SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 14 May. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The national secretary general of the Canarian-PNC Coalition, Fernando Clavijo, called this Saturday to pay attention to the social situation of those affected by the La Palma volcano. The leader of the Canarian nationalists pointed out that eight months after the eruption “there is still a lot of work to be done so that the people of La Palma can recover normality and, for this reason, it is necessary for the administrations to be on the front line together with the neighbors, responding to their demands.
Fernando Clavijo, who held a meeting with representatives of associations, NGOs and entities from the island’s third sector within the framework of the ‘Canarias nee’s you’ program, recognized the role they have played after the eruption “despite the bureaucratic obstacles to that they have faced and continue to face today”.
For this reason, Clavijo insisted on the need to guarantee a subsidy system that allows them to consolidate the work they carry out because “they were the first to arrive during the catastrophe and they are the ones who best know the situation of those affected”.
In the same way, the Executive Secretary for Social Rights, Cristina Valido, pointed out that the policies to be developed in La Palma “must go far beyond providing the necessary solution to the housing problem, which is also very important, and pay attention to mental health as well as the specific needs of evicted families in which there is a member with a disability”.
“It is essential that the administrations listen and take good note, as we nationalists are doing, about what they need. In this regard, he added that they deserve “to have all the resources at their disposal to solve, as they have been doing up to now, so many problems of the neighbors of La Palma”.
The island secretary of the Canarian Coalition, Lady Barreto, took the opportunity to convey her recognition “for the maximum effort that NGOs and social workers have carried out.” “It is they, together with the palm people, who have given a lesson on how things should be done” and she emphasized that the situation on the island “has not been resolved, no matter how much they want to sell the opposite.” “This island still needs a comprehensive reconstruction plan and for all the aid that has been promised to arrive,” she added.
During the meeting, which was attended by the mayor of El Paso and deputy Sergio Rodríguez and deputy Judit Bayarri and representatives of entities such as the Red Cross, families of mentally ill, motor disabled and accessibility, the need to speed up, first of all, a solution for the families that continue to live in hotels today, but also to establish agreements that range from social policies to the promotion of employment, through specific plans, that allow those affected to have hope.