Deliverance For Belize, that’s the title of the Peoples United Party Manifesto 2012/2016 launched yesterday in Belize City at the party’s headquarters. The six page contract with the people of Belize is dedicated to the memory of the P.U.P’s founder and Father of the Nation the Right Honorable George Cadle Price.
Honorable Francis Fonseca- Leader of the Opposition
“This manifesto represents the framework for our PUP plan to deliver Belize from social and economic crisis; it reflects our party’s vision for and commitment to a Belize with a growing economy, new and innovative job opportunities lower cost of living, social stability and an ever improving quality of life.
It is fitting that we dedicate this manifest to the memory and legacy of the Rt. Honorable George Price. Our great leader and father of the nation reflect our reaffirmation as a party to the philosophy and principles of George Price and our deep and unwavering commitment to serve our Belizean people.”
With a huge number of Belizeans out of school due to the high cost of education one of the main priorities in the P.U.P’s National Agenda is education.
Dolores Balderamos Garcia- PUP Standard Bearer, Belize Rural Central
“The PUP recognizes the urgent need to increase opportunities for access to pre-school education and to improve the quality of that pre-school education Nationwide. We will expand and enhance monitoring evaluation and accountability targets for teachers and teacher education programs. We will expand access to and improve the quality of teacher education programs and services at all levels of the education system as well as in service training. Will establish additional special education center and schools in areas of the country where a need has been established and we will ensure continued priority to the basics literacy and numeracy. Our national University remains the flagship of our education system, the People’s United Party is firmly committed to the plan, growth and strategic development of the University of Belize, UB.”
The P.U.P also remains fully committed when it comes to the transformation of the country’s Health Care System. As we all know the UDP has failed Belizeans miserably when it comes to the Health Care System. Under the mandate of the Minister of Health Pablo Marin a number of infants have died at hospitals countrywide. The PUP however, remains fully committed when it comes to the transformation of the country’s Health Care System.
Doctor Francis Smith- PUP Standard Bearer Pickstock Division
“Upgrade the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital with the necessary investment in infrastructure, medicines, supplies, equipment and most importantly, the health care workers. Improve the Belmopan, Orange Walk, Dangriga, Punta Gorda and Corozal hospitals establishing well equip diagnostic and treatment centers at all district hospitals to provide laboratory, radiology and ultra-sound. A 24 hour general and maternity clinic will be provided in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. Expand the Access to NHI and primary health care countrywide starting with the most impoverish areas, put back the coverage of deliveries of babies under NHI program that was cut by this UDP government. Remove all import duties on the importation of medical equipment and technologies. Provide tax credits for health insurance premiums paid by employees and employer.”
With the country suffering from an unemployment rate of 24% the creation of jobs is also of utmost importance to the P.U.P.
Julius Espat- PUP Standard Bearer Cayo South
“There will be an urgent concerted effort to mobilize investments in key productive sectors which will form the basis which will generate jobs and economic activity. The identified sectors are; agriculture and food production, tourism, and the services sector including call centers, ICT and financial services, small and medium enterprises in arts and crafts, music and entertainment. The GST which the UDP increased by 25% has become a burden on the general populace especially on the productive sector, our objective is to grow the economy, reduce the GST back to 10%. An enterprise fund will be established that will generate startup capital for hundreds of young school graduates as well as to assist women with income generating project. To put money back in the pocket of hard working Belizean the tax threshold on personal income tax will be raised to $36,000 as the first step in our goal to abolish personal income tax; the minimum wages for all workers will be increased. The PUP will open up the information super highway and will allow the use of VOIP to spur innovation and development in ICT, BTL will offer high speed internet one Meg for $30.00 per month. The PUP supports the call for a referendum on offshore drilling and will institute a moratorium on offshore drilling. The monopoly control of the lottery boledo business by UDP special interest will end, and the license for the selling of lottery and boledo will be open up. The Commercial Free Zone will be revitalized and an industrial zone will be established near Tower hill in the Orange Walk District.”
The PUP also pledges to continue promoting the development of agriculture, agri-business and the fishing industry, establish an Andy Palacio Annual Prize for Music, return lots to their rightful owners and to effectively address the plague of violent crime by pursuing a three-pronged approach to National Security: Respect for the Rule of Law, Strengthening Law Enforcement and justice.
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