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Public sector 'has been beaten up really badly’- DaBreo-Lettsome

Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Sharleen S. DaBreo Lettsome says the local Public Sector is going through a process of transformation that goes beyond the CoI, where the vision is for persons to access the services of the Government from anywhere. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Meanwhile, DaBreo-Lettsome shared an umbrella plan for a modern governance approach in the VI which includes a number of goals with some needing legislative backing and enforcement. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Meanwhile, DaBreo-Lettsome shared an umbrella plan for a modern governance approach in the VI which includes a number of goals with some needing legislative backing and enforcement. Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office Sharleen S. DaBreo-Lettsome MBE says the local Public Sector is going through a process of transformation that goes beyond the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), where the vision is for persons to access the services of the Government from anywhere.

DaBreo-Lettsome was at the time speaking on a programme called Government Business At Its Best–Table Talk, aired on August 30, 2023, and streamed live on Facebook.

“We've been beaten up really badly… We've gotten blows from the public. But it's good because when you get those blows, then you know that you're not doing something right and you need to fix it.

She added that the public sector is now in the mood to fix things right now, including making it easier for people to make complaints.

Improving the sector 

“We are looking at all these things for the future of the public service, the future of the BVI, the future of our private sector,” she added.

Meanwhile, DaBreo-Lettsome shared an umbrella plan for a modern governance approach in the VI. She said this includes a number of goals, with some needing legislative backing and enforcement. 

Goals include easier access to service, enhanced safety and security, effective communication, and value for money, which will allow for government business to be delivered at its best.

