·I have instructed the Security Cabinet to maintain constant, regular contact, and review the strategies and implementation of actions that will make it possible to achieve the Guerrero at Peace and with the tranquility we want, said President Enrique Peña Nieto.

· The government’s Security Cabinet will meet with the authorities of Guerrero at least once a month, he said.      

· As a result of the New Guerrero Plan, the state economy grew at twice the national rate: Governor Héctor Astudillo.

President Enrique Peña Nieto led an event today in which he listed the works carried out as part of the New Guerrero Plan, in which the federal government and the state government signed the “Inclusive and Prosperous Agreement,” designed to go beyond the reconstruction and improvement of the state, and expand its communications, hydraulic and other types of infrastructure.

After repeating his strong personal will and that of the government, “To be a firm ally of this state to overcome the adversity and challenges ahead,” the president stressed that today Guerrero is one of the states where, “Security poses one of the greatest challenges.”

He said that he has instructed all the Security Cabinet, “To maintain a regular, ongoing relationship and review the strategies and implementation of actions that will allow us to achieve the Guerrero at Peace and with the tranquility we want.”

President Peña Nieto announced that the government’s Security Cabinet has pledged, “To meet with local authorities in Guerrero at least once a month, which will enable them take stock and evaluate how they are implementing the various strategies, focusing on different regions in the state, which  will enable us to achieve the security that the society of Guerrero is demanding.”

He recalled that the very day he took office, Governor Hector Astudillo, “Had the presence of members of the government’s Security Cabinet of here as a sign of the commitment to address this major challenge.”

“There are far more residents of Guerrero who want to live in peace and tranquility; there are far more residents of Guerrero who want to work in an honest, decent and proper way for the welfare of their families,” he said.

During the event, at which he also delivered support from various social programs, the president declared that, “Although Guerrero has significantly reduced its poverty, it remains one of the poorest states in the country.”

He therefore welcomed the fact that in the last holiday season at the end of the year, the state, “Achieved record figures for tourism, not only in Acapulco but in the main tourist destinations in Guerrero: Taxco and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. The occupation and activity recorded here was over 95 percent.”

“These figures is included the president, who spent the end of the year here, precisely in Acapulco.”

The president explained that through the New Guerrero Plan, a commitment to support the reconstruction of the state in the wake of the natural phenomena “Ingrid” and “Manuel,"  “an unprecedented public investment of over 44 billion pesos has been pledged.” He added that progress reports have been issued, and that today, an investment of over 36 billion pesos was confirmed.

He noted that, “The point was not only to return to the conditions that existed before these meteorological events, but to use this crisis to achieve  better conditions for the state of Guerrero.”

He listed some of the achievements made in the New Guerrero Plan:

”More than 1,035 rural roads were rebuilt together with 128 bridges. This is easy to say, but if we try to identify what those numbers can tell us, we can appreciate the magnitude and scope of the infrastructure and reconstruction work that has been done. It includes large bridges, 10 federal bridges, nine that have been completed and one more that is almost totally finished and 445 hydraulic works to provide drinking water, drainage and sanitation.”

Moreover, he added, “The infrastructure for community kitchens was expanded. As part of social policy and the efforts of the National Crusade against Hunger, we increased the number of soup kitchens to one thousand.”

The president highlighted the reconstruction of several towns that were devastated.  “How can we forget La Pintada, the landslide that killed many of the residents of this community, which I subsequently visited to deliver the reconstructed Nueva Pintada,” he said.

He also mentioned the Lomas de Chapultepec Aqueduct , “Whose impact and significance eliminate the water shortages that existed in this important tourist destination of Acapulco."

”The vehicle bridges of Coyuca I, in Coyuca de Benítez and Miguel Alemán, in Coyuca de Catalán were rebuilt, to mention just some of the most important works in this Infrastructure Plan” while Chilpancingo and many of the homes that were damaged were rebuilt: "Of the more than 10,000 homes affected, more than six thousand have already been delivered, so we still have work to do there.”

At the event, the president also unveiled the inaugural plaque of the expansion and modernization of the Mozimba-Pie de la Cuesta highway.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS WORKING TO PUT GUERRERO BACK ON ITS FEET BECAUSE  ALLEVIATING POVERTY AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT CANNOT STOP: JOSÉ ANTONIO MEADE

Secretary of Social Development José Antonio Meade said that since the implementation of the New Guerrero Plan, on November 7, 2013, 26 months ago, “The federal government has worked to put the state back on its feet, because alleviating poverty and inclusive development cannot be stopped.”

