The People’s United Party (PUP) launched its Manifesto 2020/2025 earlier today. Several standard-bearers highlighted the plans in each sector including tourism, education, women empowerment, agriculture, health, and finance. With respect to the health sector, the PUP says that they will build new hospitals and reduce the cost of medical and medication services. In education, they have committed to free education from pre-school to sixth form and to facilitate a national healthy feeding program. In the two-hour presentation the PUP Leader John Briceno spoke on the platform of this manifesto.
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition, People’s United Party: “My fellow Belizeans. The cornerstone of our great party in one word is justice. Justice in every dimension – social, economic, environmental is therefore our call to arms. Justice is a sacred summons a form so forcefully in the preamble of our constitution. A demand that we “respect the principles social justice and therefore believe that the operation of the economic system must result in the material resources of the community being so distributed as to subserve the common good. That there should be adequate means of livelihood for all. That labor should not be exploited or forced by economic necessity to operate in inhumane conditions but that there should be opportunity for advancement on the basis of recognition of merit, ability and integrity. That equal protection should be given to children regardless of their social status and that a just system should be ensured to provide for education and health on the basis of equality.” This election is about our quest for justice. It is what inspires PUP Team 31 to pledge, to pronounce with pride that everybody fu win. I urge you then to examine our manifesto, to consider how it will make your life better when you do so we feel very confident that you will choose our PUP candidate in your constituency and we are convinced that the electorate on the hole will in overwhelming numbers support the People’s United Party. I close then as I opened underscoring the momentous moment this general elections presents and I urge every Belizean voter to safely exercise your sacred right to vote and to support our PUP candidates on November 11.”
Deputy Party Leader, Cordel Hyde stated that the manifesto was inspired by a new hope for Belize.
Cordel Hyde, Deputy Party Leader, People’s United Party: “It’s about giving every Belizean a stake in this country. Land for the youth, land for women, land for the public officers and teachers, land for everyone who doesn’t have land. It’s about land for the landless. I dare say this document is revolutionary in spots therein. Some will say it’s impossible, it cannot be done. I say watch me. Watch we prioritize what’s important, watch us put people before things. Watch how we change how we think about ourselves. Watch how we make the impossible possible with or without COVID. I read somewhere that what comes now is not just what we’re up against but what we are for. Who leads us is less important than what leads us, what convictions, what courage, what faith. I dare say what inspired this document, what breathes in the pages of this document gives me hope and I’m not talking about blind hope of the belief that things will just get better because it’s been so bad or that we can just wish things away. I believe that deep down inside there’s a real hope for us. Deep down inside we have what it takes as a people. We have the talent, we have the courage, we have the smarts, we have the human resources, we have the desire, we have the dream, we have the right people at the right time to do the right job. It’s not promises it’s challenges. It’s not what we will do it’s what we have to do. What you will do. It’s what I will do, it’s what you will do, it’s what we will do because we have to do this together. It will be a community effort, it has to be. The great George Price said that nation building is a task for giants, we will need to work hard and make sacrifices and be disciplined and e be about each other, have love for each other. It has to start with us as a people. Change comes when small groups of people in the community work together to change the attitudes and perceptions of themselves and when that happens that change will spread out like a mighty river with all parts of the community and the country. Incredibly this document will ensure that people in all the little crevices all over this country will be given back their respect, their dignity, the control of their lives and the lives of their families. The economy should be transformative and democratic and based on dignity. It cannot be about maintaining the status quo. It’s the ecology of the caring community but first we must rewire ourselves. We need to teach our young people about cooperatives and collective ownership. We have to be one for all and all for one.”
Dolores Balderamos Garcia, standard-bearer for Belize Rural Central, one of two women on their slate elaborated on their public health plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Standard Bearer, Belize Rural Central: “COVID-19 has proven that public health surveillance comprises a wide range of efforts not only from public health sector but other health partners so as to effectively trace and respond to the disease, the trends and threats to effectively address the surge in health care demand. The PUP recognizes the importance to look beyond the public health service delivery system and seriously engage the private health sector. Both sectors can benefit from hands on tailored guidance to effectively work towards a coherent and unified national response. This coordination will offer a rapid and evidence based decision making that will drastically improve the response and service delivery. The framework for the coordination will be built on four pillars. One, secure space for surge capacity. Two, mobilize and nationalize clinical and non clinical personnel according to need. Three, ensure all health facilities and staff have the supplies they need to respond to the crisis. Four, establish systems to integrate the response effort, data, communication, transport referrals and so on. The decisive leadership by the PUP government will ensure that the implementation of the strategies for the strengthening of public health and supply chain management will not fail on it’s transparency, accountability and effective communication.”
Addressing the public for the first time on a political platform on behalf of the Opposition Leader John Briceno was his wife, Rosanna. Here is a highlight of her presentation this morning.
Rosanna Briceno, Wife of Opposition Leader John Briceno: “Family is important to both of us and for John the family is more than just the six of us. It’s our brothers and sisters. It’s the tios and the tias and the cousins, grandparents and yes close friends too. For both us all these incredible people help us to make us who we are and they all influence in our lives in many ways. Our home, our life is no different than yours. We fight over whose turn it is to wash the dishes and of course the remote. We scold our boys when they disobey- well I scold the boys, John leaves that to me and we do the best we can as parents because we want to be the best parents we can so that our sons can grow up and be successful in life. I don’t need to tell you about John the politician he has been at it for years and the fact that he keeps winning is a sure example that he is good at it.”
PUP’s Manifesto Launch was done virtually.