Next DR1 Daily News Update on Monday, 3 February
National District Mayor's Office presents its Territorial Ordering Plan
Santo Domingo Hotels recognize David Collado
Carolina Mejia says she will work closely with the Santo Domingo Hotels Association
Will Domingo Contreras take the National District?
Civic Participation commits mayor candidates
Rafael Paz reaches out to Catholics and Christians
National District candidates’ positions on key city issues
PRSC complains government has not disbursed due allotments
Gallup-Hoy poll: The Impact of propaganda on voter choices
Santiago is global leader in cigars, ProCigar coming in February
Hub Camara Santo Domingo set for March 2020
The controversial career of Angel Estevez
Luis Carvajal: Commission seeks to find a loophole to build hotel in protected area
Gerdau Metaldom agrees with government to destroy firearms
Dominican Republic to compete in World Baseball Classic
Toros del Este prepare for Caribbean Series
Magic and humor for St. Valentine's Day
Calendars of Japan 2020
Cirque du Soleil show in Punta Cana
Isle of Light DJ show set for March in Santo Domingo



Next DR1 Daily News Update on Monday, 3 February
The next DR1 Daily News update will be published on Monday, 3 February 2020. The Monday issue will compile headline news for the previous Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Breaking news can be followed 24/7 in the DR1 Forums. See DR1 Forum at https://dr1.com


National District Mayor's Office presents its Territorial Ordering Plan
The 2016-2020 term of Mayor David Collado ends on 24 April 2020. He decided against running for Mayor. But one of the achievements of his administration is the National District Zoning and Land Use Plan (Plan de Ordenamiento Territorial –POT 2030) officially presented on 29 January 2020 at the Fray Antón de Montesinos Monument venue. The 260-page plan was approved by the City Council in Ordinance No. 09-2019, dated 10 June 2019.

The Plan de Ordenamiento Territorial – Capital 2030 seeks to offers a clear vision of where to invest and how to do it rationally, as well as organize land use to ensure the sustainable development of the capital city of Santo Domingo. The plan was developed by technicians working under Architect Amin Abel of the National District Government Planning Office.

During the presentation of POT-Capital 2030, David Collado recognized architects, urban planners, sociologists and researchers for their contributions to the city planning and land management plan.

"This Plan contains the vision that we wanted to leave as a legacy and that we hope the city of Santo Domingo will reach in the coming years," said Collado.

"Our purpose is for the Dominican capital to become a compact, sustainable, equitable, resilient, livable and entrepreneurial city, a city that inspires us all," said the outgoing mayor.

POT Capital 2030 is the result of more than 18 months of work, in which officials and specialists from the Mayor's Office participated, along with national and international entities including ICMA/USAID, IDDI, City of Austin, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Columbia University, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dominican Federation of Municipalities (FEDOMU), INTEC university and other local experts. The validation process incorporated more than 2,000 citizens, 15 public institutions and private entities, and more than 280 social and community organizations.

In its editorial on 30 January 2020, Diario Libre says the plan’s implementation will depend on the next mayor. The editorialist highlights that the National District is home to around 1,101,000 inhabitants, but receives an additional million people that enter for various activities, including work and study, every day.

In the editorial, Ines Aizpun of Diario Libre writes:
“This plan comes almost at the end of the term of office of a mayor who has chosen not to be re-elected. David Collado has surrounded himself with a team of young and very technical professionals who have worked with enthusiasm. This plan is one of his achievements. “Whoever follows him in the position will have some of the work already done. And although each leader has a particular style and projects, adopting this plan or discarding it will also be... a declaration of intent.”

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Santo Domingo Hotels recognize David Collado
The Santo Domingo Hotels Association recognized National District Mayor David Collado for his contributions to the city. Collado has announced he will not seek reelection as mayor.

Roberto Henríquez, president of the Association, expressed appreciation for the rescue of the Malecón and the Fray Anton de Montesino Monument, on the eastern side of the sea-fronting boulevard.

