President travels west to visit three communities

President Laura Chinchilla Miranda is making a series of appearances Friday at several ceremonies and projects in the cities of Puntarenas, Caldera and Orotina.

In Puntarenas the president is scheduled to be at the inauguration of the remodeled 911 monitoring center with new equipment for the Fuerza Pública. The new equipment and center were part of a donation made by Instituto Costarricense de Puertos del Pacífico. The agency donated computer screens and surveillance cameras. The organization is also providing resources to help add 38 new officers and police equipment such as guns, bulletproof vests, radios, helmets and patrol bikes.

In Caldera the event will be the christening of a boat donated by the non-governmental organization MarViva to the Servicio Nacional de Guardacosta. The boat is called “Unidos Pro-Natura” and will be used to patrol Isla del Coco. The organization has also established a fund of $2 million to maintain the boat. MarViva is an environmental group. The Guardacostas patrols against illegal fishing and environmental transgressions in Costa Rican waters as well as illegal shipments..

In Orotina two ribbon cuttings will take place to mark the repair of two road projects in the area. One project repaired about 1.7 kilometers of a road in the region for 64 million colons. The other repaired four kilometers on Ruta 757 which is an alternate to Ruta 27. The cost was 900 million colons.

Also six new houses will be handed over to the Hogar de Ancianos Jesús María Vargas. The Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social made a donation of 70 million colons for the project. The nursing home itself contributed 16 million colons. The project was part of a large national network of elder care. Casa Presidencial reports more than 3,500 people have been added as new beneficiaries through 41 different networks of care.

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