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Sep 15, 2017

Brand New Hilux Headed to Chiquibul

Today, Executive Director of Friends of Conservation and Development, Rafael Manzanero was handed the keys to a brand new 2018 Toyota Hilux pickup truck. The handing over took place this afternoon at the Belize Diesel Compound on Slaughterhouse Road in Belize City. The fully capable, four-wheel drive truck with differential locks and all the bells and whistles is valued at eighty thousand dollars. A total of twenty-one private sector organizations came together to raise the funds to pay for the vehicle, which Manzanero says will be used to deploy patrol teams and FCD staff within the Chiquibul.  Operations Manager at Belize Diesel, Ryan Marin made the presentation.

 

Ryan Marin

Ryan Marin, Operations Manager, Belize Diesel

“Belize Diesel along with twenty-one other corporate sponsors are handing over a brand new 2018 Toyota Hilux to the Friends of Conservation and Development for the use of managing the Chiquibul National Forest and for them to respond to any need that they might have in the Chiquibul. Traditionally, the FCD has been a fan of using Toyota vehicles; their very first vehicle in the fleet was a Toyota Hilux that they called the jumping viper. So that vehicle has lived its life in the Chiquibul and as you know that terrain is very harsh and so after some big bills given to the FCD for some of the repairs, we decided that it was time for them to get a new vehicle.”

 

Rafael Manzanero

Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director, FCD

“This is really one of those initiatives more directly involving the private sector. As how you know, we are basically in the Chiquibul that is quite a distance from the city so the involvement of other people, other companies in this case, is really something that we are pleased and we are honored to work with them. The immediate use is really for the Chiquibul so this vehicle is going to end up in the area either for the mobilization of staff or basically the moving of people from one area to the next. It will not be able to go into the distant areas because this is really in fact; not even tractors can reach to the remote areas of the Chiquibul. So a lot of the work there is really hiking to reach into these places. But this is really mobilizing people from point A to point B.”

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