The territorial delegate for Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration in Almeria, José Luis Delgado, today visited Arboleas, one of the 13 municipalities in the province that have received grants from the Regional Ministry to alleviate damage caused by natural disasters. Specifically, the Arboleas Town Council has received 86,716.83 euros for “work on the rainwater drainage channel and the retaining wall next to the town’s water treatment plant”.
Delgado met with the mayor, Cristóbal González, and highlighted “the commitment” of the Regional Ministry of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration, headed by Juan Marín, to “be close to the town councils when this type of damage occurs so that they can carry out the work they need” and emphasised “the change in procedure” to speed up the processing of this aid.
Delgado recalled that in 2019 Arboleas was already affected by a DANA and also then received 59,690 euros from the Regional Ministry to repair the paving of streets and roads that suffered damage as well as the sewage system.
The delegate has highlighted the importance of providing a rapid response at that time, which is why he pointed out that the Regional Ministry has already paid all the subsidies for natural disasters to the beneficiary municipalities, more than 8 million in total.
The Arboleas Town Council has also applied this year for a new line of aid announced by the Regional Ministry to guarantee public services in the face of seasonal increases in population or exceptional circumstances such as the crisis caused by the COVID. Specifically, it will soon receive 18,150 euros, which it requested in order to be able to hire an auxiliary notifier. “Juan Marín’s Regional Ministry has also wanted to be at the side of the municipalities in these times of seasonal reinforcement,” he said.
During his visit, the delegate also spoke with the mayor about the projects that the Town Hall is carrying out under the Programme for the Promotion of Agrarian Employment (PFEA), a programme co-financed by the Junta, the State and the Provincial Councils that allows municipalities to programme works and create employment. This year, the Regional Ministry is contributing 38,812.5 euros to the PFEA works in Arboleas to improve roads and public spaces as well as the public school Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.
Delgado has stressed the municipalist vocation of the current Andalusian Government, and especially the Vice President, Juan Marín, with these lines of aid aimed at local authorities and the commitment to “improving their sources of funding through the Patrica, which in the town of Arboleas represents more than 500,000 euros.
He also referred to measures such as the launch of Cep@l, a tool designed by the Regional Ministry that is available to local councils free of charge to advance the digitisation and electronic processing of more than 600 administrative procedures.