SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – As part of their commitment to continue improving visitors’ travel experience and the quality of life of residents in tourist areas, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), Carla Campos, and the executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), José Ortíz, announced significant advances on the repairs to the electric grid in the San Juan area. These repairs stem from Campos convening key government agencies at the beginning of this month to create a collaborative agenda which has yielded immediate results. The multi-agency initiative aims to increase security measures in tourist zones all over the Island, starting with San Juan.
PRTC coordinates the efforts of agencies collaborating on this project, working especially close with PREPA and the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP). While permanent repairs are made by the pertinent authorities, PRTC has installed temporary illumination on light posts in selected areas.
For example, PRTC made urgent repairs to areas like Ventana al Mar, La Princesa Promenade and the Gate to San Juan, among others. Meanwhile, PRERA informed that work on several areas of the Condado Avenue, McLeary St. in Ocean Park, Canals St., Santurce Marketplace (La Placita de Santurce), and La Perla have been completed and work continues at Loíza Street and Miramar where several popular guesthouses and restaurants are located. The city of Old San Juan is also high on the list of priorities and key sites are being identified to begin work. At the same time, a DTOP team has been providing support and works alongside the PRERA team.
“Since day-one we have been clear about the importance of providing suitable levels of illumination to safeguard everyone, be it local or international visitors. As the agency responsible for the recovery and development of tourism on the Island, this is a priority. Restoring the peace of mind and trust of those visiting tourist areas is our goal. We are very grateful to all agencies who have collaborated to achieve these improvements in record time and reiterate our commitment to this project as we continue including more key areas to the work Governor Ricardo Rosselló has entrusted us with”, stated the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
The executive director of the Puerto Rico Power Authority, José Ortíz, expressed his dedication to guarantee the safety and well-being of everyone. “These are the reasons why we are striving very hard to reestablish electric power to our communities. This initiative will be repeated in all tourist areas, urban centers and roads of Puerto Rico”, added Ortíz.
The Tourism Company spearheads a multi-agency task force created at the beginning of the month to optimize visitors’ experience. In addition to repairs and improvements to the power grid, steps have been taken alongside law and order agencies to establish a surveillance structure in partnership with the private sector and community organizations. The task force is also considering measures to handle, in a responsible and humane way, the issue of homeless persons in areas popular among visitors.
San Juan district senator, Miguel Romero, added, “We have been working alongside the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to prioritize restoring electric power illumination to the tourist areas in San Juan. It is imperative for our visitors to be able to enjoy their stay and provide residents with better security and quality of life. I thank Carla Campos and José Ortíz for their leadership in coordinating efforts to accomplish such progress”.