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Puerto Vallarta’s municipal government will double the food distribution that’s been taking place over the past few weeks to people affected by the pandemic.

The mayor noted that in order to keep supporting our residents they will have to expand the reach of the program called “Es por Vallarta”. Until now, the program has delivered 20 thousand despensas to as many families in the city.

After consulting with the treasury and the finance teams the mayor said they’ll be looking to add three extra  deliveries every two weeks, for a total of six deliveries of 10 thousand “despensas” each for a total of 60 thousand in the municipality.

The mayor also thanked the city’s entrepreneurs for their donations, and the government workers that have offered to help make the deliveries in different locations around PV.

Source: Quadratin (Spanish)

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Puerto Vallarta is the third safest city in Mexico, according to the National Urban Public Security Survey.

Puerto Vallarta is back in the top three of the safest cities in the country, with a lower insecurity perception among the population, according to the National Urban Public Security Survey (ENSU), conducted by the National Institute of Statistics, Geography, and Informatics (INEGI), published back in April.

First and second place go to in San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, and Mérida, Yucatán, respectively, as published in the same report.

According to the information provided by the town hall, Vallarta improved 2.4 points over the survey published in the last quarter of 2019.

Source: Debate (Spanish)

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This past week began a food distribution program by the municipal government to help the most vulnerable in PV. The city plans to make 3 deliveries of despensas to the Centros de Apoyo Alimentario in different parts of the municipality every 15 days.

Puerto Vallarta Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña has implemented a food distribution program to help 7,500 families in the city's most vulnerable sectors survive the impact of the COVID-19 health contingency.

After a weekend meeting with the heads of municipal dependencies, institutes and OPD's to define the support program's strategy and distribution system, Mayor Dávalos visited the food storage warehouse on Monday to supervise the arrival of the first trailer of the provisions that will fill the despensas, and to oversee the many big-hearted volunteers who were assembling them.

These 'care packages,' filled with food staples like rice, beans, canned goods and basic necessities, will be delivered to 21 Centros de Apoyo Alimentario (Food Support Centers) in different parts of the municipality for distribution to vulnerable families under the coordination of Candelaria Tovar de Dávalos, the president of the Puerto Vallarta Family Development System (DIF) and Víctor Bernal Vargas, the director of Social Development.

Dávalos Peña reiterated that this program was developed to help the families that need it most, but in order to receive this support, one must call 322-178-8010 or 178-8000 (option 9) in advance to schedule an appointment, at which time instructions for when and where to pick up the despensa will be given.

He said that this procedure was devised to avoid crowds of people gathering together in one place and is necessary to ensure the food packages are distributed to those who need them in a safe, orderly and organized manner.

Source: Banderas News

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PuRR Project is a non-profit, no-kill feline shelter located just north of Puerto Vallarta that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal of adopting them out to loving homes sterilized, vaccinated and disease free.

Like most of the world, we are still in a state of shock at recent events and trying our best to figure out things on a day-to-day basis. The governor of Jalisco ordered a state-wide "Stay at Home" mandate on March 21, along with restrictions on bars, restaurants, theaters and other places where crowds can gather, and schools have been closed for several weeks.

Regardless, we still have to purchase and deliver supplies to the shelter each week. So far, there has been no shortage of kibble, litter and basic cleaning supplies at COSTCO. But there's NO hand sanitizer, alcohol, Lysol spray or Clorox wipes to be found.

We do have SOME good news! A grant was received from Terri and Gray Levy to update and expand the little isolation bungalows to include a fourth and larger maternity bungalow. A donation from Fred Marshall to honor his late wife has allowed us to begin total renovation of the old Acclimation building and "Linda's Welcome Casita" will soon be finished. We'll have more on this story and photos to share of both projects by next month. We are thankful for these generous donors!

In view of the current situation, there are no upcoming events planned. We had to cancel the last two Shelter Tours, Kitty BINGO and a planned Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Daiquiri Dick's.

With fund raising events cancelled, donations are the only source of funding to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for the 200+ cats & kittens in residence at PuRR Project. Any donation, large or small, will be welcomed to help us get through what will be a difficult summer. Click HERE to make a donation today. For more Kitty News, please visit PurrProject.com.

Source: PuRR Project

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The first Center for Respiratory Diseases opened this Monday, April 6th, located next to Hospital San Javier Puerto Vallarta.

Considered a local and international milestone for its construction speed and for the implementation of temporary facilities and isolated rooms for intensive care.

The first Center for Respiratory Diseases will be open on Monday April 6th of 2020 (it began its construction last March 24th, 2020), providing facilities and the best medical attention for 18 patients at the same time.

The project’s main objective is to offer an ideal place to take care of people with respiratory diseases, such as those caused by the Covid-19, for that reason the first Center for Respiratory Diseases will be equipped with advanced technology including mechanical ventilators for intensive care. Plus, the best doctors and specialists of the Bay.

This initiative is led by the highly regarded Doctor Armando Joya, CEO of Grupo Médico Joya, which includes the San Javier Puerto Vallarta and San Javier Riviera Nayarit hospitals. In addition, Grupo Médico Joya has been working with SANMARÉ Health-Care Group since its opening in 2019.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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