing since Monday, February 18. He is of dark complexion, medium build, and is about 172 centimetres (5 feet 8 inches) tall. The JCF said: “Reports from the Duhaney Park Police are that, about 5am, Forrester […]

The-Purists-Promo
Young cop loses a leg after horrendous freak accident at home

Young Cop Loses a Leg after Horrendous Freak Accident at Home

A police constable who is stationed in Manchester, was reportedly the victim of a freak accident in Clarendon on Saturday, which resulted in the forced amputation of one of his legs. The constable, who has been identified as 27-year-old Kemar Brown of the Asia police in Manchester, was reportedly using a power saw at home […]

Popcaan Visits Buju Banton Ahead Of Long Walk to Freedom Show In Kingston

Popcaan Visits Buju Banton Ahead Of Long Walk to Freedom Show In Kingston

Popcaan paid a visit to Reggae icon Buju Banton ahead of his highly anticipated Long Walk to Freedom concert in Kingston. The Grammy-winning entertainer kicks off his Long Walk to Freedom Caribbean tour (LWFT) in Jamaica at the National Stadium on March 16. Chronixx, Cocoa Tea, Etana, Ghost, Romain Virgo, Delly Ranks, Agent Sasco and […]

Police Detain Parents of 3-y-o Who Died in St Ann

Police Detain Parents of 3-y-o Who Died in St Ann

ST ANN, Jamaica — The police have detained the parents of a three-year-old girl who died at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital on Saturday. According to the constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), young Athena Forbes, who lived in Montego Bay, St James, was travelling with her parents to Portland when she reportedly fell ill and […]

RIU HOTEL SAFETY OFFICER SHOT DEAD

RIU HOTEL SAFETY OFFICER SHOT DEAD

RIU HOTEL SAFETY OFFICER SHOT DEAD The Riu Hotel staff was plunged into mourning yesterday after the shooting death of the Safety Officer for their Mammee Bay based property, Joseph Gordon. Police reports are that 43 year old Gordon went off property to purchase items from a vendor when a car drove up and its […]