Hermosillo requires a deeply social vision to address its challenges such as water supply, road infrastructure and its modernization, highlighted María Dolores del Río Sánchez.
María Dolores del Río continues to be the same person, with more experience, with more years and understanding with all these years, that the problem is still there, that the problems are still the same and that we need to address them again with that vision that they were addressed.” , he commented.
“We have to think about a city beyond the potholes and when we talk about social vision, we are talking about thinking about infrastructure based on people,” explains Morena’s sole candidate for the Municipal Presidency of Hermosillo.
Del Río Sánchez resigned last January from the Ministry of Public Securitya position she held since December 2021, to once again seek the Municipal Presidency of Hermosillo, which she led as mayor in the three-year period from 2003 to 2006.
In an interview he talks about security, challenges of the capital of Sonora and their aspirations.
What are the three problems of Hermosillo that you identify as most important to address?
María Dolores del Río (MDR): 20 years after being in the Municipal Presidency, first we must recognize that the city has grown, at that time we had 600 thousand people living there, now there are close to a million, therefore, I see that the problems have grown and I see it as an opportunity for Hermosillo, recover a deeply social vision.
I think that what distinguished the Government that I headed at that time was seeing the Municipality with a deeply social vision and what does this mean? It is not only seeing it in relation to paving streets or building infrastructure, but asking: who is it for? the pavement?, what is the pavement for? And why is certain infrastructure required?
Secondly, I see a city with many cleaning problems, with dirty streets, in all places, not only in some neighborhoods, but as if that seal and that search for a clean city was lost, to speak of a single public service. .
And then, what is central is to address security issues as well, but security issues have to be seen in a comprehensive manner, that is, with that social vision, also understanding that one of the serious problems in Hermosillo is family violence, which is It reflects not only in community and neighborhood coexistence, but also in schools and other places.
What did it mean to be in charge of the State Security Secretariat?
MDR: For me, being Secretary of Security was a great opportunity to learn in depth about the issue of insecurity, not only in Hermosillo, but in the rest of the State, that is the first thing and I am grateful for the trust that the governor (Alfonso Durazo) had in me to head this Secretariat, which is also a Secretariat where the Governor had a special interest in everything he brought from the national Secretariat (of Security and Citizen Protection).
I realized that the vision has to be a comprehensive vision, we cannot think that security is going to be solved only with a deterrent presence of the State Police or the municipal police or the institutions, we need to go to the causes at the origin of the insecurity and this is where I want to highlight that in that sense the Governor supported all the initiatives that had to do, first with putting the issue of family violence at the center of the security strategy.
After your time at the Ministry of Security, how do you see security in the State?
MDR: The day I formally presented my resignation, I left with two issues that I want to emphasize; First, the latest data from the Executive Secretariat, in 2023 there was a reduction in the strongest and most serious high-impact crime, which is homicide, there was a reduction of 33% if we take into account since September 2021 when the governor came in, also a reduction in the perception of insecurity in the three municipalities that are reviewed by Inegi: Nogales, Hermosillo and Obregón. The work that was carried out was and is on the right track.
However, there are still acts of violence in the State that worry the population.
MDR: Yes, definitely the issue of security is a very complex issue to explain only in terms of numbers, that is why we have to see it from a comprehensive vision because whenever something happens the citizen perception is going to be ‘insecurity remains’, that is why I I would insist that this work is in conjunction with society.
What motivated you to leave the Ministry of Security to seek the mayor of Hermosillo?
MDR: After talking about it, I also want to say, with different actors from Morena, and mainly with the Governor, I presented this possibility to him and when we talked about it, once he agreed that I would leave the Secretariat, I tried to handle everything with great discretion precisely so that it would not be a political issue that violated the security issue.
It was a decision in which I am convinced that it is a viable option and that it is an option that coincides, completely, speaking of me; a viable option for the transformation project, because as I said ‘I refer to the evidence’, which is all my work and my entire career in political terms and before devoting myself to politics.
I think I have gone through some issues constantly, permanently that have to do with my convictions and one of my convictions is the need to have an egalitarian society and when I talk about egalitarian it is with similar conditions.
