Mexico City / 09.08.2021 03:18:31
Amid the stridency for the presidential hopefuls to 2024, Martí Batres, Secretary of the Government of Mexico City, he ensures that he is not distracted, as he is used to giving good results in each of his assignments and that is only achieved with concentration.
“If I start thinking about what follows, I get distracted, better focus on what I have to do, it is the most appropriate and what gives the best results.”
For this reason, it rejects that it has reached the Government Secretariat to rebuild or shore up the path of the Head of Government, Claudia Sheinbuam, to the presidential chair, since he does not like to do futurism and prefers to concentrate on the tasks of the capital government.
In an interview with MILLENNIUM, Batres ensures that the doors of dialogue with the incoming mayors are open and rejects that their work is hindered. He also talks about the government initiatives to be undertaken, the promotion of citizen participation and dialogue with all political and social forces.
-What are the orders that you have at the head of the Government Secretariat?
“I got to strengthen the work of the government, there is a plan, a program, there is a project and that project has been established since the beginning of the six-year term and will continue to develop. My task is to strengthen the realization of that project. It is about strengthening in the second stage, many governments do.
“We are going to talk about fundamental axes: one is to strengthen the government-citizen relationship, a second question is to promote, strengthen the forms of citizen participation in public affairs. This is a very important issue, especially after the pandemic, because the covid -19 sent the people their houses, so it is about rebuilding that fabric.
“A third issue is to support all means of social and cultural appropriation Of public policies by the population, very important things have been done and not necessarily people know it, for example we have two new universities and many people do not know it, we have a city with universal internet and many people do not know it. Fourth, it would be the relationship with all the political, social and economic actors in Mexico City. “
-What are the government initiatives that you will promote?
“The consultation deadlines for two very important programs of the general development plan and the land use planning program were modified, so they had to be ready in a very short consultation period of one week and this approach was put aside. There is already an initiative to reform those deadlines in such a way that we have at least six months of consultation with citizens, indigenous peoples, and neighborhood citizen networks.
“There is also a change in terms of participatory budget that allows to facilitate that it is exercised and that these resources are used by the mayors. Another reform in the matter of citizen participation is also being prepared that will come later. On the other hand, the government has been attentive to this consultation convened by Congress at the request of the President of the Republic and with the endorsement of the Supreme Court of Justice, we support in what corresponded to us in material matters to give guarantees of participation citizen and we are going to generate all the forms that there may be. We must continue to develop a civic awareness of participation and lparticipatory democracy also implies a different political culture “
-Will the capital government promote the mandate revocation consultation?
“We are going to do what we have to do from the institutional side. There are aspects to address regarding this consultation, on the one hand, as citizens, we can all participate, including those who are civil servants, we have our citizens’ rights.
“As a government, also as we did in the last consultation, we will establish the necessary agreements to provide the material security and logistics guarantees to carry it out. We are also interested in the subject in terms of governance, It is of interest to the Secretariat of the Government of Mexico City the revocation of the mandate because obviously the ratification of the ruler is very important in terms of governance of the country and therefore of the capital of the republic “
-How is the relationship with the outgoing and incoming mayors?
“From now on we have been establishing the link with everyone, I have had communication with several of them and with those who have been willing, we have met. With Mauricio Tabe which is the PAN, with Rubalcava which is from the PRI, with Sandra Cuevas which is from the opposition coalition, with Quijano from Cuajimalpa, which is the PRI, the elected mayor of Tlalpan requested an appointment but then she canceled it herself.
“U.S we are open to receive any of the opposition mayors who want to come. We are talking on my part with the outgoing mayors with the incoming mayors and I am looking for the interaction process to take place. We define this stage in three phases, first the political tables throughout August; second, the transition tables throughout September and, third, the formal process of delivery reception which by law is from October 1 to 15. They have already sat in Miguel Hidalgo, they made their table; in Azcapotzalco, the outgoing mayor Vidal has already allocated a space in the office for the incoming mayor Margarita Saldaña. In several places they are agreeing.
“We must not fail to see a question of the mayor: he is still the one who is in office and is mayor until the last day of September with full powers. Regardless of whether the dialogue of the entrants is established, we must not fail to observe this legal question ”.
-Will you support the head of government in case of presidential aspirations?
“The issues that have to do with this question are to be discussed with the head of government herself. What the President has said about it is very interesting, but you have to discuss these issues with the head of government. I came to work with many social political actors of the citizenship and in their case I am attentive to the instructions that Claudia Sheinbaum has prepared on properly political issues. “
-And do you see yourself as head of government?
“That is another issue and it will be touched on in due course, it is not my place to talk about it. I’m not used to doing futurism, that is, what do I do, focus on my work. Yes, I can tell you that I have always paid off in all my responsibilities, in the responsibility that I am, I have a plan, I have my tasks, I fulfill them. It is what I try to do in each responsibility, if I start to think about what follows I get distracted, the better I focus on what I have to do, it is the most appropriate and what gives the best results ”.