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Muni Now Has Approval to Distribute Money to Families Affected by Earthquake

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo

Photo by Giardino Ciampini
Sandra Baltodano's house, from Nosara, was destroyed by the September 5th earthquake.

The Municipality of Nicoya now has the green light from the General Controller of the Republic and the Ministry of Finance to distribute the 568 million colones ($1,136,000) that will be granted to more than 400 families to repair their homes after the earthquake of last September 5.

This amount was included by the mayor’s office in the extraordinary budget that was approved in the session on January 14 of this year for attending to emergencies in the canton.

Now, according to Adriana Rodriguez, vice mayor, both the Controller and Finance accepted the proposed amount. Of the more than 400 families that need the resources, Rodriguez indicated that 65 people already have all of their papers in order so the money will be deposited during the next few days of the month of April and will continue until all of the rest of those affected have received funds.

According to the Municipality, the amounts assigned vary according to the severity suffered by each house from the emergency as evaluated by the municipal engineering department.

The help that is being given is divided into three categories: minor, where the maximum amount covered is 2 million ($4000), moderate up to 3 million ($6000) and serious up to 4 million colones ($8000). Rodriguez explained that payments will be made in two stages and the engineering department officials will conduct periodic visits to make sure the repairs are being made to the homes.

Rodriguez mentioned that it is important for many to approach the municipality to check on their case since some have their application approved but don’t realize it.

The vice mayor mentioned the case of Jennifer Ramirez Arce, who lives in San Pedro of Nosara, as the first to have all documentation ready to receive the economic assistance.

However Ramirez, when consulted by VON, was surprised because she didn’t know “it was already approved.” The damages to her house were evaluated as being moderate an amount of up to 3 million colones ($6000) was assigned for repairs; however Ramirez thinks this amount “will fall short” since it won’t be enough even to fix the floor of her home.  

“I believe the damages to my house are serious,” she said, “because I have to repair all the walls, the roof supports and the floor. With 3 million it won’t be enough; this will go to just paying the plans, the INS [insurance] policy and the workers, if by chance I can pour the floor,” she indicated. 

If you want to know the status of your application, you can communicate with the municipality by calling 2685-6452 or 2685-5516 or call Katherine Gutierrez, assistant to the mayor’s office, at 8587-3633.


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