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What Was Said and Committed to by the Public Officials

By Emiliana Garcia
Photos Giordano Ciampini

For those who couldn’t be present during the speeches given on Wednesday, July 25th by public officials, VON brings you the summary of the most important commitments, comments and insinuations (you know to who) of the day. 

The comments are written in order of presentation. 

Ana Lizeth Espinoza
President of the Municipal Council of Nicoya

  “Let’s be part of the solutions through dialogue.”

“Small-minded and selfish attitudes put our development at risk.”

“The president and her committee will always be welcome by the Nicoyans.”


Adriana Rodriguez
Vice Mayor of the Municipality of Nicoya

  “A town that unites deserves the respect of all.”

“Let’s be consistent in action and word.”

“We celebrate the longing to live better.”

“There are those who fight like war veterans, others with the capacity for words.”

“Guanacaste is lacking nothing for its development.”


Luis Antonio Aiza Campos 
National Liberation Party Legislator for the province of Guanacaste

  “May solidarity and respect be the slogan for receiving our Costa Rican brothers.”

“The news and the works aren’t what they hope for but it’s because the conditions of the country aren’t the best; the delay in the works is due to the world crisis which is not alien to the Guanacastecans, but we’re going to keep fighting for our development.”

“I ask the president to finish with the Nosara-Samara highway. These towns are rather abandoned and they can’t get out.”

“The paradox in Guanacaste is that it continues having one of the highest rates of poverty and the lowest rate of human development.”


Víctor Emilio Granados
President of the Legislative Assembly

  “We’re going to continue insisting on the coastal territory law that is one of the endemic problems of the Costa Rican State. The first step is to approve moratorium project brevity to avoid evictions.”


Laura Chinchilla
President of the Republic of Costa Rica

  Opening
“I want to thank the vice mayor and the municipal president that again reminded the Nicoyans that this is a caring and hospitable town.”

“To thank those who remind us in a respectful manner that we have tasks pending.”

“Even a child understands that in Costa Rica that differences can be set aside and we can all sit together [to dialogue].”

“This festivity doesn’t belong to anyone and no one has the right to impose upon u show we are going to celebrate it. There can’t be room for discord, since beyond our differences we all have a common shared destiny.”

“What the Guanacastecans ask is that the employment opportunities be for the Guanacastecans and we have understood this.”

Tourism
“Tourism isn’t the principal productive base [in Guanacaste]. We believe it should be clean energies. We’re going to invest in education, in science, attracting investment in the production of renewable energies.”

Security
“We are seeing results, and Guanacaste won’t be the exception. We are conducting employment fairs to recruit Guanacastecan police; we have granted eight radio-patrol units for the canton of Nicoya, and also we have been investing in better police infrastructure.”

Coastal Territories Law Project
“There are 60,000 families that, thanks to poorly understood criteria made by technocrats seated at desks in the name of the environment, were told that they aren’t essential. For this government, yes you are essential.”
   
Conclusion of the Speech
“Facing the impatience of some, we have to call for dialogue; facing the intolerance of a few, we have to raise our voice that we can have a constructive dialogue. Some tell us that nothing prospers in Costa Rica, as if we’ve converted into the most somber people on the planet, but every day people on the street confirm to me that in Costa Rica there are more honest people than the people who have dishonored the service of the government, than the people that have shown themselves to be skeptical and have lost hope.”

“We have tasks pending but I guarantee you that we will see them made reality before finishing this administration.”


 

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