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πŸ“’ π‘π„πŒπˆππƒπ„π‘: π‚π‹πˆπ‚πŠ πŸ–± 𝐓𝐇𝐄 π‹πˆππŠ ππ„π‹πŽπ– πŸ‘‡ π“πŽ π‘π„π†πˆπ’π“π„π‘ π…πŽπ‘ 𝐓𝐇𝐄 π‹π€ππŽπ”π‘ π–π„ππˆππ€π‘!!The Labour Department will be hosting its first...
03/05/2022

πŸ“’ π‘π„πŒπˆππƒπ„π‘: π‚π‹πˆπ‚πŠ πŸ–± 𝐓𝐇𝐄 π‹πˆππŠ ππ„π‹πŽπ– πŸ‘‡ π“πŽ π‘π„π†πˆπ’π“π„π‘ π…πŽπ‘ 𝐓𝐇𝐄 π‹π€ππŽπ”π‘ π–π„ππˆππ€π‘!!

The Labour Department will be hosting its first live webinar entitled 𝐑𝐒𝐠𝐑𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 π‘πžπ¬π©π¨π§π¬π’π›π’π₯𝐒𝐭𝐒𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐦𝐩π₯𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 π–π¨π«π€πžπ«'s.
We invite members of the business community and the general public to register and attend the workshops, which will be held every Wednesday in May.
The presentations covers the Labour Laws and include topics such as:
πŸ“ŒTypes of Employment Leave
πŸ“ŒSeverance Pay and Notice Pay
πŸ“ŒTermination of Employment
πŸ“ŒWork Ethics and Code of Conduct
CLICK πŸ–±THE LINK BELOW πŸ‘‡TO REGISTER❗
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOipqjwtHNZ8NBbyDVLwJwGyLEsuWFGm

01/05/2022

Happy Labour Day πŸ₯³

May 1, 2022. The Hon. Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government, wishes all workers a happy and safe labour day.

The Labour Department will be hosting its first  live webinar entitled 𝐑𝐒𝐠𝐑𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 π‘πžπ¬π©π¨π§π¬π’π›π’π₯𝐒𝐭𝐒𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐦𝐩π₯𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 π–π¨π«π€πž...
30/04/2022

The Labour Department will be hosting its first live webinar entitled 𝐑𝐒𝐠𝐑𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 π‘πžπ¬π©π¨π§π¬π’π›π’π₯𝐒𝐭𝐒𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐦𝐩π₯𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 π–π¨π«π€πžπ«'𝐬.

We invite members of the business community and the general public to register and attend the workshops, which will be held every Wednesday in May.

The presentations covers the Labour Laws and include topics such as:

πŸ“ŒTypes of Employment Leave
πŸ“ŒSeverance Pay and Notice Pay
πŸ“ŒTermination of Employment
πŸ“ŒWork Ethics and Code of Conduct

CLICK πŸ–±THE LINK BELOW πŸ‘‡TO REGISTER❗
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOipqjwtHNZ8NBbyDVLwJwGyLEsuWFGm

Know your rights
29/04/2022

Know your rights

The Min. Rural Transformation, Community Dev, Labour and Local Gov invites you to a live Webinar entitled 𝐑𝐒𝐠𝐑𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 π‘πžπ¬π©π¨π§π¬π’π›π’π₯𝐒𝐭𝐒𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐦𝐩π₯𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 π–π¨π«π€πžπ«'𝐬 hosted by the Labour Department.

Interested persons can register for the webinar by using the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOipqjwtHNZ8NBbyDVLwJwGyLEsuWFGm

April 29, 2022.Today, the Labour Department partnered with Social Security Board and colourfully lit up the districts wi...
29/04/2022

April 29, 2022.

Today, the Labour Department partnered with Social Security Board and colourfully lit up the districts with their Labour Day Open Day Booth Display.

The Ministry would like to thank everyone who came to see what the Department and SSB had to offer, as well as those who took advantage of the educational opportunities.

Despite the challenges faced on the ground this week, the Well-rig team worked diligently and delivered services to the ...
29/04/2022

Despite the challenges faced on the ground this week, the Well-rig team worked diligently and delivered services to the rural areas.

The northern villages are the focus of this week's schedule, which includes:

* Three (3) new production wells for farmers in Chan Pine Ridge
* One (1) new production well for Santa Martha, Orange Walk District
* One (1) new production well for Crooked Tree Village
* One (1) new hand pump well at the Crooked Tree Junction
* One (1) airlifting and super chlorinating for Crooked Tree existing well

The Ministry of Rural Transformation is dedicated to providing potable drinking water to all rural areas.

