Emilia Vega, the New Face of DIF
By Jesús Aguado
Starting on October 10, Emilia Vega will be the new president of the municipal agency, DIF (Integral Development for Family), but she started working months ago “I come here to work with best intentions and efficient projects to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable sanmiguelenses in this city of contrasts,” she said.
Vega, wife of Mayor Ricardo Villarreal, told Atención that being part of the DIF system is an activity she is proud of, and she will work hard for the benefit of the families with fewer opportunities so they can live better. “I want to support people with fewer opportunities in education, economy and even in human rights.” From DIF, these people will receive help to achieve the normal level of life that Sanmiguelenses have.
Vega is a woman with experience in the private and public sector. She studied economics in one of the most prestigious universities in Mexico, ITAM, with a specialty in finance. She also worked in banking for BANSEFI, and later, in Spain, she studied for an MBA in business and had a specialization in removable energy. She worked in the Federal Treasury and later was at the Federal Commission of Electricity working with removable energy projects.
Parallel to Villarreal’s administration, Vega’s administration at DIF could also be for a six-year period. That is the reason why she is working on a long-term project that will include the entire family as well as people with disabilities. “Three years is a very short time, and it will take a while to learn, I hope that learning curve is very short,” she said.
October 15 is the International Day of the Rural Woman. For that day, DIF has prepared the First Fair of Rural Woman that will take place on Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, from 10 am-6 pm at Parque Juárez. This fair will offer a space for women from the rural communities of this city who manufacture products for sale: soap, crafts, clothes, organic products, food. The requirements for being part of the fair are very simple, remarked Vega. Those interested must be women from rural communities with a product to offer, and they should not already have a space for exhibiting their products. The call is still open. For more information, contact Claudia Pérez, 415 112-3699.
“We are in a municipality where the economic disparity is very high. In Guanajuato the growth of the Gross Domestic Product was 5.1 percent, over the national average. That is because the government has attracted industry. San Miguel depends on tourism. DIF is not related to that, but we will focus our energy to work with all the sectors that can provide us help. We want to assist all those people most in need,” Vega concluded.