Because Saturday is the holiday that commemorates Nicoya’s decision to join Costa Rica 191 years ago, the government public relations machinery is operating at full speed.
President Luis Guillermo Solís took many of his cabinet ministers on a five-day swing through the province. They will end up in Nicoya Saturday for the official celebration of the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya.
Once a year the province gets strong attention from the central government. This year the emphasis is stronger than ever.
For example, Thursday Casa Presidencial reported that the Solís administration is supporting a private cooperative with efforts from seven government entities to double the annual orange harvest. The cooperative is Coopecerroazul R. L., and the government said it is considering donating land for a citrus processing plant. The project would benefit 300 families in Nandayure, Hojancha, Nicoya and Santa Cruz, the announcement said.
The economics ministry checked in to say that the minister, Welmer Ramos, had set up a series of discussions on family and personal finance in Nicoya and Santa Cruz.
In addition, the ministries of Economía, Industria y Comercio, Trabajo and Seguridad Pública announced an agreement to provide 5 billion colons, about $9.5 million, to improve the business climate.
The Ministerio de Salud reported that two child-care centers would be opened in Nandayure. They are part of the Red Nacional de Cuido, which is supported by the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia, the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social and the Dirección Nacional de CEN CINAI. More than 4,000 youngsters benefit from the child-care efforts in the province, the organizations said. Solís was there to sign the agreement for the child-care centers.
Solís, his wife, Mercedes Peñas, and Carlos Segnini, the minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, also visited work on Ruta 160 between Nosara and Sámara and announced that the job was 90 percent completed. Work on the 28-kilometer gravel road started three weeks ago.
That was just some of the activities Thursday. The entire week has been like this with one meeting or public appearance after another
In other developments, the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía announced to drought- stricken Guanacaste that a network of monitors would provide scientific certainty to the status of underground water and allow the efficient management of the resource. This is a 908-million colon project, some $1.7 million.
Casa Presidencial also reported that the Fuerza Pública detained 5.602 persons in Guanacaste in the first half of the year. The press release said that 3,308 were held for drug charges and 842 for domestic violence.
Today there will be more of the same with a special meeting at the Hotel Hilton in Liberia where Alejandra Mora, who is called the minister of the Condición de Mujeres, and Carlos Alvarado Quesada, minister of Desarrollo Humano e Inclusión, will discuss training poor women in Guanacaste so they could get jobs.
And then Saturday there is a cabinet meeting in the middle of the celebration in Nicoya.