updated 1:08 PM PDT, Jun 23, 2017
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A Lot Achieved- Governor At Final Disaster Management Meeting

Outgoing Governor John S. Duncan, recently chaired his final meeting of the National Disaster Management Council (NDMC), where he expressed that progress has been made in integrating disaster management in various sectors.

The annual meeting was held at the Government’s Training Division conference room and was held to review reports and programme targets concerning the Territory’s Disaster Management (DM) programme, which is implemented by eight sub-committees each targeting a different sector.

“Overall there is good evidence that disaster management is being mainstreamed throughout the various sectors and this is leading to better coordination among agencies and therefore more effective use of resources," he said. 

He said over the past three years he has seen the potential of the Council (NDMC) in moving the disaster management agenda forward in a productive and efficient way.

The Governor also made mention of one of the major disaster management accomplishments achieved during his tenure in the Territory and encouraged the implementation of key legislation to maintain the standards.

“The fact that we have been able to gain international accreditation for the programme is evidence that we have managed to develop something that is meeting quality standards”, he said.

Adding, “The task ahead will be to ensure that we are able to maintain this.  The enactment of the new disaster management legislation and its supporting regulations is key to ensuring that our accreditation remains intact and that in 2020 we can meet the re-accreditation requirements”.

Meanwhile, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, in his capacity as Deputy Chairman of the NDMC,outlined the importance of integrating disaster management across the sectors with particular emphasis on the planning and development sector.

The Honorable Premier said there is a concentrated effort to reduce hazard impacts with the implementation of infrastructural projects, which will help with mitigation.

“Projects such as the Road Town Flood Risk and Hydrology Study and the Cane Garden Bay Revetment Project have disaster risk reduction and mitigation as cross cutting themes and this theme is constantly being integrated into our development plans”, he said.

The Premier added, “This integration is critical because through experiences we have learnt that disaster management principles must be intertwined in our development efforts for them to be sustainable”.

Other highlights from the meeting included the ‘Statement of Preparedness for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season’ delivered by the Director of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), SharleenDaBreo and a presentation on the ‘National Physical Development Plan & Linkages to other National Development Projects’ by Chief Planner in the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Department, Gregory Adams.

The NDMC is the body mandated to provide oversight of the Territory’s disaster management programme and is made up of the following sub-committees: ‘Energy, Environment and Climate Adaptation’; ‘Health, Welfare and Social Services’;  ‘Disaster Emergency Fund’; ‘Public Information and Awareness’; ‘Governance, Public Service and Sister Islands Coordination’; ‘Education and Information Management’; ‘Finance, Planning and Economic Development’; and ‘Transportation, Infrastructure, Early Warning and Emergency Communications’.

Walwyn Continues To Defend $1M Wall 

Education Minister, Hon. Myron V. Walwyn was once again forced to defend the over $1M for a wall being erected at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS). 

During the recent sitting of the House of Assembly, he was grilled by former Education Minister and Opposition Leader, Hon. Andrew Fahie. 

The Minister also disclosed that to finish the perimeter fencing including all soft and hard costs is estimated at two hundred and fifty one thousand four hundred and eleven dollars and five cents ($251,411.05).  

He said that this cost does not include the monies for the construction of the entrances based on the new designs in accordance with the master plan.  

"Madam Speaker, no provision was made to cover the remaining cost to finish construction of the perimeter wall at the Elmore Stoutt High School in the 2017 budget."

He explained that, the funding in 2017 budget represents works to be carried out on the construction of the new classroom buildings at the Elmore Stoutt High School.  

"The Ministry of Education and Culture’s emphasis is to complete the two classroom building, currently under construction at the Elmore Stoutt High School."

He said, no monies were allocated for completing the remaining works on the perimeter wall at the Elmore Stoutt High School. 

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