Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2020. 11:34 am CST.
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Paid Contribution: Philip Willoughby is one of the hardest working politicians in Belize. He walks the walk, talks the talk, and he is certainly di man fi Port Loyola!
Philip was born in Belize City in 1978 and attended Queen’s Square Anglic School. His teachers found him to be a very hardworking student, in and out of the classroom, and his tenacity and determination have been his trademarks since then. Philip, as a young boy, would wash buses to earn spending money for school and has always cherished that ‘work to earn’ value. Philip has culminated his studies, for now, at Galen University, where he attained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Philip rose to national political attention in 2006 when he was elected as a Belize City Councilor. There, he stood out as an unrelenting grassroots leader that is always active and present in the community, and always looking out for the interests of residents. His stellar work at the City Council, especially as the lead for CEMO, earned him the confidence of his colleagues to be able to serve in the capacity of Deputy Mayor. As surprise to no one who has seen his work ethic, he has topped the polls for the UDP City Council on multiple occasions.
In November 2018, Philip made the ascension to national politics, when he won the convention to represent the people of Port Loyola as the UDP Standard Bearer. Since then, he has dazzled all by his ability, through unmatched hard work, to connect with thousands of residents on a personal level. He has become an honorary uncle, brother, cousin, and godfather for hundreds of families in the Port Loyola. Through his personal resources and influenced, he has organized countless community events, land distribution drives, sporting tournaments, back-to-school drive, disaster relief, and financial support for young entrepreneurs.
Philip has vowed to focus on four pillars of development for the Port Loyola constituency over the next five years.
Accessibility. He believes that leaders are responsible to be available to their residents, to empower them, and to support their developmental needs. He has already proved that he is serious about this.
Education. While educational subsidies for residents has increased significantly over the years, he intends to launch special Computer Literacy and Adult Literacy programs to boost adults who have not completed high schools. This will allow them to qualify for more job opportunities and to be able to support their children in their studies. This will be driven through a new Port Loyola Resource Center, a safe, nurturing space for all.
Employment. Philip’s vision is to create a concrete block factory in the constituency that can create many job openings for residents; a daycare center, which will not only create jobs but also lessen the financial burden and worry of working parents.
Infrastructure. Philip pledges to complete a state-of-the-art basketball and volleyball court in the Jane Usher area and to improve additional roads and drains in the community.
Philip da di man fi Port Loyola!
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