Campbell Commends Government’s Response to Hurricane Dorian and COVID-19

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Matt Maura via BIS

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, commended the Government of The Bahamas for its response in the aftermath of the monster storm, Hurricane Dorian in 2019, and to the COVID-19 Pandemic this year.

Minister Campbell said the 2020/2021 National Budget proves that hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

Minister Campbell announced that the Department of Social Services has been identified to receive $60,362,205.00 (sixty million, three hundred and sixty two thousand, two hundred and five dollars) for the 2020/2021 Budget, an increase of approximately 65 per cent over the allocation for 2019/2020.

The proposed allocation is expected to continue to assist persons affected by Hurricane Dorian, COVID-19 and the regular clients of the Department throughout the country. It will also fund the digitization of the Department by way of the ProMis System and the delivery of services through the electronic digital wallets.

“I once heard an old woman say: ‘Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness,’” Minister Campbell told Parliamentarians Wednesday.

“Today, decisions are being made that will define how we interact with social circumstances to bring hope; the resources allocated right now (will) determine the way we live and get along with each other in our homes, on our jobs, in our communities, to erase some of the fear that has crept into the mindsets of our citizens as a result of the negative economic fall-out from Hurricane Dorian and COVID-19.

For the entire press release, see the attachment below.

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