Banasa opens the COLRED project at the Trifinio, southwest area of Guatemala.

BANASA INAUGURA EL PROYECTO COLRED EN ÁREA DEL TRIFINIO SUROESTE DE GUATEMALA

Guatemala, august 2009. On August 21, with support from Bananera Nacional S.A. (BANASA), the Local Project Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (COLRED) opened in the area of Southwest Trifinio Guatemala, an area highly affected by flooding in surrounding communities.

The project consists on training staff from the farm administration areas and community leaders from villages surrounding to BANASA’ss plantations, about natural disaster reduction. The idea is to educate the participants with the proper procedures to follow during the occurrence of a natural disaster in the area, and at the same time they act as leaders in their communities replicating this knowledge.

During the event, the Executive Secretariat of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), BANASA and communities in the Southwest Trifinio Guatemala, signed a letter of understanding for the creation of 18 new local coordinators for Disaster Reduction (COLRED) in the diverse communities of the departments of Retalhuleu, San Marcos and Quetzaltenango.

According to the agreement, the logistics of training and all teaching materials to be used will be provided by BANASA, the training will be taught by CONRED, which will follow up on projects undertaken in the communities regarding the prevention and reduction of disaster, and the group of Trifinio, COCODES, will be responsible for the integration of groups in the villages and the selection of each leader.

The guests were area community leaders, including members of the COCODES, mothers, COLRED coordinators, mayors, councilors and BANASA collaborators who participate in the training to be taught the last week of September.

The inauguration took place in the communal lounge of parcelamiento Chiquirin, Some of the attendees were Fernando Muniz, Director of Coordination of CONRED, Carolina Calderon, Legal Advisor to the Deputy Executive Secretary of CONRED, and Felino Sandoval, president of Southwest Trifinio. On behalf of BANASA attended Gustavo Bolaños, General Manager, Raul Barillas, Production Manager and Bernardo Roehrs, Corporate Director.