Schools, lodging, and vaquita. RockyPoint360 NewsWrap

Presidents of China and Mexico back actions to protect vaquita marina

By José Antonio Pérez

Sept. 4, 2017.  The commitment to conserve endangered species, and in particular the vaquita marina in the Upper Gulf of California, was reiterated by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the bilateral meeting held during the recent BRICS Summit held in Xiamen (for emerging developing economies).   This commitment is for the creation of a trinational group to combat the illegal trafficking of totaba, and is derived from the First Trilateral Meeting of Mexico, the U.S., and China held in Ensenada, Baja California.

 

Municipal DIF and Sonoran Sky Resort Group present scholarships

Press Release.  Sept. 4, 2017.  In further supporting education across the municipality of Puerto Peñasco, First Lady Linda Pivac de Munro, as Municipal DIF President, and in coordination with the Sonoran Sky Resort Group presented 30 scholarships to local youth. This brings the total number of scholarships provided through the DIF Scholarship Program to 113. Pivac de Munro thanked Fernando Anaya, General Director of the Sonoran Sky Resort Group, for the donation given to the scholarship program for a second year in a row.  On this occasion, students receiving scholarship assistance included 21 students from the Technological University of Puerto Peñasco (UTPP) and 9 from the Cobach high school.

 

Proposed lodging tax under consideration

By José Antonio Pérez

The Puerto Peñasco city administration has once again proposed a 1.8% lodging tax for 2018, which will be evaluated by local tourism providers only if done through a trust, affirmed local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) President Héctor Vázquez del Mercado.

Though a similar effort was attempted last year, which did not get through the state Congress, the OCV President indicated ongoing talks with Mayor Kiko Munro have illustrated the new municipal tax would be a good step.  Funds from the 1.8% municipal lodging tax would be put toward areas where heavy tourism leads to greater expenses.  Vázquez del Mercado clarified the new tax, if approved, would not affect the current 2% state lodging tax in place since 2003, funds of which are to promote different tourism spots across Sonora.

 

Secretary of Education invests 13 million pesos in area schools

By José Antonio Pérez

Sept. 5, 2017.  Per instructions of Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, investments of approximately 13 million pesos have been assigned to schools in the Puerto Peñasco-Sonoyta region. These funds, detailed Sergio Núñez Duarte, delegate for Regional Services of the Secretary of Education and Culture (SEC), are for 20 different projects including 17 in Puerto Peñasco. This work, some of which is already underway, includes construction of classrooms, repair of perimeter fences, rehabbing of bathrooms, electric substations, and installation of air conditioners, among others. It is worth noting this does not include student desks, whiteboards, or other support material for preschools, elementary, or secondary schools.

Schools in Puerto Peñasco benefiting from the investment include: kindergartern and preschools Nuevos Caminos, Juan Enrique Pestalozzi, Manuel Azueta, San Rafael, and USAER 5277; elementary schools Suave Patria, Club Activo 20-30, Primero de Junio, Vicente Guerrero, Club Rotario, Ventura G. Tena, Francisco Urrea and Nueva Creación; as well as secondary schools Técnica número 20 and Técnica Estatal número 21.

 

Customs Technology Project aims to modernize and facilitate custom procedures

By José Antonio Pérez

Aug. 30, 2017.  The General Customs Administration recently visited Puerto Peñasco to detail strategies to modernize and facilitate customs procedures in the northwestern part of Sonora.  A press conference, followed by a presentation with local business representatives held at the local Chamber of Commerce, provided information on steps to automatize, facilitate, and speed up customs procedures for merchandise entering and exiting the country.  Part of this is the Comprehensive Customs Technology Project (PITA), which is based on five strategic pillars that seek a balance between facilitating and controlling external trade operations.

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