Provinces call for solutions in health, education and the streets


Vice President Raquel Peña and Ministers of the Presidency Joel Santos and Administrative Clerk of the Presidency José Ignacio Paliza provide details.

Santo Domingo, DR
The government yesterday organized the second day of the “Government in the Provinces” project, through which it seeks to “bring together and promote” the work carried out by President Luis Abinader.

According to the broadcast, each minister and director of the government train visited each province and commune to talk about the “government work” which started on August 16, 2020.

Through a press conference, the authorities affirmed that the most frequent needs and therefore the most demanded by community leaders and the general population of the various localities affected by the project are in the areas of health, education and road works.

The details were offered by the Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ignacio Paliza, who pointed out that for this reason the main officials of these government entities were at the National Palace to answer any doubts that may arise during the elaboration of the second edition of the government initiative.

“That’s why we are here, basically representatives of the ministries of education and public works, as well as the national health system, which is always the most demanding area,” Paliza said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Raquel Peña said work is progressing at a “very good pace” and that in areas like Santo Domingo Oeste performance on sidewalks and curbs is “more advanced” than expected.

Peña stressed that they “seek to watch, see and, of course, show their face” and that each of the ministers and directors are present and “closer” to all the Dominican people.

“All this with one objective, President Abinader wants to be close to his people, he wants to help, to have his heart and his ear in each of the corners of the communes throughout the national territory”, added the vice-president.

While the acting minister of the presidency, Joel Santos Echavarría, said that the strategies in the areas of infrastructure, sports, health and education reflect “the direct concerns of the population”.

Los Guandules

One of those who went to listen to the needs of the population was the Director of Customs, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón, who was in the Los Guandules sector during a second meeting with community leaders from District 3 of the National District.

For the first time, on May 22, 19 community leaders from different sectors of the neighborhood presented the predominant needs awaiting solution.

On this occasion, the representative of the President of the Republic in the program presented to the community the responses to the action of the promises made to them.

A coalition of neighborhood leaders from the 24 de Abril sector claimed that the presence of government works had been highlighted in their neighborhood, and they demanded the repair of streets and equipment for members of the National Police in the area, renovation of pavilions and improvement of electricity and water distribution networks. While waiting to implement other promised projects, several leaders approached the official, who said he pledged to “listen sector by sector, problem by problem”.

Yadira Henríquez, Director of the Social Assistance Plan of the Presidency, was present at the activity and said that “everyone (of the civil servants present) did their best in their tasks” and also recognized the management and the work that the director of customs was able to do so in such a short time.

Also present were the senator of the national district, Faride Raful, and other members who accompanied Lovatón in the development of “The government in the provinces”. Alongside the neighborhood representatives were shopkeepers, religious leaders and activists.

Hermanas Mirabal

Another locality visited was the province of Hermanas Mirabal, where the director of the National Institute of Technical Training (Infotep), Rafael Santos, and the governor Lissete Nicasio reviewed the commitments made last May and those carried out.

Santos informed that, as part of the commitments, two community technology centers have already been installed in Jamao and Blanco Arriba.

He also informed that in a few weeks a modern technological center for professional technical training will be inaugurated in the Compin Club of Salcedo, and underlined the importance of continuing the actions, but also of thinking about the permanent development of the North region, for which he is committed, with the community, to promote with President Abinader. This highway connects San Francisco and Santiago.

The initiative started in May.

San Jose de Ocoa.

In Ocoa, the Civil Governor, Oliva Castillo Aguasvivas, highlighted the investments that have been made and will be made by the government. She spoke in the Father Luis Quinn Hall of the Town Hall, together with the Deputy Minister of Housing and Buildings, Ney García, other officials and representatives of local institutions and organizations.


Government in the Provinces is an initiative that brought the heads of ministries and government departments to the streets last May to hear the needs of Dominicans. According to Paliza, there have already been 40 meetings, some of which were held in the same province due to the size of the venue.


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