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Toledo Residents Receive Infrastructure Upgrades

Residents in southern Belize are benefiting from a number of important projects. As Senior Correspondent Paul Mahung reports, the idea is to provide key utilities to these remote communities.

Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent: Work continues on major projects for two distant rural communities in Toledo. The projects are focusing on community level developments and necessities for rural inhabitants in the remote Toledo communities of Machakilha and Graham Creek as outlined to Love News by Toledo West representative, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Local Government and Labor Honorable Oscar Requena.

Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Local Government and Labor: “On the nineteenth representatives from the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labor and Local Government along with officials from Plenty Belize visited the villages of Machakilha and Graham Creek. Really the purpose of the visit was to provide support to Plenty Belize and to also dialogue with both communities with regards to two projects that we want to do in those communities. The objective of the project really in both communities is to provide solar electricity to these two remote communities that are unable to access the Belize Electricity Limited grid. The project entails providing solar panels to every single home in both communities that will provide them with electricity. We have solar engineers who will be working in both communities to ensure that the panels and all the necessary accessories are connected and that people will be able to have access to electricity. We’re also looking in the community of Machakilha a well has been drilled and the objective is really to connect a solar pump that will be able to pump water to an elevated tank and then be distributed to the rest of the community.”