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Municipality of Cataño ranks first in execution of recovery funds



“In Cataño, we have put all our efforts, knowledge and expert personnel into managing the efficient execution of federally funded projects,” Cataño Mayor Julio Alicea Vasallo said.

By The Star Staff


The Municipality of Cataño has achieved a rating of 99.25 in the execution of the funds allocated for recovery projects, according to the Recovery and Execution Index published by the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction, and Resiliency (COR3) in its transparency portal for the first quarter of 2024, the agency said Tuesday.


The index ranks Cataño as the top performer, or the number one position among all municipalities, in project execution.


“In Cataño, we have put all our efforts, knowledge and expert personnel into managing the efficient execution of federally funded projects,” Cataño Mayor Julio Alicea Vasallo said in a written statement. “This achievement demonstrates our work and commitment to the full recovery of our people in these past 25 months of our administration.”


The Municipality of Cataño has received a total of $25.1 million for permanent recovery projects. Of this amount, $9.8 million is in the auction stage, $9.4 million in the construction stage, and $5 million in the design stage. In addition, a total of $636,097 in projects has been completed, and $219,919 remains in the planning stage.


“Among the upcoming projects financed with federal funds from the recovery from Hurricane Maria are: improvements to the CDT [Diagnosis & Treatment Center] Job Andújar and different sports facilities,” the mayor said. “In addition, we hope to advance in the construction of: La Esperanza Park, improvements to different municipal buildings, and repairs and improvements to the Cosme Beitía Coliseum for this year.”


“These projects are only funded by Hurricane Maria recovery [funds], but the municipality is also in the process of other important works and initiatives financed with other funds, including federal and state,” he added.


The Recovery and Execution Index (IRE-4339) is a tool that evaluates and measures the progress of sub-applicants and entities involved in the reconstruction process throughout the island. The index provides a clear view of the progress in the execution of each project and reports on the amount of work remaining to complete the recovery program. The data provided by each municipality in the quarterly reports are available on COR3’s transparency portal https://recovery.pr.gov/es.


“We will continue to work hard to complete the recovery projects with the utmost diligence and responsibility,” Alicea Vasallo said. “Our priority is to advance 100% in the fulfillment of the projects that will help the development of the town’s economy, and contribute to the well-being of the people of Cataño.”

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