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Jun 18, 2012

Public Service Day celebrated across the country

There are about thirteen thousand persons on the government payroll; beginning today and for the rest of the week, the Public Service Commission is staging Public Service Week to highlight their work. The activities kicked off this morning at the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building, where the mayor was the main speaker. News Five’s Delahnie Bain dropped by and has this story.


Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The work of public officers is being recognized and appreciated over the next few days. It’s Public Service Week and the activities were officially launched by Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley at a short ceremony this morning.


Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

Darrell Bradley

“It is very fitting that today, all throughout the world they celebrate public servants and they recognize the tireless contribution that each and every one of you gives to the advancement of our fellow men and women in the community. And it is very impressive also, that in Belize we have chosen not to recognize public servants only on one day, but that there is a week of activities that really highlight and showcase the excellence that is our public service.”


First on the agenda was an all day health fair at the Charles Bartlett Hyde compound today, providing free medical services to public officers.


Annisa Perdomo

Annisa Perdomo, Chair, Belize City Public Service

“Today we’re starting with the health fair for public officers. We have different things that the Central Health Region is going to offer to public officers like blood pressure checkups, we have pap smears. This year new we have the eye examination; free eye examination, free dental cleaning. We have a doctor giving general checkups. So throughout the day we’re going to do that.”


Annisa Perdomo, the Chairperson of the Belize City Public Service, says there is another health focused event planned for Tuesday and outlines the events for the remainder of the week.


Annisa Perdomo

“Five a.m. tomorrow we’re leaving from the Charles Bartlett Hyde compound and we’re going to have a bike ride. When we’re finished with the bike ride we’re going to meet up at Bird’s Isle where we’re supposed to have a group workout until seven. On Wednesday, we’re going to have a forum; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In the morning we have Pat Bernard, the Chairman of the Public Service Commission giving a talk and in the afternoon we have Minister Godwin Hulse giving a talk. And for both of those talks, it’s geared around public officers and how we move forward. On Thursday we’re going to be recognizing retired public officers. This is something new, we want to spread it across to other public services committees that we recognize public officers that have retired over the past years. On Friday is the official karaoke/social for public officers and that’s where we end off for the week.”


Darrell Bradley

“I think Public Service Week and this day also is an opportunity for us to refocus our efforts. It’s an opportunity for us to look at what we want to accomplish as a public service, for us to be recommitted, for us to be energized. We know that our public service is not perfect; we need to strive for better, we need to do better, we need to advance.”


Delahnie Bain for News Five.


A parade through the Belize City streets was planned for this morning to launch of the Public Service Week, but it had to be cancelled due to the weather.

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