President Luis Abinader inaugurated this Wednesday 3 works in this province, including the Cabeza de Toro tourist and fishing pier, a home for the elderly and a Community Technology Center (CTC).
The president, together with the executive director of the Dominican Port Authority (APORDOM), Jean Luis Rodríguez, inaugurated the fishing and tourist pier of Cabeza de Toro, which will benefit around 30,000 fishermen formally registered nationwide and will improve the living and working conditions of the community of the area.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Nautical Club, the head of state highlighted the importance of small investments, as in the case of this project, which will help improve sport fishing, as it is located next to the recently inaugurated fishermen’s pier.
“This is the balance that we have in our government for the fishermen of the area who did not have a place for them, and this combination is what really makes a great destination in this sector of Punta Cana and in the country”, said President Abinader.
Meanwhile, the director of APORDOM emphasized that this solution in Cabeza de Toro, a year after its first blow, is already a reality, a reason for satisfaction to provide the people with a structure as they deserve, a community with tourism and fishing potential, important for the entire province of La Altagracia.
“Today, with the tireless support of President Luis Abinader, we are fulfilling our fishermen, who live from what they bring in on their fishing trips, and who were making a necessary claim to dignify this work, as well as the locals and visitors, who come and go in catamarans to enjoy the scenery of our coasts”, said Rodriguez.
He added: “The Cabeza de Toro dock that we are delivering today is one of the 14 that we plan to inaugurate in the country during 2023, of which we have already delivered 6 and this seventh one is being added as part of the second stage of the National Plan for the Construction and Rehabilitation of Fishing, Tourist and Sports Docks”.
Rodriguez also highlighted the impact of the National Fishing Docks Plan, indicating that it has not been an easy task, from its conception, through each survey, to its construction, it has been an enormous effort and despite certain obstacles they remained firm because they knew that the goal was achievable and that, above all, it would be worth it.
The work consists of 2 breakwaters, 4 walkways and a recreational gazebo with a total area of 203.65 m2, it also has a capacity for 5 boats of greater draft and 22 boats of smaller draft, simultaneously; it has a metallic superstructure, a synthetic wood deck and 8-inch piles filled with concrete, with a compressive strength of 350 kg/cm2.
The Cabeza de Toro fishing pier has the objective of improving the living and working conditions of the communities of the eastern zone, generating more jobs, investments and welfare for those who make fishing their primary source of foreign exchange and thus provide a source of food of high nutritional value for the health and welfare of the population.
Among the advantages of its construction are that its visitors will be able to walk on this construction to appreciate the natural beauty of the waters of this beach, which will attract the attention of tourists to know the work.
Reaffirms the Government’s commitment
Meanwhile, the executive director of the Dominican Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CODOPESCA), Carlos Then, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to the fishermen for the improvement of the sector.
In this sense, he said that, for the first time in history, in June and July of this year, around 300 pensions were granted to Dominican fishermen, of which 62 fishermen were pensioned in La Altagracia. In addition, he announced that in the next few days, the Navy of the Republic will deliver the boats that are in good condition to serve the fishing sector.
Day care center for the elderly population of San Rafael de Yuma
Later, President Luis Abinader together with the Executive Director of the National Council for the Elderly (CONAPE), José García Ramírez, inaugurated a modern day care center for the elderly of this community.
During the ceremony, the director of CONAPE, Jose Garcia Ramirez, said that this is the beginning of an ambitious plan of President Luis Abinader, to turn this community into the first municipality friendly to the elderly, so that people age with dignity and autonomy.
This new home has modern sanitary and electrical facilities, dormitories, an administrative office and a room where workshops and training courses will be held, in addition to offering comprehensive development services and following up on the needs of older adults.
Community Technology Center (CTC)
President Abinader also inaugurated the Community Technology Center (CTC) in San Rafael del Yuma, with an investment of more than DR 20 million.
At the inauguration ceremony, the Minister of Housing and Buildings, Carlos Bonilla, said that, thanks to this investment, they will also promote the development of the municipality of San Rafael del Yuma, improving opportunities for more than 4,500 young people of different ages.
These young people, he said, will receive training lessons in digital marketing, cybersecurity, cell phone repair, programming, internet training, computer assembly and repair, among others.
Meanwhile, the director of the CTC, Isidro Torres, and the director of INFOTEP, Santos Badía, said that the implementation of this new center will benefit young people with a strengthened curriculum and the collaboration of both institutions.
Inauguration of the Parque Industrial del Este
Earlier, the governor, together with the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes, Víctor -Ito- Bisonó, attended the inauguration of the new Parque Industrial del Este of Industrias Aguayo, a leading company in the manufacture of cement products.
The new industrial park is an innovative and environmentally friendly project, which will serve as a source of new opportunities, income, jobs, and will contribute to real estate and tourism development in the eastern part of the country.
Almacenes Unidos in Punta Cana
The President then participated in the inauguration of a new branch of Almacenes Unidos in Punta Cana.
During the ceremony, the Minister of Industry and Commerce emphasized that the investment made in the new infrastructure was DR 2 billion, which comes to meet a great need in the Eastern region.
Also, Juan José Fernández, president of Almacenes Unidos, indicated that with the opening of the new branch in the province of La Altagracia, more than 300 direct jobs will be generated.
Heads 46th Meeting of the Technical Commission (RCT) of the ILO and Cinterfor
President Abinader also led the opening ceremony of the 46th Meeting of the Technical Commission (RCT) of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Inter-American Center for the Development of Knowledge in Vocational Training (Cinterfor), where he stressed that the unemployment level in the country is currently at 4.7%, the lowest in recent decades.
In this event, the President also highlighted that last year 34 % of the new jobs created in the country went to young people in their first job.
President Abinader was accompanied by the governor of La Altagracia province, Martina Pepén; the Japanese ambassador, Takagi Masahiro, and the deputy ministers of Public Works, Luis Bastardo, and of Housing and Buildings, Ney García.
Also, the general commander of the Dominican Navy, vice admiral Agustín Alberto Morillo; the director of Politur, general Minoru Matsunaga; the senator, Virgilio Cedano, and the mayor of Verón, Ramón Antonio Ramírez.