Friday, May 22, 2015
@NatSecurityJA sets June 1st 2015 as new PICA Deadline – MNP, 19 Cable TV missing and Zika Virus for the Summer of 2015
Today on Friday May 22nd 2015, Jamaicans have finally calmed down and are no longer fighting one another to get their passports and beat the deadline as reported in the article “Passport Office Sees Calm, Less Applicants Turnout For Processing”, Published Friday May 22, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner.
This is in sharp contrast to Friday May 21st 2015, when an angry mob got upset that PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency) has also set a quote of 1,000 applicants per day on Tuesday May 19th 2015. This anger can clearly be seen in the video in the article “Video: Crush!”, published Friday, May 22, 2015, The Jamaica Observer.
All this because PICA has set Tuesday May 26th 2015 as the deadline to implement increase in renewal and replacement for Jamaican Passports as noted in my blog article entitled “PICA and the Passport Fee Hike - Jamaicans upset despite being told beforehand by Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips”.
Ministry of National Security sets June 1st 2015 as new Deadline – MNP, 19 Cable TV missing and Zika Virus for the Summer of 2015
The Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, who has oversight over PICA, has now backtracked on the original Tuesday May 26th 2015 deadline after these massive protests and crowds of Jamaican desperate to avoid the increases.
Instead the new deadline will be Monday June 1st 2015, the date on which the new increases will be implemented as stated in the article “Security Minister Says Passport Fee Hike Implementation Date Changed To June 1”, published Thursday May 21, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner.
These new fees are as follows:
1. JA$6,500 for an Adult Passport (over 18), up from JA$4,500
2. JA$4,000 for a Passport for a minor (under 18), up from JA$2,700
The fees for replacing your Passport at PICA will also be increased as well:
1. JA$11,500 for replacing an Adult Passport (over 18), up from JA$9,500
2. JA$7,000 for replacing a minor's Passport (under 18), up from JA$5,700
Well, at least Jamaican can look on the bright side.
By Monday June 1st 2015, we'll also have MNP (Mobile Number Portability) and LNP (Landline Number Portability) as pointed out in my blog article entitled “How Jamaican can access MNP and LNP by Monday June 1st 2015 – Windfall for Jamaican smartphone unlockers as Quad-Band smartphones and Carrier-Free SIM Cards Required”.
Also, there will be no Cable Television services as nineteen (19) channels will be blocked, forcing many parents to send their children outside to play as argued in my blog article entitled “FLOW increases Cable Package prices - 19 channel removal on MNP, LNP Day as Summer of 2015 for Streaming and Downloading”.
With the Zika Virus possibly on its way by August 2015 as predicted in my blog article entitled “Zika Virus is coming to Jamaica – Zero MOH Preparedness for Chikungunya Part II but Mosquito Repellant and Vitamin C works”, the Summer of 2015 in Jamaica is shaping up to be very interesting indeed!!