The territorial delegate for Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration in Almería, José Luis Delgado, visited this Friday together with the mayor of Albanchez, Amador López, one of the areas in which the Town Council will act to solve the damage caused by torrential rains suffered in recent years, for which the Regional Ministry led by Juan Marín has granted aid worth 42,500 euros.
Delgado was able to see in situ the damage suffered in the El Pozo wadi in the town, where the Town Council has planned the construction of a breakwater to prevent landslides and to secure both the passageway and the houses located on the affected area, for which the Regional Ministry has granted more than 23,500 euros this year. The delegate recalled that in 2019, 19,000 euros were also allocated to the municipality after the DANA that the town suffered to “attend to and clean all the accesses to the municipality”, as well as “repairing immediately afterwards” the infrastructures that had been affected.
The delegate highlighted the importance of giving “an immediate response to the needs of the Town Council, as in this type of circumstance Juan Marín’s Regional Ministry is always at the side of the municipalities”. In fact, the mayor thanked him for the “speed” with which the funds have been received to implement the action in the area of the wadi in the coming weeks.
Delgado stressed the “closeness” and “proximity” of the Regional Ministry as part of its commitment to “municipalism”. He stressed that this year the budget for disaster aid has been progressively increased according to needs to exceed 6.7 million euros, to which, after the last hurricane last September, another 1.5 million euros of extraordinary funds have been added, so that in total “more than eight million euros” have been allocated to help municipalities to alleviate the damage caused by rain, hailstorms or earthquakes.
Along with these contributions, the delegate recalled that the Regional Ministry led by Juan Marín has tried to be close to the councils in other adverse situations such as that arising from the COVID pandemic, so that, in the case of Albanchez, 13,000 euros were given to “assume in a better way the additional costs it may have had and to buy masks, dispensers or cleaning products that serve, among other things, to maintain normal activity in schools”.
However, he also referred to the support that the Programme for the Promotion of Agrarian Employment (PFEA) provides for the ordinary activity of local entities, which allows them to “programme works” that “ultimately benefit the citizens”. In the specific case of Albanchez, the works linked to this development plan made possible a specific action to improve the school, with a contribution from the Regional Ministry of 20,000 euros for the purchase of materials in the last call.
“We always want to help and be at the side of the councils, among other things, in improving their skills or their funding, and here the commitment of Juan Marín’s ministry with the increase in the Patrica is complete,” added Delgado, who pointed out that Albanchez Town Council has received more than 127,000 euros this year in the participation in the taxes of the autonomous community; “significant amounts” for projects that “benefit all its residents and that above all brings us closer to the ongoing commitment to municipalism”.