BELIZE CITY, Mon. Nov. 29, 2021 — Today, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing released a statement informing the public that its CEO responsible for Housing, Mr. Rey David Guerrero, has departed from the Ministry. Last week, local media had reported that there was a rift of sorts between the CEO and Minister Julius Espat.
Guerrero is the third CEO to leave government service since the start of this PUP administration one year ago, but at the current time there are no confirmed reports of any serious fallout between him and Minister Espat. It must be noted that Guerrero was the lead person who initiated the low-cost housing program that is currently underway as a primary project for the Ministry.
The release from the Infrastructure Development and Housing Ministry states, “Mr. Guerrero was appointed as a second CEO within the ministry, with direct responsibility for housing. This was deemed necessary to undertake the rebuilding and restructuring of the former Ministry of Housing. The rebuilding of the Housing Section of the MIDG included the development of the Low-Cost Housing Project and the establishment of a Housing Execution Unit that is responsible for the management of the construction of the houses.”
The Ministry did not indicate in the release if another CEO would be hired to pick up where Guerrero left off, but did thank him for his contributions over the year and wished him luck in his private-sector ventures. His departure may cause a hiccup in the project, but the Ministry’s release states, “After one year, the MIDH is even more poised to effectively and efficiently carry out its full mandate with a streamlined ministerial structure.”
This suggests Guerrero’s exit would have little to no effect on the projects in place at the Ministry.
As mentioned, Guerrero’s departure from government service marks the 3rd exit of a government CEO from the administration after less than a year. The 1st CEO in the MIDH, Victor Espat, remains active.