Vice-president starts construction works

The Vice-President of the Republic, Raquel Peña, headed this Wednesday the acts that started the construction works of the Municipal Hospital of Miches, in the province of El Seibo, and a recycling plant “bottle to bottle” of PET plastic, food grade, the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, which will be built in San Pedro de Macorís.

During the events, Peña emphasized that by building the necessary works for the integral development of all Dominicans, the administration of President Luis Abinader is responding to the commitment assumed to work to improve the quality of life of the people.

During the activity in El Seibo, Raquel Peña said that the concern for the remodeling of the hospital was expressed by the community and after communicating it to the head of state, he instructed not the renovation, but the construction of a new hospital for all the residents of this municipality.

“We assumed the commitment to improve this health center, for the well-being of each one of you and your families, and here we are back to make it a reality”, he said.

For his part, the head of the National Health Service (SNS), Mario Lama, assured that this project will mark a before and after in medical attention in the area. He also explained that the SNS will not only build the infrastructure of the hospital, but will also be equipped with state-of-the-art technology, so that it will offer a wide range of medical services.

“This work represents an important step in reducing inequality in access to quality services; we are fulfilling the promises of President Luis Abinader to expand and improve the Public Health Network,” said Lama.

The project, for which RD 355,641,634.65 has been allocated, will have multi-purpose gynecology, pediatrics, dentistry and psychology offices, as well as hospitalization areas, operating room, X-ray, sonography, laboratory, vaccination, delivery room, administrative offices, among other spaces to guarantee access to complete and quality health services.

Recycling plant

Afterwards, the vice-president went to San Pedro de Macorís to kick off the Renacer Plant, a private initiative of the Diesco group of packaging and beverage companies and the Central American recycling company Inversiones Materiales (Invema), following an agreement based on a vision of sustainability and circular economy, as part of the responsible objectives of both consortiums, aimed at the reduction of solid waste, care for the environment and social welfare.

The Vice-Minister stated that this project constitutes a relevant event for San Pedro de Macorís and the whole country, because to talk about industries in the Dominican Republic is to talk about jobs, and if it also refers to the recycling industry, the bet is doubled.

Raquel Peña also stated that this industrial initiative confirms the commitment of companies such as Invema and Diesco to the production of food grade recycled PET plastic. And, at the same time, it ratifies their vision of outlining a profitable horizon, through a sustainable project and a high level of social responsibility.

George Gatlin, president of Invema, indicated that the company believes in sustainable development, which has led it to invest in the recycling industry for almost 30 years in Central America, not only to generate environmental impact, but also a new income system for families.

Manuel Diez Cabral, CEO of Diesco, said that the Renacer Plant represents an innovative concept of complete circular economy and integrated waste management, which together with Invema’s proven experience, will allow the country to have a “bottle to bottle” recycling system, with the capacity to transform waste into food grade resins and continue developing “a responsible and increasingly sustainable plastics industry”.

The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Víctor Bisonó, highlighted that this investment is evidence of the confidence that the industry and commerce sectors have in investing in the Dominican Republic, thanks to the economic, political and social stability guaranteed by the government of President Abinader, as well as the firm commitment of this sector to an increasingly sustainable and circular production.

The project involves the recruitment of a national network of collectors who will be able to commercially trade waste with the plant as raw material, generating a new source of income and livelihood for their families.

At the same time, this new system contemplates the definition of collection points such as supermarkets, grocery stores, schools and others that will be properly identified.

The Renacer Plant, with 14,000 meters of construction and a private investment of more than USD 50 million, plans to generate some 500 direct jobs with its operating model.


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