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Governor signs order to establish a violence prevention plan


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi

By The Star Staff


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced on Tuesday the signing of Executive Order 2023-023 for the creation of a Comprehensive Plan for Social Reconstruction and Violence Prevention.


“The government is making many efforts to establish a public policy that seeks to address the roots of crime and violence,” Pierluisi said at a press conference.


The plan will convene diverse sectors of society, led by an advisory committee, in a Multisectoral Congress on Social Reconstruction and Violence Prevention. María del Carmen Muñoz will be responsible for the administrative aspects and implementation of the plan, which seeks to address the root problems of violence in society.


The congress will seek to promote dialogue and consensus to identify resources, establish short- and long-term strategies, and foster social welfare programs. The effort aligns with the administration’s current strategies to combat violence on all fronts, the governor said.


“The goal is to promote a broad and comprehensive discussion so that we can all be part of the strategies in favor of a society of respect,” the governor said regarding the plan, which was designed in collaboration with designated Family Secretary Ciení Rodríguez Troche.


In line with the new initiative, the administration has implemented various strategies, including allocating increased funding for mental health and rehabilitation programs in correctional institutions. Pierluisi also highlighted that ongoing initiatives against gender-based violence are influencing government policies at the national level.


“Violence does not discriminate, it hurts families and communities, leaving permanent scars on citizens,” the governor said, stressing the need for coordinated action to prevent violence and promote a respectful and dignified society.

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