Samara Prepares to Receive Legislators for TECOCOS Congress

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In preparation to receive at least seven legislators and about 60 delegates from coastal communities around the country, Samara is fixing up their community hall.

The delegates will arrive on Friday, June 14 and Saturday June 15 for the 5th annual congress of the Coastal Communities Territories law project, known as TECOCOs.

The meeting will have three main objectives, which are: to analyze the document of law project that is currently in consultation on constitutional court, approve the plan of organization to bring the project to the second debate and finally approve the resolution allowing the municipalities declare a community as coastal territory.

TECOCOs was approved in the first debate on April 30 and has been sent to the constitutional court for consultation.

Wilmar Matarrita Matarrita, a lawyer from Nicoya who has been facilitating the law project, explained that the 12-person general coordination commission for TECOCOs decided on Samara for the location of this year’s congress because the town is strategic with an important coastal population, and assured that the municipal council and the mayor of Nicoya will be present at the congress, along with community leaders from other coastal communities from Punta Mala in Golfito to La Cruz.  

In addition, Matarrita reported that so far seven legislators have confirmed attendance, including, Carmen Granados, Carmen Muñoz, Claudio Monge and Jorge Gamboa from PAC. Martín Monestel from PASE, Jose Maria Villalta from Frente Amplio and Luis Antonio Aiza from PLN.

When the agreement for the TECOCOs law project was drafted, it included a guarantee of community participation, and the annual congress facilitates that, according to Matarrita. The congress will also serve to advance the development of a network of coastal organizations.

The Congress opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, the 14th, with a table of speakers, followed by a 1-hour session rendering accounts and a dinner for the legislators. The congress will continue at 8 a.m.  on Saturday, the 15th, when resolutions will be made, and will finish at 1 p.m.  The meeting is open to public so everyone is welcome to come by and witness the resolutions.

The Samara Progressive Association (APROSA- Asociacion Progresista de Samara) is investing some of the funds earned by the civic fiestas to replace the roof and install industrial fans, according to Emilce Steller Ramirez, APROSA treasurer. 

In addition, the kitchen area will be painted and tiled, with a budget of about 2 million colones ($4000).

Members of the evangelical church of San Fernando are pitching in with free labor, according to Marco Campos Campos, coordinator of the committee of Cangrejal and Matapalo, which is preparing to receive the delegates.