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Jul 4, 2019

Pesticides Control Board Shares Mid-Term Evaluation of 2017-2021 Plan

In April 2017, the Pesticides Control Board launched a plan that would help the Board reach a higher level as a modern, more effective organization that delivers quality services and provides adequate coverage to the agri-food sector, as well as other sectors involved in pesticide use.  In its almost thirty years of existence, this is the first plan of its kind that the P.C.B. has done and so as it nears its midterm, an evaluation was launched to see the progress made and what next steps must be taken to fulfill the goals that were set out.  Independent consultant Raineldo Guerrero told us today that based on his evaluation, the P.C.B. is on its way to rolling out everything in its 2017-2021 plan.

 

Raineldo Guerrero

Raineldo Guerrero, Lead Consultant & Trainer

“After we looked at the vision and the mission and we looked at the main goals, we then evaluated and came up with a series of findings. While, I can’t get into some of the specific of the findings, we find it extremely interesting and amazing that the level of work being done by a small number of people for the level of effort, in other words they have achieved quite a bit.  Whatever shortcomings they may have had it would be internally, it will be totally obscured by the level of success that they have had. It is so minor; so tiny and I can totally understand that whatever small weakness there may still exist, I am sure that with continuation of the process that they can only be better than what they are doing.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, would you say the PCB is on track to complete or fulfill that plan that they’ve set out?”

 

Raineldo Guerrero

“Totally. Totally. As I said, keep in mind that this is the first strategic plan that they did for over a period of thirty years. So, for what they have set out to achieve in this short time is really remarkable.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Based on your evaluation, moving forward what would you say they need to do to achieve the goals of this plan?”

 

Raineldo Guerrero

“They need to go through the strategic realignment process because a lot has changed over the last two years and they need to be able to say, these are the things that have changed and how do I integrate these changes into my plan as I move forward. In other words, it is a dynamic process. It is not static where there is a fixed plan and you are going to continue with it for the next four or five years when thing have changed.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What does this plan signify for Belize – having a plan like this one – something they have never done before. What does it mean for the public?”

 

Raineldo Guerrero

“The PCB is in the risk management business and whatever they do, keeps all of us, Belizeans and foreigners who come to this country, in a safe boat by helping to protect us from the hazards of pesticides. So, the more diligent they are in what they do, the safer we are; the safe the farmers are growing their produce. So when we eat whatever they produce we have a safer life; safer from diseases, sickness and other things. And so as the PCB looks more to externalize the risk factors, it now   basically embraces a large number of people as their broad clients as to who they are really working for and I sense that the PCB is up for the challenge for that.”


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