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Feb 4, 2011

Tablada, former cop, gets a new home from Hand in Hand Ministries

Gilbert Tablada spent many years of his life dedicated to service with the police force. He is widely known as the no-nonsense cop who was both feared and respected. Tablada retired from the force years ago but his living conditions have not been optimal.  But all that is about to change because Tablada and his wife have earned themselves a spanking new house, courtesy of the Hand in Hand Ministries and SOL Belize Limited. News Five Delahnie Bain was on hand for the presentation.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

After years of serving the country, Retired Police Sergeant, Gilbert Tablada and his wife have been living in deplorable conditions for the past seventeen years. But today the elderly couple received the gift of a new house from Hand in Hand Ministries’ Building for change program.

Bernard H. Panton

Bernard H. Panton, Director of Programs & Projects, Hand in Hand Ministries

“This is our hundred and fifty-second house that we are handing over in this program that we have, the Building for Change Program. It was handed over to Mr. Tablada who is a very prominent person in Belize, an ex public servant. He had applied to Hand in Hand for a house and went through the procedure, qualified.”

Ret’d Sgt. Gilbert Tablada, House Recipient

Gilbert Tablada


“I feel good, very good. I’ve been waiting for a house so long and as they say, behind every dark cloud there’s a silver lining.  The condition that we were living in was a house that they claim is beyond repair. It leans, it makes you uncomfortable when you go to the rest room. Everything is leaning; the table you can’t have a full cup of tea.  It leaks when it rains, I have to have about two or three buckets to move from one side to the next; which one full first. If it rains in the night that means I noh get much sleep cause I have to look after the buckets so they don’t overfull.”

Hand in Hand partners with businesses on each housing project. This time, SOL Belize Limited took on the task.

Joe Habet

Joe Habet, General Manager, SOL Belize Limited

“When we informed afterwards that the recipient is Mr. Tablada, I was very happy about it. I think all of us from my generation would know what Mr. Tablada represented to this country and who he is. So it was an opportunity to really reward for the work that he has actually done for this country. I think he is a very deserving recipient of this house and it was a pleasure for us to work on it. We financed it; we gave the money toward the house. It was roughly a little bit under fifteen thousand dollars and our staff came out over the space of three days and actually put in the labor. We didn’t have the technical people so we had Hand in Hand provide the technical support and we did the hammering and sawing.”

The recipients are usually required to assist with the labor on the houses and according to Hand in Hand’s Bernard Panton, Tablada’s age didn’t slow him down one bit.

Bernard H. Panton

“In this situation I had to tell Mr. Tablada at least three or four times to take it easy and relax because he was on the move. From the first day he didn’t relax at all; I had to tell him to take time off. So he has been very involved in the construction of his house.  The house is built out of treated pine, it’s a two bedroom and the way how it’s built, it’s built in sections. We have a construction coordinator and an assistant who work with any group. They could be male or female or young people.”

Tablada says he plans to move in after a few finishing touches. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

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14 Responses for “Tablada, former cop, gets a new home from Hand in Hand Ministries”

  1. RadicalBelizean says:

    This is a beautiful story. As a child I felt safe in the streets when he was around. In fact the streets of Belize City were safe when this man was present. I recall one day after school a group of my class mates were messing around in the streets, I saw Mr Tablada coming down the street on his bike.

    As I informed the group of boys and they began whispering to each other Tablada di come, Tablada di come by the time he arrive to where we were, we showed respect to him. We all said hello to him, as we were afraid, he was actually a nice man. But he was definitely a no nonsense cop, indeed. It’s a shame that such a hard working public servant fell on hard times. What is the pension plan of such an outstanding citizen then? I am glad to see we have not forgotten this man.

    If anyone deserve such a handout it’s definitely Mr Tablada.

  2. Josie says:

    well deserved for a man who contributed so much to the force and the country, we need more police like him

  3. GUMA says:

    This is good news! Finally outstanding civil servants are being rewarded for a job well done over the years. May this be an example of a very good police officer!

    Congratulations Mr. Tablada!!! Enjoy your new house!!!!

  4. Stephen says:

    What a shame, this man put in dedicated over time for his country and did not receive enough money to be comfortable. That is the reason why most of our police officers are corrupt as they try to prepared for retirement. In order to have good cops we need to get them salaries that are fit for middle class as to say comfortable.

  5. BZ says:

    I wonder if he still has my bike he took away from me back in the 80′s. I Really miss that bike!

  6. Major Jones says:

    Well done Hand in Hand! A most deserving person indeed.

  7. talkditings says:

    now u c why di pigs gadda be crooked.. an by di way what happen to his pension, might as well he mi be corrupt an done

  8. belmopan citizen says:

    Such a great story.. but Mr Tablada, can you please come outta retirement and straighten this mess out…and stop this slaughter of our people….

  9. time flies says:

    i would love if more would be done for deserving belizean public servants like what was done for mr tabalada, i just wish the govt’s of the day would have been in the forefront of doing things like this, and helping out cronies who squander it in the end.

  10. Nado says:

    As a kid growing up, I remembered officer Tablada as a good intimidating cop. He would talk to the kids ( me included) about doing the right things. He demanded respect and he sure got it. He made us feel safe and for some reason, you always run into officer Tablada. He’d be everywhere. He is well deserving of his gift and thanks to Mr Panton ( your brother thought at Holy Redeemer) and the others who made this possible. Congrats Officer Tablada.

  11. Mrs. W. says:

    Congrat to Mr. Tablada. It is sad that it took this long for them to make him comfortable. He was one of the best police officers in Belize. Everybody knew that when “Tablada de come, he means business”. We could use some officers like him now in our country.
    Fifteen years ago, he taught me how to drive and my parents knew that they paid for the best instructor. He has given so much to Belize and our people. Congrats again to Mr Tablada.

  12. Crazy says:

    Great Stuff! Glad to see that some people in Belize are taking care of their own.

  13. belizeanpride says:

    this is a nice story but a shame to the goverment that they are the ones that suppose to do this events of showing gratitude to outstanding public servants but instead NGO AND OTHER

  14. spanglish says:

    dis dah no shame fi government,belizean pride, under which government he retired hmm!!! I am sure Mr Tablada is getting his pension, and where are his children???? I know he has educated children with good jobs in the states?? Where are they, after their dad work so hard for them to raise them educate them, and provide for them, why they turn their back to the old man?

    They are the ones with no shame!!!

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