The association also recognized Collado for his support to the promotion of the city in addition to the rescue of the iconic public spaces.

https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2020/01/...santo-domingo/
https://listindiario.com/la-republic...-david-collado


Carolina Mejia says she will work closely with the Santo Domingo Hotels Association
Carolina Mejía, candidate for Mayor of the National District for the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), presented to the Santo Domingo Tourism Cluster the plan she will develop if elected mayor on 16 February 2020. She met with city hotel representatives in an event organized by the Santo Domingo Hotel Association at the Santo Domingo Sheraton Hotel.

She proposes to promote attractions of the city in addition to the Colonial City to increase the number of visitors to the city. She said she would continue Mayor David Collado’s work on the Malecón and exploit other attractions in Santo Domingo. She said the destination has the most cultural, historical and gastronomical potential in the Dominican Republic.

"Santo Domingo has great tourist and cultural potential, and we must work together to continue making our capital a more internationally recognized destination,” she stressed.

https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2020/01/...ristico-de-sd/
https://hoy.com.do/entre-las-metas-d...-mas-amigable/


Will Domingo Contreras take the National District?
Polls had indicated Mayor David Collado (Modern Revolutionary Party) would win a reelection bid. But after he decided not to run for the position again, his successor Carolina Mejía was given the shortest of campaign times to convince voters she is best to continue in the capital city government.

Billboards of Carolina Mejía and long-time aspiring city government mayor, environmental activist Domingo Contreras dot the capital city with around two weeks for election day. Contreras is running for the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).

Other contenders are Hugo Beras for the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD); Johnny Ventura for People’s Force (FP), Bartolomé Pujals for Country Alliance (AlPais); Michael Miguel Holguín, for the Socialist Green Party (Pasove) and Marcel Font Frías for the Institutional Democratic Party (PDI).

Sigma Dos poll released on 29 January 2020 states that Domingo Contreras is likely to win. He has 37.1% compared to 31.5% of Carolina Mejía. Johnny Ventura is the runner up with 13.9%. Hugo Beras of the PRD has 2.6%.

The same poll says Abel Martínez in Santiago is most likely to be reelected. He has 64% support of eligible voters compared to 26.3% closest contender, Ulises Rodríguez of the PRM.

The Sigma Dos poll was carried out 18-20 January 2020 with 1,243 eligible voters, and a +/- 2.8% margin.

https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2020/01/...pegados-en-dn/
https://z101digital.com/encuesta-sig...ice-sigma-dos/
https://listindiario.com/la-republic...segun-encuesta


Civic Participation commits mayor candidates
The Citizen Participation (CP) civic movement and several candidates for mayor of the National District signed a pact on Wednesday in which the candidates commit to implement public policies that contribute to improving the lives of the people of the capital.

The candidates to mayor signed the "Pact for Municipal Democratic Governance," on Wednesday, 30 January 2020. The candidates commit to direct their greatest efforts to raise the quality level of municipal management in planning, administration and control.

The agreement was signed by Heiromy Castro, general coordination of Citizen Participation and municipal candidates for the National District, San Juan de la Maguana, Azua, Baní, Santiago, Cienfuegos, Puerto Plata, San José de Ocoa, Santo Domingo East, Santo Domingo West, Boca Chica, San Francisco de Macorís, La Vega, Jarabacoa, Barahona, San Pedro de Macorís, Las Terrenas and Cotuí, among others.

A Civic Participation press release says the candidates agreed to develop good governance following the mandates of the Constitution and laws, as well as to promote the strengthening and creation of tools and municipal regulations that guarantee the participation of social organizations, women, men and youth in equal conditions in decision-making instances.

https://n.com.do/2020/01/29/candidat...s-capitalenos/


Rafael Paz reaches out to Catholics and Christians
Running for senator for the National District for the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), Rafael Paz has met with Christian church leaders and committed to back their stand on life and family. The large evangelic movements in the country share the firm stand against abortion in any form. Paz is appealing to these communities.

