The territorial delegate of Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration of the Regional Government in Almería, José Luis Delgado, has visited the works carried out under the Programme for the Promotion of Agricultural Employment (PFEA) in one of the seats of the rural public school (CPR) Medio Almanzora of Cantoria, where about 30 students study and have been executed actions for the conditioning of the courtyard and the renovation of windows and lighting, with the consequent energy savings.
This year, the Regional Ministry, under the direction of Juan Marín, is providing 55,350 euros for these works and other actions carried out by the Town Council in various areas and streets of the town, works which, in addition to “improving services, public spaces or environmental actions” in the municipalities, allow the creation of jobs thanks to cooperation between administrations. Specifically, this year’s projects in Cantoria employ almost 80 residents.
During the visit to the rural school, the mayoress of Cantoria, Purificación Sánchez, explained the actions carried out under the PFEA. “The school playground was in very poor condition, and now it has looked great, so the children can play there like in any other school,” she said, after pointing out that the lighting has also been adapted to current regulations and new windows have been installed to make better use of natural light.
The delegate explained that during the meeting and the visit, in which the councillor for Works and the Environment, Roque Sevilla, was also present, he was able to get to know some of the municipal problems first hand and to bring the “tools and instruments of the Regional Ministry of Local Administration” available to “provide solutions” to the town councils.
Thus, he highlighted the commitment “fulfilled” by the Vice President of the Junta, Juan Marín, to “unfreeze” and “improve” the non-finalist financing of the town councils through the Participation of the taxes of the autonomous community (Patrica), which in the case of Cantoria has allowed them to receive more than 400,000 euros.
As part of the municipal actions undertaken by the Regional Ministry, the delegate also recalled the lines of aid to resolve damage caused by natural disasters and contingencies that will be announced in the near future. “As these are damages that cannot be foreseen, they could not be taken into account in the budgets of the municipalities”, Delgado detailed, who recalled that in previous years, Cantoria received this aid when it was affected by the DANA of 2019, specifically almost 80,000 euros.
Also in the face of the health emergency caused by the COVID pandemic, the Regional Ministry of Local Administration was at the side of the smaller town councils with funds to cover extraordinary expenses for cleaning, disinfection and the purchase of hygienic sanitary products, of which Cantoria received almost 19,000 euros.
“It is about being close to the town councils, their problems and making available to them the instruments that Juan Marín’s Regional Ministry has at its disposal”, summarised the provincial head of Local Administration.