MINAS GERAIS AND ESPIRITO SANTO RECEIVE MORE THAN R$ 800 MILLION TO INVEST IN EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Approximately R$ 240 million will be used to improve the infrastructure of schools in the municipalities affected by the Fundao dam collapse
An integrated action between the Renova Foundation, the governments of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, and the Doce River Mayors Forum, will allocate more than R$ 800 million to investments in education, infrastructure, and health in the region impacted by the collapse of the Fundao dam, in Mariana (MG).
Around R$ 480 million were deposited in court by September 2020. The rest will be deposited in six and 12 months, and released by the 12th Federal Court, according to the works’ schedule showcased by Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo States and by the City Halls.
Of the total amount, approximately R $ 240 million will benefit almost 900 state and municipal public schools, attended by more than 270 thousand students.
In this joint effort, compensatory resources from the Renova Foundation are directed to projects with collective and long-term impact in the Doce River Basin. In addition to the amount to be transferred to the education network, approximately R $ 600 million will be invested in highways in Minas and Espirito Santo in the Regional Hospital of Governador Valadares (MG) and the implementation of the Industrial District of Rio Doce (MG).
All compensatory expenses were approved by the Interfederative Committee (CIF). The transfer of the funds will be managed by the 12th Federal Court, located in Belo Horizonte.
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In-state schools, the funds will be used to carry out works such as expansions, renovations, and construction of sports fields, updating of computer rooms, purchase and refurbishing of school furniture, purchase of vehicles, and improvement of professional education labs. Of this total budget, Minas Gerais will receive investments in the order of R$ 44.3 million, while Espirito Santo will have R$ 34.6 million at its disposal.
For the municipal schools, funds will be distributed according to the population of each town. The amount will be invested in the construction and renovation of daycare centers, preschools, and elementary schools, in the refurbishment of school furniture and vehicles, in addition to consulting for strategic management in education. R$ 137 million will be allocated to schools in up to 35 municipalities in Minas Gerais and R$ 23 million to schools in 4 municipalities in Espirito Santo.
The funds allocated to education actions aim to improve the quality of life of the people affected by the Fundao dam collapse, especially children and young people, and contribute to a legacy of sustainable and inclusive development in the Doce River Basin.
The other projects that make up the Integrated Agenda in the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo have the potential to diversify the local economy, attract investments, and generate jobs and income. They will also facilitate access to important tourist hubs, such as the coast of Espirito Santo and the Doce River State Park in Minas Gerais, and favor the displacement of people and local and regional production flow.
Funds will be made available for road work along 153 km of highways in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo. R$ 140 million will be transferred to the government of Minas Gerais of which R$ 12 million will be used to renovate the MG-900 section to access the Doce River State Park (Bispo) and R$ 128 million to renew the section from MG-760, between BR-262 and Sao Jose do Goiabal – Cava Grande, which connects the Doce River Valley to the Zona da Mata region in Minas Gerais.
In Espirito Santo, R$ 365 million will be allocated for the execution of three road sections that give access to the Doce River mouth: ES-010, between Vila do Riacho and Regencia, ES-440, between BR-101 and Regencia, and ES-248, between ES-358 and Povoaçao.
To diversify the local economy, another R$ 12.2 million will be allocated to the municipality of Rio Doce, in Minas Gerais, to implement the Industrial District of Rio Doce, with an estimated area of 5,500 square meters.
Among the projects is the renovation of the Regional Hospital of Governador Valadares, located in the Health Macro-Region of Eastern Minas Gerais, which covers 86 municipalities and an estimated population of 1.5 million inhabitants. The government of Minas Gerais will receive R$ 75.3 million to proceed with the second stage of the construction and acquisition of equipment for the hospital, which will have 265 beds of which 176 general hospital beds, 39 for ER, and 50 for IC, in addition to 9 for operating rooms.