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The opening ceremony was attended by the Director General of the ARN, Andrés Stapper Segrera; the mayor of Tierralta, Daniel Montero Montes, and guests of the reincorporation process. Photo: ARN Communications.
Decree 066/2021 of Tierralta City Council formalized the creation of the Technical Board for Reincorporation in this municipality in southern Córdoba, following a process of coordination and public policy advocacy between the Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization (ARN) and the Local Administration.
This is a technical and operative body, whose purpose will be the inter-institutional coordination to plan and follow up the policy of social and economic reincorporation of people who make their transition to civilian life in the municipality of Tierralta, where 49 ex-combatants who make their transition to civilian life reside, being the largest number settled in Córdoba.
The opening ceremony took place at the Centro de Recursos Educativos Municipales - CREM (Municipal Educational Resources Center) and, with the presence of the Mayor of Tierralta, Daniel Montero Montes, and the Director General of the ARN, Andrés Stapper Segrera, this municipal body was established, which will continue to leverage new achievements for the consolidation of the 'Peace with Legality' policy in the territories.
The Director General of the ARN highlighted the importance of this achievement which, in the Caribbean, is added to the already consolidated Technical Boards for Reincorporation in Bolívar, Sucre and Córdoba.
“This body is the proposal for us to continue building peace from the territories, having Tierralta as the central axis of the reincorporation process in Córdoba. Within the framework of President Iván Duque's 'Peace with Legality' policy, the dialogue between the Nation and the territory is fundamental to advance in the rooting to legality of 13,000 ex-combatants who have been committed to this policy. The technical board seeks to generate a schedule of these seven warranties that were incorporated in the road map of the National Development Plan 'Pacto por Colombia, pacto por la equidad' ('Pact for Colombia, Pact for Equity')", concluded Andrés Stapper Segrera.
Various guests from the reincorporation process also attended, such as Santander Padilla, from the department of Córdoba. In addition, the head of Reincorporation of the UN Mission in Colombia, Alessandro Preti, attended online.
The mayor of Tierralta, Daniel Montero Montes, emphasized that "it is a great achievement to continue reaching these significant advances, hand in hand between the national and municipal governments, for the benefit of each person in the reincorporation process in our municipality".
Who are the members of the Technical Board for Reincorporation?
The Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization (ARN), the Agencia para la Renovación del Territorio (Agency for the Renewal of the Territory, ART, from its name in Spanish), the Agencia de Desarrollo Rural (Rural Development Agency, ADR, from its name in Spanish), the Ombudsman's Office and the Unidad Nacional de Protección (National Protection Unit, UNP, from its name in Spanish) are all part of the national government).
The Córdoba Reincorporation Board is made up of the Secretary of Government and Community Development, the Planning Secretary, the Local Health Directorate, the Secretary of Education, Culture and Sports, the Command Office of the Tierralta Police Station, the Command Office of Battalion 46, the Municipal Office of the Attorney General, and the Agricultural, Livestock and Environmental Technical Assistance Unit at the municipal level.
Three representatives of the Córdoba reincorporation process will participate, including at least one woman, as a remarkable aspect.
Reincorporation moves forward in Tierralta
The national government has approved and disbursed funds for 26 individual productive projects involving 34 ex-combatants in order to ensure the economic sustainability of people undergoing reincorporation in Tierralta. All this, thanks to an investment of $272 million Colombian pesos in sectors such as agriculture, livestock, and small businesses, inter alia.
Likewise, out of the eight productive initiatives being developed in Córdoba, two are implemented in Tierralta. One of them involves 16 people in reincorporation in pig raising.
In this municipality the ARN led the strategy to strengthen 'Mambrú' protective environments in regard to the community component, with the participation of 43 children and adolescents.
Finally, in education and academic training, out of a total of 44 ex-combatants linked in Tierralta to the 'Traveling Teacher' strategy, developed by the ARN in coordination with the National Open and Distance University (UNAD), two of them graduated last July with bachelor's degrees: one in the municipal township and the other in the La Chica village