Una investigación del Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI) y el Miami Herald identificó fallas en el manejo de los casos por este delito que involucran a policías, así como una cultura de impunidad en el Negociado de la Policía de Puerto Rico que protege a los agresores y hace aún más vulnerables a las víctimas.
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday confirmed it will see a case that the Puerto Rico Fiscal Control Board filed regarding an access to public information lawsuit that the Center for Investigative Journalism has won against the entity in all prior court decisions.
Communities around the irrigation channels, whose conditions worsened due to the flooding caused by Hurricane Fiona, will continue to be at risk because there are no immediate solutions to prevent obstructions during extraordinary rainfall events, experts and the government of Puerto Rico told the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, in Spanish). Although the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) set aside $62 million in Hurricane María recovery funds for permanent work projects for this network of irrigation channels, the process is still in the design stage, one of the steps required by the federal agency to allocate the funds and, eventually, disburse them. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) submitted three permanent works projects to FEMA in October 2021 for the three irrigation districts it manages in Patillas in the South, Isabela in the North and Lajas in the southwestern coast. These structures belonged to the former Puerto Rico Water Resources Authority (PRWRA), created in 1941 to manage the reservoirs used for electricity generation. Irrigation channels are part of that system and now provide water for agriculture in those areas.
Los residentes de Puerto Rico quedaron en un evidente rezago en la cantidad de fondos asignados y el tiempo en recibirlos, concluye un informe de la Comisión de Derechos Civiles de Estados Unidos al evaluar los esfuerzos de socorro y respuesta a los huracanes Harvey en Texas y María en Puerto Rico en el 2017.
Muchos centros comunales continúan en desuso tras el huracán María por falta de liquidez de los municipios para comenzar su reparaciones, o porque no hay claridad sobre las agencias de gobierno a cargo.
The procedure for community aqueducts to legalize their franchises and maintain their operation is so complicated, bureaucratic, and devoid of technical support that it discourages communities from formalizing the systems that carries water to their homes because of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority’s inability to provide the service.
González Beiró doesn’t think that his presence in this and other agriculture-related activities could pressure farmers to buy equipment from the company in which he and his wife, Mariliana Bennazar Torres, are direct beneficiaries. The equipment is showcased and promoted at events that he attends or that are sponsored by the Department of Agriculture.