38 Responses to “Public sector 'has been beaten up really badly’- DaBreo-Lettsome”

  • Asking For Myself (04/09/2023, 18:15) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
    How did she become a PS?
    • agreed (04/09/2023, 19:25) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      the bvi has no standards when it comes to who should get what. You kiss the right a** and you will get what you want. You dont have to be qualified or know what they hell you are talking about
      • UK resident (04/09/2023, 21:05) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
        When you research what is now taking place here in the UK, life is much worse here than in the BVI and most OTs. Serious crime and illegal drugs and guns are on a significant increase and the UK economy is extremely sluggish. Leadership is not stable. Life for most common UK residents is not good and most of us are disgust with the current policies and leadership. These are the cold hard facts although our UK Officials try to portray their leadership as stellar the facts do not support it. BVI you have always done well and with a few adjustments you can go independent and do well. Do not let the UK Officials continue to put you down and make you feel as if you can do nothing good. It is an old suppressing tactic that you must not fall prey to.
    • @ asking for myself (05/09/2023, 04:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Just my thoughts also
  • civil servants (04/09/2023, 18:17) Like (8) Dislike (17) Reply
    We must stop the double standards and Modern day exploitation by the governor’s office where the white workers do not respect our laws
  • lodger (04/09/2023, 18:19) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    then implement the recommendations
  • Follow the law (04/09/2023, 19:21) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Tell the Governor, and the Commissioner of Police and the DPP, to follow the law!
    • To: Follow the law (04/09/2023, 23:18) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      What a spot on observation and post. Here is another perfect example of proof you are correct and there are many others. The new register of interest act makes it mandatory for all elected and public officials/servants to register their interest and make them public knowledge. However, the Governor and all his UK staff working locally in the BVI have insisted they be exempted from doing the same. It is these kinds of high handedness that bothers people about the actions of the Governor and UK while trying to portray that their goal is fairness and balance when in fact it is about dominance and control. We must fight these things and speak out against them.
  • E- Leonard (04/09/2023, 19:52) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Public sector and blows go together like bread and butter/cheese or brick and mortar or like hammer and nail. It is a nail that citizens like drive . The civil service, public sector, is the engine that drives the territory and is the lifeblood that carries the oxygen that makes government function. What does the public sector do? It advises ministers, oversees and implement government policies, picks up solid solid waste, produces and delivers water, wastewater, and electrical power, constructs, maintains and repairs roads; provides police and security services, issues passports and other documents, provides medical and social service, etc. Nevertheless, it is viewed as a bureaucracy that all kinds of criticism is laid against. It is often caricatured as lazy, lethargic, in-effective, inefficient, self-serving, etc. Nonetheless, some of the caricatures are earned . However, the truth is despite being maligned, the public sector is indispensable and many aspects of residents lives would be chaotic with its absence. In an emergency, disaster, etc., the lament is what is taking government so long to show up, etc. Nevertheless, the public sector cannot get too complacent for outsourcing and privatization is knocking hard at its door, for many services that are not inherently governmental can be outsourced. The public sector must see the private sector as competition, though the record shows that some outsourced services did not pan out. Public sector getting blows is universal.
  • Hmmmm (04/09/2023, 20:43) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    The public service in the Constitution is under the Governor and all Governors for the past 30yrs have failed in their responsibilities and now want to hold a pre-arranged COI "so called" independent COI with pre-authored findings & recommendations to try to throw all the blame on elected officials/Ministers and public officers and get some of you to believe their well organized plot to try to cover up their colossial failures to try to justify their need to take over. It is as wicked as you can get.
  • 1st things 1st (04/09/2023, 20:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's first start addressing real issues to eradicate colonialism and abuse of power by modernizing and amending the COI ACT as it was passed in 1880 during the slavery era and mentality. Its purpose was never to bring balance and fairness but to always rule in the colonial masters favor. Note to ammend this ACT was not a COI recommendation as it favors the UK high handed actions. Most of its content which was used in the COI can be challenged in court with success. People now have rights and they must be allowed to exercise those rights without wrong doing being covered up on all fronts locally and by the UK. There must be balance. There must be equity. There must be fairness.
  • hypocrites (04/09/2023, 20:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The abuse of power was not BVI as portrayed by the Governor but by the UK because the COI has not revealed the corruption gossip they were pushing or like a few of you were pushing. Real corruption is using their UK public officers to assist the same UK giving out millions of dollars in contracts for covid supplies and PPE suits to friends and family who newly just got in the business to get the contracts. This is just one of many major corruption in the UK that has gone unaddressed because they said it does not make sense to do a COI in the UK as they are busy saving lives and the economy. Now tell me if this is not hypocrisy and abuse of power. We the majority of the people are awake & see the real UK plot.
  • watch out (04/09/2023, 20:53) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ms Dabero thanks for your honesty but becareful and watchful from here on because these people are dangerous when they feel threatened. Just look at the clean set up of the last Premier who was fighting for us and our future. Please Ms Danero becareful.
