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Place Category: Resiliencia ante desastresPlace Tags: BRACED

  • Profile


    The Land Administration and Management Program (LAMP) made their first visit to Naggo Head on Friday , ctober 27th, 2017 to open case files for our first batch of title applicants. Thirty community members selected based on their vulnerability to hazards turned out eager, ready and anxious to start the process of securing the tenure of their land which for most persons has been in their family for generations!

    Landowners waiting and being served by LAMP officers

    There were 29 instances of unregistered land and 1 instance of registered land (for first registration and clarification respectively) being processed by LAMP in this first batch. The titling process has been described at tedious, lengthy, expensive and lofty which places it out of the reach of residents in informal settlements thus further complicating the informality over time and in effect perpetuating the cycle of poverty. We endeavor through our strong relationship with the community to foster an environment which reduced or removes these barriers to equip the most vulnerable with an asset that can be used to mitigate damage to their homes, families, and livelihoods in the event of a disaster.



    On Thursday, September 7, 2017, residents of Cassionor Drive and some of the Naggo Head BRACED advocates conducted a clean-up exercise along Cassionor Drive in the community. The clean-up is part of the road and drain rehabilitation work which is to take place in the community. This forms part of the redevelopment of Naggo Head, where Jam-Habitat is partnering with the Portmore Municipal Corporation, the Member of Parliament for St. Catherine Southern and the University of Technology.

    Jam-Habitat is pleased with the support shown by the residents on the day of the clean-up and the hope of a better community that has been inspired as a result of the exercise. Work will continue along Cassinor Drive with grading, and asphalting of the road and the installation of a proper drain. Jam-Habitat continues to build partnerships as we work towards building resilience and capacities against emerging disasters.


    The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Land Administration and Management Program, Jamaica Fire Brigade, University of Technology (UTech) and Portmore Municipal Council and The Naggo Head Church of God of Prophecy all lent their support to JamHabitat’s special redevelopment community meeting held August 31, 2017.

    Sustainable redevelopment planning for Naggo Head is part of our mandate to ensure that the community’s resilience is not only increased throughout the duration of the project but also after the project has ended. Several focus groups and think tanks have been held with community members in groups of 10-15 persons, however, this meeting was special because we invited the entire community of Naggo Head to brainstorm, plan and share their ideas about redeveloping their community.

    The hot topics included widening narrow lanes, improving drainage, development of social infrastructure and community zoning by NEPA. A democratic approach was taken as persons who attended the meeting voted on the issues that most impact their lives in the community as well as projects aimed at addressing those issues. The meeting and 500 household surveys will inform the Naggo Head Local Sustainable Redevelopment Plan which is currently being drafted by UTech.



    The JamHabitat team could not be more pleased with the fantastic job done by the community enumerators.

    The enumerators started their training in August, and since their inauguration has amazed JamHabitat with their grasp of theoretical content, their efficiency with practical application, their prowess in the field and their flexibility with the use of paper based and digital collection tools. The final count is not in yet, but approximately 430 households were covered. A final count, as well as results statistics, will be published shortly.


    Enumerators pose with their certificates.                                

    The enumerators were rewarded for their hard work with certificates of competence in enumeration proficiency that certifies their completion of a total of 20 days theoretical and practical training in data collection, data cleaning, and use of technology.

    The database of enumerators will be passed to Statin, so you may just see our community members in the field when national surveys are being done.



