PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Honorable Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs momentarily diverted from delivering the keynote address at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) conference this morning in order to relieve the concerns of the fire and ambulance departments regarding the planned move from their building.
Prime Minister Jacobs met the workers and union representative Mr. Arrindell and led them into the building to further update them on the resolutions. The union and its representatives had initiated this action as a result of not receiving written correspondence to confirm the Prime Minister’s statements on this topic made during Wednesday’s press briefing.
While the Prime Minister awaits the documentation necessary to prompt the payments needed at the alternate location, all is being done to facilitate this move. Prime Minister Jacobs was taken aback that this information had not been relayed by the Fire chief as he was a key actor in cementing the agreed upon solution. She expects to have the advice on her desk by mid-morning in order to finalize the financial commitment needed by government later today.
Prime Minister Jacobs stated, “communication is essential to avoid further misunderstandings.” She further reiterated her commitment to do all that is possible to facilitate the promotion of health, safety and wellness of our emergency staff on St. Maarten.