The active surveillance maintained by seven police forces in the southern part of the country has prevented the entry of 231 foreign people who sought to evade the closure of borders, reported the Vice President of the Republic, Epsy Campbell Barr, during a visit to the Coto Brus cantons. , Golfito and Corredores.
Campbell traveled to the southern area this Friday along with Victoria Hernández, Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce and political officer of the Brunca Region.
From the border point of Sabalito, in Coto Brus, the authorities reported that – according to data from the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens – to date 11,515 foreign people have been returned, most of them in official immigration control posts.
“We are doing everything in our power to protect Costa Rican public health. The number of officers we regularly have at borders has been multiplied by a great deal. In addition, the Ministry of Security has put checkpoints at strategic points along the roads that communicate with the metropolitan area, ”said Vice President Campbell.
Minister Hernández stressed that the results of the operations have been thanks to the “patriotic effort of those who are on the front line.” “We have the guarantee of the work that the Ministry of Security is carrying. Taking care of metro by metro is complicated, but hundreds of police officers are doing their best to maintain a presence in blind spots, ”he said.
The hierarchs held a meeting with the mayor of Coto Brus, Steven Barrantes, and then made a 40-kilometer journey of the border cord, from the point known as El Sereno to La Unión.
Mayor Barrantes said that in recent weeks an inter-institutional coordination has been carried out, to create a protocol with coffee producers and avoid massive indigenous Panamanian income during the harvest period.
“We are very grateful for the visit and for the work they are doing to safeguard our country,” said Barrantes. In the afternoon, Vice President Campbell and Minister Hernández moved to the Pavón district, in Golfito, where they held a meeting with women fishermen of COOPEDELIMAR RL in Playa Zancudo.
The cooperative has 29 licensed fisherwomen a day who had to stop operations due to the global pandemic by COVID-19. Given this panorama and the need to revive the local economy, this group has a project to cultivate snapper in floating cages in the Golfo Dulce, with a floating restaurant and tours to the area for national visitors, once they are authorized to return to the sea.
“We have taken the concerns of this group of women to generate support and provide tools to SMEs and entrepreneurs. In this time of crisis, we must strengthen the business climate and local economic growth, to impact favorably on citizens and the productive sector, “said Minister Hernández.
“Our country faces challenging situations that can only be overcome if we make a collective effort and if each one puts his or her best, from all places. We are deeply convinced that today, more than ever, the solutions are to create spaces for dialogue so that women from different sectors, territories and identities contribute, propose and be truly protagonists of change, “concluded Vice President Campbell.
Vice President Campbell and Minister Hernández ended the tour with a visit to the canton of Corredores, to inspect the security operation at the official Paso Canoas immigration control post.