The territorial delegate of Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration of the Junta de Andalucía in Almería, José Luis Delgado, has visited Macael this Thursday to know the actions that the Town Hall is carrying out under the Programme for the Promotion of Agrarian Employment (PFEA), among them, the rehabilitation and adaptation project of some old cisterns that will host a new exhibition hall to show the marble culture of the municipality. This year, Juan Marín’s ministry is contributing a total of 31,387 euros to the PFEA works in Macael for this project and improvements to urban spaces, such as Calle Calvario.
Accompanied by the mayor of the town, Raúl Martínez, and the councillor for Culture, Emilio Cruz, the delegate has visited the water tanks located in a central area of the municipality that the council aspires to convert into a permanent museum, so that it will serve to “expand the cultural offer in Macael and connect it, as it cannot be otherwise, with the tourist activity”, as he has observed.
Delgado has valued the application of these funds and the collaboration between administrations through the agricultural employment programme to “generate economic activity” and promote employment in the town. Thus, he recalled that last year, the City Council allocated PFEA funds, with a new contribution of the Ministry of Employment of more than 30,000 euros, to the implementation of a centre for entrepreneurs with five offices, three of which have already been occupied, facilities that he has also been able to see.
“The PFEA is an initiative that is always a priority for Juan Marín’s ministry, especially when the actions are included or framed within the stable employment programme,” he stressed.
Increase in the Patrica
The territorial delegate also referred to the progressive increase that the current Andalusian Government has been making every year of the unconditional funding to local entities through the Participation of the Taxes of the Autonomous Community (Patrica) that “means more than 360,000 euros for the City Council of Macael”. The Patrica had been frozen since 2014 and so far in this legislature has increased every year to 510 million, a sign of the commitment of the Board with the municipalism.
In this regard, Delgado also referred to the Electronic Catalogue of Local Administration Procedures (Cep@l) presented yesterday by the vice president, Juan Marín, at a conference in Antequera, a tool that the ministry makes available to all Andalusian municipalities, free of charge, to implement the digitisation and facilitate the standardisation and electronic processing of the most common procedures that citizens and entrepreneurs perform with local administrations, such as bidding for tenders and public competitions or applying for building or activity licenses.
For his part, the mayor of Macael thanked the “continued interest” of the delegate for the projects that take place in his municipality and highlighted the collaboration between institutions that occurs with the PFEA, which, on the one hand, generates “stable jobs for several months” – more than 1,200 this year – and, on the other hand, allows “to put in value the heritage that we have in the municipality that had become obsolete or was out of use”.
Martínez acknowledged that without this type of aid, small towns would not have sufficient investment capacity to be able to carry out this type of project, which is why he valued these investments, which “we are making the most of”. He also recalled the Munitic aid that Juan Marín’s ministry has set up in the field of tourism for the incorporation of new technologies into municipal tourism resources, which in this case the town council wants to allocate to the Marble Museum.