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Oct 17, 2019

Philip Willoughby Host Land Consultation for Port Loyola Residents

The long lines and the slow process at the Lands Department are well known to persons who have to head to the capital to work out land issues.  So now, the Ministry is coming to the City to sort out those perennial difficulties faced by land owners. The U.D.P. Port Loyola hopeful was at the Y.M.C.A. where the folks from Lands were collecting information from residents of the area.  News Five’s Hipolito Novelo dropped by and has the following report.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Having a land-related matter addressed and having to travel to Belmopan to the Department of Lands can be a hassle many would wish to avoid.  U.D.P. Standard Bearer for Port Loyola today made it easier for constituents of the division to have their concerns recorded and addressed. Philip Willoughby today kicked off a two-day land consultation at the Y.M.C.A. grounds. The first day was well attended, says Willoughby.


Philip Willoughby

Philip Willoughby, U.D.P. Standard Bearer, Port Loyola

“There is a constant flow of persons coming in to register their concerns. I am grateful that the constituency is taking advantage of this to resolve their long outstanding matters. We hope that they come in tomorrow likewise because this is for them. What this does for them it alleviates them from spending liquid cash, leave whatever situation you have to go to Belmopan to deal with whatever situation you have. So now all of that has been adverted because the staff is here.”


According to Willoughby the purpose of the consultation is to allow the residents to access representatives of the Ministry to address issues of land tenure in the area.


Philip Willoughby

“The collaboration was fostered to bring some sort of resolution to those persons in the constituency who have land issues. So today the frontline staff that would meet at the ministry are here collecting those information. Myself and the commissioner will be briefed and then actions will be taken on behalf of the constituency or advice will be given on how we will proceed to deal with these matters. What the frontline staff is basically doing is taking their names, numbers and concerns. That is the medium we will use to get back in touch with the resident of the constituency in concerning the information or the process that will be utilized to resolve the issue at hand.”


Willoughby says the consultation is open to all constituents of Port Loyola, despite political affiliation.


Philip Willoughby

“If I can facilitate anyone through this medium I will do so without any reservation or reluctance to assist anybody, race, creed, culture, religion. I am not here to screen or profile anybody. Here is the thing, you have a land issue regardless of who you are but you have to be from the Port Loyola constituency. That’s the only thing. You have to be from here and you come over and we will address the need as it arise by the frontline staff. I will lend my advice also.”


The consultation continues on Friday. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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