· Actions will be jointly undertaken with state governments to create jobs in other productive activities, he said.

· Although oil revenue is important, its impact has declined, he declared.

· He inaugurated the “La Pigua” Distributor Road and presented title deeds from the Asset Security Program known as “Papers Provide Proof.”

Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto confirmed the government’s support of the population in states with a high dependency on and links with the oil industry, which has been affected by global oil prices.

In response to this scenario, the president said that the Ministry of Agrarian, Land and Urban Development, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Communications and Transport will undertake joint action with state governments to provide the population with an opportunity to engage in other productive activities, which will provide them with an income and offset the current situation.

The president declared that actions will be taken to address the rise in unemployment in Tabasco, and other states dependent on oil and closely linked to the oil industry, which have been severely affected.

During the event,  at which he inaugurated the extension of the Boulevard and the La Pigua Distributor Road and  handed out property deeds as part of the Asset Security Program “Papers Provide Proof,” the president declared that at the beginning of this administration, "40 percent of the government’s budget depended on our oil exports.”

He declared that although the structural changes promoted, “Make us less dependent on oil revenues, they still have an impact of approximately 18 percent.” He said that we have managed to reduce our dependence on oil revenues, which should be a strength: “It should support much of what governments do for people, but we cannot rely solely on oil.”

That is, “The reason for undertaking these sweeping structural changes in this order: so that governments can have greater skills and not only rely on oil,” he added.

Today, he said, “As I have pledged, we must work together, particularly for the states that are most dependent on the oil industry, such as Tabasco and Campeche, and other states whose economic activity is closely linked to the oil industry."

The president recalled that just 30 years ago, Mexico was a country whose economy relied the oil industry, but today, “We are an economy that is less dependent on oil.”

He explained that this condition has changed and that there are now other activities that are moving Mexico in addition to oil, “Which of course impacts us, but economic activity, the country’s economy, is now less dependent on oil, on which we once relied almost entirely.”

Before, he said, oil exports accounted for approximately 80% of the country’s economy, a figure that has now dropped to approximately eight per cent. “Oil revenue is still important, but its impact has been reduced.”

President Peña Nieto said that the manufacturing sector, “What the country's industries do, the products made here in Mexico, are mainly what drives our economy.”


The president declared that the world appreciates how much Mexico is changing, how much it is being transformed and its great potential. "And you know who is responsible for this? Society,” he explained.

“Mexicans who work every day without realizing it, perhaps without being fully aware that what they are doing in their work and what they focus their daily efforts on are contributing to positively transforming Mexico. In short, moving Mexico to achieve better conditions,” he said.

He added that, “It is the government’s duty and obligation to create the best ways, the best mechanisms, forms, means and instruments for our society to move, so that Mexico advances, so that Mexico becomes a country that projects the strength it has in relation to other nations.”

“The government is setting the scene, it is supporting the population so that society, as is happening now, positively moves Mexico.”


The president stressed the importance for a family of having a title deed to protect its land or home. This document also gives it an opportunity to obtain a credit and increase the value of its property by protecting it with a title deed and legal certainty.

He therefore instructed the Minister of Agrarian, Land and Urban Development (SEDATU) to expedite the process of delivering title deeds so that these procedures, which take an average of three years, will take no more than six months.

He also announced this year’s commitment to deliver at least 500,000 property deeds to prove completion of mortgage payments and land ownership. “This year, we will deliver 500,000 property deeds for the benefit of the same number of families.”

President Peña Nieto said that we are expanding communications infrastructure, “With the determination and clear vision we have that a country with better road communication will enable its regions to have greater development and productive activity.”

After inaugurating the expansion of the boulevard and the La Pigua distributor road, the president declared that roads are the circulatory system of our country, giving it more life and more oxygen, “So that it is better connected and economic activity grows for the benefit of our society.”

He said that he will return to the state shortly to deliver the Villahermosa Bypass and the Villahermosa-Escárcega Road, which has involved an investment of six billion pesos, as well as public works in the field of education and other areas.


Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza declared that construction of the “La Pigua” Distributor Road involved an investment of over a billion pesos, creating over 4,500 jobs for the benefit of the state economy, and declared that President Enrique Peña Nieto’s commitment to Tabasco and its citizens “is firm and supportive.”

He said that this is borne out by the undertaking of other important infrastructure projects, involving a total investment by the government of Tabasco of over 9.5 billion pesos.

He highlighted the construction of the Villahermosa Bypass, developed through an investment of over 3 billion pesos, and the road connecting Tabasco to Campeche, which involved an investment of 2.6 billion pesos. Moreover, he added, the Villahermosa-Cardenas Road is being modernized and expanded, with an estimated investment of 2.5 billion pesos, and is scheduled for completion in early 2018.

He that one project that will be of great benefit to the competitiveness of Tabasco and Southeast is worth mentioning: The rehabilitation of the Chiapas-Mayab Train, which has involved an investment during the current administration of 1.6 billion pesos; and this year, an additional 1.2 billion pesos will be invested. Its modernization is scheduled for completion in the coming years.

The president declared that the works delivered today significantly improve communication between the center of Villahermosa and its metropolitan and industrial area, while providing more flexible, safer mobility for the over 650,000 inhabitants of the municipalities of Central and Centla.


Head of SEDATU Rosario Robles Berlanga said that the delivery of deeds and titles, as part of the Asset Security Program “Papers Provide Proof” is an act of social justice and everyday justice, which fulfils the president’s instruction to provide people with prompt, expeditious and effective justice.

She declared that it is, “A document in hand, which protects people’s assets.”

She explained that within SEDATU, a team was formed that broke away from the logic of interest groups within the Ministry, and, led by CORETT, works collegially to guarantee this process of justice.

In addition to CORETT, this team includes the National Agrarian Registry, the Agrarian Attorney General’s Office, INFONAVIT, FOVISSSTE, and areas related to expropriations in the Ministry of Agrarian, Land and Urban Development. And this will enable us to reduce the length of administrative procedures, which in turn will enable us to deliver all these documents more efficiently,” she explained. Likewise, she added, efforts are being made to reduce the backlog in the National Agrarian Registry.

Rosario Berlanga said that, “We would not be able to achieve everyday justice unless it goes hand in hand with transparency and fighting corruption.” She informed President Enrique Peña Nieto that, “Just as you we instructed, we can in no way allow a farmer or a woman, when applying for registration with the National Agrarian Registry, to be a victim of corruption or extortion.”

Therefore, she said, a joint operation has been launched with the Ministry of Public Administration and the PGR to detect places where people are required to give money in exchange for the registration of their property deeds in the National Agrarian Registry. As a result, she explained, the first arrests have already been made, as proof of the government’s decision to fight corruption.


Like the rest of the country, the state of Tabasco is experiencing a unique moment in economic terms, due to the energy reform promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto, declared state governor Arturo Núnez Jiménez.

In this regard, he said that his government is working on two simultaneous challenges that may seem contradictory but are not. The first is to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the reform; and the second is to make the economy less dependent on oil.

“To this end, we are promoting other economic activities, particularly agribusiness and tourism,” he declared, adding that his government is working with government agencies in these areas.

The governor said that in the social sphere, they are promoting education reform in his state: “We believe in it, as a way to achieve the quality of education the country needs. We are very pleased with the Hundred Per Cent Schools program. I congratulate you on this because our schools were extremely run down at all educational levels.”


After receiving her property deed, Aldrobandi Mateo Cámara, from the municipality of Comalcalco, said that as a result of this delivery, many families have seen their dreams come true by being able to provide legal certainty for their assets and thus, “Build a future; a strong future for our children and grandchildren. This is a great legacy for us and here it is: Papers Provide Proof.”

She also thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto for building the La Pigua Distribution Road, which she described as a public work that benefits the people of Tabasco, since it is an essential part of promoting the development of this state.

“On behalf of all of us who have benefited from these actions, I would like to thank you for the pledges which, since the beginning of your government, you have fulfilled without distinction for all Mexicans,” declared Aldrobandi Mateo.