New Palmes Department, School Strike, and Cornerstone Laying Occupy Petit-Goâve

The town of Petit-Goâve is soon to be subsumed under a new department, the Department of Palmes (DOP) that needs only the blessing of the Haitian senate. The lower chamber has already approved the draft law and forwarded it to the upper chamber. To signify to Petit-Goâve residents the importance of this new department, Mgr. Alphonse dedicated a mass on the feast day of Our Lady of the Assumption to the advancement of Petit-Goâve. With creation of DOP, the community will enjoy essential services the government will fund under the auspices of DOP.


In conjunction with the imminent creation of DOP, a cornerstone was laid for the building of the new Lycee Roseline Vaval of Vialet (LRVV). The construction company of Cyrus will erect the new structure estimated to take 14 months or more. The state treasury is funding the project at a cost of 48 million gourdes. Cyrus director, Nathalie Craan, commented at the construction site, "We will deliver a standard, modern, and sustainable building." The new structure will house classrooms, a dining area, administration annex, library, computer lab, garden, and playground.

Meanwhile LRVV is one of many schools in the country that is a victim of a current teachers' strike in effect for more than a week. Teachers are demonstrating for improved working conditions, and a pay raise, if granted, would bring wages to 50,000 gourdes. Teachers vow they will not end the strike until their demands are met.

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