Barinas, April 14, 2023 (Press Mincomunas) – On Friday, with the objective of continuing to empower the organized people to be the government in the territory and to advance in response to the needs that affect the locality, there was the installation of the Communal Public Services Cabinet in the Carlos Marquez community, Corazon de Jesus parish, in Barinas state.
The Minister of Communes and Planning, Jorge Arreaza and Ricardo Menendez, Mayor Rafael Paredes, the spokespersons of the working committees of the Communal Councils, and the different public institutions in charge of optimizing the work in the territory attended the meeting, which took place at the Escuela Tecnica Asistencial Venezuela (Venezuela Technical Assistance School).
In this regard, Minister Arreaza highlighted the need to continue working with all institutions, mayors, and governors to achieve communal self-government.
For the Minister, it is fundamental “to learn to govern in the territory. It is the people who have the power. The power resides in the people. The people must tell a governor or a mayor the needs afflicting the communities prioritized in citizens’ assemblies.”
He also pointed out that President Nicolas Maduro is implementing the communal government method. The institutions are obliged to sit in the Communal Cabinets to reinforce and offer better public services to the communities.
For his part, Minister Menendez also detailed that Barinas is an example of resistance and admiration, where they collectively work to achieve the model of participative and direct democracy.
During his speech, he indicated that “the construction of the Solutions Map seeks to build collective methods from the transformation of society, and social mapping is the center of the problems felt by the community and is the center of the issues to be solved, that is why it is so important to map in order to know the critical nodes and potentialities.”
In this order of ideas, he emphasized the need for strategic choice and collective prioritization of needs to build the Concrete Action Agenda (ACA). “When the ACA is defined, we are defining a collective struggle agenda, which generates organized people, and when we have organized people, we have them mobilized and creating the revolution. The national government’s public policies have to be adjusted based on what comes out of the systematization of experiences in the neighborhood, in the communities, and in the Communal Councils”, added the Vice-President of Planning.
During his speech, Mayor Rafael Paredes emphasized that they must work in unity and “always obey the people, to bring them the greatest amount of happiness, and to show how the municipal government. The national government works with the organized people to find individual and collective solutions”.
Representing the Popular Power, Antonio Soto, a Communal Council La Concordia spokesman, presented the parish’s strengths and weaknesses. “We have achieved 46 Communal Councils. Some are in the process of renewing their spokespersons. We have 27 UBCH, 667 street leaders, two Communes, and three projects approved by the Federal Council of Government. We are progressively advancing as a united people”.
Manuel Mierez, a spokesman of the Las Vegas Communal Council, emphasized the importance of identifying the weaknesses within the sector to formulate proposals oriented to the solutions of the needs.
The Communal Cabinets were conceived as instances of institutional articulation between the four levels of government: national, state, municipal, and communal, to diagnose and prioritize the main problems of the communities in the medium and short term, to provide them with timely responses.