Today, the Corozal Freezone Labour Department collaborated with the Social Security Board to conduct a great Labour Day ...
29/04/2022

Today, the Corozal Freezone Labour Department collaborated with the Social Security Board to conduct a great Labour Day Open Day.

Today, CEO Valentino Shal hosted a luncheon for office cleaners, office assistants, and security personnel to show them ...
28/04/2022

Today, CEO Valentino Shal hosted a luncheon for office cleaners, office assistants, and security personnel to show them appreciation for all their hard work. CEO Shal also highlighted the value and importance of each employee's contribution to the delivery of service during the previous year, as well as in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hon. Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government, attended ...
28/04/2022

The Hon. Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government, attended and delivered remarks at the San Antonio Health Fair in the Toledo District, yesterday.

"Promoting Health Through Community Partnership" was the celebrated theme of this year's health fair and Minister Requena emphasizes the importance of regular checkups to ensure that residents maintain a healthy lifestyle. While expressing his gratitude to the organizers, he also encouraged in his remarks "We can accomplish so much more when we work together. Continue to raise health awareness among our people, because a strong and healthy nation begins with strong and healthy individuals."

The goal of ensuring that preventative treatments are accessible to help with any ailment among rural residents makes the subject of promoting good health particularly appropriate. At the fair, community members had the opportunity to get their glucose level, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels checked, among other things.

πŸ“£ Labour Day Open DayπŸ₯³πŸ“ŒIn light of Labour Day, May 1, 2022, the Labour Department will hold its annual Labour Day Open D...
27/04/2022

πŸ“£ Labour Day Open DayπŸ₯³

πŸ“ŒIn light of Labour Day, May 1, 2022, the Labour Department will hold its annual Labour Day Open Day across the country. We invite the public to visit the booth display at any of the locations listed below!

Today, April, 22, 2022.The Hon. Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local...
22/04/2022

Today, April, 22, 2022.

The Hon. Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government is presently on a tour with the Hon. Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Transport, Youth and Sports, Hon. Gilroy Usher, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Youth and Sport and Hon. Michael Espat, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment in the Toledo and Stann Creek District.

The purpose of the tour is to visit the offices of the Department of Youth Services in order to establish a relationship that will generate effective initiatives to involve young people within the districts. The target is also for young people to have a better grasp of the government's programs, as well as provide insight into the vital role that community members play in facilitating events to engage and keep youths active.

Today, April 21, 2022.Mrs. Risella Dominguez-Patt, Senior Labour Officer, and Mrs. Daria Bo-Mes, Labour Officer, held tw...
21/04/2022

Today, April 21, 2022.

Mrs. Risella Dominguez-Patt, Senior Labour Officer, and Mrs. Daria Bo-Mes, Labour Officer, held two (2) labour education awareness sessions today at the San Pedro Town Council. The first session was with members of the San Pedro Town Council and the second session was with fifteen (15) business employers and their employees.

These education sessions are essential for organizations in order to create efficient workplace industrial relations as well as for employers and employees to be informed on the rights and responsibilities of workers in regard to the labour laws.

πŸ“ŒPLEASE NOTE: that the Call For Proposal deadline has been extended to May 2, 2022.CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Consultancy servi...
21/04/2022

πŸ“ŒPLEASE NOTE: that the Call For Proposal deadline has been extended to May 2, 2022.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

Consultancy services for research and formulation of a plan for the Gradual Implementation of the Government’s Commitment to reaching a Five-Dollar National Minimum Wage.

12/04/2022

The Rural Women Economic Empowerment Project was launched on April 11, 2022, with the objective of fostering women’s empowerment by developing potential businesses to improve both the economic and social well-being of rural women. The Government of Belize is committed to the holistic development of persons in rural communities as a means of assuring the long term development of those communities. This is Plan Belize.

Sensitization Workshop on International Labour Organization (ILO) ReportingThe Ministry of Labour partnered with the Int...
12/04/2022

Sensitization Workshop on International Labour Organization (ILO) Reporting

The Ministry of Labour partnered with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Caribbean Office today, April 12, 2022, to conduct a webinar titled Sensitization Workshop on ILO Reporting.

The workshop aims to provide a comprehensive overview of annual reporting on International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions ratified by Belize, with a focus on officials from government agencies and stakeholders whose involvement is essential for report preparation.

Thirty (30) representatives from Government Ministries and Agencies attended and participated in today's virtual workshop. Amongst the representatives were CEO Valentino Shal of the Ministry of Labour who gave the opening remarks, followed by remarks from Ms. Marissa Longsworth, President of Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Mr. Luis Luke Martinez, President of National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) and presentations facilitated by Ms. Erica Martin, ILO Representative and Ms. Claire Lamb, Deputy Labour Commissioner.