  • History being repeated (04/09/2023, 20:55) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    A UK SET UP. The history of the British Officials for centuries proves they can never be trusted. They have only their interest at heart and no one else. They use you to destroy your own then they enslave those who they used as well as who they conquered for them. The more things change the more they remain the same.
  • reality (04/09/2023, 20:57) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    This whole COI thing is a set up for failure. Not even fortune 500 companies can implement 48 brand new recommendations all at once in their company in two years or less. The Governor and UK know how they are doing what they are doing is wrong with unrealistic and unreasonable timelines but it helps im them trying to justify to the international world and the UK tax payers for the cost of the COI and their need to enslave the people of BVI.
  • Putting things in perspective (04/09/2023, 21:00) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    We all agree there are important issues to discuss and get public input. We all agree our country must improve in certain areas and is doing its best to do so. What about the discussing the failures of the Governors. What about discussing a modern day slavery whip of an order in council to suspend a constitution in the 21st century until things like the judiciary, the 48 unrealistic COI recommendations, and others are operating how a mere few men from the UK want it to operate & be implemented. How can this be correct when there is no law in place to also hold a Governor and UK accountable. People still want to know and see the ad with the criteria and salary offered to the person selected to do the COI. Was this tendered? Was this advertised? Who vetted the applicants? Was the person hand picked? Who decided the salary and terms of reference? Who paid for it? Was this all done according to the COI AcT in BVI? Why can't these questions be answered? Why only one Commissioner for the COI was selected? Was this by design to get a specific result? Why was he from the UK? Why the UK, UN, CARICOM, and OECS, could not each independently name a Commissioner to sit on a board of Commissioners to allow transparency and fairness to do the COI? Why was the staff for the COI selected solely by the UK & were all from the UK? Why was all the COI staff persons from the same UK department as the Governor? Was the COI really independent and transparent as the Governor is claiming? Would we think so if what was done by the UK to initiate the COI was done by our local elected officials? Did the Commissioner of the COI lie to immigration and Customs when he came to BVI and did the Governor on Why he was entering the BVI? If so, is this not an illegal act punishable by law? Who really wrote the 48 recommendations in the COI report? Where they written before the COI started? Where is the other government UK lawyer Cox report? After all every story has 3 sides, yours, minds, and the truth. Where is the letter the Governor wrote to the UK in confidence asking for the COI? Was it factual? Where is the letter the Governor wrote in confidence asking for the Order in Council to suspend the constitution? Was it factual? The BVI public needs to see all these things so history can be accurately recorded. The BVI public needs to know all these things. The BVI tax money pay for a seperate lawyer for the Governor for the COI so why is the Governor, UK, & some locals upset about the speaker's lawyer bill being paid by taxpayers? What is the difference? The Governor is im charge of the police. Is he using them with the UK Commissioner of Police to promote their cause through abuse of power? The well organized intentional negative narrative the Governor & UK Officials is painting on the BVI is seeming as if it is currently working somewhat because the REAL TRUTH is not getting out. The FULL TRUTH NEEDS TO BE SET FREE. Then and only then will the BVI & ITS PEOPLE be set free.
  • Good governance --- Yeah right! (04/09/2023, 21:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Britan and their Governor make it seem as if they are promoting good governance and transparency but post for me where you can find the detailed steps/procedures of how an OT like BVI, Anguilla, etc can follow to the "T" and apply for independence. I have not met anyone who can find this information because it does not exist. Why? Simple! Britan says with their mouths who want independence can have it but their actions show they do not intend for that to happen as there is no transparency nor fairness in this "so-called" modern partnership. They cannot insist on things they are not doing themselves.
  • No more blind support (04/09/2023, 21:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I use to support the Governor but a few things made me wake up and stop my blind obedience. First, it is becoming clearer and clearer the COI was not independent like the Governor is saying. Second, I have an issue with every week the Governor giving speeches only highlighting all his perceived challenges in the BVI and what seems to be wrong. For him BVI can do nothing right. Last, I got totally turn off from the Governor when he said out of his mouth that all past & present Governors never did anything wrong and was blocked from implementing certain new initiatives to strengthen good governance. Beware of anyone who behaves as if they have no sin.
  • face the facts (04/09/2023, 21:07) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is no satisfying the Governor and his UK Officials who are his bosses. Even if the BVI meets the deadline and implements all 48 COI prearranged recommendations it still will not satisfy them. They will always continue to shift the goal post because it is not really about good governance but about control over a people.
  • who Know Know (04/09/2023, 21:09) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most of these COI recommendations were written by the Governor and his gang and given to the Commissioner of the COI they hand picked through their UK staff they assigned to work with that evil man. It was never transparent. They think we are a set of a@$.
  • what a pity (04/09/2023, 21:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everywhere the British officials go they destroy the country under the impression that they were making things better. What a wicked set that know how to brainwash people. It must be a spell.
  • The set-up (04/09/2023, 21:13) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    We have been set up. The Governor knows he failed the public service. The Uk & Governor know the COI deadlines are unattainable. They still assigned the unreachable deadlines while expecting public officers and elected officials to implement 48 recommendations and attend to their daily tasks. IMPOSSIBLE!!!

