Jobs - a top priority for Benque Viejo del Carmen Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Mayor of Benque Viejo del Carmen, Miguel VelasquezThe creation of job opportunities has become a top priority for the Benque Viejo del Carmen’s Town Council. Mayor Miguel Velasquez and his team have in the past had a meeting with the Hon. Erwin Contreras, the Minister of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection and who is the Representative for the Cayo West Divisio, on a growth plan for Benque Viejo del Carmen.

The Benque Viejo Town Council is one of the largest of the Town’s employers says Mayor Miguel Velasquez. With the recent Municipal Development Project (implemented by the Social Investment Fund) in Benque Viejo about to enter phase two, there will be other opportunities for employment in Benque Viejo del Carmen.

To create further employment the Town is looking at a strategy to attract more tourists to visit some of the notable landmarks of Benque Viejo such as the Centennial Park, where BTL has promised to install a free WiFi transmitter. The portal to Benque Viejo del Carmen from anywhere in the World is at and is being vigorously promoted by the local tourist board. (As part of the September Celebrations the Benque Viejo House of Culture is inviting residents to come out at 2:00 PM on September 14th at the Centennial Park for Anniversary Celebrations.)

But some issues remain and the Mayor of Benque Viejo is counting on the residents to pay their taxes to be able to fulfill Benque’s needs.

“First of all I just want to ask the community overall to try to do their best in making their property tax payment; I know there is a demand, especially with the weather for fixing and repairing of streets and cleaning drains and many of those things, but then we don’t have the funds sometimes we fall short and just can’t provide our services…we will make sure that whatever monies they pay we will value and will go back to the Town,” says Mayor Miguel Velasquez.

One of those places where these tax monies will be invested says Mayor Miguel Velasquez is in the recently opened John Paul Two Junior College, where the future location for the five million dollar architecturally styled building will need a proper road entrance and exit at the outskirts of Benque Viejo. The John Paul Two Junior College is temporarily housed at our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Benque Viejo del Carmen where it is now offering Associate Degree Levels within a liberal arts and humanistic curriculum. The John Paul Two Junior College opened for evening school sessions on August 26, 2013 after reportedly getting a green light from the Ministry of Education. Assistance to Belize’s most recently opened post-secondary institution can now be made in the name of ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School’ at the Heritage Bank with Account Number 650-01-1-90-96.

With the added opportunities given to Benque Viejo del Carmen residents in the areas of tourism and education there lies a greater chance for this Western Municipality to leave its mark in a landscape where crime is at an all time low. But perhaps, most to benefit from the new surge of visitors will be experienced businessman like Don Antonio (Cellular663-1683; 628-0575) who manages a multiple room hotel where prices for a quiet night’s stay are as low as twenty five Belize dollars per night.