Astudillo presents his 10-point plan yesterday. Astudillo presents his 10-point plan yesterday.

A 10-point plan for peace and security

Guerrero governor offers a plan while acknowledging violence is the main challenge

A new agency to promote entrepreneurship and free fertilizer are among the 10 items that form a new plan to bring peace and promote the development of the state of Guerrero.

Héctor Astudillo Flores revealed the plan yesterday, marking his first 100 days in office as governor of a state convulsed by violence as drug gangs fight over territory.

The first of his 10 points is the creation of the Guerrero Institute of Entrepreneurship (INGE), which will be responsible for promoting training and funding business initiatives in one of Mexico’s poorest states.

Pensioners will get some help through a grant of 65 million pesos (US $3.54 million) to the state workers’ social security institute, which has been lagging in its payment of retirees’ pensions.

For the city of Acapulco, the world’s fourth most violent in 2015, the governor plans to complete two transportation projects, the rapid transit bus system Acabús and the Macrotúnel, a tunnel that will connect the Icacos and Diamante zones and become the longest in México at 3.3 kilometers.

On the security side of things, Astudillo plans to hire 3,000 new state police officers, and launch a statewide ethics and anti-corruption program. To strengthen the justice system, June will see the implementation of the new adversarial court system.

Public infrastructure will get a boost with the investment of 8 billion pesos (US $435 million) in projects in all 81 municipalities, while farmers will receive support in the form of free fertilizer for those who produce basic grains.

Astudillo plans to present a 2015-2021 state development program in March.

The governor acknowledged that the main challenge facing his administration is violence, and made a call to all public officials to work together to overcome it.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Universal (sp)

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