Pastor Ezequiel Molina Jr. recently called for Christians to not vote for his opponent, deputy Faride Raful. Raful is running for senator as the candidate of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM).

Paz seeks to take an advantage over Raful, who while a practicing Roman Catholic backs health groups that favor incorporating exceptions allowing abortion in the Penal Code revision. Raful insists that this does not mean she is in favor of abortion.

https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2020/01/...de-rafael-paz/
https://listindiario.com/la-republic...ios-en-twitter
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https://hoy.com.do/rafael-paz-se-reu...-y-la-familia/


National District candidates’ positions on key city issues
The municipal elections are set for Sunday, 16 February 2020. The contenders in the National District are presenting their proposals on new platforms, such as Radio Intec, the Santo Domingo Economic and Social Council (Codessd) and the Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE) debates. Hoy gives a comparative rundown of several of the positions of the candidates in a feature on 29 January 2020.

Carolina Mejía is best known as the daughter of former President Hipólito Mejía (2000-2004). She has the backing of incumbent mayor David Collado. She is running on the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) ticket.

Domingo Contreras is running for the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD). He sought the nomination in 2016, but lost the party nomination to Roberto Salcedo, who sought a fourth term. Salcedo was defeated by David Collado, who has declined running for a second term as mayor.

Johnny Ventura seeks a second term as Mayor. He was mayor from 1998 to 2002, when he ran for the PRD. He is the candidate for La Fuerza del Pueblo (FP), the party led by ex-President Leonel Fernandez.

Hugo Beras is a former communications director for the Ministry of Foreign Relations. He is running for the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD).

Bartolomé Pujals is a 33-year old lawyer and professor at the PUCMM who made a name for himself as a Marcha Verde activist. He is the candidate for the Alianza País (AP) party.

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https://twitter.com/hashtag/EncuentrosRadioINTEC
https://www.intec.edu.do/prensa/nota...ho-a-la-ciudad
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PRSC complains government has not disbursed due allotments
The technical delegate before the Central Electoral Board (JCE) for the Christian Social Reformist Party (PRSC), Ramón Feliz Madera, denounced that the political parties have not yet received their budgeted allotments.

"That is fraud. A few days before the elections, it had never been seen that after the resources were allocated (to the JCE), the funds were withheld from the political parties to back candidacies in each of the voting districts. These are fraud tactics by the ruling party," Madera said.

The PRSC delegate added that the parties have assumed economic commitments with these resources and that the lack of them has left them "badly off. "They are drowning us," he added.

Madera made these statements while serving as an observer in the process of transferring the ballots from Editora Corripio to the JCE's logistics warehouse.

Following the statements by Madera, on 30 January 2020, El Dia newspaper reported that the Medina administration had just transferred the resources to the Central Electoral Board (JCE) for distribution to the political parties. The JCE president has stated that in February the political parties would receive RD$3.33 billion for campaign activities. The JCE has a budget this year of RD$10.86 billion, of which RD$4.5 billion is allotted for electoral expenditures.

Political Parties Law 33-18 establishes that in electoral years, the economic distribution by the state to the political parties will be 0.5 % of the income of public funds for their campaign activities.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...ion-del-estado
https://eldia.com.do/gobierno-transf...-para-campana/


Gallup-Hoy poll: The Impact of propaganda on voter choices
The usual means of political propaganda, whether they are rallies, billboard propaganda, promotional items, television and radio ads, or digital media, are not so decisive in the voter's decision to go to vote, according to the findings of the Gallup-Hoy public opinion study on 16-20 January 2020.

According to these results, 58.7% of adults said that television ads have little or no influence on who they will vote for. 55% of eligible voters said that political commentators and entertainment programs have little or no influence on their choice at the polls. 53% of those polled, said that radio programs and newspapers have no influence on them either.

The survey says that televised debates, so demanded by various sectors, influence little or nothing in the decision of 53.8% of voters. Only 50% said that television news programs have a little or a lot of influence on who they will vote for.

