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Call for corporate entities to support Labour Day project

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 5:00 AM

Corporate entities are being encouraged to give financial support to the National Labour Day Project in Portmore, St Catherine.

Speaking at a recent JIS 'Think Tank', senior adviser to the minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, Lenford Salmon, said the Labour Day Committee, while happy with the financial support received from the two sponsors that have already come on board, is still in need of additional sponsorship to execute the project.

"We never have enough funding to undertake Labour Day activities, so we are always looking for additional resources to make it happen. We are happy to announce that two entities have committed to some financial support for this year. They are the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and Caymanas Track Ltd (CTL)," he said. Salmon explained that the involvement of CTL came about because of the company's location in Portmore.

"They have a vested interest. They are an integral part of the community, so they are going to help us fund some of the activities," he said. Salmon pointed out that in addition to the funds to be used for the national project, the secretariat is expected to provide each Parish Council with $150,000 towards their projects. He noted that in addition to the national project in Portmore, the municipality's own project will also be partly funded from the secretariat's budget. Salmon said the national

project will include drain cleaning, the removal of old appliances, painting, trimming of trees and the erection of a classroom at the Gregory Park Basic School.

The National Labour Day Project is a collaborative inter-ministerial activity led by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, with support from the ministries of Local Government and Community Development, and Labour and Social Security. The Ministry of Health will also be heavily involved. The project will be carried out with the assistance of a number of state agencies, including the National Works Agency, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.