Tuesday 22 June 2021

Municipalities Need To Get Their Act Together

12289669_695248003951339_7112260621492416770_n

TICO BULL – The aspiring mayor of Santa Ana, Peter Guevara and brother of legislator Otto Guevara, on his Facebook page asks the question: why does it take so long in Santa Ana get a simple building permit?

Peter goes on to tell us the story of Doña Mayra Sosa, a resident of Salitral, whose request for a building permit to change the roof of her pathway of her hour took seven days, that included four trips to the municipal offices and other trips to the INS and AyA.

- Advertisement -

The work is less than ¢500.000 colones, yet, the tramitomania (paperwork) in Santa Ana demotivates anyone from doing anything or at least doing it legally.

In the words of Doña Mayra, “it was very exhausting to go back and forth, here and there, like a bouncing ball.”

In her case, other than travelling by bus to downtown Santa Ana from her home in Salitral (up from the cruce de Santa Ana), she had to go to Pavas and Escazu for the INS, since the Santa Ana office is only an authorized sales agent.

Doña Mayra also had to find a “libreria” (office supply store) to buy legal paper and a pen to write out her request, since the “muni” (municipality) doesn’t have a form for this.

- Advertisement -

The sad part is the Doña Mayra’s story is not an isolated one, this happens all day long at the Santa Ana muni, be it for a simple construction permit, to obtaining a business license and just about anything else official, that can take months.

And this waiting is not only for the small people, the AutoMercado supermarket chain’s plans for a Santa Ana store has been mired in red tape. To be fair, the supermarket is having the same problem in three other municipalities. And each AutoMercado requires an average investment of US$4 million dollars and provides around 100 direct jobs, many of them local. See story

As Peter Guevara notes, municipalities need to be led by people with innovative thinking and management vision to improve the quality of services, public works and to encourage investment and employment.

In the words of Guevara, “we must unleash the creative and productive powers of Costa Rica by eliminating paperwork and inefficient regulations and obstacles that make it very difficult, or impossible, for individual (and business) to prosper.”

In the example of Doña Mayra, it took more time to obtain her permit than to carry out the work. This type of backwards thinking in Santa Ana and many other municipalities around the country lead people to do things illegally.

Before you say this is just a political stunt, and though you may not be wrong, the problem is very real.

- Advertisement -

12289741_695248010618005_6657672713103646486_n 12310437_695248027284670_4709483332645510773_n 12278959_695248057284667_7907094030982274629_n 11227908_695248067284666_4586906176569178687_n

Photos from Peter Guevara‘s Facebook page

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Previous articlePollo Alla Cacciatora
Next articleDowntown San Jose
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Pandemic reinforces the Costa Rica’s attractiveness as a global destination for wellness tourism

QCOSTARICA - The pandemic caused by Covid-19 fuels the strategy of...

Treasury threatens to close doors to Sinpe Móvil to avoid tax evasion

QCOSTARICA - What had been a good tool as a payment...

MOST READ

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 15: 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate

Today, Tuesday, June 15, vehicles with plates ending 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 18: 9 & 0 CANNOT circulate

Today, Friday, June 18, vehicles with plates ending 9 & 0 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Carlos Alvarado: “Don Rodolfo has my confidence”

QCOSTARICA - President Carlos Alvarado said he has all the confidence in his Minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT, Rodolfo Méndez Mata, and...

Week immersed in passage of tropical wave, June Solstice and Veranillo

QCOSTARICA - Today, Monday, June 21, is the day of the year when the sun stays the longest on the horizon, therefore it is...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 22: plates ending in 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate

Today, Tuesday, June 22, plates ending in 3 & 4 CANNOT circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

American woman found lifeless in hotel bathroom in Sabana

QCOSTARICA - A sad discovery occurred this Thursday morning in a hotel located in La Sabana, in San José, the lifeless body of a...

Pandemic reinforces the Costa Rica’s attractiveness as a global destination for wellness tourism

QCOSTARICA - The pandemic caused by Covid-19 fuels the strategy of positioning Costa Rica as a world destination to develop wellness tourism, since travelers...

Since 2018 MECO has received contracts from the State for more than ¢139 billion

QCOSTARICA - Almost ¢140 billion colones (US$227 million dollars) is the amount the MECO construction company was able to snare for public works contracts...

“Caso Cochinilla”: Name arose when comparing parasite with hidden corruption

QCOSTARICA - On Monday, the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) moved to the raid, seize and arrest of their investigation into corruption of public...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.