Following a productive two-day working tour in Baja California, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared Governor Marina Del Pilar Avila Olmeda as a remarkable asset to the state. Highlighting her as an honest, intelligent, and hardworking leader, he revealed ten commitments aimed at enhancing families’ quality of life during Baja California’s State of the State Address.
“I congratulate the people of Baja California for electing Marina del Pilar, an intelligent, hard-working, honest woman, the best thing to have happened to this beautiful and extraordinary state,” stated the leader of Mexico’s Fourth Transformation.
Governor Marina del Pilar, acknowledging President López Obrador’s inspiration in shaping political service, highlighted her commitment to utilizing politics as a tool for societal welfare.
In her address to Baja California’s populace, the Governor underscored the substantial reduction in poverty, evidenced by a drop from 22.5 to 13.4 percent based on CONEVAL data, signifying a significant improvement in the lives of 339 thousand individuals.
Regarding support for Baja Californian women, the Governor emphasized aiding 72 thousand women through the Violet Card initiative and prioritizing their well-being within the State Development Plan 2022-2027.
Addressing children and teenagers, Marina del Pilar cited the establishment of seven new state DIF offices, with nearly 150 million pesos invested.
Under the Pancita Llena Corazón Contento program, 300,000 nutritious school breakfasts are provided daily, backed by an investment of 1,162 million pesos, benefiting school children.
“We are a government focused on the welfare of our youth, with over 477,700 students receiving educational support, including backpacks, school supplies, uniforms, footwear, and glasses, amounting to an investment of more than 152 million 897 thousand pesos,” she elaborated.
Highlighting health investments, the Governor cited the construction of the General Hospital of the Eastern Zone of Tijuana, the development of the largest parks in the state’s history, and an infrastructure investment surpassing eight billion pesos in the initial two years—surpassing the combined investment of the previous three administrations.
Furthermore, Marina del Pilar highlighted attracting nearly four billion pesos in foreign direct investment within the initial two years, contributing to improved wages and a sustained decrease in poverty levels.
AMLO’s commitments for Baja California
The president’s ten commitments to Baja California were the continuation and sustained growth of all welfare programs with an increase in the number of scholarship recipients and, as of January 1, the increase in the pension for older adults so that it goes from four thousand 800 to six thousand pesos every two months.
For her part, the governor of Baja California thanked the president of Mexico for the permanent support of Baja California and listed the activities that are carried out together in terms of well-being, economy, and infrastructure, always with the mission of privileging the well-being of the people of Baja Californians.
Additionally, the president expressed that the 13 camps of the National Guard will be completed and will begin to operate, as well as the arrival of nine thousand 683 federal agents including national guards, and elements of the Secretariat of the Navy and the Secretariat of National Defense.
The commitment is maintained that teachers’ salaries remain at 16 thousand pesos per month, in addition to the elimination of temporary contracts. Another announcement from the president of Mexico is the arrival of the minimum wage on the northern border to almost 400 pesos per day.
The water problem for Playas de Rosarito and Tijuana will also be resolved with the construction of the San Antonio de los Buenos treatment plant and starting this Monday, November 13, the Banco del Bienestar branch will be built in San Felipe.
On the other hand, with the support of military engineers, the completion of the Tijuana Viaduct and the Otay 2 sentri box will advance, as well as the remodeling of all customs in Baja California from Tijuana to the town of Los Algodones in the municipality of Mexicali. The total investment in the works is 20 billion pesos.
By March 2024, all health centers will have doctors, specialists, and a supply of medicines, medical studies, and surgical interventions completely free of charge. In terms of the countryside, small state agricultural producers will receive one thousand tons of fertilizer. The tenth commitment is to maintain the reduction of VAT and ISR to 50 percent in Baja California, as well as the non-increase in the price of fuel in the entity.