Contributed by: Don WinnerThis 2012, the Municipality of Donoso, located along the lower coast of the province of Colon, will have a budget of $530,908 dollars, after the full amount of the funds were approved for operations and the development of of various projects and work in the communities, said Abel Abu, the elected Representative of the jurisdiction of Gobea. Donoso, which is considered to be one of the poorest districts in Panama ("extreme poverty'), faces problems of litter on the beaches, the lack of clean water and a sanitary landfill, and there are no roads to reach areas of difficult access. Abu said last year the municipal budget was about $300,000 dollars, but this year, thanks to the contributions (taxes) from the two mining companies in the area, there was an increase in municipal revenues. According to the Mayor, they will use the money in the budget to address areas such as housing, education, sports, and community problems such as lack of drinking water, and the lack of an aqueduct which prevents the development of tourism. In addition there is no land designated to build a community landfill. (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: So, thanks to the activities of the Petaquilla and Inmet mines, which operate in this jurisdiction, the local municipal budget increased by 76.9% in just one year. And these are municipal taxes, above and beyond what the mining companies are paying to the central government of Panama in taxes, royalties, or whatever else. Yeah, mining is evil... In reality now the municipal government of Donoso will be able to count on increasing annual budgets every year. Eventually this area of Panama will be transformed from one of "extreme poverty" to a "great place to live." And this is an example of why I like mining activities for Panama - it works on the math, where it matters.