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Municipal Corporations Join In Hurricane Relief Efforts

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October 2, 2017,Kent House, Maraval – In the wake of the devastation to many Caribbean islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, all Municipal Corporations have become involved in relief efforts.

Through the engagement of their Volunteer Networks, Disaster Management Units, and the Municipal Police Service, each of the fourteen (14) Corporations have in some way joined in to lend assistance and give donations.

“Beginning with the “Irma Drive” in the Arima Borough Corporation in which Sangre Grande also participated, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Dominica Day, Princes Town Regional Corporation’s collaboration with the ASH-NAD Foundation, the combined efforts of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo, Chaguanas and Penal/Debe Corporations, and culminating in the effort launched by the Municipal Police Service to gather a truckload of donations from within their ranks over the Republic Day weekend, all Corporations have demonstrated their willingness to band together in times of need and lend a helping hand. They have engaged their Volunteer Networks and some of them have been working with NGOs such as ITNAC. This is a fantastic show of initiative from the Corporations and exactly the type of independence and empowerment that we want to see as we move towards local government reform;” said Honourable Minister Haji Kazim Hosein.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government itself was a drop-off point for donations from the northern Municipal Police stations, with Assistant Commissioner of Municipal Police Brian Headley spearheading the drive and the handover of items collected from all stations to the Red Cross Society on Tuesday afternoon.

In regard to the drive organized by the Municipal Police, ACP Headley stated, “We have all seen the devastation in Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda as a result of the recent hurricanes, so I got in touch with the commanders across all Corporations and together we launched a response from the Municipal Police. The overwhelming response that we got in just a weekend demonstrates the willingness of the Municipal Police to do community services and that is the spirit we want to promote. This Service is concerned with humanity and the wellbeing of others, those at home as well as our Caribbean brothers and sisters.”

Minister Kazim Hosein expressed his great pride in the Municipal Corporations for their quick response, and their spirit of volunteerism and humanitarianism. He continued by encouraging the Municipal Corporationsto continue their efforts, both at home and for the region saying, “Service to mankind is service to God and we must continue to do our best to serve the people who are less fortunate and need assistance within our country, as well as across the Caribbean.”

 

Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government

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