PRESS RELEASEPROJECT LAUNCH FOR RURAL WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECTBelmopan, April 11, 2022The Ministry of Rural Tr...
12/04/2022

PRESS RELEASE

PROJECT LAUNCH FOR RURAL WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

Belmopan, April 11, 2022

The Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous Peoples' Affairs, and the National Association of Village Councils (NAVCO), today launched the Rural Women Economic Empowerment Project at the NAVCO headquarters in Belmopan.

The objective of this initiative is to foster women’s empowerment by developing potential businesses to improve both the economic and social well-being of rural women. This will not only stimulate economic activities but produce the double dividend of benefiting women and children which is pivotal to the health and social development of families, communities and the country.

The project will support three women’s enterprises:
a) The Sunshine Women’s group from the Corozal District will focus on a decorative and catering business, where the women will prepare cakes and decorate for special events. They will now expand their business to include rental of tables, chairs, and tents. They will also build their capacity in marketing and organizational planning to promote their business outside of their home district.

b) The Cayo West Women’s Group will focus on sewing and garment production. The women will manufacture small-scale garments as well as do general tailoring and sewing. They will also engage in capacity building in budget preparation as well as training in sewing and embroidery, allowing women to design and manufacture a range of clothing and other related products such as bags and masks. The project is expected to build the women’s confidence, develop leadership abilities, and foster solid business knowledge.

c) The Xaibe Women’s Group from the Toledo District will focus on food production and sewing. The women will set up a cultural food business to generate income for their members. The pandemic has brought severe challenges and it has forced Xaibe Women’s Group to enhance their proficiencies by adding sewing to their resume. They have taught themselves how to sew so that they can provide clothes for their children. Additionally, they will now engage in capacity building in order to improve the services they provide and create awareness of their products and services which will enhance their cultural and economic well-being.

The project financing totals BZ$40,000.00 and is funded by the Ministry of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs. The project will be implemented by NAVCO for a three-month period with technical support from the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government.

Present at today’s launch were Hon. Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government; Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs; Hon. Ramiro Ramirez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government; Hon. Elvia Vega-Samos, Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs; Hon. Jorge Espat, Area Representative for Cayo West; Senator Hon. Collet Montejo; CEO Tanya Santos from the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs; and Ms. Esperanza Ariaza, Secretary for NAVCO.
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Mr. Dennis Zulu, Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Caribbean Office, and Mr. Ariel Pino, Specialis...
07/04/2022

Mr. Dennis Zulu, Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Caribbean Office, and Mr. Ariel Pino, Specialist for Social Protection and Occupational Safety and Health for the ILO paid a courtesy visit to the Hon. Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government, as well as CEO Valentino Shal and Ms. Claire Lamb, Senior Labour Officer.

The Director of ILO expressed interest in and support to the work of Belize's Labour Department. Minister Requena also provided an overview of the Labor Department's activities over the past year, as well as the progress of various projects. The ILO Caribbean Office is currently supporting Belize in the revision of it's Labour law in order to modernize it and meet the current needs of the labour market. Other topics discussed included the $5 minimum wage, child labour, digitization of labour services and workforce preparedness, among others.

Both Minister Requena and his team, as well as the Director of the ILO, have committed to maintaining a strong that fosters teamwork and capacity building for the benefit of employers, employees, and the people of Belize.

Today, April 07, 2022.The Well-rig team is currently assisting the village of Bullet Tree, New Site Area, Cayo District,...
07/04/2022

Today, April 07, 2022.
The Well-rig team is currently assisting the village of Bullet Tree, New Site Area, Cayo District, by delivering water to the residents.

Our well-rig team is still on the ground in Mahogany Heights Village, working diligently, dedicatedly, and devotedly.Mr....
05/04/2022

Our well-rig team is still on the ground in Mahogany Heights Village, working diligently, dedicatedly, and devotedly.

Mr. Nemencio Acosta and Ms. Sitnah Blease, our Rural Community Development Officers (RCDOs), along with the Well-rig team, have been assisting the village from Sunday by repairing some major leaks and delivering water to provide water access to the residents.

The Ministry would also like to express its gratitude to the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing for their continued assistance in ensuring that we continue to achieve our aim of providing high-quality services to rural areas.

The Hon. Oscar Requena and CEO Valentino Shal made a visit to the Rax Muj Qiche Co. Ltd. in the Conejo Village, Toledo D...
03/04/2022

The Hon. Oscar Requena and CEO Valentino Shal made a visit to the Rax Muj Qiche Co. Ltd. in the Conejo Village, Toledo District, yesterday.

