1. Initiates the transition process for handling federal funds
The designated Secretary of State, Raúl Márquez, affirmed on Saturday that he assumed the presidency of the Outgoing Transition Committee and the new “Cares Act Task Force”, to comply with the Law of the Government Transition Process, which at this juncture takes into consideration preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic and access to federal funds through the CDBG, CARES Act and others.
2. Suspend evictions in residential
The Public Housing Administration announced a temporary extension on evictions for nonpayment of rent for residents of Public Housing and the Section 8 Program, pursuant to the order issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The moratorium began on September 4 and will last until December 31 of this year, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
3. Secretary of Health in Cabo Rojo
In an effort to raise awareness about prevention measures against COVID-19, the Secretary of Health, Lorenzo González, visited the Boquerón Town and the Combat Zone on Saturday. During the tour, he handed out masks and guided merchants on measures to keep their businesses safe.
4. Lawyers elect a new president
The Puerto Rico Bar Association selected its new president, Daisy Calcaño López, who will officially assume the presidency on Saturday, September 19, when she is sworn in before the Institution’s Governing Board. “My priority is to make our profession and our union grow, strengthen and prosper, promoting access to justice or providing legal representation to colleagues in disciplinary matters …”, she stated.
5. Cause for arrest
The San Juan Court found cause for arrest against the former president of the Economic Development Bank, Luis Burdiel Agudo. The determination came after three Independent Special Prosecutors filed two complaints against him. One of the complaints is for violation of article 253 of the Penal Code and another for violation of article 5.7 of the Government Ethics Law.