Fuerteventura magazine Interviews
Lola García – First vice president of Fuerteventura's Cabildo and responsible for the sectors of Economy and Taxes, Environmental Sustainability and Employment
December 2022

Lola García – First vice president of Fuerteventura's Cabildo and responsible for the sectors of Economy and Taxes, Environmental Sustainability and Employment

“Since October, we have launched our own employment plans, financed by the Cabildo”

It is the second year that we are interviewing Lola García as the First Vice president of Fuerteventura's Cabildo and responsible for the sectors of Economy and Taxes, Environmental Sustainability and Employment. But it is the first year that she has been in charge for a whole year, as her mandate started in the year 2021.

How has the year 2022 been?

It hasn't been an easy year, we thought that as we were out of the Covid pandemic, everything would improve, but the war in Ukraine started, and although it seems far away, it isn't and has had consequences. The cost of life has rocketed, electricity, fuel, and other supplies that depend on transport too, which means that families have trouble again making it to the end of the month. We have been progressing and although we started governing at a difficult time (it would have been easier remaining in the opposition), we wanted to demonstrate that we have been present during the most difficult times, to provide support for self-employed people and small and medium-sized businesses, for the agricultural sector, that has suffered from the price increases so much that farmers have had to sacrifice their livestock at the slaughterhouse. I believe that the Cabildo has done exemplary work with the Council for Agriculture, to provide eight million Euros worth of subsidies for the primary sector and to act quickly.

What are the novelties and projects?

In December, we will open the new Nursing Home for the elderly and the move will then take place. We hope to complete the procedure, which only needs one more survey so that we can start with the Nursing home and Day Centre for the Elderly of Gran Tarajal, which is our priority right now. It is something that families need. They need Day Centres and Nursing Homes that are nearby so that families can remain together. The Sports Town of La Oliva is already up and running and soon it will be Antigua's turn. We have not stopped working on infrastructures or investing in the roads. We are calling for tenders for waste management, to get a company to collect the containers, as the waste situation is a problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible.

What can you tell us about the Employment sector?

To find a solution for the tremendous unemployment rate that we were registering a year and a half ago, we were dependent on FECAM, but the signature never took place. As we could not wait any longer, we signed an agreement with the Canarian Employment Service, which enabled us to put in place employment plans, since October, financed by the Cabildo. Those jobs were created in different services such as cleaning, activities with elderly people, attention to people with functional diversity and mental health prevention, and providing support to the CAAF. In total, twelve plans were initiated to cover the necessities that were detected, representing an investment of 5.000.000 Euros, and providing work for 500 people. Those jobs have an impact on the improvement of the islandand provide dignity to those people.

What can you tell us about the Culture sector?

We have also worked on creating more cultural activities, not only with events but also by opening all the museums. The latest one was the Lighthouse of la Entallada, which is a real success and the renovation of the museum of Morro Velosa is still pending. After being closed for so long, it needs extensive repairs outdoors, as the strong winds in that area create a lot of damage. We are also preparing a big initiative for the museum of La Alcogida to open again and promote the island's customs and traditional trades. Some of them are dramatised, such as Casa de la Simona which shows everything related to the battle of Tamasite, or Casa de los Coroneles, in La Oliva.

One of the important sectors you look after is the Environment...

Since the first meetings, we were told that environmental education is the base and it has been one of our priorities, with a project carried out in schools called “Conocer para Proteger” (Know to Protect), to protect our fauna, with the help of the population. We are improving the signposts to provide information on the historic and environmental heritage, to ensure that our visitors don't destroy important sites, some of which have great archaeological value, by tagging or engraving their names on them.

And how is the Technological Park progressing?

We are very disappointed that the Spatial Agency has decided to remain in Gran Canaria and the Research Agency, in Tenerife, after telling us that we presented our projects after the deadline, which wasn't the case. Our Technological Park offered more opportunities, for its location and services, but the interests of the main islands prevailed. The investment made in our Technological Park aims at creating work opportunities for our youth outside of the tourism sector, and this is why we have to keep on fighting.

And as a farewell to this year, what would you like to say to the population?

I would like to express my best wishes for Christmas, and invite them to enjoy it with their families, and remember those who passed away, while being thankful for the time enjoyed together, but with the confidence that we are going towards a brighter future.