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Interview with Héctor Aguilar, Director of Social Infrastructure of Marhnos, on the occasion of the construction of the High Performance Schools in Peru

2022 May 18

Announcer (RPP): It has recently become known that a Mexican company is going to be in charge of carrying out works for more than 228 million soles for High Performance Schools in Pasco, Guacavelica and, of course, the Cusco region.

We are going to talk about it with Héctor Aguilar, Director of Infrastructure for Grupo Marhnos, a Mexican company that has been awarded these projects. How is it going? Good afternoon, welcome to RPP Noticias.

Héctor Aguilar (HA): Hello, good afternoon and thank you very much for the invitation.

RPP: Thank you for your communication. It is important to know how these projects are going and, recently, we understand that the award of the execution of the same has been delivered to the Mexican company Marhnos.

HA: That's right, fortunately, last Tuesday we were informed of the award; We have been working on this project for several years, just like the community, it is a joint effort, and after several years of effort, finally, this confirmation was delivered by the Ministry of Education and ProInversión; which, obviously, makes us very happy.

RPP: In the case of Cusco, region, what will the project consist of?

HA: The project is to make a High Performance School (COAR), it will be located in the community of Oropesa and will house 300 students with high specification facilities that compete with any institution worldwide. It will have a roofed gym, a swimming pool, first-class classrooms, computer systems and, even, much of the infrastructure is environmentalist, with solar panels, ecologically friendly.

The idea is to have the best students in the area, these schools are trilingual, the kids are quite well prepared, although it is important to mention that we only provide the infrastructure; everything else is in charge of the Ministry of Education. We do nothing more than ensure that the infrastructure supports the entire educational system and that it is always in optimal conditions; that is, that the government is dedicated to providing all the educational part and we to guarantee that the infrastructure works properly and that it is not a distraction in the education of the students.

RPP: What is the budget? how much does it amount to? And in how much time could we see the High Performance College in Cusco as a reality?

HA: The budget corresponds to three schools of approximately 240 million soles between the three buildings. We calculate around 3 years to deliver the infrastructure and we will also maintain and operate it, which guarantees its quality, unlike other modalities where it is built and delivered. We have agreements for 20 years to deliver the facilities and keep them in optimal conditions; which forces us to build a work of great quality.

RPP: When does it start? When does the work start?

HA: The award requires a validation process. We hope that in three months we will begin with the work of cleaning up the land, technical studies and that is when we start with the preparation. Perhaps the physical start of the work is not visible, but some activities are beginning to be seen in the progress of the project.

RPP: Have you already seen the terrain? Have you been able to calculate the works on the land to adapt it to a rainy climate such as Cusco?

HA: We have already been to the place several times; the community has received us very happily. We have studied the land to know the logistics, what kind of materials are required, how these materials are going to arrive, etc., to know the required budget and analyze it from all possible angles so that the best planning can bedone. Even the community and local authorities have been a great support for us.

RPP: In addition to the obvious benefit that it will be for our students, the start of works also means jobs... What will be the commitment in that sense, with the citizens of Cusco?

HA: There is a commitment that all the labor involved in both construction and operation and maintenance be from the region; we always do that. We have similar works, such as hospitals, public offices, highways, and we always seek to offer employment in the regions where we develop infrastructure.

RPP: I don't want to generalize, but in Cusco we have so many bad experiences. How can we guarantee that the work begins and is completed in due time? Will there be intervention of the Comptroller General of the Republic? Are they willing for there to be constant supervision of the work?

HA: The modality under which this work is assigned is a very serious modality because we are going to build and operate with very clear indicators. It has assigned a whole work plan, budget and external supervision in all aspects. The probability that it will not be concluded is very low; although it has been delayed, these delays were before the award. Right now, we consider that it is very difficult for it to fall behind regardless of the political situation.

RP: Perfect. We have learned a little more about the company and the work it is going to do in Cusco. All of us, in the imperial city, are left with that expectation of being able to have a High-Performance School within the corresponding deadlines and for the benefit of our students. Thank you very much, Mr. Aguilar.

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