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On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, representatives of the Belize Water Services (BWS) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) visited the community of San Mateo where they hosted a community consultation at the Holy Cross Anglican School. Mr. Roy Young from the CDB mentioned that the CDB has allocated a grant for the proper installation of a sewer system in San Mateo conducted by the BWS; but prior to this, they are reaching out to the community of San Mateo for their feedback in order to have a better understanding of the problems being faced in the community.
The objective of the consultation was to get a first hand knowledge of the living conditions that the residents of San Mateo are experiencing on a daily basis and what are their priorities and vulnerabilities when it comes to their surroundings so that they can further mitigate them for the well-being and quality of life of the San Mateo community. Some of the risks and vulnerabilities that were highlighted during the consultation were: Health, Water, Sanitation and Housing concerns.
The small, but very active crowd that took part in the consultation were asked to participate in an activity in groups, where they had to list their priorities for a better living environment in San Mateo. The residents were more than happy to share their experiences with the representatives of CDB and BWS and are content that they are taken into consideration for this process.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero closed off the presentation with a few remarks, where he shared with the attendees the Town Council's plans for the community of San Mateo.
The CDB and the BWS will be having a follow up consultation on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Holy Cross Anglican School at 7:00 p.m. and are asking all residents of San Mateo to make an effort to participate, as their feedback is vital for development process of the project.