On Monday, July 13, we went to the meeting that BECOL holds every three months to update the people of Cayo about the condition of the Macal River. We were the only ones there; where were all the people who claim to be friends of the river? I have heard nothing of them.
Candy Gonzales battled against the dam for years, and it is thanks to Candy’s efforts that we now have the regular reports from BECOL. They always try to update us on the state of the river and any other relevant information.
Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular tests had not taken place, so there was no update. The tests are now being carried out again, so at the next meeting, we shall receive updates.
I have always thought that the CET establishment is too isolated for people to turn out at night and asked why the welcome centre could not be used, but apparently, the powers-that-be in San Ignacio are not welcoming.
Possibly, somewhere more central might encourage more people to attend the meetings that are usually very informative and essential for our wellbeing. Perhaps next time there will be more people there.
Look out for the ads in the Amandala or the Reporter and come and take part in the meetings. Everyone’s participation is useful.
Sally and Leonardo Caretella, Esperanza Village