Sanitary landfill, education and mining: the issues that Giammattei discussed with the indigenous authorities of the Palajunoj Valley

President Alejandro Giammattei met in Quetzaltenango with indigenous authorities from the Palajunoj Valley.  (Free Press Photo: Taken from @DrGiammattei)

President Alejandro Giammattei met in Quetzaltenango with indigenous authorities from the Palajunoj Valley. (Free Press Photo: Taken from @DrGiammattei)

For months indigenous authorities of the Palajunoj Valley, in Quetzaltenango, They have opposed the Land Management Plan (POT) implemented by the municipality of Alte, which has led to a series of conflicts, so this Friday, May 13, President Alejandro Giammattei proposed dialogue to resolve differences.

Among the points that the president addressed with the indigenous authorities, the management of garbage and the conversion of the landfill into a sanitary landfill, the improvement and equipment of schools and regulate the transport of the mining companies.

“The meeting was about different problems that the Valley -del Palajunoj- has and about the commissions that are being set up to solve them in different aspects, from the issue of education where we will take action in some schools, On the issue of mining, the transportation of mining companies is going to be regulated so that they stop affecting the population late at night, regulations are going to be put in place, a technical table will be seen in this regard,” said the president.

Giammattei added that “The Ministry of Development is going to come to Tierra Colorada Alta to make an evaluation of the wells and the -water- tanks that exist and that are not working. We want to find out if they have water and how we can contribute so that people who have lived in that community for over 40 years have drinking water, we are going to see how we can support them”.

The president assured that the issue of lack of desks in schools was discussed and promised that by the following week this problem will be solved; In addition, he said that the closest commitment is to meet with indigenous authorities and the Council of Xela in the Presidential House next Monday, to analyze “the viability, constitutionality and legality of the POT and its application in the Palajunoj Valley.”

The idea, according to Giammattei, is “to be able to specify a work plan that helps us to solve the problems of the Palajunoj Valley.

According to the president, there is a good disposition of the municipal authorities to sit down and talk about it.

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He also mentioned that next Monday, a commission from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will travel to Quetzaltenango to make an evaluation of the way in which garbage is managed, since the objective is to convert the landfill into a sanitary landfill, where, in addition, a recycling plant operates that generates sources of income for the residents of the area.

One of the most notorious incidents of recent times in Quetzaltenango caused by the discontent of the residents of the Palajunoj Valley, was the accumulation of tens of tons of garbage in the streets of Xela, because the passage of garbage trucks was blocked to pressure the mayor to desist from the implementation of the POT.

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