Santiago – The Santiago Aqueduct and Sewerage Corporation (CORAASAN) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), signed an inter-institutional agreement to carry out projects aimed at promoting a sustainable culture in the use of Water at the national level.
The agreement was signed by the general director of CORAASAN, engineer Andrés Burgos, and the rector of PUCMM, Fr. Dr. Secilio Espinal who committed to developing training programs, publications, research projects and mass education programs.
“This agreement will allow us to train our technicians and make them multipliers so that there is an awareness of the rational use of water because the sustainability of our operations in the province of Santiago and the country will depend on how much we manage to incorporate this human resource” Burgos maintained.
“The issue of water, environment and sustainable development has been a sensitive part and a transversal axis in the work of the university in all these decades, that is why it is part of this modern stage in the 20-30 agenda of the United Nations, the Development objectives, to continue working, deepening and creating those bases and conditions for an awareness, a culture and an education of the rational use of water”, highlighted the rector of PUCMM.
The house of higher studies will create a specialized academic offer for CORAASAN staff through the Center for Technology and Permanent Education (TEP), and its Academic Vice-Rectory and the Postgraduate Deanship, which will focus on graduate levels through TEP, and specialty and master’s degrees through the Academic Vice-Rectory and the Postgraduate Deanship.
Likewise, articles will be published in newsletters and magazines related to water management and administration issues, whose authors may be from both academia and CORAASAN.
For its part, the water treatment institution will facilitate its facilities to carry out field work and will provide the pertinent information on the water treatment process, including technical reports for the effective execution of the projects to be developed contemplated in this agreement, as well as , will have the power to choose the professionals who will participate in the contemplated training programs and monitor the attendance of the participants to the training sessions.
In addition, it will cover the cost of the projects that are developed and new projects that may arise in relation to the objective of the agreement.
Likewise, both institutions will develop dissemination and awareness programs for the population at the national level, in order to promote a sustainable culture on the use, management and administration of Water.
The monitoring of the commitments assumed will be coordinated by the PUCMM Water Management Unit and the General Directorate of CORAASAN.
At the event, engineer Andrés Burgos received a pin from the university, a gesture that symbolizes the formal welcome to the PUCMM family.
At the signing of the agreement, Mr. Burgos was accompanied by the director of Aqueducts, Mr. Elwin Rodríguez; the director of Residual Waters, Ing. Celeste Suazo; the Director of Planning and Development, Ing. Francis Ortega; the director of Loss Control, Jacqueline Cruz and the person in charge of International Cooperation, Lic. Rossina Abreu, as well as the member of the CORAASAN Council representing PUCMM, Ana Barranco.
From PUCMM, the Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation Ing. Juan Gabriel Faxas; the Academic Vice Chancellor, Ing. Julio Ferreira; the vice-rector for Administration and Finance, Dra. Iluminada Severino; the research coordinator of the Water Management Unit, Isis García Cartagena, members of the Dean of Postgraduate Deans and administrative staff.