In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Signing of the Petro Caribe Agreement, PDV Caribe Dominica Ltd. organized a calendar of events to commemorate this milestone.
As part of that calendar of events, twenty-nine students of the Dominica State College were chosen to participate in a PDV Caribe Dominica Ltd. Social Project field trip.
The May 22 2015, field trip was organized in an effort to educate the students on the various social projects that have evolved under the Petro Caribe Agreement.
PDV Caribe Dominica Ltd. is more than a mere fuel supply agreement that offers payment facilities for signatory countries. Over the past ten years Petro Caribe has developed a series of social support programs in the areas of tourism, education, health, housing, environmental sanitation, road networks, sports and agriculture that are being carried out in the framework of the Alba Caribe Fund. These projects were geared toward improving the standard of living to those significantly less fortunate and this fact became apparent throughout the trip.
The students were afforded the opportunity to see firsthand the remarkable impact Petro Caribe has had in Dominica and on the lives of many Dominicans. The tour included a visit to the Petro Casas at Stockfarm, an approach of the Government of Dominica to provide affordable housing to its citizens. These low-income houses were financed by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and were constructed in five locations across Dominica, Portsmouth, Stockfarm, Trafalgar, Grandbay and Castle Bruce.
Other projects toured included the Waitukubuli Fuel Storage and Distribution plant, Hillsborough Garden housing scheme in St. Joseph, the Coffee Plant in Portsmouth, the Tan Tan Sea Defense Wall, the Roseau Fisheries Fuel Station and the Petro Casas at Chances, Portsmouth.
By the end of the trip the college students had obtained a wealth of knowledge about Petro Caribe, who is involved, what they do and how Petro Caribe has been a pillar in integration and cooperation between nations.