SANTO DOMINGO. - The deputy Pelegrín Castillo warned yesterday that the fact that more funds were allocated to the security of the Metro than to the border in next year’s Budget constitutes “a lack of national vision,” affirming that a good border policy must be a priority for development and national security.
The lawmaker, of the pro-government FNP party, said RD$77 million to secure the 380 kilometer border with Haiti is very low. “The lack of control at the border is makes it completely uncertain and places the entire Dominican State’s policy in doubt.”
Castillo, in reference to what newspaper Hoy revealed yesterday on the Border Security Corp’s (Cesfront) budget, said the border situation has been a failure of the Dominican State for a long time.
A bit more than RD$77 million has been allocated to security for the 380 kilometer long border, whereas the Santo Domingo Metro’s 14.2 kilometer span gets RD$105.8 million.
“A State which doesn’t take care of its border is at risk and is stepping on dangerous ground, above all when it shares the island with a collapsed State,” he said
Castillo said the nation is under an “extreme risk” since Dominican Republic shares the island with what is in his view a collapsed State, which isn’t helped by the international community or by the developed countries.
He said the Government isn’t going to solve Haiti’s problems and on the contrary the situation will become more complex, adding that the dividing line needs much higher spending and a physical border, since this country does not have enough space.