Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Area Representative Honourable Andre Perez

Area Representative Hon. Perez and SPTC present school bus service for students in northern Ambergris Caye

During a public meeting conducted by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and attended by Area Representative Honourable Andre Perez, a small school bus was presented to serve the students residing in northern Ambergris Caye. The community's parents, situated ten miles north of San Pedro, expressed their gratitude to the local authorities for providing the school bus. The bus is scheduled to begin its transportation service on Monday, February 26th, and onwards.

San Pedro Government Hospital to provide over 200 jobs

At a public meeting in San Mateo north of San Pedro Town, Area Representative Honourable Andre Perez stated that the project for the government hospital for the island is finally happening this year. Perez said that although funds were secured, they had to find a property on the island for the structure, and plans had to be designed for the hospital. According to him, all that is done, and once completed, it will provide permanent jobs for around 250 employees.

National Health Insurance program coming to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Area Representative Honourable Andre Perez stated that the National Health Insurance (NHI) program will be implemented in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, this year. This program will offer island residents the opportunity to obtain medical services from healthcare providers working with NHI at a fraction of the price.

San Mateo residents presented with plans to improve their community

A presentation to discuss an improvement project for the subdivision of San Mateo provided residents with a first look at the different plans to uplift the infrastructure and services in the community. Some of these plans presented by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) include paving the main streets, a drainage system, garbage management, better access to utilities, creation of public areas, and even the possible building of a second bridge connecting San Mateo with downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Police Booth installed at San Mateo entrance

The police presence around the San Mateo subdivision north of San Pedro Town will increase after installing a police booth. On Monday, January 8th, the police booth was inaugurated at the entrance of San Mateo with the presence of local government officials and representatives of the San Pedro Police Formation.

San Pedro ends the year with main streets throughout some of its subdivisions paved

The main streets around San Pedro Town in several subdivisions will end the year with brand new roads. The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has embarked on an infrastructural project that has left the main arteries in areas such as Marina Drive, DFC, Escalante, San Marcos, San Pablo, San Pedrito, and sections of Bakka Town connecting with downtown San Pedro paved/cemented. According to the SPTC, the next area to see its streets paved is the rest of Seagrape Drive leading to Manta Ray Street along the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II and then moving northward of San Pedro.

Heavy rains flooding San Pedro subdivision; better drainage systems needed

Even though the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has embarked on a project to pave the main streets across the subdivisions, the recent rainfall is affecting residents. Some claim that the lack of drainage along the cement streets is causing their yards to flood. SPTC indicated that the problem will be addressed as the project includes proper drainage and infrastructure to accommodate the utility companies and the neighborhoods.

Garifuna Settlement Day celebrated on the island

The Garifuna community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye joined the national Garifuna Settlement Day celebration over the weekend with parades, an all-night concert, and the traditional Yurumein, which is the re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu people to Belize in 1832. The annual public and bank holiday, celebrated on November 19th, was observed this year under the theme ‘Wаmúа, wаnісhіgu lubá ámuñеgü: óundаrunі hаmа nіburеіntіаn lun lаbаgаrіdu Gаrіfunа – Оur lаnd, оur сulturе, оur futurе: involving our уоuth fоr Gаrіfunа ѕurvіvаl.”