With a mandate from the Prime Minister to regularize informal settlements, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. Morais Guy toured Central Westmoreland with Member of Parliament Dwayne Vaz over a two day period, between January 15 and 16. The Minister examined on-going housing projects and outstanding infrastructure works which started under Operation PRIDE.
Minister Guy stated that regularizing informal settlements is high on the agenda of the Ministry and negotiations with public and private partners are advanced. The Minister further noted that survey work has been completed in some areas and the Ministry is moving swiftly to make the necessary payments to obtain the land and thereafter complete the process in issuing certificates of title.
Dr. Guy said negotiations for the purchase of lands in 12 informal settlements are at various stages; however, the Government is taking steps to expedite the process with private and public sector owners - DALCO Limited, Commissioner of Lands, Westmoreland Parish Council and Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ.
Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland, Dwayne Vaz, said that many residents in informal settlements have not been able to improve their dwellings due to their insecure tenure.
The delegation visited the communities of; Paradise, Whithorn, Bullet Tree, Hertford, Morass, Seaton Crescent, Barracks Road, Llandilo Phase 6, Brack Heath, Braham and Frome Housing Scheme.
Since the launch of the Comprehensive National Titling program in 2012, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing along with the Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited has delivered over 2000 titles to Jamaicans across the island.