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Debates in Holguin's People's Power Provincial Assembly
The Provincial Assembly of the People's Power met over the weekend in the city of Holguin, which was chaired by its president, Julio Cersar Estupiñan Rodriguez, and the presence of deputies to the Cuban Parliament, Luis Torres Iribar – the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) in the province; Ines Chapman Waugh, who runs the National Institute of Water Resources (INRH), and Rafael Santiesteban, the president of the National Farmers Association (ANAP).

After giving account of the accomplishment of the agreements and administrative orders, Estupiñan Rodriguez ran the analysis of the main report, which went over several issues linked to the school year, the economy and the development of local projects, as well as the ongoing process of meetings between councillors and the community.

Holguin has a large education network (1,293 centers) and to meet teachers' demands some 4,200 professionals graduated last academic year. Over 2,500 class-rooms are opened for the polytechnic teaching today, whose large registration is trained in different specialties.

The delegates stressed on the social role to be played by the teacher in the formation of the future generations and the need of highlighting their work, as well as the role of the family.

The Cuban state keep working in the reconstruction of schools hit by weather events, but priority is given to day care centers (62 in the province).

They also point at schools of special teaching, orphanage, and the fact that Holguin has one of the five schools in the country for autistic children.

The delegates tackled economic issues; they assessed the local cane sugar production, and critically analyzed the upcoming harvest.

equipo beisbol asamblea prov f vargasA especial emphasis was made on the preparations of the 2015-2016 harvest - to start upcoming December - that's why, they checked on the setback of the planting plan, caused by the drought yet present to different degrees.

Food production was also largely debated; that is why, Estupiñan Rodriguez urged to deepen on the production process, hiring, collection and commercialization of all the branches.

Delegate Maria Ly, vice-president of the Council of Churches of Cuba, claimed to give a better attention to cadres' formation and promotion, therefore, they should count on the younger generations, mostly those gifted ones, in order to guarantee their gradual restaffing, according to needs.

The meetings between councillors and the community that keep going are marked by a better preparation, the active presence of political leaders, of mass organizations, and company manager to brief the people on their claims and other actions under execution in the province.

It was stressed that out of the 17,00 new claims, seven thousand ones might find a solution with the people's help; the most called troubles went over roads, street lights, water supply and water leaking, trash collection, claims of power services, as well as the problems with non rationed products and the high prices in the market.

Torres Iribar, Estupiñan Rodriguez and other members of the Assembly extolled the role placed by the district councillor, as the core of the Cuban political system; that is why, they agreed that they deserve a larger support to meet their work, administration; plus they need to be well informed and trained.

Estupiñan Rodriguez briefed the Assembly on the works under execution today, which will continue in accordance with the economic situation and material supply.

He said that new works will start in 2016, and extolled the works in the municipalities of Mayari and Rafael Freyre, inspired on the main events to be hosted there sight the 57 anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution.

The current session passed on the working strategy for the implementation of the program of the comprehensive attention to improve the system of the People's Power.

The Assembly also served to elect the professional and non professional judges at the provincial and municipal levels.
In the Assembly, a especial recognition went for chess player Lisandra Llaudy, for her performance in the just concluded Central American tourney, for the local team that already got its third straight berth for the second stage of the Cuban Baseball League.

Two health professionals that combated the ebola fever in Guinea Conakry, Dr. Alexander Velazquez Batista, and male nurse Arnolis Rodriguez Leyva, were awarded with the Hacha de Holguin (Holguin Axe), top acknowledgment granted by the Provincial Assembly of the People's Power.

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