NGO Liaison Department will be transformed
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Following a declaration from Mauricio Trejo that during his administration the NGO Liaison Department would be closed, several conflicting opinions about the need for that department emerged. Now, Trejo has said that “the department will not disappear; it will be strengthened and converted into an office.”
The NGO Liaison Department of the local government was created in 2009 by the current mayor, Luz María Núñez. Irma Rosado, director of that department, said that it was created because it is a citizens’ government, and one of its main goals was the construction of citizenship through working with nonprofit organizations, which take care of those most in need. In a press conference on August 29, Trejo said that the department would disappear during his administration, and the secretary of the city council would be the link between nonprofit organizations and the local government.
Recently, Trejo stated that the department will not disappear but will be transformed into an independent office, because it needs to be more for the citizens and to take care of the interests of the organizations, not those of the government. “If it remains as a department, it would have to have a director, and a director works for the mayor and for the interests of the local government,” he said. He made it clear that during his administration (which starts on October 10) nonprofit organizations will be taken into account and listened to more than ever. “We will do all that we can do together, and I will do everything I can do to facilitate their work,” he said. The person in charge of that office would not receive a salary but would have an appropriate operating budget and will not work directly for the mayor.
Previously, Trejo had commented that the city secretary would be in charge of the nonprofit organizations’ affairs within the city council, but now he said that the secretary will be just another person to whom the representatives of the NGO´s will be able to recur.