On an official visit to the municipality, the Vice President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Román Rodríguez, announced that from the regional Executive “we will make a gesture with Arafo similar to the one we made in 2021”, an exercise in which the Budgets of the Autonomous Community collected 500,000 euros for sanitation and another 200,000 euros to improve the clean-up of the coast. The Minister of Finance also understands that to solve the problems of the primary sector and sanitation and energy infrastructure “strategy, vision, plans, leadership and determination are needed to carry it out and that is what we are going to do, jointly, together with the mayor, Juan Ramón Martín».
After acknowledging that the Arafero City Council is “financially healthy”, Román Rodríguez was “very concerned about the future of the primary sector, because agriculture, livestock and fishing are going to disappear if we are not able to protect them.”
Regarding sanitation, the vice president of the regional Executive stated that It is one of the pending subjects “in too many places in the Archipelago”, whose solution requires “a shared strategy between the Government, Cabildos and municipalities.” He also referred to the Juan Carlos I Auditorium, “signature cultural facilities that are deteriorated.”
With all these conditions, Román Rodríguez explained that his department will assess “the room for maneuver that we have, because right now only partial amendments to the Budgets are possible.” In any case, “we will make a gesture with Arafo, similar to the one we made in 2021, so that this municipality can recover the future and hope.”
As mayor, Juan Ramón Martín explained to the vice president that, «with our own resources, we cannot cover the needs we have and he, for years, has been helping us in the steps we have to take to improve Arafo. Thanks to his management, we have managed to increase the percentage of sanitation and, shortly, we will begin the sanitation and rainwater collection works for the coastal town of Playa de Lima, with which the Cabildo de Lima also collaborates. Tenerife».
Martín thanked the vice president for his interest, with whom he visited the Bodega Comarcal and the Casa de la Miel, and underlined “Román Rodríguez’s interest in carrying out the project that would provide the municipality with a library, archive and study room.”