When a natural emergency occurred, regardless of the political color of the government, quickly and timely actions are needed in order to mitigate its effects. That’s why a well-equipped Emergency Committee with experienced professionals is indispensable.
However, Dr. Humberto Trejos Fonseca, neurosurgeon who was President of the Republic in the period 1990-1994, would not hesitate to diagnose the National Emergency Commission (CNE) as a patient in agony.
Dr. Trejos affirmed that during the last governments the objective of the institution was distorted and the politicking became one of its great enemies.
In 1994, we prepared a law that intended to make the CNE an autonomous institution to disconnect it from any kind of politics, but unfortunately, and despite being changed to the Civil Service, several of the following administrations were very politicized,”
Last April, Trejos visited the CNE during the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the earthquake in Limón. That opportunity was enough to fill him with sadness and indignation. The conditions of the current infrastructure disappointed him.
In 1994, the building of the Emergency Operations Center (COE) was built. It had the best technology at the moment, but then everything was teared apart,
stated the former President.
It should be noted that the institution experienced the most severe emergency of the recent years due to hurricane Otto.