Covid-19 In Light Of The Reparation
Renova Foundation adopts measures and supports actions for the preservation of health in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Renova Foundation takes measures to preserve the health and well-being of employees and society amidst the increased spread of the new coronavirus in Brazil. Decisions are made based on the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health.
The provisions cover both direct and outsourced employees who work in Renova’s administrative areas, as well as those involved in construction and other reparation activities carried out in the field.
The Renova Foundation monitors the spread of the coronavirus throughout the affected territory. It will continue to adopt, where necessary, prevention and safety actions by region following regional, national, and international protocols. The decisions and information shared on this page are regularly evaluated and updated according to changes in the scenario.
* positioning updated on May 25
SUPPORT TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES
The renovation and expansion of the Children’s Psychosocial Care Center (CAPSij) in Mariana were completed and delivered to the municipality on May 15. The works had been suspended on March 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, they were resumed early April after an agreement between the Mariana Municipal Office and the Renova Foundation to use the new structure to support the public health system in actions related to COVID- 19.
The approximately 60 health and social protection professionals working in Mariana and Barra Longa (MG) continue to serve the affected public under the management of the municipal health secretaries.
The 12th Federal Court ordered a compensatory payment of R$ 84 million to the Government of Minas Gerais and R$ 36 million to the Government of Espirito Santo to reinforce the fight against the pandemic of the new coronavirus, especially in the municipalities of the Doce River Basin. The total amount (R$ 120 million) was deposited by the sponsors of the Renova Foundation to comply with the judicial order and is being mostly used for the acquisition of pulmonary ventilators. The purchase of hospital equipment is the responsibility of the state governments, and the supervision is the responsibility of the Judicial Branch and other control bodies (TCE/MG and TCE/ES). The amounts will be used to compensate for the damage caused by the Fundao dam collapse.
CUSTOMER SERVICE TO THOSE AFFECTED CONTINUES
The loss of profit payment for 2019 was expected to be finalized on March 31. It was necessary to extend the deadline given the social isolation guidelines everyone has to follow. The Renova Foundation continues to work remotely as not to impact those affected who were not served yet.
The offices of the Mediated Indemnity Program (PIM) and the Information and Service Centers (ISCs) were closed. The 0800 service line remains active. The team has adopted protocols for the prevention and adaptation of their work routine.
Water supply in the towns that depend on the Renova Foundation – by water tank trucks and distribution of large mineral water jars – is kept in place. Water pumping in Linhares (ES) is also maintained.
Administrative service continues remotely
The Renova Foundation’s offices in the cities and towns of Belo Horizonte, Mariana, and Governador Valadares, in Minas Gerais, and Colatina and Linhares, in Espirito Santo, have been operating as usual, but remotely, since March 16.
WORKS FOLLOWING NEW SAFETY MEASURES
On May 5, the gradual resumption began of works that had been partially suspended on March 23. Among the works resumed are: the construction of the resettlements of Bento Rodrigues (MG) and Paracatu de Baixo (MG), the family resettlements, recovery of the Camargos waterfall (MG), readjustment of the Mariana Sanitary Landfill (MG) and renovation of the Gomes Freire Square, in Mariana.
On May 21, the resumption was embargoed until May 31 by the Mariana Municipal Office (MG), through the Covid-19 Management Committee responsible for the Prevention and Contingency Plan for Public Health to present this plan. The Foundation reinforces that it is working following Municipal Decree 10.071/20, which instituted the Strategic Plan for Resumption of activities in the municipality of Mariana (MG). Accordingly, the Foundation presented its Resumption Action Plan and obtained approval from the COVID Management Committee and the Municipal Commission for Affairs related to Renova (Comar), for the partial resumption of its works.
The activities planned for the resumed works are:
Bento Rodrigues (MG): activities focused on earthworks, containment, foundations, and buildings. In the Bento Rodrigues resettlement, the houses are built by the construction company HTB, and the lots of the properties are in different stages: lot containment, Foundation, masonry, and roofing. The Municipal School and the Health and Service Center are in the masonry stage.
Paracatu de Baixo (MG): the following works are planned: earthworks, Foundation of houses with simplified licenses and storm drains. The works are carried out by the construction company Andrade Gutierrez, executing the following activities: landfill in section B, reinforced containment area; earthworks for access roads and lots; works for storm drains, water and sewage networks. In December 2019, the construction of the foundations of the first houses began.
Family resettlement: the Renova Foundation acquired 41 properties for families that opted for this type of service, provided for in the reparation guidelines regarding the right to housing. This modality is intended for households that have not chosen for collective resettlement. 15 properties will be renovated, 24 will be built, and 2 vacant lots will be acquired.
The Renova Foundation reinforces that all matters that may impact the resettlement deadlines are handled through Public Civil Action.