The Rax Muj Qiche Co. Ltd. is engaged in sustainable community forestry. The community-based enterprise is currently harvesting and exporting high-value timber to the United States and France.
We need more indigenous community-based enterprises. The wealth is there. We simply need to organize and capitalize on it for the benefit of our communities.

Residents of Corozalito Village, Cayo District, received 6,000 gallons of drinking water today from the Ministry of Rura...
01/04/2022

Residents of Corozalito Village, Cayo District, received 6,000 gallons of drinking water today from the Ministry of Rural Transformation. The Ministry also refilled the two water tanks it had installed in the village.

The south and central Well-rig teams worked simultaneously yesterday to provide assistance to Water Boards with maintena...
01/04/2022

The south and central Well-rig teams worked simultaneously yesterday to provide assistance to Water Boards with maintenance and repairs to their rural water systems.

The southern well-rig team assisted the Pueblo Viejo Water Board, Toledo District by airlifting and super chlorinating the production well.

The central well-rig team assisted the Arenal Water Board, Cayo District by replacing the water system check valve.

These efforts are necessary for the Ministry to continue providing access to clean potable water to all rural areas.

The Ministry of Rural Transformation is committed to ensuring that all rural areas have access to potable water.This wee...
31/03/2022

The Ministry of Rural Transformation is committed to ensuring that all rural areas have access to potable water.

This week's data projection focuses on the northern villages and includes:
πŸ“Œ Three (3) production wells for farmers
πŸ“Œ One (1) airlifting
πŸ“Œ Seven-thousand (7,000) gallons of water delivered in
24 hrs.

This is what efficiency in the public service looks like. Value for money, providing effective service to the people of Belize.

31/03/2022

As International Women's Month comes to a close, Hon. Oscar Requena highlights the importance of giving women equal opportunities and equal rights at the table, stating:

"It is time that we give our women equal opportunities and equal rights at the table because our women are capable of doing so."


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30/03/2022
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Season's Greetings πŸŽ„

The Hon. Oscar Requena Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government along with the Hon. Ramiro Ramirez, Minister of State and Mr. Valentino Shal Chief Executive Officer express their sincerest gratitude to all during this holiday season.

Have a safe and merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!πŸ₯³
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Rhaburn Ridge is a small community in the Belize District that will be supplied with water for the first time to meet the basic needs of the people who live there.

Our Well-rig team assisted the community by drilling a well and installing a hand pump.

Six of our Labour staff have been recognized and congratulated for their hard work and dedication.

Our staff at the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government work diligently to provide high-quality services to our stakeholders and the general public.

The Ministry appreciates our staff's dedication and hard work and encourages them to continue meeting the needs and expectations of our established goals while maintaining a high level of professionalism and integrity.
Today, our Local Government Officers, Ms. Aurelia Cal and Ms. Ashantelee Sutherland, assisted Dangriga Town Council by conducting a board of survey to consider the write-off of an asset that has become unserviceable.
Mr. Valentino Shal, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government, met with the Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize, today, December 8, 2021, to discuss upcoming plans and projects.
Back in April of this year, the Ministry launched its first Stakeholders Recognition Award. This ceremony was to highlight the outstanding contributions from different stakeholders in assisting the Ministry to pursue our Mission in service to the Belizean people.


Punta Gorda Town is now undergoing road works.

Following last week's meeting with the Hon. Oscar Requena, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government, Hon. Michael Espat, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Investment and Area Representative for Toledo East, Mr. Valentino Shal, CEO in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government, and Dr. Osmon Martinez, CEO in the Ministry of Economic Development and Investment along with the Punta Gorda Town Council, a plan was developed to assist the Council in addressing the street issues.
Mr. Clifford King, Director of Local Government, held a meeting today with the District Association of Village Councils (DAVCO) in Orange Walk District to discuss Trade Licensing Reform.
The Ministry of Rural Transformation is installing a new pump in the water system in Trio Village after a long wait.

In addition, the Ministry provided pvc pipes to replace the corroded metal pipes. For several weeks, the village has been without water, and the Ministry was transporting water to ensure that residents could satisfy their basic necessities.
Today, the Ministry of Rural Transformation team assisted the San Isidro Water Board, Toledo District, in airlifting and super chlorinating the well in order to continue providing clean potable water to the residents.
The Ministry of Rural Transformation is serious about enforcing safety precautions for our Well-rig team while they are out in the field.

As a result, the Ministry purchased and presented the necessary safety gear and other equipment, allowing the team to have the tools needed to ensure safety comes first.

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