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Díaz-Canel: “In difficult times, think differently”

cuba construccionExpanding production of materials and accelerating the pace of construction, with greater agility, would allow Cuba to advance toward achieving the goal of building 60,000 houses a year, to address the population’s needs.

This approach was emphasized during a review of the national housing program, by the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who insisted forcefully on the need to transform current mechanisms to address delays, such as the delivery of cement to provinces, fundamentally to sales outlets affiliated with the Ministry of Domestic Commerce (Mincin), allowing the population greater access to construction materials, while at the same time contributing to the economy with increased retail sales.

“In difficult times, think differently,” he stressed to those responsible for the program, during the meeting, where causes of a number of efforts that are behind schedule were analyzed, according to the Presidential website, including the documentation process; renovations; the awarding of subsidies; repairs of building damaged during extreme weather events; the eradication of dirt floors; and special housing support for mothers with three or more children.

In terms of addressing population trends, the website indicated that Housing General Director, Vivian Rodríguez Salazar, reported that 479 families have benefitted from the effort, 271 with new homes constructed, 44 expansions, 140 rehabilitations, and the awarding of ten buildings as part of the state plan.

“It is time to complete the expansion of production capacity for construction materials at the local level, to allow for at least one dwelling per municipality (daily),” insisted Díaz-Canel, as key to meeting annual projections and advancing toward the goal of ensuring “comfortable and durable” housing for all.


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