Party supporters at the PNM Tobago Council Bagatelle/Bacolet Council Meeting on Monday 15 November 2021. (Image courtesy PNM Tobago Council)

A bag of promises on the PNM political platform in Tobago on Monday night, ranging from free 24-hour day-care services for up to two children for single and low-income mothers, and ten scholarships per year, as the party stepped up its campaign for the December 6th Tobago House of Assembly elections.

Speaking at the Bagatelle/Bacolet Council meeting on the Calder Hall Playing field, Roxborough/Argyle Candidate Nadine Stewart-Phillips declared:

“We want our women here in Tobago to reach their full potential.”

Nadine Stewart-Phillips, PNM Candidate for Roxborough/Argyle, at the PNM Tobago Council Bagatelle/Bacolet Council Meeting on Monday 15 November 2021. (Image courtesy PNM Tobago Council)

Stewart Phillips reiterated the PNM Tobago’s plans to provide free 24-hour day-care services for up to two children, for single and low-income mothers. According to Stewart Phillips, these services will allow more women to avail themselves of the many educational and self-development opportunities available on the island.  

Leader of the PNM Tobago Council, Tracy Davidson-Celestine, at the PNM Tobago Council Bagatelle/Bacolet Council Meeting on Monday 15 November 2021. (Image courtesy PNM Tobago Council)

Leader of the PNM Tobago Council, Tracy Davidson-Celestine, also promised 10 scholarships per year, starting with a focus on medical specialists, agricultural specialists, and animators.

Charles “Paolo” Adams, PNM Candidate for Mt. St. George/ Goodwood, at the PNM Tobago Council Bagatelle/Bacolet Council Meeting on Monday 15 November 2021. (Image courtesy PNM Tobago Council)

Mt. St. George/ Goodwood Candidate, Charles “Paolo” Adams, who also spoke at the meeting promised to continue work on access roads to agricultural lands. He also promised:

“Increased services and social support for seniors and the differently-abled; employment/training for young men and women interested in being certified as skilled tradespeople; economic development for local small business; entrepreneur support; and the creation, maintenance and enhancement of sporting areas, which will then become hubs for community development.”

Deputy Chief Secretary and PNM Candidate for Bagatelle/Bacolet, Joel Jack, at the PNM Tobago Council Bagatelle/Bacolet Council Meeting on Monday 15 November 2021. (Image courtesy PNM Tobago Council)

Deputy Chief Secretary and candidate for Bagatelle/Bacolet, Joel Jack, highlighted key achievements of the administration over the years.

According to Jack, under the PNM Tobago’s GDP increased from $900M in 2001 to over $1.7bn currently.  He noted there was a 5% decline in unemployment from over 21%; and the number of students with degrees, increased to over 20% of the population.