Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (DRCC), Brodrick Penn has endorsed a suggestion to implement a Prayer Council as part of government’s Recovery and Development Plan for the British Virgin Islands.
A resident put forward the suggestion during a public meeting in the Third Electoral District this week.
“We need a prayer council to help us and it has to be an active body that is built into the plan,” the resident said.
Penn described the idea as one that would be suitable for the Pride and Cultural Identity aspect of the plan.
He reasoned that Christianity is a deep-rooted part of BVI culture.
“The Prayer Council idea is actually something that will fit very nicely with the culture and national identity area that we spoke about. We’ve been hoping to figure out all the areas that should be in our Pride and Cultural Identity [area]… and I think it’s an excellent suggestion for community development and education.”
The National Democratic Party government has listed Pride and Cultural Identity as one of the six priority areas in its recovery plan.
Some $2 million dollars will be allocated to developing the area but there have been calls throughout the recent public meetings to allocate more money to that area.
The other five priority areas are business and economy, infrastructure, human and social services, natural resources and climate change, and governance.
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