69.6% of the citizens say that the billboards and signs, very expensive propaganda media that politicians use to promote their candidacies, influence little or nothing in their preference at the moment of realizing their right to vote.

71.6% of those surveyed said that the delivery of brochures and flyers does not influence their decision. 67% say promotional items have little or no influence on their electoral preference. 57% said that rallies by politicians have little or no influence on their voting.

New technologies. Information technologies, used massively as new propaganda mechanisms, do not necessarily have a major impact on voters either, according to the Gallup-Hoy results. For 68% of the population, cell phone text messages and emails from parties or candidates have little or no influence on their voting decisions.

Of the candidates' websites, which contain activities or their proposals, 63.7% said that they have little or no influence on their preferences.

Regarding social media, which are known to create trends, 54% said that their level of influence in terms of the electoral decisions they make is little or non-existent.

https://hoy.com.do/la-incidencia-de-...-los-votantes/


Santiago is global leader in cigars, ProCigar coming in February
Juan Carlos Hernandez, president of the Santiago Commerce and Production Chamber, says that cigar exports lead free zone exports in Santiago. He called Santiago the world capital of handmade and premium machine-made cigars for the past 10 years.

People in the Cibao have been making cigars from locally grown tobacco for over 200 years. Over the past 60 years, production and exports have skyrocketed. The Dominican Republic today exports around 1 billion cigars a year. From January to October 2019, exports were US$664.55 million, according to statistics from the National Council of Export Free Zones (CNZFE).

Coming up is a major cigar smoking promotional event. ProCigar is the leading annual event to promote cigar industry in the country. This year events are programmed with stays at Casa de Campo and visits to the Tabacalera de García Cigar Factory in La Romana. This part of the festival is 16 to 18 February 2020.

Participants are then taken to Santiago for cigar field and factory tours from 18 to 21st February. There will be dinner parties and smoking of premium cigars during all activities. Lodging is offered at the Hodelpa Gran Almirante, Hodelpa Garden Court or Hodelpa Centro Plaza.

https://hoy.com.do/crecimiento-zf-sa...mia-del-cibao/
https://procigar.org/event/procigar-festival-2020/


Hub Camara Santo Domingo set for March 2020
Hub Camara Santo Domingo 2020 (“HUB 2020”) is scheduled for 17, 18 and 19 March 2020. This is the most important multi-sectorial trade and business-to-business (B2B) event in the country. There will be participants in technology, energy, construction, industry and agroindustry. The event will be held at the Hotel El Embajador. It is held to promote exports, investment, formal trade and commercial exchange.

The event is organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo (CCPSD), with the backing of the Dominican Association of Exporters (ADOEXPO), the Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic (AIRD), the Center for Export and Investment of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), the National Business Council (CONEP) and the National Competitiveness Council (CNC).

CEI-RD explains the emphasis is on attracting buyers from strategic markets in the United States, Europe and South America. "We will be making an important effort to bring to HUB 2020 international buyers from large and recognized platforms, with large scale purchasing capacity, so that our exports continue to present favorable numbers as those obtained in recent years," said Marius De Leon, director of CEI-RD.

https://www.hubcamarasantodomingo.do/


The controversial career of Angel Estevez
A feature in N Digital looks into the controversial career of current Environment Minister Angel Estevez. Estevez has been minister of Agriculture and Environment in the two Medina administrations. N Digital reports that with less than two years in office, Environment Minister Angel Estevez’s term has met with scandals that have lead sectors of Dominican society on several occasions to demand he be removed.

He has had constant clashes with environmental groups. Estévez's latest scandal is the granting of a permit for the construction of a hotel in the Cotubanamá National Park (Parque Nacional del Este), near the island of Saona. Such was the reaction that President Danilo ordered construction to stop. The President named a commission that includes the minister himself, to review the legality of the construction of the hotel.

