The Ministry of Border Control and Employment officially commissioned a new extension to the Coastal Radar Station in Five Cays, Providenciales which added an additional 500 square feet to the original 528 square feet station. The expansion to the facility is providing separate office accommodation, bathroom, kitchenette, water tank and storage facilities for supplies and equipment.
Hon. Ricardo Don Hue Gardiner, Minister with responsibility for Border Control in his comments said; “I am pleased that my Government exercised the foresight it did in 2006 under the ministerial leadership of Hon. Galmo Williams to conceive and provide resources for this important tool which is a critical component in our strategy to protect our borders.
“I am even prouder of the fact that under my stewardship, my government and I have provided resources for 24 hour operations, 365 days per year which has resulted in preventing 33 successful landing, comprising of nearly three thousand persons from entering our country illegally over the past four years. This is three thousand less persons living and working illegally here.”
Minister Gardiner added that the primary objective of the improvement is to ensure safer and better working conditions for staff and to protect the facility from environmental damage through the construction of a sea wall that was constructed a few years ago. He further noted that under the next term, his government will be investing heavily in a software upgrade of the radar station’s operating system and strengthening its collaborative relations with local and regional partner agencies.
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Mrs. Clara Gardiner, joined the Minister in commending the radar officers for the good work they do on a daily basis and expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Infrastructure Housing and Planning as well as the contractor for partnering with them to bring this phase of the Radar Improvement Project to conclusion.
This brings the Government’s total capital investment in the radar station to date to $2,225,000. The Coastal Radar Station commenced operations on August 6, 2012 and has an annual operating budget of $393,000.
December 5th 2016 is a day that has been set aside as International Volunteers Day by the United Nations. International Volunteer’s Day was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.
Volunteerism is generally considered a humane activity and is intended to promote good or improve the human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education or emergency rescue. Others serve on as needed basis. When you volunteer, you are offering your time and resources, sometimes without pay, to help a person or cause.
Mr. Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator, and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme said; “Volunteering is a two-way street. Volunteers gain valuable experience, expand their knowledge and enrich their lives through their actions. At a national level, volunteers use their expertise to create meaningful impact for communities and countries. At a community level, volunteering gives voice to those who are marginalized, for example women, youth and those with disabilities, and enables people to effect real change. As well, volunteering enable people to develop skills to participate in society, to integrate to increase their employability. Volunteers truly are the best among us and today is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and celebrate their invaluable contribution to peace and development worldwide.”
Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies indicated that; “As a result of the recognition of the critical role that volunteers often play in disaster management at the community and sometimes at the national level steps were taken to include in the TCI Disaster Ordinance 2015 a section on volunteers in order to ensure that volunteers will be protected in case of injury or lawsuit during the performing of their duties. It is to be noted that the TCI is one of the few countries in the region that officially captures this important group in their Disaster Ordinance.”
Therefore, today 5th December International Volunteer’s Day, is a time to reflect and applaud the efforts of all volunteers all over the world and in recognition of the day, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) would like to thank our Turks and Caicos Islands Volunteers; Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Communities United in Response to Emergencies (CURE), Shelter Managers and Turks and Caicos Search and Rescue Task-Force (TSART), who continues to volunteer both in the Turks and Caicos Islands and aboard. Most recently TSART assisted response efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Matthew in October this year. Services rendered were greatly appreciated.
The Management and Staff of DDME would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our Volunteers, who are giving of their time and service not just to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands, but internationally. Finally, if you would like to join DDME Volunteer Team please feel free to visit the Department Office in Providenciales or Grand Turk or your local District Commissioner’s Office for applications forms or visit our website on www.gov.tc/ddme/forms
The example volunteers set for us all cannot be underestimated. Today, join DDME in giving not just our volunteers, but volunteers everywhere a round of #GlobalApplause.