By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) is paving the main road to Valley of Peace Village in the Cayo District.
“I waited all my life for this dream to come true,” said doña Nicolasa, a long-time Valley of Peace resident, about the paving of the road which passes through the village, according to a social media post by MIDH Minister Julius Espat.
Valley of Peace, a farming community, is in Minister Espat’s constituency of Cayo South.
In an exclusive interview with Breaking Belize News (BBN), MIDH Chief Executive Officer Victor Espat mentioned that the Valley of Peace Road has always been in a bad state.
“[The] Valley of Peace main road has always been extremely dusty and difficult for residents,” said CEO Espat, who added that the paving is being done by the new MIDH paving unit.
“We now have the in-house expertise and equipment to pave, and we will now move on to other villages countrywide, changing lives one road at a time,” CEO Espat said.
Espat said it will take two to three months to pave the one-mile road as it’s being done in sections.
The paving of the Valley of Peace Road comes before the rainy season, which will alleviate issues traversing through the village.
As it stands, said CEO Espat, the MIDH already upgraded the access roads facilitating farmers who need to get their produce out year-round.