Our poor planning • La Nación

Our poor planning • La Nación
Our poor planning • La Nación

The 37 Mayors of Huila and the Governor of the department have presented the development plans of their respective territorial entities to be approved by both the municipal councils and the Departmental Assembly for the period 2024 -2027, in which the projects must be included. that they proposed in the Government program of the winning candidate, as well as harmonizing them with the National Development Plan “Colombia, global potential of life” and with the Departmental Development Plan, in the case of the municipalities.

This planning work must be completed before May 31. However, I have reservations about the quality and effectiveness of these planning processes. Generally, less than 50% of what is proposed ends up being executed in these plans. Coordination between national, departmental and municipal programs and projects is very limited. And the worst thing is, strategic programs such as the Departmental Productivity and Competitiveness Plan are little taken into account by councilors and deputies when approving the four-year development plans.

As a consequence, many of our public works end up becoming “white elephants” such as the Maternal and Child Tower of the Neiva Hospital, the Tesalia/Paicol Irrigation District, the Neiva Wastewater Treatment Plant, and many others that would take too long. enumerate.

In addition to this, National Planning has been playing with Huila, locating it for planning processes, sometimes as part of the Surcolombiana Region next to Caquetá, Putumayo, Cauca, Nariño and Tolima, and other times as part of the Eastern Central Region to the side of Tolima, Cundinamarca and Boyacá, just as they have been doing since the last Duque government. I don’t know if these decisions are made in consultation with the affected regions or are just the result of the “genius” of the National Planning consultants.

I am very afraid that, given the very high level of centralism in our administrative political regime, so many times criticized, but never reformed (the efforts of constituents like Orlando Fals Borda were largely lost), the region has never been consulted on this decision. to define with which other territorial entities our progress should be planned. Unfortunately, Huila is not part of natural regions such as the Amazon, the Orinoquía, or the Caribbean.

Huila is part of the Andean country. But Huila was the colonizer of Caquetá and Putumayo, and together with Cauca and Nariño, today we are, as a region, the coffee axis of Colombia, the first producer of tilapia, rice, beef, a large producer of cocoa and fruits and Our external vocation looks to the Pacific much more than to the Atlantic. I wish these reflections were made by the planners.

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