President Medina sworn in for second term
President Danilo Medina was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday, 16 August 2016, and spoke with great optimism of his commitment to reducing poverty. While thanking Dominicans for having voted him in with the highest vote of the past seven democratic elections, he announced: “We are going to deliver the best four-year term in our recent history.”
He declared the next four years the “Four-Year Period of Water,” expressing optimism that 83% of households would have access to potable water by 2020, including 88% in urban areas and 70% in rural areas.
He announced that the focus of his second term would be on teacher training to improve the quality of education.
Medina said the reforms of the health sector would be consolidated with the National Health System, by integrating the public hospitals and social security hospitals network, in addition to more primary care facilities to serve communities.
He announced the completion of major public works in the next four years:
Bani, San Juan, Azua, Cabarete, north Santiago, and Juan Bosch (Santo Domingo) and San Francisco de Macoris roundabouts to take through traffic out of the cities, as well as the Navarrete-Puerto Plata road expansion. He also announced plans for an overpass at Av. Isabel Aguiar in Santo Domingo West and the Hato Mayor-El Puerto-Bayaguana road.
The President announced the implementation of an Integrated Public Transport System that would start in Greater Santo Domingo. Existing transport associations (unions) would be added to the network as private companies, working under the umbrella of the new National Road Safety Council that will coordinate all the work currently carried out by the entities involved in public transport.
Medina announced a decree would be issued shortly creating a single transport authority, the National Transport Institute, which will be the regulating entity for the transport sector. Feeder buses will be added to back up the services provided by the Santo Domingo Metro.
He spoke of progress in the Digital Republic Program that will include one computer for around 950,000 public school students and teachers, starting in the 2017-2018 school year. He announced his support to the Domain Extinction Bill that authorizes the government to seize goods linked to corruption and illicit acts, which is pending approval in the Chamber of Deputies.
The presidents of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras and the acting president of Haiti, as well as the prime ministers of Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, Curacao and St. Martin, along with other foreign dignitaries, attended Medina’s swearing-in ceremony.
Aug 17, 2016
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