N Digital recalls that upon Estevez’s appointment as Environment Minister, the removal of farming from the Valle Nuevo National Park took a step back. Estevez allowed farmers to return to plant strawberries, potatoes and onions, among other items. The Moscoso Puello Foundation has accused Minister Estévez on several occasions of allowing the return of large machinery, equipment and supplies that had already been evicted from the park by Estevez’s predecessor, Francisco Domínguez Brito.

But the lax attitude to farming in protected areas does not stop in Valle Nuevo. The Sierra de Bahoruco is another of the nightmares under Estévez's environmental management. The minister himself has justified planting avocados in this protected area, stating categorically "that he will not destroy a single tree that has been planted.” The park is now being used for the planting of Hass avocados for export. Avocados trees are large consumers of water. Environmental groups maintain that the Bahoruco Sierra is essential water source for the Dominican Republic and Haiti and the avocados will put stress on this water source.

The depredation of endemic species in the Félix Servio Ducoudray Natural Monument Scientific Reserve, better known as Las Dunas de Baní, also suffered under the term of Estevez. For weeks, trucks preyed on the natural area, until the bishop of the Baní diocese, Víctor Masalles, denounced the illegal act through social networks. It was not until then that the authorities ordered the reinforcement and subsequent stop to the mining of construction materials from the zone.

Guillermo Moreno, presidential candidate of the Alianza País party, calls Estévez the number one enemy of environmental preservation and protection in the Dominican Republic.

Ángel Estévez was appointed in May 2018, replacing Francisco Domínguez Brito at the Ministry of Environment.

As reported in N Digital, Estevez term at the Ministry of Environment was a follow up to his controversial work when he headed the Ministry of Agriculture. He was accused of monopolizing agriculture imports. Estévez has been criticized for serious conflicts of interest with his family businesses that represent agrochemicals and food imports (Eurosuministros, Tavan Caribe SRL, Agroterra Dominicana, Comercial Estévez, SRL, Joara Import, SRL, according to Al Pais deputy Fidelio Despradel.

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Luis Carvajal: Commission seeks to find a loophole to build hotel in protected area
The representative of the Committee for the Defense of Protected Areas, Luis Carvajal, assessed on 29 January 2020 the decision of President Danilo Medina to suspend the construction in the recreational area of Guaraguao-Punta Catuano. Carvajal warned that the actions against the construction in the protected area will continue in court because Medina did not annul the illegal permit that allowed the works. "The suspension creates a commission to see if it is possible to violate the law," said the environmentalist, when interviewed on CDN's Enfoque Matinal, channel 37.

Meanwhile, project promoter Juan José Hidalgo of Grupo Globalia, through a press release, says that his company has invested more than US$500 million in the country, employs about 3,500 people. A Spanish citizen, Hidalgo is also a naturalized Dominican.

"The land for Leaf Bayahibe was purchased in good faith, at the market price at the time, in 2000, after then-President Hipólito Mejía issued a decree authorizing construction in that area," the note says. The company argues it has received the environmental permit from the Ministry of Environment to build the hotel.

Nevertheless, in the press release, the company said the actual construction of the hotel has not started. The land was cleared to build new installations for Cotubanamá National Park staff. The statement says the environmental impact will be minimum as only 96 cabañas will be built.

https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2020/01/...medioambiente/
https://hoy.com.do/globalia-afirma-c...edio-ambiente/


Gerdau Metaldom agrees with government to destroy firearms
The Dominican government "Inter-Institutional Commission for the Destruction of Firearms," composed of the Ministry of the Interior and Police (MIP), the Ministry of Defense (MIDE) and the Attorney General's Office (PGR), signed a collaboration agreement with Gerdau Metaldom for the free destruction of confiscated, surplus or obsolete firearms.

The main purpose of signing the agreement is to guarantee the adequate destruction of these weapons, to ensure that they can never be used again for shooting and that this process does not involve risks for the personnel involved, the general population and the environment.

The activity was led by ministers José Ramón Fadul, of the Ministry of Interior and Police; Lieutenant General Rubén Darío Paulino Sem, of the Ministry of Defense; Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez, of the Public Prosecutor's Office; and Jefferson Marko, CEO of Gerdau Metaldom.

