Peruvian Minister of Defense Inaugurates Social Inclusion Program
By Dialogo July 15, 2013
Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano Bellido inaugurated a Social Inclusion Program titled, “Talara 2013,” a set of humanitarian aid operations with assistance from engineering and medical professionals from the Peruvian and U.S. Armed Forces, designed to benefit 7,000 inhabitants in Talara province within Peru’s Piura region.
The head of the institution arrived in Talara, located in the northern sector of the country, along with the U.S. Embassy advisor, Michael Fitzpatrick, in order to start a bi-national social campaign that will include the improvement of school infrastructure, clean water networks and other civic actions.
In addition, talks and further training in risk management regarding natural disasters, civil-military cooperation and earthquake and tsunami simulations will be developed.
“The best defense is development, with social inclusion policies,” Minister Cateriano stated at Talara’s “Casa de la Juventud” (Youth Center), in front of residents and authorities, such as the head of Piura’s regional government, Javier Atkins, and the Head of the Civil Defense Institute, General EP (Ret.) Alfredo Murgueytio.
“This project is important for President Ollanta Humala’s government because it seeks to include the least favored sectors to benefit growth, and we are grateful for the U.S. government’s participation,” the minister stated when he remembered how cooperation bonds were strengthened after the last meeting held between the Head of State and U.S. President Barack Obama.
The minister recalled that the total investment of the program is $400,000. An investment of about 120,000 soles ($ 43,258) will go to the construction of the perimeter fence and a laboratory on the Andrés Avelino Cáceres Educational Institute.
In fact, the minister and his entourage visited this school to monitor the projects that will materialize with the bi-national campaign. The head of the institution laid the fence’s first stone.
On behalf of the U.S. government, advisor Fitzpatrick added that the Humanitarian and Natural Disaster Assistance Program is intended to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged populations. “This represents the joint effort of two partner nations, as well as their commitment for social inclusion,” he said.