Monday 6th March 2023.

March 6, 2023


Some 954 thousand 231 students at the different levels of the Panamanian education system will begin today Monday the 2023 school year. The figure includes students in both the official and private sectors.

In the official sector there is a figure of 830 thousand 181 students,  In a statement, the entity pointed out that the students of the official sector will be attended by about 48,000 teachers.

Regarding the start of classes, the authorities have announced a lane reversal plan. The details of this measure are detailed below:

4:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Arraiján-La Chorrera highway from the entrance of Hato Montaña to the Burunga bridge  4:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Vía Arraiján (Arraiján bridge to Las Américas bridge)  5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. José Agustín Arango Avenue, Los Pueblos to Balboa KFC  5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Via Israel, from Atlapa to the traffic light in Mita  5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Boyd Roosevelt Highway, El Rocío to Villa Zaíta (2 kilometers)  5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Martin Sosa Avenue  6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Santa Elena Avenue

Regarding the evening schedule, the road changes will be the following:  3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Avenida de los Mártires to Arraiján  4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Santa Elena Avenue

Former deputy Pedro Miguel González ran this Sunday, as a presidential candidate for the ruling Democratic Revolutionary Party ( PRD ).

“Today we begin to trace a new path to win the presidential candidacy” and then offer Panama an alliance with “the social sectors from which we have distanced ourselves,” said González, referring to the groups that led last July’s massive protests across the country.

After completing the application procedures, González said that starting today he will visit “our fields, mountain ranges, cities and marginal neighborhoods that suffer the consequences of social inequality.” “Today begins a new day of struggle for the Torrijistas,” he added.

“This country needs a new course, a social transformation that can only be given by the party that Omar [Torrijos] founded,” said the former PRD general secretary who belongs to the so-called Grassroots Movement for National Rescue.

Panama has a significant educational gap, which as a society “we urgently need to attend to”, otherwise we are destined to fail as a country. This was expressed by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap), after an x-ray of the state of national education was recently presented.

Through the Sunday column La Cámara Opina , the union stressed that the new school year – which begins this Monday, March 6 – represents the opportunity to meet these needs and “bet on educational quality in every sense of the word ”.

The x-ray – by Cciap together with strategic allies through the observatory of quality of life Panamá, ¡cuéntame!– revealed that the country’s students do not have the minimum bases for their student and professional development. And, in terms of infrastructure, the country needs to build more educational centers in areas with higher populations, especially middle and high school levels.

Panamá, ¡cuéntame!,also raised the need to implement a system of training requirements for teachers and managers in accordance with the competencies, and create a national system for teacher training and qualification, as well as the prevailing update of the study plans .

“This educational x-ray, once again, reveals that: Panama needs to invest more and better in education, here lies the destiny of our nation and its inhabitants,” said the organization.

Panama announced this week at the Our Ocean 2023 conference that, with the extension of the limits of the protected marine area in Banco Volcán, in Colón, the country would be declaring 54.3% of its marine space protected.

Sounds good, but the question now is how the country will guard those waters.

To get an idea of ​​the responsibility that this announcement represents, the entire marine surface of Panama has an extension of 319 thousand 824 square kilometers and what is now protected is about 173 thousand 700 square kilometers. That’s more than double the country’s land area, by some 75,517 square kilometers.

The Minister of the Environment, Milciades Concepción, was consulted about what the entity will do to guarantee the preservation of this marine space and stressed that a monitoring center for Panamanian waters is being created, in which the Ministry of Security, the Maritime Authority of Panama will participate, the Aquatic Resources Authority and the Ministry of the Environment, and which will have platforms connected to satellites from various countries around the world.

The Ministry of Education (Meduca) reported that classes at the Walla educational center will begin on Monday, March 13. In the rest of the country, the school year will begins today, Monday, March 6.

The decision is due to the fact that the school facilities are working as a collection and shelter place after the fire that consumed nearly 200 houses in the Walla community, in the Wargandí region. The accident left nearly 1,800 people homeless.

According to Meduca, the damage caused by the incident led to the loss of uniforms, shoes and school supplies for nearly 500 students. As a result of this, the entity indicated that a collection center was installed at the Meduca headquarters, in Cárdenas.

“This temporary storage center, which will be managed by the National Directorates of Environmental Education and Administration, will be located in the ministry cafeteria, since the support of collaborators is required to receive donations of uniforms, shoes, school supplies and other belongings, as of this March 6,” Meduca said in a statement.

A mother and her daughter died in a traffic accident that occurred in front of the Metromall shopping center, in the Rufina Alfaro township, San Miguelito district.

The woman was 30 years of age, and her daughter, seven, has been reported. Another minor who was with them survived.

Preliminary versions show that the mother and two daughters were fleeing from criminals who were chasing them and for this reason they rushed onto the road just as a sedan-type car was passing by and hit them on Domingo Díaz avenue.

Agents of the National Police arrived at the scene while personnel from the Public Ministry were in charge of removing the bodies.

The San Miguelito Primary Care Section reported that it began an investigation into this event that occurred early on Sunday, March 5.

The Panamanian real estate industry registered sales in the first half of 2022 that exceeded 1.4 billion dollars in the residential segment.

The consolidated figures at the end of last year are expected to prove that the pandemic crisis is being left behind.

At the recent Expo Inmobiliaria fair of the Panamanian Association of Real Estate Brokers and Promoters (Acobir), real estate project sales were closed for 128 million dollars in bank approvals, exceeding industry expectations of reaching at least to 100 million dollars.

“This demonstrates the dynamism that is brought from 2022 after a year 2021 still in crisis. Even resuming the rhythm that was had before the pandemic in 2019″″, said Francisco Chen, when handing over the Acobir presidency to Álvaro Boyd, who returns to direct the union for the third time.

Boyd states that it is time to consolidate the reactivation of the demand of the real estate industry that exhibits a very varied offer, both for residential, commercial and office projects.

“We are talking about a market that can attract new investments from buyers, not only Panamanians but also foreigners. Panama is a stable market and investors from other countries that register a high degree of uncertainty due to many factors, can find incentives to buy in the isthmus and even reside in the country, as it is very attractive due to its stability and security”, highlights Álvaro Boyd .

Strengthen the union, continue with international alliances and promote Panama as the number one destination for investment in real estate… We have a very solid and strong banking sector, the hub of the Americas, the SEM law (Multinational Company Headquarters) ), in addition to the law that encourages investment in real estate so that in turn they can manage their residence and investor visas.

Likewise, we are supporting the industry to say no to piracy and encourage people to work with and hire qualified brokers.


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