SUMMARY OF BUDGET ESTIMATES: Hon. Harold Dalson, Minister for Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment and Member for Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques

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SUMMARY OF BUDGET ESTIMATES: Hon. Harold Dalson, Minister for Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment and Member for Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques
Harold Dalson
Harold Dalson, Minister for Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment and Member for Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques

EXPANSION OF AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMME

This year, the review saw the expansion of the Community After School Programme, one of the Ministry’s primary social intervention Programmes which targets children and youth from poor or low income households in “at risk” communities where it is evident that this support is most needed.

During last year, seven new Centres were established thereby facilitating the participation of an additional three hundred and forty two children in the Programme. The beneficiary communities were:

1.    Soufriere Town
2.    Fond St. Jacques
3.    La Ressource,Vieux Fort
4.    Vieux Fort Town
5.    Millet
6.    Jackmel
7.    Babonneau

This expansion increased the number of Centres from 10 to 17.

Communities of Dennery, Marchand, Ti Rocher, Blanchard, Marigot and Grand Eiviere will be added to the Programme.

ESTABLISHMENT AND REHABILITATION OF HRDC

During 2012/2013 work continued on the Gros Islet HRDC

Consultations on the new HRDCs planned for Vieux Fort and Soufriere were conducted.

Designs and preparatory work are expected to be completed in 2013/2014 to facilitate the commencement of construction work in Soufriere and Vieux-Fort in 2014.

Rehabilitation works were undertaken on the following Centres during the last year:
1.    Grande Rivere, Dennery
2.    Belle Vue, Vieux-Fort North
3.    Bouton Community Centre
4.    Marchand Community Centre
5.    Faux a Chaud Community Centre
6.    Belair Community Centre
7.    Babonneau Community Centre
8.    Wilton’s Yard Community Centre
9.    Monchy HRDC
10.    Entrepot HRDC
11.    Jackmel Community Centre
12.    Bois Patat Community Centre
13.    La Feuille Mothers and Fathers Hall

Maintenance work to the tune of $2.3 million was also undertaken at the:

1.    Vieux-Fort Regional Office
2.    Choiseul Regional Office
3.    Boy’s Training Centre

LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMUNITY PROJECTS

In 2012/2013 approximately $2.7 million was spent to complete one large sub project costing $1.25 million and ten small infrastructure projects costing an average of $94,000.00 each. These include:

1.    A footpath in Coolie Town, Castries South East
2.    Maintenance works at the primary and infant schools in Anse La Raye
3.    Renovation of Special Education school in Soufriere
4.    Provision of accesses in Anse La Verdue and Canaries
5.    Roads in Joyeux, Vieux Fort North and La Courvile, Micoud North
6.    Refurbishment of community market on the Morne-Lay By

BNTF

Gros Islet market will be completed in 2013/2014

Gros Islet Early Childhood Centre to be completed in August 2013

Approximately $109,000.00 has been invested in the training of 30 persons in Belmont Dennery in bee keeping and honey production for commercial enterprise and income generation.

NCF

The first phase of the Morne Lay by project was completed in January 2013. The lay by was officially reopened on 25 January 2013. The total project cost $239,530.00. The project was funded by the CDB through the BNTF ($94,321.00); SSDF through HOPE ($100,000.00 and the GOSL ($45,209.00). This serves 32 vendors.

Phase 2-the construction of the roof will commence in the slow period of the tourism season. This will be done at a cost of $65,000.00

Work at Pigeon Island Park recommenced on 8th March 2013. The following accommodation has been provided at the facility and construction of these spaces has been completed:

•    1 Rangers Hut
•    1 life guard tower
•    Huts for public shelter
•    4 food and drink vending booths
•    8 gift vending booths
•    1 Tour booth
•    Washroom and external shower facility

Outstanding work includes a children’s playground and landscaping work.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)

The survey is complete and a final report will be released early in the second quarter of this fiscal year.

MICS is a household survey which collects information about the human development index situation of children and women around the world.

FAITH BASED ACTIVITIES

A re-registration was done and notification was provided to over 75% of known faith based organizations since the implementation of the policy for FBOs in 2010. This process is ongoing and the Ministry anticipates the continued cooperation of all FBOs.

Revenue forgone which includes, but is not limited to duty-free concessions, exemption of building fees and certificates of exemption it’s valued at $972,371.00

JOB CREATION IN 2012/2013

BELFUND

•    122 full time, direct jobs,
•    135 indirect, short term.
During the period under review, 75 loans were approved and disbursed at a total value of $821,770.87

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

•    587 on the Caretaker programme island wide.
•    509 as caretakers and others as project supervisors, truck drivers, footmen and backhoe operators.

2013/2014 PROJECTS

REHABILITATION OF BOYS TRAINING CENTRE-$250,000.00

Physical works such as upgrade of grounds and provision of drains, renovation of the dorm; installation of fire alarm system, repairs to perimeter fencing, general termite treatment and other general works.

Purchase of equipment and furniture

DEVELOPMENT OF NORTHERN CEMETERY-$110,000.00

Site identification; feasibility studies (inclusive of environmental audits, soil and drainage investigations)

Consultations with stakeholders

Project design and preparation of cost estimates.

REDEVELOPMENT OF VIEUX-FORT SQUARE-$1,654,580.00

Construction commenced in March 2013 and is expected to be completed by October 2013.

ESTABLISHMENT OF BEACH PARKS AND FACILITIES-$416,900.00

Establishment of lay by and viewing deck at Colombette in Soufriere

Preparatory work for the Upgrade of the viewing areas and establishment if a museum at Moule a Chique in Vieux-Fort.

SHORT TERM EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME-$4,000,000.00

Provision of one week of employment for approximately $2,500 persons for a period of one week during the following phases:
August (back to school)
October (Disaster Mitigation)
December (Christmas)
February (Independence)
March (Easter)

KOUDMEN SENT LISI-$1,500,000.00

Implementation of Programme activities such as educational assistance, housing assistance, psycho social support, human resource development, conditional cash transfers, health assistance, small enterprise training and development and joint employment, project monitoring and evaluation.

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