The Diputación de Cáceres is studying to request a special credit, of between 15 and 20 million euros, complementary to the general budget, to develop territorial plans to generate employment to combat depopulation in the rural world. Although this investment could be made without resorting to a loan, since there is enough money in the provincial coffers, this system will be used because “national laws prevent the use of these funds”.
“If necessary we will go to the loan and if there is a remnant and you can use that money, we will use it,” said the president of the provincial institution, Rosario Cordero, who explained that this money will be directed to measures against rural depopulation to take advantage of the resources of the regions, not only in the matter of tourism, but also in agriculture, livestock or services. “Everything has to be used for the generation of employment,” he said.
Cordero, who has taken stock with part of his government team in the Ecuador of the legislature, recalled that in these two years have reached “directly” to the municipalities of the province about 55 million euros, to which We must add repayable loans of 16 million, plus 12 million through the Social Employment Plan, which has been launched together with the Diputación de Badajoz and the Junta de Extremadura and another two million for other employment plans.
In economic matters, the president has indicated that the execution of the budget to the second quarter of this year “has increased”, although the exact figure is still unknown, it is known that last year reached 73 percent and it is expected to exceed that data.
The debt has also been settled and the budget has risen from 109 million in 2016 to 114 million in 2017, which is why, according to the president, “there is a good situation to be able to go for more loans” with the aim of implementing those projects that generate employment in rural areas and fix population to the territory. Among these projects would be to enhance the tourism resources of the districts, but also encourage the primary sector or infrastructure development such as improving the purification of wastewater, for example.
Taking advantage of the remnants and the health situation of their coffers, loans have been taken at zero interest for the local entities and for the mancomunidades- Colinmarshallradio. Also, through the Autonomous Agency for Tax Collection and Management (OARGT) has advanced 50% of the proceeds to the municipalities, as before it was delivered in February of the year following the liquidation and is now done in August of this year.
In the Human Resources Area, Cordero recalled that of the approximately 1,000 workers that the Cáceres province has, half of them are working and this means that “many of the employees can not assume positions of responsibility”, so he considers it “fundamental” to move forward in the civilization.
Thus, to the professional career that is already approved, it is necessary to unite the labor administration, the internal promotion, temporary employment exchanges and a public job offer to complete the process. “Everything through dialogue and the new relationships that have been established with the workers,” he said.
DIALOGUE AND LOCAL AUTONOMY
“We have also taken into account the local autonomy, decided by the municipalities the policies they want,” said the president who highlighted the implementation of the Active Plan, which has also been dedicated to current expenses or employment generation and not only to works in the municipalities, as was done before. These Active Plans have invested 36 million euros in two years, including the construction of regional roads such as Las Mestas, Granadilla or Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
In addition, “has become a more inclusive province,” said Cordero, who in his speech has indicated that municipal parks have been adapted so that by 2018 all municipalities will have “at least” a park adapted to children with reduced mobility or with psychomotor problems.
In the Area of Equality, the gender approach has been promoted in the calls for proposals and the Gender Transversal Commission has been promoted to promote equality plans in town halls.
“Culture for all” has also been a premise so far in the legislature, according to Cordero, since the budget has increased by 20 percent and all the municipalities have, throughout the year, some cultural activity that It comes through the different programs underway. Municipal libraries that were “closed” have also been opened and smaller municipalities that had difficulties to keep them active have been helped.
In Development and Sustainable Tourism, territorial plans have been carried out in the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark, the Monfragüe Biosphere Reserve, Torta del Casar Lands, Sierra de Gata Cultural Park, Sierra de Montánchez, Alagón, Las Hurdes or Trasierra – Granadilla
“The interpretation centers were closed and after the money invested, this important resource was not offered to visitors,” recalled the president, who stressed that 43 interpretation centers have been opened that have also helped to generate employment for trained young people.
In these two years has been launched the e-government in the municipalities of the province of fewer than 2,000 inhabitants and more people receive advice from the council of Caceres. Fiber optic will also arrive to “all” the town halls “starting with the youngest ones who are the ones who have more difficulties,” he said.
Likewise, European projects have been reactivated and four cooperation programs have been presented to the Interreg VA-Portugal Cross-Border Cooperation Program. In addition, it works together with the City of Plasencia to implement the Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (Edusi) that will favor twelve other municipalities.
Regarding other projects for the future, Cordero recalled that the financing of the construction of a new bridge over the river Sever to unite the towns of Cedillo and the Portuguese province of Nisa was rejected by Europe, but “they are still looking for solutions” to this issue, since the residents of these municipalities have to go around many kilometers to move to the other country since the bridge of the dam only opens on weekends.
Precisely, the president said that one of these solutions could be to strengthen the current bridge of the Cedillo reservoir, which belongs to Iberdrola, so that it could be used daily. For this, the Diputación de Cáceres “would be willing” to pay the costs of this work, according to Cordero, since he considers this infrastructure “necessary”.
“The ideal would be for Iberdrola to open the bridge every day and if it is necessary to reinforce the bridge that does it,” said the provincial official who explained that a new bridge would cost about 7 million euros but reinforce the current one for road and daily use would be less expensive, so it could be assumed by the provincial deputation itself.
In what remains of the legislature there are other projects in the air such as the reopening of the Francisco de Sande High School, open the small palace located in the Haza de la Concepción estate in Malpartida de Plasencia to give it a tourist advantage, or put it back on track the Hospedería de La Serrana in Piornal that “remains closed”. “We will do all this,” he concluded.