SEVERAL PUBLIC buildings have been failing to fly the national flag as prescribed by the state's manual governing national symbols.
According to the manual, published on the websites of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Jamaica Information Service, the national flag should normally be flown at all government and municipal offices and establishments, on or near the main administrative building, between 8 a.m. and sundown only.
Checks by The Gleaner revealed that several government buildings, including ministries of government, do not fly the flag. Among the culprits is the Ministry of Youth and Culture, which is located on Trafalgar Road in St Andrew.
There is also no national flag being flown at the ministries of Finance, Labour and Social Security, or the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library.
Eleanor Sherlock, chief of state protocol, told The Gleaner yesterday that no body has been invested with the responsibility of ensuring national flags are being flown from public buildings.
"You are raising something that maybe we need to look at in the committee," Sherlock told The Gleaner from Washington yesterday.
The committee of which she speaks comprises members of the Jamaica Information Service, the Jamaica Defence Force, the police and the library, which is reviewing the protocol manual.
This flag at the Central Police Station in downtown Kingston is in a poor condition.
Some rules governing the use of the nat'l flag