He noted that on that occasion, the president instructed the government to assign almost 45 billion pesos to the reconstruction of Guerrero. ”His promise and commitment, expressed in resources at the time, are now expressed in works. Nine out of ten pesos of this amount have already been invested or are scheduled to be spent during the remainder of his administration.”

He said that, “The Federal Government's commitment has been and will be the size of the challenge we face in the state.” He said that, “In 2016, the Federal Government's social investment in Guerrero, including the Contribution Fund for Social Infrastructure, will be nearly 13 billion pesos, which will make it possible to continue promoting the welfare and development of the state.”

“Although there is still a great deal of work to be done, we've made great strides. The New Guerrero Plan allowed us to transform a serious challenge into an opportunity, and strengthen interagency coordination between levels of government, relaunch the state towards inclusive progress and build the foundations for a more harmonious, cohesive society,” he said.

José Antonio Meade said that the New Guerrero Plan is the result of the sum of the wills of everyone, the authorities, businessmen, communities, citizens and society to move towards a shared project, a collective desire and one of President Peña Nieto’s commitments: “To make this state a space that will promote the development of the men and women of Guerrero, and encourage their prosperity.”

TOTAL FEDERAL INVESTMENT FOR THE STATE OF GUERRERO STANDS AT NEARLY 18 BILLION PESOS: RUIZ ESPARZA

Minister of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that the implementation of the New Guerrero Plan in infrastructure has been done in a timely manner. "It has marked a watershed in Guerrero, this state is no longer what it was before" Manuel "and" Ingrid”. Now, it is better for its inhabitants and for Mexico.”

He said that, Thanks to the president’s exemplary spirit of service, 120,000 Mexican workers, 600 federal public servants and 5,500 members of the Armed Forces were at the service of Guerrero’s residents during the emergency and the reconstruction period.” They were joined by more than 500 national and local companies, and over 1,500 pieces of machinery and equipment were used to carry out the tasks.

He stated that implementing the New Guerrero Plan involved a federal investment of 16.7 billion pesos, the largest recorded in the state, which have been used to complete 187,000 public works.

He added that, “If one includes the Connected Mexico and Transition to Digital TV Programs, this would bring the government’s total investment in the state of Guerrero to nearly 18 billion pesos.”

Ruiz Esparza said that today’s delivery of one of the major public works in this Plan: the expansion and modernization of the Mozimba-Pie de la Cuesta motorway, involving an investment of 600 million pesos, strengthens the economic and tourist activities for the direct benefit of over 860,000 inhabitants in Acapulco and Coyuca de Benítez.

THE PROSPEROUS AND INCLUSIVE GUERRERO AGREEMENT MARKS A NEW ERA OF COMPLETING UNFINISHED WORK AND REINFORCING ACTIONS: HÉCTOR ASTUDILLO

Governor of Guerrero Héctor Astudillo thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto for the government’s support of the state through the New Guerrero Plan, which allowed the state's economy to grow at twice the national rate as a result of the public investment allocated to it.

He said that today, the Prosperous and Inclusive Guerrero Agreement makes the start of a new era of completing unfinished work and reinforcing actions.

He felt that with this agreement, Guerrero, “Can be an example and an opportunity to prove that, in the path of work, social solidarity, law and order are the best way to restore the harmony, reconciliation and the revival of a people who have placed their hopes in the present and future.”

He thanked the Security Cabinet and President Enrique Peña Nieto for recapturing the most wanted criminal in the country and the world. “This action undoubtedly provides proof that the fight against crime and impunity is moving forward,” he said.

He explained that the tourist influx in the year-end holidays was largely achieved as a result of the support received to ensure security in the state and also to the reduction of the cost of the Sun Highway tolls.

THIS YEAR END, ACAPULCO HAD ITS BEST TOURIST SEASON IN 12 YEARS: NELLY MEJÍA

Nelly Mejía Cienfuegos, president of the Association of Pie de la Cuesta Restaurants, thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto for his support of Guerrero, particularly Acapulco, because, as a result, in the last year-end holidays, the port had its best tourist season in 12 years. She said that, “Foreign tourists, who supposedly no longer visited us, were back in Pie de la Cuesta, like in the olden days.”

“There are the results, Mr. President. Acapulco’s best tourist season in 12 years. And we’re going to try and improve on that,” she said.

She said that the discount on the Sun Highway tolls was an essential part of making the tourist season a success. “But please do us a favor. On behalf of Acapulco’s residents, I would ask you to keep them that way,” she told the president.

She went on to say: “You can tell. We see that you are willing to help Guerrero, especially Acapulco and Pie de la Cuesta.”

Therefore, she added: "You can also say: in Acapulco and Pie de la Cuesta, mission accomplished.”