    GPS mapping, land tenure verification, community land meetings and boundary surveying are but a few of the exciting activities that have taken place since the beginning of the year geared towards redevelopment planning for Naggo Head.
    The community of Naggo Head has come alive with activity once again since the beginning of August with the commencement of our household enumeration exercise. The enumeration exercise will run for the entire month of August and will cover every household in Naggo Head. This all inclusive approach to enumeration strengthens JamHabitat’s bond with the residents and ensures that every single household feels apart of the redevelopment of their community.
    Community participation and capacity building are at the fore of our activities, and as such, all enumerators are community members who have been trained by JamHabitat in partnership with the University of Technology, Jamaica.
    The data gathered from each household such as demographics, sanitation, social services and land tenure will be used to create a sustainable development plan for the community.
    Land tenure meeting in the community.
    Almost 200 persons signed our registers at the filled to the overflowing Church of God of Prophecy in Naggo Head, Thursday, May 25, 2017, when Jam Habitat met with the community to provide legal education on land tenure-ship and regularisation.
    Naggo Head is one of the three communities where Jam-Habitat is operationalizing it Urban Disaster Risk Reduction project, funded by USAID. We recognise that one of the incumbrances to disaster risk management is insecure tenure (which creates a psychological disregard for where they live). People are not willing to invest in what they do not have that sense of security in. Moreover, without proper titles, people are not bankable and cannot make those investments even if they wanted to. Informal settlements do not benefit the kind of social and economic investment that reduces vulnerability.
    Consequently, Jam-Habitat has partnered with UTech, LAMP, HAJ, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Portmore Municipal Council, SDC, St. Catherine PDC, NEPA (agency responsible for drafting development orders across Jamaica), Naggo Head CDC and other stakeholders to engage in a fast track land tenure and regularisation project.
    We have dubbed the campaign, “Reimagine” Naggo Head. At the end of this project, all the listed agencies will have been left with a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the community, spatial and cadastral maps, titles for land owners, better lease arrangements for lessees, stronger community governance structure and a more realistic vision of the “Re-imagined Naggo”. Mr. Nickoy Young of LAMP and Ms. Delrose Campbell, Habitat’s Consultant lawyer were on board to provide legal education and answer questions from residents
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    Partnering with Portmore Municipal Council

    The Mayor of Portmore His Worhsip Leon Thomas met with Salina Solomon (Land Tenure and Technical Specialist) and Sherece James (GIS Analyst) from the JamHabitat team on Thursday, June 8 where he was provided with an update on the regularization activities taking place in the community of Naggo Head. The JamHabitat map of Naggo Head showing all the land parcels in the community was presented to Mayor Thomas and the tenure situations existing on ground based on our research was discussed.

    Other members of the JamHabitat team in attendance were Dr. Paulette Griffiths and Kenneth Shay, Project Manager and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist as well as Naggo Head community members Deedra Harris and Aretha Walker. The team also engaged the Mayor in a fulsome discussion on the way forward for the redevelopment of Naggo Head and how the Municipal Council would continue to work in partnership with us to make it a reality.

    Commissioned Land Surveyor Valeer Mahon makes notations for the parcel being surveyed on the Map of Naggo Head as community members Akeem Parrish (Junior Land Surveying Technician) and Easton Campbell (Field Assistant) look on.

    Nicholas Johnson, a community resident, and Field Assistant mark a boundary corner on the instruction of the Commissioned Land Surveyor.

    Meeting with the Commissioned Land Surveyor Valeer Mahon, GIS Analyst Sherece James, Field Operations Manager Damien Williams and the survey to negotiate an agreement between neighbors on the position of their boundary.



    The earliest settlers came to Naggo Head, St. Catherine during the 1940’s and 50’s following the leasing of flat arable plantation lands to the sugar factory workers from the Bernard Lodge Estates. Bernard Lodge Estates a subsidiary of Caymanas Estates Limited owned lands which extended over the wider modern day Portmore. The earliest residents of the community used for the construction of their dwellings predominantly wattle and daub. As the socioeconomic status improved most residents replaced the wattle and daub material with what the community called nog. The use of nog material was influenced by the passage of Hurricane Charlie in 1950 which negatively impacted a number of residents who either lost their roofs and or entire dwelling(s). The community received light and water during the 1970’s. Before the 1970’s the use of kerosene oil lamps and going to a creek (just with the vicinity of the current Naggo Head Bus and Taxi stand) for light and domestic water respectively. Naggo Head during the 70’s period experienced its first population increase according to the PASSA group. Another population increase occurred in the early 1980’s. A number of individuals who had moved from mostly Tivoli gardens Kingston, Jamaica seeking political refuge following an upsurge in violence associated with the general election referred to the “most violent” was cited as a catalyst for the increase in population. Another contributing factor to the developing community’s population increase during the 80’s was also attributed to those seeking employment as construction workers with the development of the Causeway Bridge, Independence City, Bridgeport and Breaton Phase 1 etc. and not being able to secure affordable dwellings and settled in the informal community. This increase led to the development of the community’s only primary school named after the community. In 1988 Hurricane Gilbert damaged the community and there was another shift in the choice of building materials from Nog to ply board and zinc. In the 2000’s the Portmore Municipality Council installed signage within the community and renamed a number of lanes. Along with drains to assist with the challenge of flooding that the community whenever it rains suffers from. The 2000’s is the period that has most infrastructural development, the most disasters and anthropogenic hazards possibly linked to the number of people living in the community added to the fact that the growth rate of the community is ahead of the pace at which planned development is taking place.

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