Caracas, March 31, 2023 (Press Mincomunas) – In compliance with the third of the seven work lines for 2023 instructed by President Nicolas Maduro, which consists of “expanding the presence of the People’s Power,” the Ministry for Communes and Social Movements (MPPCMS) promotes the installation of the Communal Government Cabinets in the municipalities.
These planning, articulation, and management spaces between the four levels of government: national, state, municipal and communal, working jointly and in an integrated manner, seek the creation and permanent operation of the People’s Government System, which initially consists of three large structured areas for management: Public Services, Social Services, and Integral Security.
The Vice Minister for Community and Social Organization and Participation, Cesar Carrero, explained that the Cabinets respond to one of the strategic lines defined in the MPPCMS to build the People’s Government System, intended to achieve the articulation in the territory of the four levels of government.
In the Cabinets, “the spokespersons of the Communal Councils and the Communes responsible for the respective areas (social, public services, integral security) meet with the directors or secretaries of the mayors’ and governors’ offices’ planning, based on each community’s Concrete Action Agenda and according to the roles of each of these participating institutions, their contribution or participation in the construction of the Map of Solutions is defined,” he explained.
The objective is to establish territory and land public policies at the communal government level, allowing the effective protagonist participation of the people in the social state, law, and justice model enshrined in the national Constitution under the National Strategic Plan of the Communes and Social Movements.
The consolidation of the model of participatory and protagonist democracy to continue building Bolivarian Socialism is a structural task that President Maduro ordered to move forward hand in hand with the profound revision of the laws of the People’s Power, starting with a broad public consultation so that the transformation of the legal structure, which supports the Communal Government level, is the result of national collective construction.
Once the Cabinets of Communal Government are installed in the municipalities, the meetings must become constant to strengthen the People’s Power grassroots organizations and the public policies directed by each entity and organ of the Public Administration.
Before the Cabinets, there are preparatory meetings at the state and municipal levels to socialize, discuss, articulate, and execute the Method for Good Communal Government.
In general terms, in the preparatory meetings, there is a presentation of the work plan, a political and organizational mapping of the Communal Councils, and the characterization of the public policies. They discussed the installation of the Cabinets by areas (Social, Public Services, and Integral Security), the prioritization of the states and municipalities for the deployments, the designation of institutional spokespersons, and the planning of the installation.
This previous meeting allows the introduction of the scope of each national, state, or municipal institution to attend and solve problems in the territories, as well as to know the already existing policies that can be strengthened through the Cabinet, for example, the Water Technical Tables or the Health Committees, among others.
State directors of Communes of the MPPCMS, state coordinators of Fundacomunal and other entities attached to the MPPCMS, state directors of the People’s Power Ministries and attached entities, state heads of the We Are Venezuela Movement and the ‘Hugo Chavez’ Missions and Great Missions System, representatives of governors’ and mayors’ offices, and state commissioners of Communes of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) participated in the preparatory meetings.
The Cabinets of Communal Government are installed in the capital municipalities or, failing that, in those prioritized in the preparatory meetings.
The working groups of the three areas will depend on the territorial reality. For example, Public Services: Water, Energy and Gas, and Telecommunications, among others. The same applies to the Social and Integral Security areas.
Each committee of the participating Communal Councils will have a working table, integrated by communal spokespersons according to their function, institutional spokespersons defined in the state and municipal preparatory meeting, and the PSUV’s Communes Commission.
At each table shall be elected a rapporteur, a secretary, and a systematizer. The duration of each table shall be four hours. At the Area and Cabinet Plenary, the tables must present their actions and agreements.
In the Area Plenary, each working group presents its work, considering that there are three areas per Cabinet (Social, Public Services, and Integral Security). It concludes with the minutes of agreements of each field. Meanwhile, in the Cabinet Plenary, they present to the other participants and group the actions and agreements reached. Finally, they generate the final minutes of agreements to further socialize them in the Information and Communication System (SINCO) tool of the Federal Council of Government.
The Communal Government Cabinets include the formation of the Agreement Follow-up Team, composed of a liaison for the MPPCYMS, ministries, governor’s office, mayor’s office, and three spokespersons for the areas (one per area), further appointed among the rapporteurs of each working table after the area plenary.
The SINCO, familiarized through the Federal Council of Government, will be the tool for the Cabinet’s agreements communication and follow-up. After its installation, the spokespersons of each Communal Council will hold assemblies in their communities to socialize the agreements.
Balance to date
As of March 27, within the framework of the Popular Government System, 77 state and municipal preparatory meetings and 21 Communal Government Cabinets have been installed in 29 municipalities of the states of Anzoategui, Aragua, Barinas, Falcon, La Guaira, Lara, Sucre, Tachira and Zulia, with the participation of 2,459 spokespersons of the Working Committees of 504 Communal Councils, with the presence of the institutions.
This progress enabled the construction, through planning, decision-making, and joint actions among all levels of government, of a response to the proposals prioritized by the Communal Government.