The Prime Minister was speaking yesterday at the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) Groundbreaking ceremony for the Catherine Estates Housing Development in St. Catherine.
The Prime Minister says the Government’s objective is to provide opportunities for persons severely affected by the pandemic. He noted that in getting the economy “up and running” the Government is working to create jobs that can also allow more persons to purchase their own homes.
Since 2016, the Government has been on a successful mission to provide every Jamaican with the keys to their own homes, with a record number of housing starts in the history of Jamaica.
The pandemic has separated many Jamaicans from their sources of income and in other cases many have suffered significant cuts to their earnings.
In this regard, Prime Minister Holness said the Government’s goal is to ensure everyone has an income and to restore hope for a bright future.
“With the resources available, the Government is ensuring that it can arrange the Government in such a way as to ensure that we can continue on the path of prosperity. We are going to make sure that we save lives and livelihoods,” said Prime Minister Holness.
In the meantime, as part of the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ) Controlled Entry Programme, arrangements have been finalized for approximately 300 Jamaicans to arrive in the island.
The Jamaicans will arrive at Port Royal via two cruise vessels, Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas and the Disney Wonder, over the next 24 hours.
Debarkation of both vessels will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2020. All persons will be processed using the established protocols for testing, sensitization, and quarantine as would have obtained for all previous ship arrivals, including mandatory state quarantine until their test results are available.
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