The evolution of the indicators of the Island since the arrival of his team is the main theme of the dissertation of the President of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, during the forum organized this Thursday by the newspaper El Día at the Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey hotel. The president spoke positively about the reality of the Island and appreciated that the Island is in a better situation than in 2019. He also raised the need to establish dialogues to govern because there are no majorities.
Martín referred to the difficult economic situation that the Island is going through, like the rest of the country, derived first from the effects of the pandemic and, later, from the consequences of the increase in prices due to the war in Ukraine. However, the president of the Cabildo specified that the way in which the Institution faces this crisis has nothing to do with the way in which the one that occurred in 2008 was addressed. “This year more than 200 million are contributed to the municipalities and we have of a new municipal cooperation plan”.
“Tenerife has almost 7,000 dependency beds, of which 2,109 are new since 2019,” said the president of the island Institution, who defended the need to implement other service models to care for people in this group.
Among them, he highlighted that the corporation he presides has opted for direct specialized care with the person and that it has achieved, for example, that the number of elderly people who receive telecare is already around a thousand.
“The model that we propose goes beyond entertaining them or keeping them admitted, but rather following the example of the center underway in La Orotava, which is attended by those with more autonomy,” said Pedro Martín before informing that with this objective he has opted for the creation of new centers in such a way that throughout the next financial year 12 new ones can be launched with a total of 888 places.
In parallel, the social action of the Cabildo de Tenerife foresees a boost from the volunteer sector, a group that according to the island president was reinforced after the confinement derived from the incidence of Covid. “The pandemic has been one of the great challenges to face during these years and there we learned that third sector organizations as well as voluntary organizations are key,” he argued before pointing out that under the umbrella of the Tenerife Isla Solidaria program a total of 603 entities.
Pedro Martín also made reference to the primary sector, an economic activity that he described as “strategic and fundamental, because it goes beyond dressing up as a magician” and in which, in his opinion, it is necessary to invest. For this reason, the Tenerife Council has been increasing the contributions to agriculture, livestock and fishing, as well as the aid that farmers receive to buy feed for their livestock or so that they can face the extra cost of energy.
In another order of things, the president of the Cabildo de Tenerife referred to the effort being made to prevent Europe from sanctioning the Island for dumping sewage into the sea. The goal is that in the coming years, “90% of the water is purified compared to the 48% that we had when we came to the government of the Island Corporation”, pointed out Martín, who insisted on the great effort that is being made to bet on the reclaimed water.