El Día, September 30th, 2011. Elias Piña. President Leonel Fernández on Friday inaugurated the Project “Macasias Frontier Unit for Agro Industrial, Fish breeding, and Forestry Production”, built by the Ministry of the Armed Forces (AF) in coordination with several governmental institutions and with the support of private investors.
Within the military compound the Chief of State also delivered seven houses, fully furnished, that will be home to an equal number of soldiers and their families who serve at the pilot program, and which will also be implemented in other frontier communities.
After his keynote address, the Brigadier General Rafael Emilio de Luna Pichirilo, director general of the Armed Forces Promotion of Frontier Communities, explained that the project envisions the production of agricultural and forestry products, as well as breeding of sheep, fish, rabbits, and laying hens.
According to data provided by the Presidency in its webpage, through the far reaching program integrated by the private sector, the Armed Forces will substantially improve the standard of living not only of the officers and soldiers, but also living conditions of all frontier inhabitants, contributing to prevention of the exodus of those people to other towns.
General Luna Pichirilo stated that at the frontier units to be built along the frontier with Haiti, training will be provided for the civilian and military personnel on modern production techniques and breeding of domestic animals, and their commercialization.
The senator from Elias Piña, Adriano Sanchez Roa, who also spoke at the event, said that in less than one year President Fernández has inaugurated three important works that contribute significantly to the development of the community.
In the name of the community spoke Cristian Moreta, who after giving thanks stated the importance of the “Macasias Frontier Unit for Agro Industrial, Fish breeding, and Forestry Production”, to achieve the goals of progress and development of the inhabitants of that remote area of the country.
Frontier Development Foundation Sworn-in
During the event, President Fernández also sworn in the members of the Frontier Development Foundation, which will be chaired by entrepreneur Juan Vicini and Engineer Manuel Estrella as Vice President.
During the ceremony, the Armed Forces Minister, Lieutenant General Joaquín Pérez Feliz gave recognition to the President for his strong support to the construction of this innovative project.
Also honored were government officials and renowned entrepreneurs who contributed to the military unit.
After conclusion of the ceremony, the chief of state and officials present visited the facilities of the agricultural forestry and animal breeding project.
Among the officials who accompanied the President were the ministers of Public Works, Víctor Díaz Rúa and Agriculture, Salvador Jiménez. Also the manager of low cost meal centers, Nicolás Calderón, CAASD’s director, Freddy Pérez, among others.
ARTICLE: El Día