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Guánica residents affected by quakes urged to attend recovery orientation

Guánica Mayor Ismael Rodríguez Ramos, at right

By The Star Staff

Guánica Mayor Ismael “Titi” Rodríguez Ramos called on all residents of the southern municipality who have been impacted by the series of earthquakes that have been recorded since the beginning of 2020 to attend an orientation talk being offered today by the Southern Consortium for the Administration of Reconstruction and Repair Funds (CONSUR by its Spanish initials).

“This Thursday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the facilities of the Puerto Rican Club of Ensenada [Club Puertorriqueño de Ensenada], we are going to receive you all to share valuable information about recovery efforts,” the mayor said. “The funds managed by CONSUR are allocated by the federal Department of Housing [and Urban Development, HUD] and Congress, not by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as reported by Mr. Carlos A. Jirau Vélez, executive director of the Consortium.”

CONSUR, which is overseen by both Congress and HUD, will last until 2025, when it is expected to have completed the evaluation and allocation of money for the recovery work applying to those affected.

“We are extremely committed to reconstruction and it is important that this event on Thursday is attended by as many residents as possible, so that together we can continue with the work,” Rodríguez Ramos said.

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