Puerto Maldonado, December 21, 2016 – A workshop titled “Strengthening the Capacities of the Political Authorities” convened by Ms. Roxana Borda, regional prefect of Madre de Dios, was hosted at the facilities of the Regional Prefecture of Madre de Dios. Political authorities of the three provinces of the department, sub prefects, and lieutenants governors attended the workshop.
Topics of interest such as risk reduction to mercury exposure, human trafficking, crimes of corruption involving officials, and domestic violence were addressed.
In response to the first topic of interest, Cesar Ascorra Guanira, national director of CINCIA, told political authorities about preventive measures to be taken to mitigate mercury exposure. He cited as an example the importance of Urban Conditioning Plans and the provision in industrial zones of productive activities that could expose the community to some contaminant:
“In 2014, health authorities, municipalities, prosecutors, among others, intervened multi-sectorally to deactivate the activity of referred by the houses of purchase and sale of gold, in front of the main market of the city exposing all to mercury,” Ascorra said. “Since then the levels of mercury in that area have decreased according to the studies of air quality monitoring that have been carried out. These kinds of problems need comprehensive approaches and the participation of different authorities and civil society.”
Dr. Pedro Washington Luza Chullo, President of the Board of Prosecutors reported on the progress on the implementation of the three axes of the Regional Plan against Trafficking in Persons and the efforts being made since the Multisectoral Bureau to fight against this scourge.
At the end of the meeting Roxana Borda, Regional Prefect of Madre de Dios, thanked the political authorities of the region for the work accomplished this year and in turn urged them to ensure compliance with and implementation of state policies , To promote spaces for permanent dialogue with the population in order to overcome existing inequities and promote the development of our region.