(August 12, 2020- Washington, D.C.)– The Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), Jennifer M. Storipan, the Executive Director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction, and Resilience (COR3), Ottmar Chávez, and the Federal Coordinator of the Recovery in Puerto Rico for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Alex Amparo, provided an update on the Hurricane recovery process to the Majority and Minority staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
During the conference call with the Majority and Minority staff of the House Homeland Security Committee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery subcommittee, the officials presented data and relevant information on the progress of the recovery from Hurricane María.
The Puerto Rico officials highlighted that since January 2020, the obligations of recovery projects have significantly increased, with more than 300 projects being the average approved. Additionally, the pointed out that five thousand projects have been obligated for the overall recovery.
“It is important to emphasize that during April, May, and June, more than 500 monthly project obligations were carried out. Meanwhile, in the entire recovery process, some seven billion have been obligated. This, without a doubt, is significant progress, considering that we have faced other disasters this year. While we recognize that there is a long way to go, Puerto Rico’s recovery is on track and in progress. We will continue to provide assistance to sub-recipients so that they can effectively continue their reconstruction work and achieve the proposed goals we have.” Chávez stressed.
On the other hand, it is important to highlight that out of the small projects that carry an estimated $123, 100 or less, more than 1,900 have been obligated, which amounts to about $82 million. Similarly, the officials discussed other initiatives that have been coordinated between FEMA and COR3 to advance projects of permanent critical infrastructure for the energy, education, and water sectors and will later be confirmed and disclosed.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Government of Puerto Rico, the COR3 team, and the Committee on Homeland Security to achieve our combined goal of a resilient island for future generations. Our mission is a historical one, and our team’s commitment is to continue providing support to the people of Puerto Rico before, during, and after disasters,” said Amparo.
“Puerto Rico has faced many unprecedented challenges this past year, but through it all, we’ve seen our people’s resiliency, and we are proud of how far we’ve come in our recovery, “said Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq., Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. “Today, the island is accelerating ongoing projects, and the people of Puerto Rico are seeing those results. We will continue collaborating with the Congressional Committees of jurisdictions to provide updates on ongoing revitalizing projects and the status of our island’s recovery”.
PRFAA, FEMA, and COR3 will continue providing communications and updates with the Committee as requested.