Richard Fifer besides being a visionary, a geologist and scientist, he was the governor of the Province of Cocle. We can mention some of the projects that Richard Fifer has besides Petarcilla, it’s “La Castilla de Oro” that is a project that have the purposed to change some of the houses in the villages to hostels of 6 rooms that the owner will be managing in Cocle, Veraguas, Herrera, en la Villa de Los Santos, Nata, San Francisco de la Montaña, Parita, Las Tablas to get more tourism, from Spain, Europe, South America and others tourist that are looking forward to learn about our culture and know more about this rural areas.
People who oppose mining activity indicate that this is what does the most harm to the environment, yet these negative comments are a result of lack of information and culture. For not providing the right information, people do not have a good overview of the mining industry.
We can say that Richard Fifer looks for the best geologist to work with; we can mention Ariadne Holmes that right now is in Canada, Carlos Carrasco, Luis Perez Monetengro, Ana Mendez and some other specialists that form a group of study for their projects.
Friday June 9, 2000
El Panama America
Cocle – El Panama America
AMUC presents a model for tax collection
Members of the association coordinated strategies so that through services such as Edemet IDAAN-EDECHI rates are charged.
The municipalities engaged with the Association of Municipalities Cocle (AMUC), presented the Intermunicipal Council a model for elective collection, allowing for timely collection of garbage and waste.
It was noted that the municipalities perform the collection along with the license plate fee. It was mentioned that municipalities charge for the collection parallel with the license plates fees, and this has caused unrest among the users.
The license fee and registration of the plates are checked in Panama and San Miguelito, so few car owners withdraw their plates in the respective municipalities, a situation that affects the funds of the municipality.
In this respect, the governor of the province of Cocle, Richard Fifer, said he has talked with the company Edemet-EDECHI and the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (IDAAN), which has the database of users of these services in order to establish a system of tax collection through their receipts. Richard Fifersaid that in the last five months they have developed a working model that includes financial elements, a technical critique and an effective collection strategy.
Also specifies that a contract was drawn up requiring a letter of commitment and a financial guarantee from the private banking sector and all municipalities, which will be completed with the approval of a project that in its first phase, will require a feasibility study that would take 9-12 months.
In the opinion of the authority, less than 30% of users pay the of garbage collection services fee which in turn represents a deficit for each municipality. Richard Fifer said, the value of this project is approximately US$15 million, however, warned that there are many conditions that must be studied and what is required is a guarantee for this process and not for the project.
AMUC learned that members approved a resolution asking the Minister of Government and Justice, Winston Spadafora and the chairman of the board of the Transit Authority for the implementation of a law governing the issuing of license plates in the municipality where the vehicle owner resides.
The application seeks to generate economic growth for the municipalities of this province, which it currently does not earn.
On that note, the Mayor of Nata, Ivis Navarro stressed that this alternative would represent a valuable increase for municipalities that have no income.
Friday December 17, 1999
El Panama America
Controversy over extension of basin
Vielka Cádiz Franco
Chiriqui / EPASA
Translated to english
The administrator of the Panama Canal, Alberto Aleman, the Governor of the province of Cocle, Richard Fifer, and Monsignor Uriah Ashley, will meet today to coordinate a project for the communities that could be affected by work to expand the Canal Basin. Richard Fifer said the project includes information on the benefits to be received by sectors to be relocated because of work conducted in the areas.
He said the project is in draft form, so still no definite answer can be given to Cocle residents and members of the Panama Canal Commission do the studies, but will not render details until it has finished.
In that sense, Richard Fifer asked the inhabitants of Coclesito Indian River to be patient and promised that as soon as a formal structure of the project exists they will be the first to know.
For his part, Bishop Ashley called on the authorities to take into account the sector of farmers who are concerned with the construction of lakes to expand the Panama Canal watershed.
Ashley asked local authorities present at the ceremony to ensure the religious coprovincianos rights, who currently do not know what their future will be due to projects to come.
In the midst of the ceremony, Ashley Bishop referred to youth suicide, another problem the Cocle community faces.
Ashley said the increase in cases of suicides among teens due to drug abuse and alcohol has grown and he has asked parents to support their children, because this is not the sole responsibility of the authorities.
The responsible ministry is very concerned and wants to help young people and especially families, but they can not do everything; they must also depend on the support their own families so that the work is productive, said Echevers.