Chile Headlines: Presidential Address, Agrosuper and Freirina, Metro Prank Calls
Agriculture, Environment, Housing Among Topics Not Mentioned in Presidential Address
Due to the lack of time allotted to the President’s annual address this past Monday, Sebastián Piñera could not discuss agricultural, environmental, and housing issues that he had planned to present to the public.
In regards to agriculture, President Piñera’s written speech stated, “We have tripled the productive support to the families of our original towns and our productive alliances with the private sector by increasing SAG’s (Agricultural and Ranching Services) responsibilities.”
Piñera plans to create a new Biodiversity and Protected Areas Services. In addition, he aims to impose greater sanctions on those responsible for setting off wildfires. Reforestation plans include recovering nearly 500,000 hectares of land. The President intended to commemorate “anonymous heroes … for sacrificing their lives fighting a fire produced intentionally.”
Finally, the President addressed the poor living conditions of Chile’s lower class. To improve housing quality while simultaneously reducing government loans, President Piñera plans to place greater sanctions on “unscrupulous constructors” in regions such as Puento Alto and Renca.
480 Workers in Agrosuper Plant to Maintain Jobs
Despite the government’s decree to temporarily shut down an Agrosuper food-processing plant in Freirina, the company has assured 480 workers that they would not lose their jobs.
The government granted a total of six months for Agrosuper to evacuate an estimated 450,000 pigs. The animal overcrowding had caused the plant to emit unpleasant odors, which caused many residents to suffer through the negative environmental effects in the region. As a result, protestors had blocked off roads headed towards the Agrosuper plant.
Amidst the demonstrations, the business prepared its workers to aerially evacuate the food-processing complex.
Agrosuper stated, “The workers are the most important part of our business. For this reason, when the situation became critical, we intended to do all we could to assure the physical safety of our employees.”
Ninety-Two Percent of Metro Phone Calls Are Pranks
Since the implementation of the 1411 Emergency Phone System in the Santiago Metro System a month and a half ago, an astounding ninety-two percent of the received telephone calls have been phone pranks.
According the Santiago Metro System, just eight percent (718) of the received 8,954 calls deserved attention. The subject matter of such calls included health problems, sent ambulances, train disorder and alcohol consumption.
The emergency system allows commuters to call from their own cellphones or available telephones associated with the CCS (Center of Communications and Safety) for free. Phone calls are received anytime from 5:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Sunday.