As mayor, you had to face a very critical situation due to the lack of water over the years. How have you seen what the municipal administrations that followed you have done on this issue?
MDR: I am concerned, firstly, that the city has been growing and evidently more liquid capacity is required. I want to remember that it was indeed a very serious problem that I faced and I feel that my entire team faced it with great courage and with great transparency, we never denied information to the people of Hermosillo and that we also found ways to support the solution; There is Los Bagotes, which is proof of what I say, it is the only work that a municipal government has done to supply, from the municipal government, I mean, and even today it represents 30% of the Municipality’s water.
On the other hand, being able to tell people, ‘we need to take care of water, but I’m going to help you have a water tank to store water’, that is, changing the dynamic of how we saw the issue of water in the Municipality.
What do I see in the distance? I see that no municipal government has taken on the water challenge and I say this as a matter of fact. There are trials and they are disguised as technical problems or it is inefficiency and either of the two things seem equally serious to me.
What does Hermosillo need for its modernization in addition to this social vision that you explained?
MDR: When we talk about social vision, we are not leaving aside the infrastructure, there is a responsibility of the mayors that is in the law and the law tells you that you have to provide services, that you have to pave, etc.
We have to think about a city beyond the potholes and when we talk about social vision, we are talking about thinking about infrastructure based on people.
I am very struck by how each administration invests in fixing Parque Madero instead of creating new areas. For me, that is the social vision, thinking about infrastructure in terms of society, people, communities, starting with the poorest communities,
Now I cannot imagine a city without thinking about the infrastructure, without thinking about the inclusion of people with disabilities, people who cannot walk well, or people who do not see, people who do not hear.
The issue of potholes is a priority issue for citizens.
MDR: Sure, but that is a legal responsibility, covering a pothole, having good streets is a constitutional obligation, that’s what I’m referring to.
Presuming that you are covering a pothole, well, it is as much as saying, ‘well, I am complying with the law and I limit myself to complying with the law’, that is why I mention that the city, the rural areas are beyond the pothole, the pothole must be covered, but what’s next besides that.
I hope that in the following weeks and before starting the campaign, we can build this vision in a concrete way for the proposals that we will carry out and for that it is very important to meet with all the people, meet with the young people who are thinking about the city in At this moment and as I mentioned, when a young university student tells you ‘the city is very dirty’, it is worrying.
Morena managed to change the political map of Mexico and Sonora, but in 2021 Hermosillo resisted that “steamroller” and Morena did not govern Hermosillo. What chances does his party have now in 2024 in the race for mayor?
MDR: I am very happy because in these two visions of the Country that exist they are evident, not only locally, but obviously at the national level; The citizens are on the side of the vision that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pushed, a vision that at the center are the people, are the poorest and that from there this society is built.
We knew her as a PAN member initially, then she was in the ranks of Movimiento Ciudadano and now she is in Morena. What has led her to these party changes?
MDR: Finally, and I want to make this clear, I am the same person and the same convictions that I had before as those I have today, my convictions have to do with the participation of citizens in government decisions, my convictions have to do with the everyone’s transition to a better life, the power to generate better conditions.
I give the example of the habitat centers, which we built at that time, they are pillars for transformation and which were abandoned in the following administrations, some took advantage of them more, others neglected them, but those pillars were not only about creating a community center, but It was to recover the dignity of a sector of a neighborhood through drainage, paving, and housing regularization.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT…?
ANDRÉS MANUEL LÓPEZ OBRADOR:
- The President of Mexico with a great vision, a completely different vision for the Country.
- A Governor committed and responsible for that transformation.
- The next President of Mexico.
- I don’t like talking about other women.
JORGE ÁLVAREZ MÁYNEZ:
- The truth is I don’t know if he is going to be re-elected or not, because he hasn’t said so.
MANLIO FABIO BELTRONES:
- A PRI member of many years.
- My partner in this fight, first before in women’s issues, later in this movement and today I hope to make formula.
- For me, he is a person that I admire and who has led the transformation movement in Sonora for many years and I also hope to be a formula with them.
- The first mayor of Morena in Hermosillo, colleague, friend and we go together in this transformation.
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