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The Belize National Teachers Union has said it is serious about addressing national issues in the country. In staying true to that statement, today Otilio Munoz, President of the Orange Walk Branch told us that the union has joined other concerned groups in the much debated Petrocaribe Act. Even though the act has been passed by government, the BNTU said it had to do its share to educate the public.

Screen_Shot_2015-06-17_at_7.53.54_PMOtilio Munoz – President, BNTU O/W Branch

“We are serious when it comes to national isues because as educators we ned to look at thes things because at the end of the day we as educators we are responsible for educating our children as to anything that is happening in our country.”

In its quest to obtain a better and full understanding of the act and its implications, Munoz says the union got input from experts and came up with a flyer containing points to spread awareness on what the act is all about.

Otilio Munoz – President, BNTU O/W Branch

“Did you know that the Petro Caribe Loan Act removes GOB’s legal obligation to borrow money on behalf of the nation, the Loan Act allow for our government to borrow as much as they want from Petro Caribe with no limit, Loan Act allows GOB to spend anything and in any amount it wants, projects now underway do not generate profit to repay the loans, monies are borrowed every fifteen days because every shipment of oil is a new loan, funds are not grants they are loans that must be repaid first repayment must be made on 1st September of this year, loan repayment will have to be made every fifteen days to keep it current, loan act attemps to legalize anything that might have been illegally done with the Petro Caribe funds from 2012 to present, loan act was introduced in order for GOB to avoid facing possible fines and jail time and to avoid the current case before the courts.”

The BNTU has also joined a number of groups that are discussing the matter at a national level. Munoz says they have organized a forum that will be held next week.

Otilio Munoz – President, BNTU O/W Branch

“It is headed by Wil Mehia and he has actually requested from us the support and as I said we are serious with our national issues and eventhough the NTUCB has not come out as yet and say what they are with them, with this Petro Caribe bill BNTU has already made a decision yesterday with the council of management and our answer was yes we are with them because of what we believe there are national issues we need to look at and wew will be having a forum but the plans was to have a rally but we change it to a forum which will be held next week Wednesday tentatively is at the Princess in Belize City and we will be having the panels and we are getting a bus for the north and the western has a bus by itself and the southern which will be heading to Belize City on Wednesday.”

Munoz says teachers wishing to attend the forum can contact him. Transport and dinner are free of cost to participants.

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