The secretary of the Department of Public Security (DSP), Pedro Janer named the veteran rescue worker Nino Correa Filomeno as the new interim commissioner of the State Bureau for the Emergency Management and Disaster Management (NMEAD).
“With no one in charge of the Bureau and as we approach the peak of the hurricane season, it is important that work plans have continuity and an efficient response is guaranteed for the benefit of the Puerto Rican people. We understand that Nino Correa has the necessary experience to assume the reins of the NMEAD and lead the excellent team that makes it up ”Janer explained in written statements.
The secretary explained that, at the beginning, the designation will be in force until Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced determines who will be the person who assumes the position in property.
For his part, Correa Filomeno expressed that “ I am grateful for this opportunity and reiterate my commitment to ensure that the security of citizens at a time when we handle several emergencies simultaneously . I am honored to once again make my experience available to the Puerto Rican people. ”
Correa Filomeno has more than 30 years of experience in the field of emergency management. He has served as Search and Rescue coordinator for 18 years and since January of this year has held the position of Director of Operations in the Bureau.
Lastly, Janer explained that the Deputy Commissioner Marcelo Rolón resigned from his position and Nino Correa will have the necessary work team to carry out his duties. He indicated that the governor will shortly express her opinion on the appointment of the property commissioner.
Correa is replacing José Burgos, who resigned this week, three months after delivering another resignation, which he subsequently retracted.
Burgos was one of those referred by the Health Commission of the House of Representatives to the Panel on the Independent Special Prosecutor (PFEI), in relation to the controversial purchase for $ 38 million in rapid tests to detect COVID-19 to the company Apex General Contractors.
According to the report of the legislative committee, Burgos possibly committed perjury when testifying on April 8 before the Health Commission. Possible violations of the Penal Code and the Government Ethics Law are pointed out to him.