STRENGTH – Governor Pedro Rafael Pierluisi Urrutia signed six executive orders on Saturday upon his arrival in La Fortaleza.
One of them orders the Department of Health to design a massive campaign of tests to guarantee the same in remote areas or areas with difficult access. Similarly, it orders the Department of Justice and the Department of Public Security to create an agreement of understanding with the federal prosecutor for the prosecution of crimes of corruption and white collar, among others.
Pierluisi Urrutia signed Executive Order 2021-003 to decree measures of fiscal responsibility and control of expenditures and Executive Order 2021-004 to prohibit spending on official photos of the governor and heads of agencies in government facilities. While two other executive orders are to establish the structure of the governor’s office and to appoint the administrator of the Governor’s Office.
Meanwhile, Executive Order 2021-001 directs the Secretary of Health to design a massive campaign to administer tests for Covid-19. “It is necessary for the government to make greater efforts to carry out tests and identify infections, for which the Department of Health, with the advice of epidemiologists, is ordered to carry out massive testing campaigns and educational campaigns that result in the identification of cases of contagion. “Said the governor. The design of this campaign should ensure that tests reach remote or difficult-to-access areas so that everyone has the opportunity to receive them.
OE 2021-002 directs the Department of Justice and the Department of Public Safety to establish a collaboration agreement with federal agencies to attack corruption. “Corruption in the public service is one of the main social ills that lacerates the people’s trust in their institutions. This administration has an inescapable commitment to strengthen the institutions of public order and that they have strong and adequate tools to eradicate corruption, white-collar crimes and criminality in general. A frontal war is declared against corruption and crime, the Department of Public Security and the Secretary of Justice are ordered to begin immediately and coordinated conversations with the federal prosecutor for the district of Puerto Rico in order to establish, amend or improve any collaboration agreement for the prosecution of crimes of corruption or white collar ”, sustains the Executive Order.
Executive Order 2021-003 is to decree measures of fiscal responsibility and control of expenses. The government’s fiscal situation continues to be critical and requires immediate attention to control spending and invest in the areas necessary to promote economic growth. “This Order declares that this government is committed to maintaining spending control measures while we are responsible with the resources of the people,” said Governor Pierluisi Urrutia. The Executive Order maintains the measures of fiscal control compliance requirements set forth above, but does not increase them so that the agencies can function.
Executive Order 2021-04 prohibits spending on official photos of the governor and heads of agencies in government facilities. “Our administration will reflect the priorities of our people, so there is no need to be publishing and investing people’s money in official frames and photos,” he said.
Finally, Executive Orders 2021-05 and 2021-06 establish the structure and organization of the Office of the Governor and designate Carmen Salgado as administrator of the Office of the Governor, respectively.