Alcaldes in Punta Gorda Town were engaged in a training session aimed at building capacity. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung has the story.
Alcaldes and deputies at the weekend completed capacity building training to promote the rule of law in their respective Mayan communities in Toledo. One of the event coordinators, President of the Toledo Alcaldes Association, Juan Cocul spoke to Love News.
Juan Cocul, President, Toledo Alcaldes Association: “Every two years the Alcaldes from the 39 communities are elected so every three years there are new Alcaldes of 78 persons. This requires that there is continuous training and capacity building for the Alcaldes. This over the past months we’ve been engaged in a training session that looks at customary practice and law and the inferior courts act for the administration of good governance. It also included a lecture from the Chief Justice, it included a planning session between the executives of the Toledo Alcalde Association and a representative of the Supreme Court to ensure that the training that is being done is one that is increasing the practice and the application of the rule of law in the Maya communities. We also want to thank the Swiss Embassy in Mexico for its support to promoting good governance in the Maya communities of southern Belize.”
Training session were not only held at the weekend but were held over a period of time as explained by Program Coordinator of Julian Cho Society and another of the training coordinators Pablo Mes.
Pablo Mes, Program Coordinator, Coordinator:“We are on our final day of training in the inferior courts act along withe my 78 Alcaldes in the entire 39 communities. This training is very important for us because the association’s office is receiving complaints of how the Alcaldes are performing their duties in the community so it is very important for us that we train our Alcalde and they know exactly how to carry their duties and how to charge people in a respective way so the communities are happy with their performance and I am happy with the turnout because they take their job very seriously and we are here to maintain good governance in our community, the Alcaldes are always there to support the community as best as they can. “
Alcaldes were made familiar with their roles and responsibilities in addition to becoming fully familiar with the code of ethics governing Alcaldes’ behavior and rule of Alcaldes Court to be adhered to in quest by Alcaldes in promotion and up keep of law in their respective Mayan communities.