But he promised that despite Federal cuts local projects will go forward
Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, governor of the state of Jalisco.
Sofía Medeles (Ajijic, Jal.)– Governor Alfaro told a socially distanced crowd in Ajijic’s Plaza that the federal government has abandoned the state financially but he is working to get help to all sectors of the population “as far as possible.”
«We are having to face this (the crisis) alone, because the federal government has abandoned us, leaving us without support of any kind because this seems to be our problem,” he told the socially distanced crowd of a hundred people, many of whom had waited since early morning to meet him. He added that, «we have come to give some economic support and to show that we are trying to help all Jalisco’s women to the full extent of our power.»
In an immediate crowd-pleasing show of support, Alfaro helped distribute economic support and 55 bicycles from the program «Reactiva Municipios» of the Ministry of Economic Development of the State of Jalisco.
Alfaro also unofficially proclaimed the designation of Ajijic as a Magic Town (the Federal Secretary of Tourism makes the decision, not the state governor) and announced the investment of more than three and a half million pesos for the rehabilitation of the northern area of the main square (in front of the Rosario Chapel and the Cultural Center), to begin on Saturday, November 28. He also publicized the future remodeling of the Auditorium of La Ribera and the construction of the Chapel of Vigil.
Alfaro also assured the crowd that the construction of a second aqueduct to take water from Lake Chapala to Guadalajara has been completely cancelled, and the metropolitan water supply will be provided through other projects, such as helping in the cleanup efforts of the Lerma-Santiago River.
In his ten-minute speech, he boasted to the Ajijitecos that hundreds of millions of pesos have been invested to cushion the economic impact of the pandemic, and he assured people that the Jalisco is ready to reopen the economy since the upward trend in the number of infections has been halted, as well as the percentage of hospital bed usage. He added that the state cannot continue with the isolation because «if people do not die of the virus, they will die of hunger.
«We cannot stop our economy anymore because the economy is the other pandemic; if we continue in isolation and shut down, then maybe we will not die of the virus, but many will die of hunger and we cannot allow that,» said Jalisco’s governor.
The governor and his entourage spent most of Thursday in the area on a tour that included visits to the municipalities of Chapala, Jocotepec and Tuxcueca, where it was announced that the State of Jalisco will be the first in the country to implement the coronavirus vaccination program.
«Tomorrow (Friday, November 27) I will announce together with the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), the start of the vaccination program, as Jalisco will be the first state to be well prepared when it comes to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine», he said.
Wrapping up, Alfaro, saying “thank you to the people Ajijic for receiving me, long live Chapala, long live Ajijic and long live Jalisco.”
Translated by Patrick O’Heffernan
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