    Then the Governor adds to the planned set up by giving speeches every week sighting his concerns over the slow progress so he can blind the public of the realities & truth of the issue and brainwash them to believe he will be justified to do what he intends to do any how. The people of BVI have to rise up NOW.
  • time will tell (04/09/2023, 21:15) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The worse set of witchcraft workers are these colonial masters but they blind most of us, especially some of these pastors, to their dirty hand. The people of the BVI better wake up as we are not fighting flesh & blood alone. We need the real pastors to speak out against them and their wickedness.
  • Xxx (04/09/2023, 22:19) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    She just a kiss up but hot air and why do the Dg need a ps it was the late Elton who started that crap it’s so unbelievable and unwarranted
  • Deflection (04/09/2023, 22:27) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Rather than implement the COI recommendations, the BVI Government have immersed themselves in pettiness and produced a chart. God help us.
  • jack (04/09/2023, 22:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The lack of understanding from these sr civil servants on how an economy works is breathtaking!!!!
  • Come on (04/09/2023, 23:09) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    BVI has some of the laziest, thinnest skinned people on the planet. Unfortunately for that same BVI they all work in government.
  • to BVI (04/09/2023, 23:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Becareful to the few wishing for a UK take over because it will be a million times worse than now. History proves such. They already invading our privacy bY SECRETLY installing devices during covid to listen to all our phone calls whether you are in wrong doing or not they have lumped us all in the same category. These people have no regards for us and do not think much of us. POSTIVE ACTION MARCH NEEDED NOW. WAKE UP BVI.
  • The unavoidable (04/09/2023, 23:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the BVI don't wake up now and fight for their future now then I do not know when they will do it because there is no peaceful end to this plot against the BVI.
  • Brave woman (04/09/2023, 23:15) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ms Dabreo you are on point but look our for their retaliation through his UK Commissioner of Police and other actions. They refused to be called out by anyone black and from the Caribbean especially from a wiman. Look out for more total abuse of power but it will be cloaked as something legitimate when in fact it is not but cannot be proved as such how well organized it will be.
  • Honesty D Best Policy.. (05/09/2023, 02:01) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good day my dear good and honourable lady. Is this your new job to defend and protect wrong.? If it is that, you should have refused it. Stay true to you...All you have being saying you know differently, You just need to encourage and help the Govt and the public servants to do better, to be better, because they are deserving of all the beating and criticism they are getting..First start with letting them know that they are offering a service and they must be honest, pleasant, tolerant, respectful professional and show up to work on time....
  • @E. Leonard (05/09/2023, 07:18) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    @E. Leonard, you dressed up the civil service pig, put nice, expensive lipstick on it, but it is still a pig, rooting in the mud. Did you deliberately forget to mention that the civil service which falls under the Governor’s purview is a dysfunctional, inefficient, slow and unresponsive, not nimble, , bloated, etc, beast. For proof, one does not have to look no further than the abominable, deteriorated road condition, erratic and unreliable water supply, wastewater, electricity supply; poor operation of incinerator and resulting environmental and health hazard, poor processing of increments, high number of people on remand for long periods, etc. Folks that suck on the breast of civil service, feed/slop at its trough often are blind to its dysfunctions and inefficiencies. It is not a stretch to say that the civil service needs to be restructured, revamped, modernized, etc.
  • @E Leonard (05/09/2023, 07:27) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    The public sector is not, and should not be, ‘the engine that drives the territory’. It is delusional of you to think that it is or does.
    • @@E. Leonard (05/09/2023, 08:00) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      @@E. Leonard,,ok, you say that Leonard is delusional for suggesting that the civil service is the engine that drives the territory. But you have not offered anything to counter the position other than to say it was delusional. You just cannot say that something is delusional and walk away, leaving us hanging.
      • A Capitalist Who Loves the BVI (05/09/2023, 11:38) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
        @@E. Leonard. Some things are so ridiculous on their face as to be delusional without the need for further explication. The public sector functions by revenues that it extracs from the private sector, and without a robust private sector, there is no "engine that drives the territory" or any of that nonsense. All thaet governments do is provide services and "redistribute" income, but those functions are NOT at all the same as generating economic growth or creating jobs (and thus prosperity). Look at the power outages, deplorable roads, non-functioning sewer systems, and water shortages - none of which are exceptional situations, but rather, routine and ongoing.

        Also, based upon my "back of the envelope" numbers from another article that spoke about unpaid increments, it appears that there are ~2,250 people on the BVI government's payroll; that is an appallingly ridiculous number of people for a territory of this population. At least 25% of them could be terminated with no decline in the BVI's quality of life.
        • @ A Capitalist Who Loves the BVI (05/09/2023, 15:53) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
          I would suggest that 50% could be terminated without any decline in the BVI quality of life - indeed terminating many of them would improve things dramatically!
  • @! WHO KNOW KNOW (06/09/2023, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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