A salute to Public Service Week
Public Service week will be observed in June, with several activities to mark the occasion. But before that, government departments today hosted students and the general public at the Charles Bartlet Hyde Building on Mahogany Street for Public Service Information Day. The aim of the event is to educate attendees on the services that are provided by the different government departments. This year it was held under the theme “As agents of change, Public Officers build, transform, create and deliver quality service”. According to Coordinator, Annisa Perdomo, they’ve seen marked improvement in the participation by the departments.
Annisa Perdomo, Coordinator, Public Service Information Day
“Public Service information Day, usually it’s something before the start of Public Service week which is in June, from June eighteenth to the twenty-second. So before that, we would usually have a Public Service Information Day where government departments would come together and showcase the services that they provide to the public. So we have today, at least about twenty-five departments taking part and it’s a big success this year. Last year we had only fifteen so we had a lot of departments that came on board and I wanted to talk specifically about a couple; the Police Department, B.D.F. and the Women’s Department. Especially for the B.D.F. and the Police Department, we want to highlight them because they came out and showed the different things that they offer as the police Department and the B.D.F. The Women’s Department, for public officers they are offering free services like manicures and pedicures. Another department that is offering something for the public service is the National Library Service; a book exchange program. So you can bring a book and exchange it and get something good in return.”
“I notice you have some students here, is there a specific age group or so that you all were targeting?”
“Yes, we sent out a flyer specifically to standard four, five and six at primary schools and we invited all the high schools within the Belize District. So you know they are the future of Belize, we wanted them to come and see—maybe they want to join the police force, the B.D.F. or be a government officer; so come and see the different services that we provide here. It’s the start of before the week of Public Service Week so I’ll ask the public to look forward for that. June twenty-third is the actual Public Service Day, however, we’re having a week of activities for that week so we’ll invite again the public to different activities during that week.”
The event leads up to a week of activities from June eighteenth to the twenty-third to mark Public Service Week.