Haitians will take over Dominican SW province ‘soon’
Pedernales, Dominican Republic.- The southwestern province, created to prevent Dominican territory from being occupied by foreigners, would soon be under Haitian domination if the authorities fail create jobs urgently and improve the living conditions of those who still resist the urge to leave.
Outlet listin.com.do reports on a dramatic and harsh reality exposed by senator Dionis Sanchez, who says a lack of jobs and facilities in the areas of health, transport, education and agriculture push entire families to leave Pedernales every day.
“This province is in “emergency” by the critical reality in which its inhabitants live,” the lawmaker said, and called on president Danilo Medina to make quick decisions to revert the exodus, before its residents abandon it and he Haitians take it over entirely.
“We’re still awaiting the President’s announcement that the time for the South has come.”
Speaking after a meeting of the Province Development Council, Sanchez said Pedernales’ inhabitants face a very difficult situation by the lack of jobs, which spiraled when three companies halted operations, laying off as many as 1,500 people.
“I am calling on party colleague, president Danilo Medina, whom I trust, to make urgent decisions regarding the definitive launch of the tourism development project in this province, or it will be too late,” Sanchez said.
“We have been fighting for the lands of Bahia de las Aguilas for 20 years, the case is in court, but the situation has yet to be defined, so a final decision is required or Pedernales will lose its Dominican population,” the lawmaker said.
He said more than 500 jobs were lost as the result of the bauxite miner DOVEMCO halting operations, which he affirms hurt commerce. “Adding to the problem is the tax levied on the free zone, which threatens to leave dozens of households without income.”
Feb 14, 2017
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