Honorable Edmond Castro tours Toledo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Hon. Edmond Castro was on a working tour of the Toledo District which lasted from April 12 to 13. During his tour Hon. Castro had the opportunity to check on road maintenance work in villages such as Santa Teresa. These works are being executed through the Ministry of Works, making much of the generally fair weather conditions. Villagers conveyed their appreciation to the Government of Belize for the valuable work being done. Hon. Castro, for his part, expressed thanks to the workmen for the excellent job being executed.

During that tour, minister Castro also stopped in the village of Blue Creek where he took the opportunity to check on the progress of drilling being executed. This is being done through the Ministry of Rural Development to provide potable and reliable water for the people of that area. The workmen were most appreciative of the Minister’s visit and the villagers of Blue Creek expressed exceeding thanks to the Government for making every effort to address such a vital need in their community.

He also met with officials from Humana People to People Belize (HPPB). HPPS is executing a number of projects in 11 villages throughout Toledo in partnership with the Government of Belize and various other local organizations and groups. The projects are for Improved Physical Infrastructure & Early Warning Systems for Reduced Risk to Natural Hazards, Improved Agricultural Farming Systems Resilient to Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Public Education & Awareness & Emergency Response, and Project Management & Administration (with gender equity). The minister also visited Humana’s Clothing Store in Punta Gorda which provides affordable second-hand clothing for low-income families.

The minister and the members of HPPB visited Santa Teresa where they inspected a tower and solar-powered facilities which will work to provide communication for five villages. This will thereby improve emergency and disaster response in the area. It is one of many projects.

The minister and HPPB officials also stopped in the village of Jordan. HPPB are also executing the Climate Change Resilient Farming Project in that community while utilizing modern technology. The project, which is being done in conjunction with the Jordan Mother’s Club, involves the production of vegetables for better nutrition.

Also as part of the tour, Hon. Edmond Castro visited the village of Blue Creek along with members of HPPB where they inspected the Community Center, which also serves as a hurricane shelter. The building will soon be rehabilitated by Humana Belize in conjunction with NEMO, as new bathrooms, doors, and windows will be installed.

While in Toledo on Friday, April 13, Hon. Edmond Castro, minister with the responsibility of NEMO, delivered humanitarian assistance to a family in Elridgeville whose home was recently damaged by fire.

During these visits, the minister was accompanied by Toledo Senator, Hon. Macario Coy, NEMO Toledo District Coordinator, Kenton Parham, NEMO Southern Regional Coordinator, Keith Emmanuel, and Assistant District Coordinator, Dennis Williams.

Separately, the minister was on the island of Ambergris Caye on Monday, April 16, 2018. While there, he visited families which were affected by an unseasonal storm that affected that area on April 15. Three families in the San Mateo Area, whose dwellings and belongings were damaged by the storm, have since received humanitarian assistance through NEMO.

Hon. Castro was accompanied on this visit by NEMO Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby, NEMO Belize Rural South Coordinator, Vanessa Parham, San Pedro Councilor with responsibility for NEMO, Damage Assessment, and Needs Analysis Gabriel Nunez, and San Pedro Fire Chief, Newton Lennon.