Conserving Jobs and Water: Yolanda Alpizar Sanchez, Libertarian Movement

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Yolanda Alpizar Sanchez, age 49, was born in San Mateo of Alajuela. She is a professional educator and currently serves as chief of administrative services and financing in the Regional Direction of Education in Liberia.

She holds a degree in educational administration and in educational sciencesI and II, as well as a UNED and University of Spain postgraduate online degree.

She has been active as a conservationist, especially with different species of turtles. She has also worked for development associations and for World Vision.

Alpizar thinks that unity is the force to achieve development of the province. “Guanacaste has been one of the most looted provinces, but I firmly believe that unity is going to get us out of the problems we have… From our political movement, we are going to fight for equality. Here what is most needed is work… We have the problem that the jobs that are in Guanacaste are almost always given to people from the central plateau, while Guanacastecans have to settle for second- or third-class positions, like miscellaneous waiters, among others. I have the idea that the work that is generated in Guanacaste province should be for Guanacastecans and those that are working outside will come [back] to Guanacaste, because it’s not possible that they have to leave their families.”

Another of the problems pointed out by Alpizar is water pollution. “You just have to walk a little bit to find people with kidney or stomach problems or with some kind of cancer, mainly due to drinking water contaminated with arsenic. This will be one of my priority projects when I arrive to the Legislative Assembly, so that everyone has potable water.”

In addition, Alpizar assures that all progress and development depend on the education and training of individuals in different fields of social and economic activity. To her, education is what promotes the social mobility of the people.