The snub of cores to the governor of Coquimbo: none attended her public account | National

It was the extraordinary session No. 246 convened for this Monday, the instance in which the regional governor Krist Naranjo was going to announce her first public account, corresponding to the period July-December 2021.

However, an unprecedented political event so far in 32 years of democratic rule, left the governor’s public account in the background.

It was about the complete absence of the regional councilors to the activity.

Indeed, at the opening of the extraordinary session and the attendance of each of the cores, none was present in the room.

As there was not the required quorum then, it was expected that the event would be suspended, however the first regional authority decided to continue with the act and make known the details of its management.

The latter, in the presence of several mayors of the region, other authorities and representatives of neighborhood associations and social organizations.

The reasons for the snub of the cores to the governor of Coquimbo

While Governor Krist Naranjo detailed the main aspects of her administration, the cores released a statement detailing the points that, according to them, had led them to act in this way.

At a general level, the councilors pointed out “to the little and difficult communication and disposition that the Governor has had with the Regional Council since it took office in March 2022, despite the repeated manifestations of good intentions that we have had for working together ( …) away from personalities”.

Thus, in the first place, they point to the low budgetary execution of the regional government, which as of April reached only 8.1% (18% less than the previous year and below the national average), presenting the second worst execution at the country level.

However, this period only covers what was executed this 2022 and not the public management corresponding to last year, which is what the governor announced this Monday.

In this sense, the regional council pointed out that this affects the delay of important local development initiatives, which are in a position to be financed but that the date, the cores affirm, has not been processed by the local executive.

Likewise, they criticize the delay in the presentation and execution of the 5% emergency, equivalent to 3,700 million pesos, to directly aid those affected by the water crisis.

Cores accuse lack of collaborative work

The directors also refer “to the lack of willingness to work collaboratively with the Regional Council to unlock the institutional work for the benefit of the community, even preventing the presence of Regional Government officials in the Regional Council commissions.”

They say this has made it difficult for the council to work as a democratically elected body.

Other points mentioned in the statement is “the annoyance” that the mayors have expressed in the face of “the lack of commitment of the highest regional authority with the most remote and needy territories.”

Added to this is the lack of contact with citizens.

“Community organizations have stated that their requirements have not been met in the months since the Governor took office,” the statement added.

Finally, they pointed to “the alleged irregularities in administrative matters” that are currently under investigation in the Comptroller’s Office, such as the misuse of the government’s institutional accounts and the fiscal vehicle.

Cores criticized the management of the Regional Government of Coquimbo

When consulted individually, the regional authorities ratified what was expressed in the statement, starting with the counselor Lombardo Toledo, president of the Social Development Commission.

Toledo expressed his wish that the management at the command of the regional government “return to materialize again in projects that the community expects, such as hospitals, desalination plants and another series of initiatives that the community effectively requires now, to face the drought and the unemployment”.

For his part, the counselor Cristian Rondanelli, vice president of the Productive Development Commission, pointed to “the decision not to go to validate a public account that is far from the management that a regional government should do in pursuit of the
Coquimbo region.

“There is a lack of signatures of relevant agreements for our region, such as, for example, not to abandon the fire department of the town of Chillepín, in Salamanca, and thus, other works that are still waiting today,” he stressed.

A similar opinion was held by counselor Tatiana Castillo, president of the Productive Development Commission.

“We must do the work and explain why this or that thing is not done, when in reality, there is a general delay. And people are having a hard time for each delay, for each project that is not signed, ”he questioned.

For his part, the counselor Javier Vega, president of the Budget Commission, indicated that “a government that is with the participation of the regional council, that does not make us invisible” is required.

“We want a government that can do collaborative work and I think that this unanimous decision of the collegiate body is publicly saying that we are concerned about the needs of the region,” he said.

Governor made a public account despite the absence of cores

Beyond the controversial absence of the cores, and as a way of responding to the people who attended the activity, Governor Krist Naranjo continued with the delivery of her public account, as well as the axes that will support her management.

Thus, from the speech of the first authority of the region, three aspects stood out: a woman as the first democratically elected governor of the region, social and cultural development from the territories, and having achieved, by December 2021, a budget execution of 99% , equivalent to 62 billion pesos in 153 FNDR initiatives.

“In this great challenge of deep transformations of decentralization and regionalization, we promote strategic definitions based on a general objective of this administration, which is to promote and guide sustainable regional development for the Coquimbo Region,” he said.

“We consider as essential pillars the well-being and quality of life of the people, the protection of the environment, and a viable, prosperous and equitable economic development for the people and for this diverse regional territory,” said the governor.

In this sense, he compared his first six months of government with the previous administration of 2020, whose budget execution, he affirmed, reached 78.6%.

“We arrived at a Regional Government with deep financing problems. We found ourselves with a series of irregularities and possible crimes committed in previous periods, for which we had to assume ongoing judicial and administrative proceedings”, he acknowledged.

“These facts, known to public opinion, only harmed our citizens,” he added.

Krist Naranjo regretted the absence of cores from Coquimbo

Finally, the authority presented the strategic lines that will order its administration, such as transparency and Regional Governance, planning and sustainable urban-rural development, productive promotion towards Sustainable Development, rural development and sustainability and Environment, among others. others.

Regarding what happened with the Regional Council, Krist Naranjo regretted The day “That the regional councilors have not attended the public account, since they are representatives of the community, which was present through groups and organizations of civil society.”

“I highlight their presence and also that of the mayors and heads of service, since the work for the region is everyone’s task,” he concluded.

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