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Jan 23, 2012

Harmonyville Applicants closer to getting title

The community that sprung from a group of Belmopan residents is now known as Harmonyville at mile forty-one on the Western Highway. The organizers of Harmonyville are the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Agency (BGYEA).  BGYEA initially decided to squat on land since they grew up with immigrants who eventually owned their own land by squatting. But the group has received government support to move forward with its plans to develop the area that was reclaimed from an investor who had abandoned the land. BGYEA’s front man, Nigel Petillo says that people who had applied for land at Harmony Ville must attend an important meeting at the Ministry of Natural Resources this weekend.

Nigel Petillo, President, BGYEA

Nigel Petillo

“We’re proud to announce that the government is now prepared to facilitate phases one and two of the six phases that were surveyed. Phases one and two have been approved by the government which consists of some three hundred and seven BGYEA members, Belizean members. The Ministry of Natural Resources will be facilitating the paperwork for these two phases this Saturday, the twenty-seventh, between the hours of eight to twelve. Members in phases one and two are reminded to please bring along a photocopy of your social security ID or a photocopy of your passport along with your five dollars stamp and the BGYEA recommendation letter that was issued to you at your time of payment. You are also reminded that those who still have outstanding balances that you need to update your balances by Wednesday or you can find your names being shift to another phase. Saturday when you meet at Natural Resources in Belmopan, whilst signing your lease application form, simultaneously at the same time you will be signing the purchase price form. However, Cabinet is to meet tomorrow and among the different discussions, Harmonyville title and price per title will be discussed. We are hereby reminding the government and the Belizean populace that we, BGYEA, represent the grassroots sector of our country. We are hoping with much consideration and we have heard this government talk about poverty alleviation and I believe this is right in that alley. We know of cases where land have been sold at one hundred dollars, two hundred dollars; [even] one dollar an acre. So far, government has indicated to us that they are prepared to charge twelve hundred to fifteen hundred per acre.”

Because a large crowd is expected at the ministry, food and drinks will also be on sale for the weekend event.

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