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Parliament, which has been on a break since
last month, is expected to resume by next week,
according to staff at the Office of the Prime
They said one sitting of the House of Repre-
sentatives would likely be held before the Sep-
tember 9 presentation of the 2013-2014 budget
by Finance Minister Larry Howai.
Parliament has been on recess since the new
session opened last month.
United National Congress deputy leader Suruj
Rambachan said yesterday: "Parliament could
resume next week if there is legislation to do
before the budget." He was uncertain, however,
the day that might take place.
Repeated calls and texts to People s Partner-
ship House leader Roodal Moonilal went unan-
PP officials said Moonilal was overseas on a
"few days rest."
Senate leader Ganga Singh, Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan and Communications Minister
Jamal Mohammed did not answer calls.
While a number of ministers are on vacation,
some overseas, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar has been occupied with constituency
duties in recent days, officials at her office said.
After the submission of the budget, the Oppo-
sition is expected to present its reply.
Opposition officials said that may be by Sep-
tember 13. Debate on the budget is expected to
end just after mid-September, PP officials said.
Meanwhile, government sources said ministerial
changes by the Prime Minister may likely take
place in time for the resumption of Parliament.
At a UNC executive meeting recently, the PM
said the mega-ministry of Local Government
and Works, held by Dr Surujrattan Rambachan,
would be split.
Rambachan is expected to retain Works while
Gender Affairs Minister Marlene Coudray, a
former mayor, and Social Development Minister
Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh are among those being
tipped for Local Government. (GA)
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and
Management (ODPM) is looking at possible
sites for the construction of a large-scale
emergency centre in Trinidad by 2014,
CEO Dr Stephen Ramroop said yesterday.
He said so after the launch of a private
and public-sector partnership programme
between the ODPM and Duracell at Lonsdale
Advertising, St Clair, yesterday.
Ramroop said the ODPM already was
scouting several locations.
He added: "We have done a helicopter
run and we have met with the Ministry of
Housing and the Commissioner of State
Lands and we have identified quite a number
of locations throughout the country.
"We want to build some massive decant-
ing centres for the highway so that if you
are in traffic at eight in the morning and
there is an earthquake and we want to decant
the highway we would have these massive
car park centres and would be able to clear
the highway for emergency vehicles."
He said those shelters also would be used
as tsunami centres and should have heli-
copter pads so they could be used to drop
off food and supplies.
Ramroop said the ODPM also was looking
at shelter-in-place arrangements.
"What we are asking the population to
do is if you have an aunty or an uncle that
you could go to that should be the first
option and the ODPM will arrange to take
you there in an emergency," he added.
Ramroop said the ODPM also was work-
ing with the Ministries of Housing and
Community Development to repair existing
community centres which could be used as
Yesterday s launch, Ramroop said, was a
part of the ODPM s attempt to engage the
private sector in disaster risk management.
"The private sector is one of the most
vulnerable sectors for an earthquake. If the
private sector does not get its act together,
it will suffer and the country will suffer,"
Ross Cabral, brand manager for Duracell,
said the company would partner with the
ODPM during the rest of the hurricane sea-
son to educate people and create awareness
of the risks during the season.
He said the company also would donate
batteries, flashlights and rain ponchos to
the ODPM s disaster kits.
Environmental activist Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh will present a "transparency
debate" tonight at City Hall, Port-of-
Spain, in an effort to offer clarity to peo-
ple who are still confused about the High-
way Re-route Movement s position on
the extension of the Solomon Hochoy
Highway into Point Fortin.
Kublalsingh, who has been protesting
for more than three weeks outside the
Prime Minister s office, St Clair, has repeat-
edly called for the extension of the highway
to Point Fortin to go forward, while oppos-
ing the construction of the Mon Desir to
In an interview outside the Prime Min-
ister s Office yesterday, Kublalsingh said
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, Point Fortin
mayor Clyde Paul, journalist Sunity
Maharaj and the Re-route Movement s
lawyers would speak at the debate, sched-
uled to start at 6.30 pm.
He said the event would offer insight
into what "real and serious" development
was like as compared to bogus develop-
ment. Real development, he said, consisted
of cost-benefit analysis and proper pro-
He added: "We will talk about the Arm-
"Here is a committee of scientists who
did the work so that the public would
know what was happening.
"Here is a document giving the template
to follow and we are going to discuss that
and give a summary of the recommenda-
He said he would continue his vigil out-
side the PM s office until she gave answers
on her position on the Armstrong Report
and the court matter involving the Mon
Desir section of the highway. (KC)
ODPM looks at big
Office, Duracell to link for public campaign
Re-route Movement to host debate at City Hall
House in pre-Budget
meeting next week
Duracell brand manager Ross Cabral, right, presents a company jersey to ODPM's chief executive officer, Dr Stephen Ramroop, during a
media conference at Lonsdale Saatchi and Saatchi advertising, St Clair, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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