Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Saturday announced a national clean up campaign for the country.
Mottley made the announcement at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Mile and a Quarter, St Peter during a thanksgiving service attended by members of Cabinet and the Department of Emergency Management (DEM).
She disclosed that discussions were initiated with the Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson; Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey; Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Trevor Prescod; and Minister of Transport Works and Maintenance, Dr William Duguid.
Although she did not give a specific date, the Prime Minister revealed it was in the works.
She said the objective of the campaign is to prepare Barbadians for the hurricane season, especially its most devastating months September and October.
“We are committed to embarking on a national clean up campaign because we recognize that while you do not have control over natural disasters, we have control over how prepared we are and how quickly we recover,” Mottley said.
“We have to get through this season . . . we have now to hope and pray that we are not confronted with additional challenges that move beyond that which we have inherited.”
In keeping with the Barbados Labour Party’s manifesto on hurricane preparedness, Minister Hinkson said his ministry was working with stakeholders to ensure the safety of vulnerable groups.
He said the Government is committed to ensuring that they partner with the insurance industry to develop a catastrophe fund and also to ensure insurance coverage for vulnerable houses such as chattel houses which were valued at less than $125, 000.
“We are committed as a new Government to try to bring legislation to this problem so that the property of the most vulnerable are insured in some form,” Hinkson added.