Gerdau Metaldom is the leading company in the Dominican Republic in the manufacture of finished steel products.

https://noticiassin.com/pgr-firma-ac...s-decomisadas/


Dominican Republic to compete in World Baseball Classic
The nine-game double elimination round begins 12 March 2020, when the top two teams from each pool will advance to the World Baseball Classic set for 2021. Participating in the March 2020 qualification rounds in March 2020, are Brazil, France, Germany, Nicaragua, Pakistan, South Africa. Also participating in qualification rounds are the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Panama, the Philippines, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The Dominican Republic is part of the 16 pre-qualified countries. These are Australia, Canada, China, Taiwan, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela. The countries received automatic invitations based on their performance in the 2017 tournament.

https://www.mlb.com/press-release/pr...-baseball-clas


Toros del Este prepare for Caribbean Series
This is the third time that the La Romana team, Los Toros del Este competes for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series, the regional championship league. The Toros had won the Dominican Professional Baseball Championship in 1994-1995, 2010-2011 and this 2019-2020. For their win this year, the Toros set a record for most wins in a championship with 51. Of these, 34 were in the regular season, 12 in the round robin and 5 in the playoffs).

The Toros say on their roster will be Yunesky Maya, Jorge Martinez, Carlos Hernandez, Raul Valdes and Paolo Espino. Also relief pitchers Frankie De la Cruz, Jhan Maríñez, Luis Santos and Warner Madrigal. Also, Tim Peterson, Anthony Carter, Warner Madrigal, closer Ramon Ramirez, as well as Wirfin Obispo, Jumbo Diaz and left-handed Romanista Fernando Abad.

Offensive players will include Peter O'Brien, Alen Hanson, Jorge Mateo, Jordany Valdespín, Junior Lake, Félix Pie and Rubén Sosa. Joining them from other Dominican teams will be Diego Goris (Aguilas), Gustavo Nunez (Estrellas Orientales), Wilkin Castillo and Jimmy Paredes (Leones) and Carlos Paulino (Gigantes del Cibao)

"We are very confident that this team will win the trophy,” said Raymond Abreu, general manager of Los Toros. "We are still making adjustments and if we see any possibility of improving the team we will do it," he added.

This year the Caribbean Series will be played in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 1 to 7 February 2020. The contenders are:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (Puerto Rico)
Toros del Este (Dominican Republic)
Cardenales de Lara (Venezuela)
Vaqueros de Montería (Colombia)
Astronautas de Chiriquí
Venados de Mazatlán orTomateros de Culiacán (yet to be decided in Mexico)

The Dominican Republic plays Mexico on the opening day of Saturday, 1 February at the Hiram Bithorn ball park in San Juan.

http://www.seriedelcaribe.net/
https://www.septimaentrada.com/liga-...gos-calendario
https://www.septimaentrada.com/liga-...-juegos-mexico
https://www.diariolibre.com/deportes...ibe-DD16731156


Magic and humor for St. Valentine's Day
In its 5th year, standup comedian Carlos Sánchez presents his St. Valentine's Day show. "Amor con humor se paga" will be performed at Escenario 360 of the Galeria 360 mall. An extra this year is the performance of Mago Karim from Colombia on the same evening. The event is scheduled Friday, 14 February at 8:30pm.


Calendars of Japan 2020
Galeria 360 mall presents the annual Japanese Embassy-backed Japanese calendars exhibition. The event is popular with art lovers given that it showcases the culture of Japan in a different manner. The exhibition will be open through 16 February.


Cirque du Soleil show in Punta Cana
Cirque du Soleil Bazzar acrobatic show is happening at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana since Wednesday, 29 January 2020. Bookings can be made for the show through 23 February.


Isle of Light DJ show set for March in Santo Domingo
Isle of Light electronic music show is scheduled for 14 March 2020 at Faro de Punta Torreccilla in Sans Souci. With him are Gwen Stefani, C. Tangana, The Raptura and more.