By Aaron Humes: Yesterday Nigel Petillo posted on social media announcing the formation of a new organization concerning land advocacy.
And appropriately enough, its acronym is LANDS – Land Advocacy [for] National Sustainability and Development.
Its first project is the creation of a website this week where first-time potential landowners can register, indicating what kind of land they need and for what purpose.
Petillo, former President of the Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA), told us he also hopes to reveal the full picture of land ownership and availability by District and community.
The idea, he said is how to identify available land and continue the conversation abruptly ended last Sunday, May 17, at the Mile 44 property between Cotton Tree and Belmopan. The end goal is land made available for every able-bodied Belizean according to his need and purpose.
Part of that conversation will have to be with the Ministry of Natural Resources. Popularly called the Lands Department, it has spent millions mapping and recording much of the history, geography, topography and other value of land in Belize.
And while he has few friends there these days, Petillo said he intends to put pressure on the Department to make clear what his database cannot reach.
As for the Mile 44 property claimed by Belmopan Land Development Corporation, Petillo told us he continues to investigate its relationship to the property and to the Government.