The extraordinary plan for employment in La Palma begins with 700 hired and 63 million
By NOTICE JOURNAL / NOW.PLUS | Some 700 workers have been involved since yesterday in the cleaning and removal of ashes from the neighborhood of Las Manchas, in the palmero municipality of El Paso, contracted under the extraordinary employment plan due to the volcanic eruption, which is endowed with 63 million and from which it aims to create 1,675 jobs in total.
The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, with the Government Delegate to the Canary Islands, Anselmo Pestana; El Paso Mayor Sergio Rodríguez; the regional Minister of Economy, Knowledge and Employment, Elena Máñez; The director of the Canary Islands Employment Service, Dunia Rodríguez, and the CEO of Gesplan, Manuel Agoney Piñero, yesterday visited the area of El Corazoncillo, in Las Manchas, supervising the works carried out by a large operation of machinery and human ressources.
These teams of workers are dedicated to removing from roads and private properties the tons of ash that fell in this area during the 85-day eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.
Torres said in this regard that he is aware of the enormity of the task, and assured that the commitment of the administrations is to continue these plans for employment for as long as necessary, even beyond 2022. and infrastructure,” he commented.
The regional president appreciated the work that these people are doing with municipal employees and NGO staff who “have even come from the Basque Country”, stressing that it is “spectacular work because it is difficult to remove all this ash that covers all of the houses that are several meters high and which, in some cases, require the use of machines and, in others, due to the sensitivity of the place, do it by hand”.
During their tour of El Corazoncillo, authorities visited the home of Eulalia Felipe, 82, who experienced two volcanic eruptions whose lava flows passed near her house, which, although still standing, was suffered serious damage. On his property worked, alongside the teams hired by the Extraordinary Employment Plan, the NGO Galdakao (Basque Country), which collaborated with its volunteer teams.
Taking the example of Eulalia Felipe, the Canarian president reiterated that the Aridane Valley and the island of La Palma will return to what they were before the eruption and that the administrations are “absolutely committed to it”.
The head of the regional executive underlined the coordination with the administrations and the speed with which this Plan is managed “absolutely essential to improve connections, recover public infrastructures and also help private ones”. Likewise, Torres indicated that currently the need for housing “is covered”, since the government of the Canary Islands continues to pay for the accommodation of people who are in hotels after being evacuated.
In addition, he pointed out, a provisional response has been made with modular homes being delivered in the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso, with the “contribution” of the two municipal councils and the “participation ”, to which is added the delivery that the Minister of Housing of the Government of the Canary Islands, Sebastián Franquis, made recently.
“I understand, understand and share the need for maximum urgency in the same way that I have to be fair and say that the delivery of housing has never been faster than now,” he said, adding that there is a calendar in which predicts that in the year 2022 “no one will be in hotels”. Thus, it seeks to give “an answer to those who have lost their only home or habitual residence”, for which, Ángel Víctor Torres pointed out, a consensual emergency decree has been approved; while together with Gestur, Gesplan, the Government of the Canary Islands, the Spanish Government and the local administrations, they walk in “this definitive reconstruction that takes longer and in which, in addition, they work with citizen participation, the listening to the neighborhoods, we worked with the Cabildo, with the municipalities and we are going to build together, this is the reconstruction phase”.
The neighbours, in the reconstruction
In this sense, the President of the Canary Islands met yesterday at the Casa de Salazar, in Santa Cruz de La Palma, with those responsible for the community intervention project for social resilience Reviving El Valle, Vicente Zapata and Azucuahe del Rosario. Torres analyzed the details of the actions already carried out so far with the families affected by the Cumbre Vieja volcano, in search of a leading role for those affected in the recovery of the island.
“The intention is that we really know how the reconstruction of the island is done, thought about, felt and brought about by active participation. The neighbors want to participate and that’s fine. We must keep them very present, listen to them, make them responsible, co-participants in the decisions we make,” added Ángel Víctor Torres.
To do this, the initiative promotes so-called “social hearings” to learn about the repercussions of the eruption and the priorities for achieving the recovery the region needs under the premise of consensus. In this sense, those responsible for the project have already met with a group of people who are part of the citizens of the Valley, mainly affected families, and it is planned in the short term to do so also with businessmen and political leaders. to achieve as complete and diverse a vision as possible.