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Anthony "Boots" Martinez (Port Loyola Area Representative)

Anthony "Boots" Martinez (Port Loyola Area Representative)

Anthony “Boots” Martinez
(Port Loyola Area Representative)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Following great reviews from international partners despite criticism at home, the Building Opportunities for Our Social Transformation (BOOST) conditional cash transfer program is the now the subject of a study by regional governments under the stewardship of UNICEF and UNDP.

At today’s launch in Belize City, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation got an opportunity to tout its successes which are transforming lives every day – nowhere more so, says Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez, than in his native Port Loyola.

Hon. Martinez reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to seeing that the program impacts even more lives.

Colleague, Senator Godwin Hulse noted that with the payments they receive for adhering to a series of conditions such as attendance in school, consistent vaccination schemes and so on, people can begin to lift themselves out of poverty and into prosperity.

It is a way, says Hulse, to relieve the pressures on families hit by unusual circumstances, but must be combined with good Governmental management and thought for investment in the country.

Ivan Yerovi, UNICEF Representative to Belize, said social protection programs like these reduce problems with the population and keep the country alive and active.

The visiting CARICOM officials will be in Belize for the next two days discussing arenas of cooperation and the importance of social protection programs and use of technology.

Later this week the Ministry will be launching a customized web-based case management system, known as FAM Care.

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