VICINI and CAEI inaugurated yesterday the first phase of the project Nuevo Cayacoa, built with an investment of RD$160M and integrated by a multi unit housing compound, an educational centre, recreational centre, a church, and a shopping centre to benefit the Consortium workers. The work, which also features a community centre and is endowed with electricity, potable water, drainage, streets, sidewalks, curbs and gardens, was joyfully received by tens of workers, both Haitian and Dominican.
Los Llanos, San Pedro de Macorís. VICINI and CAEI inaugurated yesterday the first phase of the Nuevo Cayacoa project, built with an investment of RD$160M, and integrated by a multi unit compound, an educational centre, recreational facilities, a church, and a shopping centre to benefit all workers of the Sugar Consortium. The work which also features a community centre, and is endowed with electric services, potable water, drainage and sewage, streets, sidewalks, curbs and gardens was happily received by tens of workers.
According to details disclosed by Felipe Vicini, executive chairman of VICINI, whom headed the inaugural ceremony, the housing units were built under an advanced pre-fabricated panels system composed of fond, steel and high-resistance cement, also hurricane-proof and resistant to any seismic phenomenon and each will feature 63Mts construction, with comfortable and functional design for family life.
“The facilities of the Nuevo Cayacoa that we proudly inaugurate today, feature everything a modern and organized community requires” said Vicini in his speech.
He also stated that the school bears the name “Atabeira” which means “Mother of the Original Stone”,a goddess worshipped by the Taino of the chiefdom in the Cayacoa community, which has a 600 student capacity, regardless of their nationality.
“Our social responsibility towards our workers, surpasses the legal requirements”, Vicini affirmed in order to emphasize that two years prior to the formalization of social security “we hired the services of ARS Universal at our own expense, for the workers regardless of their origin or position, and we included their spouses and children, with a monthly investment which surpassed RD$4M.
On behalf of the community and the workers, Ms. Nieves Rondón and Jaques Dolzuc gave a speech, and cultural groups performed dances and played the drums, declaring the day as a celebration.
Among the attendees were provincial governor Alcibiades Tavárez, mayor of San Pedro, Tony Echavarría, and of San José de los Llanos, Mr. Meregildo Sosa, Director for Inazucar, Faustino Jiménez; the Haitian Ambassador Fritz Cisnea and Rafaela –Lila- Alburquerque.
Work of the IDDI
Felipe Vicini made remarks on the completed task carried out the Dominican Institute of Integral Development (*Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral –IDDI) which is headed by David Luther, whom partook since the beginning in the mission of guiding and informing the inhabitants on the advantages they would enjoy in their new homes, and the responsibilities they need to assume for the up keeping and sustainability of Nuevo Cayacoa.
Vicini announced that for early 2010, the completion of the second phase, the construction of 50 more housing units and an evangelical church.
Bishop says Father Hartley is crazy
The Bishop of the Dioceses of San Pedro de Macorís, Monsignor Francisco Ozoria issued harsh criticisms to Father Christopher Hartley, whom he accuses of being an enemy to the Dominican Republic, the Catholic Church and the VICINI Corporate Group.
He said it was the position of critiques within the international framework that is carried out by the priest, the reason why he was expelled from the country, because he went out of line and is now “deranged”.
Monsignor Ozoria, whom spoke after receiving the building pertaining to the Temple of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (*Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa), which forms part of the Nuevo Cayacoa project, built within the community that bears the same name in the township of Los Llanos, acknowledged the labor, that in defense of the poor, was carried out in the region by Father Hartley, but whom he admitted, overdid it.
“The first thing is that the work done by Father Christopher Hartley has positive significance. His work, his love for the poor, I believe had value, but notwithstanding, shortly thereafter he overstepped his boundaries and that was why we had to expel him”, confirmed the Bishop of the Dioceses of San Pedro de Macorís.
He added that it wasn’t his love for the poor, but because he overdid himself, the reason of his expulsion. Father Hartley was accused of issuing a campaign of anti-Haitian discrimination.
CAEI is a company in the Energy and Industry portfolio of assets administered by VICINI.
The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.