The municipalization of San Javier

Magdalena Odarda, provincial legislator.

With the signature of a hundred neighbors, with a map of the future municipal ejido and with the wonderful history of Fort San Javier under their arms, residents of that community returned to the Legislature once again, seeking compliance with the mandate. constitutional of article 226 of the Constitution of the province of Río Negro.

The project that bears the number 542/24 was entered through the Provincial Legislature’s entry table at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. With joy and the hope that this time, the right to the municipalization of Fort San Javier will become a reality, the neighbors climbed the stairs to the second floor of the legislative building carrying signs made with their own hands. In some you could read “Municipio yes”, in others: “Comuna, no” and “Fuerte San Javier. God blesses our land.”

In 1989 – 35 years ago – the pro-municipalization commission of Fuerte San Javier officially presented the municipalization project, along with the support of intermediate entities such as the United Youth of IDEVI, the educational community of primary school No. 3, the Cooperating Commission of the Peripheral Health Center, the Advisory Council of the San Javier Extension Agency representing the eight groups of producers (according to the geographical distribution carried out by the IDEVI at that time), political parties and human rights organizations, among others. .

There were many other attempts for Fort San Javier to become a Municipality, but they were all frustrated for different reasons and interests.

Two years ago, the Development Commission indicated that Fort San Javier – founded in 1782 – had 3,000 inhabitants, 2,000 voters and 600 electricity meters. “Municipalization was an inalienable objective.”

Converting the Development Commission into a Municipality will allow institutional changes according to the number of inhabitants and the resources necessary to grow and develop.

Municipalizing is an act of justice: today there are sister municipalities in Río Negro with fewer inhabitants, but that are recognized as such, with the benefits that this entails. The fact of not being a municipality implied great losses of territory and opportunities. The neighbors hope to be protagonists of a historic moment: the emergence of “municipality no. 40” from Río Negro.

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