Price Barracks Welcomes New Housing Quarters for Belize Defence Force

Price Barracks Welcomes New Housing Quarters for Belize Defence Force

The Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldiers stationed at the Price Barracks compound in Ladyville now have new housing quarters. Today, the Ministry of Defence and Border Security held an inauguration ceremony for two recently constructed buildings. The dormitories will be used to house 120 soldiers and are equipped with bunk beds, lockers, and restrooms. The structures were built through a 60 million Belize dollar loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) with counterpart funding from the government amounting to one point three million dollars.  Minister of Defence and Border Security, Florencio Marin, spoke on the project and the additional upgrades that are in the works. 

Florencio Marin Jr. Minister of National Defence and Border Security: “This is all part of Plan Belize. We’re constructing and refurbishing where we can the Price Barracks as all installations of the military throughout the country. Right now this is a barrack room for soldiers. It can hold I believe like a platoon size. It has all the basics for a good soldier’s accommodation. There are showers, ablutions, a wash are for the washing machines, and area you know where they come from patrols outside where they can do a quick wash firstly. And clearly where they can sleep and put their stuff safely. So it’s a very good accommodation I am really pleased with this project. I really feel a sense of pride in us getting it done. To tell you we are working on them one by one for sure and it’s a challenge because there are always priorities. If you remember we just completed the Sarstoon FOB, that was a priority to have but as well the accommodations for the soldiers. I mean rest is a vital part of any military component. After they come in from very hard patrolling you know they do need a place where they could stop and get their personal stuff done. So if you notice too we also have the new dining hall that is coming into being. We fixed some ablutions earlier in the year. We’ve done some repairs in the other camps. We’re working on a warrant office, sergeant major’s accommodation as well. So one by one we’re getting them slowly. A lot of work has to get done you are totally right but we have to tackle them one by one.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Economic Development, Dr. Osmond Martinez, says the buildings’ construction is a part of the Belize Integral Security Project. He underscored the importance of the country’s partnership with CABIE under the project and how it benefits the military. 

Dr.Osmond Martinez, CEO, Ministry of Economic Development: “CABEI as you know was as silent partner for many years and so we have awakened that partner and this is the result of our ability to build excellent relationship development partners such as CABEI. We have the second building as well that will be completed in just about a month from now and the kitchen on the other side which was a health hazard, it was declared a health hazard by the Ministry of Health and so that construction is ongoing.”

Reporter: When was this made available ? Through a grant or a loan ? 

Dr.Osmond Martinez, CEO, Ministry of Economic Development: “It was a loan. It was a loan that was approved back in 2014. The project was designed in 2010 and the first disbursement came in 2017.” 

The structures are concrete and have climate resilience features.

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