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President Carlos Alvarado: ‘Shoulder to Shoulder, We are Going to Develop Every Part of Guanacaste’

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We have visited every one of Guanacaste’s cantons in order to get to know their needs and create proposals for each of their unique characteristics, creating job opportunities and better living conditions for people.”

That’s how President Carlos Alvarado described his administration’s commitment to work in Guanacaste and for Guanacaste at the end of his tour of the province’s 11 cantons from July 21 to July 25, commemorating the 194th anniversary of the annexation of the Nicoya peninsula.

“It is from Guanacaste, and not from San Jose, where we will work shoulder to shoulder to unleash development,” the president said.

The president announced the beginning of works on the Cañas-Limona highway and promised to build another two stretches of this road from kilometer 69 to Barranca. He also announced plans to improve access to the Liberia airport and finish paving the Ruta de la Leche road.

MAG launched a program for financing, promoting and linking the ranching sector,  which will allow access to development bank loans and aid. During the first phase, ¢5 billion ($8.8 million) will be available.

SENARA presented the plans for the program to supply water to the Rio Tempisque water basin and coastal communities (PAACUME), which will pipe water for human consumption to half-a-million people in Carrillo, Santa Cruz and Nicoya. The project will be financed by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) with a $425 million loan.

The Chorotega and San Pablo housing projects were completed. The majority of benefactors are women in extreme poverty who are the heads of households.

“With these resources from BCIE and the preservation of Lomas de Barbural, we will be able to finish a job that has been pending since 1983,” the president said.

Housing projects, health center inaugurations, pardoning debts and handing over property titles after years of waiting dominated the president’s agenda in Guanacaste.

In terms of security, he emphasized the introduction of neighborhood watch security in 56 communities and recognized 18 establishments for commercial security. He also highlighted INAMU’s ‘Women Advance’ trainings, which has trained 962 Guanacastecan women from the 11 cantons of the province.

The wholesale market in the Chorotega region, which is being built in Sardinal, will be done in January 2019. It will allow thousands of producers to sell their products without unnecessary intermediaries.  

The opening of the Guanacaste Museum and the inclusion of ¢345 million ($610,600)  in the 2019 budget to restore the San Blas colonial church in Nicoya were two examples of the government’s commitment with the protection and conservation of Guanacaste’s cultural heritage.

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