First 50 petrocasas arrive in Dominica

Lucien Blackmoore is coordinator of the Resettlement Program
Lucien Blackmoore is coordinator of the Resettlement Program

Dominica has received 50 petrocasas from the government of Venezuela which will be of great benefit for displaced families who were affected following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

After the storm Venezuela promised 300 petrocasas to assist those who were displaced and Acting Prime Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore said at a press conference on Wednesday that the first 50 arrived on the island on Tuesday 20, October 2015.

The houses will be used to relocate residents of Dubique to an area in Grand Bay.

“I want to say to you that the first 50 houses have actually arrived as of yesterday,” Blackmoore stated. “As we speak works are ongoing at the site where the houses are to be installed and in due time we will see the actual commencement of these houses.”

Coordinator of the Resettlement Program, Lucien Blackmoore said the first 50 petrocasas will be completed within three months.

“The sites we are looking at for the first 50 petrocacas is near the Agricultural Station in Grandbay,” he explained. “Based on our schedule we are hoping to have the first 50 houses down within a three month period.”

He explained further work on the houseses will be done incrementally and “at least by the week we should have about 10 houses worked on in a very substantial way.”

He pointed out that the site in question can accommodate about 115 houses.

“We are still in the planning stage because some of the houses may be of bungalow types, some would be of different areas, but it might be some at Grand Bay and some elsewhere, but those we are starting up right now is definitely at Grand Bay,” Blackmoore noted.

A model of a petrocasa
A model of a petrocasa

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  1. October 23, 2015

    Beautiful! Just beautiful!!!! These comfortable-looking little homes donated by our Comrades in Venezuela is a significant show of friendship and solidarity between the Government of Dominica and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. It is quite clear that the charm and charisma of a leader goes a long way. The handsome dimpled smile, honest eyes and inspiring self-confidence of our precious Supreme Leader, Dr. Roosevelt M. Skerrit cannot be matched. Imagine the renowned “Novice” of the Uneducated Wicked People in opposition trying to make friends with leaders of other developed nations. First of all, his face appears to be perpetually arrogant and angry. His approach is that of a bully with demands rather than a friend asking for a favor. He is, of course, poor and his wardrobe leaves much to be desired. This alone would cause him to be looked down upon and maybe even laughed at. He wouldn’t get a cardboard box, much less a house. Thank God for Skerrit!

  2. #TheRealTalkMovement
    October 23, 2015

    Dominica has three main cities Roseau, Grand Bay and Portsmouth and there are only 70k people we scattered all over if we build these places and expand the populations in these areas and bring in businesses we would more attractive plus I think its a good idea to introduce ferry transportation to Dominica

  3. nicole
    October 23, 2015

    While I am appreciative of Venezuela’s attempt to help, I have read many negative things about the materials used to build these houses.

    Pieces of information from many articles state that the materials used to build these houses could have detrimental effects on human health ( deterioration of the lungs etc.)

    Isn’t any one concerned about this? Especially those people who are going to be actually LIVING in those houses…

  4. duck1951
    October 22, 2015

    Some of you are such pessimists that no matter what , you are never going to see anything positive in anything. Do you not see what is going on around the world ? what about the millions of refugees living in camps with dsease and no food ? They would gladly accept these houses . I am not saying that they are ideal but look acceptable and sturdier than some local houses .Half a loaf is better than none .!

  5. Titiwi
    October 22, 2015

    Cant’ we change the name please. Petro casas sounds too much like packing cases. We should use a more positive name for these houses.

  6. derp
    October 22, 2015

    that picture though have jokes, who would put burglar bars outside, lol might as well leave the door wide open as depicted in that picture :lol:

    • Tjebe fort
      October 23, 2015

      That is funny. I suspect that picture was taken in Venezuela and the message is “dont come throught the windows, use the door instead”. Bienvenido.

  7. I Must Cry Aloud
    October 22, 2015

    “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, ” – Isa. 58:1″
    Fellow Dominicans, I must spill it out, because I can keep it no longer. I am a laborite and last voted Dec. 8 2015. But the truth is hunting me and I cannot enjoy my sleep. Erika has opened my eyes to the realities of life and it hurts!

    I thank president Maduro and the people of Venezuela for their help during this difficult time. When Erika was doing havoc on island, PM Skerrit was returning from Mocaw having fun and signing only God knows. While my friend died giving birth, Mr. Skerrit took his wife to the US to give birth. While the PM asking us to sacrifice, he giving speaker over 100% raise. While some villagers are still trapped and cant go out, he on helicopter flying. While he joining Venezuela to criticize the USA, he running to the US to give birth to his children. While many Dominicans have nowhere to build, foreigners building hotels on prestigious land.

    • foolish
      October 22, 2015

      @i must cry aloud …you are such a deceiver you are no Labourite …you are just there to deceive people you liar….and stop being a fool ….did the P.m sent the storm ?as a matter of fact The P.Mhad already leave Dominica before the storm arrived. ..there was not even a for Dominica they were justing saying from quadloupe come up ….if the P.M been on island do you think he would have prevented the storm? Other people who is less fortunate than the pm and his wife traveled to have their baby ….so what makes the p.m wife can’t travel to have her baby wherever she want to … that your business where she make her baby?go get pregnant to and chose wherever you want to make it that’s if you can afford it…jealousy is a very bad thing.

  8. Lorna
    October 22, 2015

    Blackmore looks pained as he ruminates over the 30 million dollars spent on the election, which could have been spent on rehousing the displaced, instead of relying on other countries to orovide our people with homes.

    So embarrassed about the current situation n Dominica.

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