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20170408_215007Coming off the heels of a successful budget debate, the Party Leader and members of the Southern Caucus of the PUP took their message from Independence Hill to the many villages of Stann Creek West. Stann Creek West, the second largest constituency in the nation with twenty-six villages was the first stop on the Party Leader’s 2017 tour.  The southern swing of the Party Leader’s tour will cover some of the poorest communities in Belize.  As his main focus the Party Leader, together with Deputy Party Leader and Stann Creek West Area Representative Rodwell Ferguson are addressing key issues like growing poverty, corruption and government incompetence.  The Party Leader is also taking the opportunity to listen to the people and to share his plans for building a Belize that works for everyone. A crucial part of his message is what he calls the Belizean Bill of Rights, which speaks to providing every Belizean access to a piece of land.  He said, “With land we immediately create opportunity for uplift and personal growth.”  Second that Belizeans are able to own a decent home.  Third is education - every Belizean should be given the chance to go to school, from kindergarten to junior college.  “If we will give our young people a chance at success, it must start with a good education,” the Party Leader said. As an example he made reference to the once successful Hands Foundation which was started by Hon. Rodwell Ferguson and provided every high school student in the Stann Creek West division with a $300 grant at the start of every school year.  That program, which provided assistance for thousands of high school children, is a clear example of the kinds of opportunities that the PUP intends to provide as a means of bringing about an end to poverty especially where it most prevalent in the south. The PUP leader’s fourth tenet deals with basic health care, which means every Belizean should be enrolled in the National Health Insurance Program.  Fifth and most important, the driving force behind it all is jobs - good jobs that can lead to meaningful careers; jobs that will give Belizeans a chance for personal growth and prosperity and provide a hand up for those at the very bottom of the economic ladder. The Party Leader’s tour of the South Continues next week and will include stops in other parts of the Stann Creek West division as well as Toledo East and West. Accompanying the Party Leader on the tour are Hon. Mike Espat, Hon. Oscar Requeña and members of the Southern Caucus of the PUP.  
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