Recovery of the Camargos waterfall: removal of tailings, revitalization of the well and revegetation of the surrounding forest. For the resumption, workers from Mariana (MG) that were mobilized will work outdoors, 500 meters away from the urban center of the district.
Improvement of the Mariana Sanitary Landfill: interventions such as assembly of the structure of the recycling depot and completion of the administrative building, in addition to earthworks. The improvement works will guarantee that the waste is inserted in duly watertight places to prevent contact between the garbage and the natural terrain.
Renovation of the Gomes Freire Square: provides for improvements in accessibility, lighting, landscaping, and furniture considering the historical aspects of the square in Mariana (MG), built at the end of the 19th century. About 20 workers are digging outdoors with the use of equipment in an area of 5,000 m², surrounded by hoarding panels, which guarantees the execution of the work without agglomeration.
Security measures adopted:
In structuring and planning the resumption of works, the Renova Foundation followed guidelines from official bodies. The use of local labor is a priority. Employees from outside Minas Gerais (migrated) return to work only when strictly necessary (contract managers, engineers or operators of specific machines that do not exist in the region). In situations where this is the case, professionals need to stay in quarantine for at least twelve days. Those who are going back to the job now have gone through this period of isolation.
Other measures are:
- Non-mobilization of people over the age of 60 and with pre-existing diseases.
- Availability of masks and alcohol hand sanitizer.
- Daily measurement of employees’ body temperature.
- Reduced occupancy on buses and vans to provide more space between passengers.
- Increase, when applicable, in the number of vehicles to transport employees.
- Everyone must maintain a safe distance of 1.5m in the cafeteria and in other environments.
- Meals served at special times and in the form of lunchbox.
- Intensification of hygiene in work areas.
- Application of health conditions questionnaire and temperature measurement.
- Isolation of employees in case of flu symptons.
- Conducting tests on employees with kits purchased for suspected cases.
Daily analyses of the pandemic, guide the decisions to expand or reduce teams and works, always considering the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and medical and health authorities. Decisions are constantly evaluated and adapted to changes in the scenario.
FIELD WORK IN GROUPS IS SUSPENDED
Part of the field activities is suspended. Seedling production activities for forest restoration continue to be carried out, with actions to mitigate the risks of contamination or proliferation of the virus. Training and activities will be resumed later.
In the Upper Doce River region, animal feed supply activities and animal care services at the Castro and Agua Branca farms continue, with preventive measures.
BOOSTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY
The Develop the Doce River working capital fund, created by the Renova Foundation in 2017 and managed by the Minas Gerais Development Bank (BDMG) and Espirito Santo Development Bank (Bandes), adopted emergency actions to support the micro and small business in the affected municipalities in the face of the crisis caused by COVID-19. In addition to reducing the interest rate to 0.45% per month for credit to micro and small companies, the Financial Transaction Tax (IOF) and the Credit Analysis and Opening Rate (TAAC) are now included in the line of credit. The fund is meant for undertakings in the municipalities affected by the collapse of the Fundao dam in Mariana (MG).
The Renova Foundation assists informal workers to become registered Individual Microentrepreneurs (MEI). With this registration, the professional can issue invoices for services rendered, and has access to credit lines from banks with special conditions and lower interest rates. It also gives access to rights such as retirement, maternity leave, and sickness benefits. There are informational booklets and videos available, and a team on hand to assist with their registration.
Collaborative maps of the #fiqueemcasa project were posted online for the towns of Linhares, in Espirito Santo, and Mariana, Governador Valadares, and Ipatinga, in Minas Gerais. The tool helps micro and small entrepreneurs to connect with those who want to shop or hire services without leaving home. The maps will be active for as long as health officials recommend social isolation.
Since its implementation, the Renova Foundation has partnered up with some of the leading educational centers in vocational courses in the country, such as Sebrae, Senai, and Sesi. Classes are offered throughout the region that was impacted by the Fundao dam collapse. As a way of maintaining the commitment of training and providing learning alternatives in this moment of isolation, Renova offers online courses, totally free of charge.
The Renova Foundation supports the distribution of educational videos for students in the municipal network of Mariana (MG). As a result of a partnership with the company Lunatica, the series of 15 videos of 10 to 12 minutes, is published on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on the Youtube channel of Mundo Jojoba and sent via WhatsApp to school communities. The contents are playful and educational, and include traditional games, storytelling, music and dance.
Since the Renova Foundation serves all kinds of audiences, it is distributing reliable information about the pandemic.
Communication with the territory was expanded, and the affected population is receiving information about the coronavirus through the official Renova channels, placing the knowledge of the team and its partners at the service of the communities.
Through Radio programs and WhatsApp messages, information is shared throughout the territory about coronavirus prevention, mental health, financial tips, among others.