The parliamentary groups endorse the set of aid and public funds and hope that they will be deployed quickly and efficiently
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct. 14 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, said this Thursday that the process of rebuilding La Palma after the volcanic eruption “will not be quick or easy” – to emulate the words of ASG spokesperson, Casimiro Curbelo – and it will put the government and opposition to the “examination”.
In an appearance at his own request before the Plenary of Parliament, he has indicated that the palm trees are “broken” and “in shock” but he maintains that “they are not going to give up”, and has promised that the Government “is going to leave the soul “in the social and economic reconstruction of the island.
“I will do everything I can and you too,” he snapped at the deputies, who he asked not to say that public representatives have not tried to do everything possible to guarantee reconstruction.
He has said that “this misfortune” cannot be compared “with any other” and for that reason, he is convinced that no political group is going to get an “iota of political profitability” thanks to the volcano because what lies ahead is “tremendously complicated “, with various decree laws that will have to be validated in the legislative chambers.
Torres has made it clear that “it is impossible” to return to those affected “what they had” and even more so with the “anguish” of not knowing when the eruption ends, which based on the emissions of sulfur dioxide –20,000 tons in the last 24 hours – anticipates a long process in time. “We are not close to the end of this volcano,” he stressed.
The president has commented that although the emergency phase has not yet finished, “now it is time to manage the policy in capital letters.”
In this sense, it has valued that more than 250 million euros of public resources have already been mobilized, which it is not known if they will be enough, the launch of the joint commission with the State, the opening of the service office in Los Llanos de Aridane or the start of agricultural irrigation with portable desalination plants for this Saturday.
He also pointed out that funds have been requested from the EU to deal with the “largest volcanic catastrophe in Europe in 100 years”.
Although he has indicated that this volcano is the most lethal in the history of the islands – it has already emitted more magmatic material than San Juan and Teneguía -, he has pointed out that “the best news” is that there have been no fatalities. “Memories are being lost, it is an indescribable pain, pieces of life have disappeared, but life is irretrievable,” he stressed.
The spokesperson of the Mixed Group, Vidina Espino, has congratulated Torres for the “effort, work and understanding” with all the institutions, supporting La Palma “from minute one” of the eruption, and “no one can criticize him” for that. .
“THAT THE AIDS DO NOT FREEZE”
He has said that the lava has buried houses “and their way of life” but the Canary Islands and the island of La Palma itself were already in a “catastrophe” due to the economic crisis, and now he hopes that the promises of aid “do not freeze” when the lava “gets cold”.
Ricardo Fernández (Cs) has shown his support for the management of the Government of the Canary Islands and all the institutions involved and defended the prevention and evacuation plans and now he wonders how all the aid plans are going, the return of the students to the activity educational or if there will be reinforcements in social and psychological care.
He commented that “it is time” for the 2022 regional budgets to “clearly reflect” the support of the Canaries for La Palma while acknowledging the “speed and reflexes” of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, for attending to the needs of the victims.
ASG spokesman Casimiro Curbelo said that “La Palma alone cannot cope with the destructive effects of the volcano” and therefore has valued the unity of action of all the institutions to “pitch in” and convey “security and serenity “.
He has recognized the “strength” of the people of La Palma in the face of adversity and asked to “simplify” the procedures and do “everything by emergency” because the volcano “has disrupted” the lives of all the Canaries. “We are in shock,” he indicated.
Curbelo has demanded economic funds and to be “transparent” because “the worst is yet to come” since agriculture and tourism will have to be started again because the economy of the west of the island “is in ruins.”
Manuel Marrero, spokesperson for Sí Podemos, has highlighted the “civility and responsibility” of the palm tree society during the eruption and in the midst of the “loss of its roots and emotions”, showing his conviction that “it is going to rise up.”
It has urged the EU to participate in the economic and social reconstruction of the island and valued the contribution of science to this phenomenon, as it has allowed prevention and evacuations to be carried out safely.
Marrero has stressed that the population “self-organize” before the usual “slowness” of the administrations and thus can control their management, and like Torres, has stressed that there is no loss of human life.
“THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LEAVE THE PALM TREES ALONE”
Luis Campos, spokesman for Nueva Canarias (NC), pointed out that the Canarian institutions “are not going to leave the palm trees alone”, highlighting especially the role of Torres, who has been close to the people and their needs “from the first moment “.
He has also said that “few times” he has seen the involvement of a president of the central government like Pedro Sánchez in a tragedy of these characteristics, because “gestures count”, while also underlining the unity of all the institutions, which now have the challenge of “speeding up” the processing of aid.
The spokesperson for the Popular Group, Australia Navarro, has said that her party “will be up to the task” and offers its “support” to the Government of the Canary Islands to deal with the emergency on La Palma, although she maintains that “more economic resources will be needed.”
He has recognized the reaction capacity of the institutions and of the President of the Government himself, Pedro Sánchez, who has had “a coherent and responsible attitude” and not as on other occasions, and that more than 250 million have been mobilized in less than a month of public resources.
Navarro has asked the Executive that those affected do not have to face the “ordeal” of the processing of aid and that they can have “individualized responses” and a lot of “transparency”, recalling that after the storm ‘Filomena’, which affected eight communities autonomous, “not a single euro” has yet been received.
Lady Barreto, from the Grupo Nacionalista, has urged that public aid “begin to arrive” because the recovery of the island “has to begin” and with a strategy for the future in the short and long term.
Thus, he commented that a “specific decree” is needed for La Palma because the above “is not valid”, with individualized aid according to the needs of each affected person, and has defended that the reconstruction plan must be for all of La Palma, and not only the Aridane valley, serving productive sectors, infrastructures and social care.
Barreto, who has valued the management of the Canarian and national governments, has said that the opening of an office is not enough and advocates the creation of a consortium with specialized personnel and that the properties are covered at market value prices.
Nayra Alemán, from the Socialist Group, has highlighted the “coordination” between all public administrations and has been proud of the action of the president and of the palm society itself.
He commented that the regional government has had “reflexes” to face the “catastrophe”, giving as an example the start-up of the office for those affected or the portable desalination plants.