19:01 | Trujillo (La Libertad region), Mar. 7.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced the Executive Branch will transfer S/2.5 billion (about US$759.8 million) to regional, local governments in late March for the execution of critical drinking water and sanitation works.
"This is a high priority to us. Housing, Construction and Sanitation Minister Edmer Trujillo is going to transfer S/2.5 billion (about US$759.8 million) to regions and municipalities for projects similar to those we saw this morning in Chao," the President said.
Statements were made during the second Governors Meeting of the North-Eastern Macro-Region Association held in La Libertad region, where he attended along with his Ministers and Regional Governors of Amazonas, Cajamarca, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Piura, San Martin and Tumbes.
"Much remains to be done in water and sanitation services across the country," the Peruvian leader said, referring to the polluted wastewater he found in the Chira River a few days ago.
"This river feeds large crops that might not be introduced into Europe, as they were irrigated with pollutants," he stated.
He also stressed the need to stop illegal logging in the Amazon and to forest Andean summits, so that glacier melt slows down.
The 78-year-old statesman said the meeting will put special emphasis on health, education, drinking water and sanitation —critical issues for the Government.
He also noted the association's joining together, which he believes is the result of those who yearn unity instead of division.