The Adeje council’s departments of Employment, and Economic Development, under councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín and Raquel Rodríguez Alonso respectively, have launched Adeje Global, a web platform dedicated to cross-connecting Adeje’s unemployed with companies in search of employees.
The new online tool was born out of need to assist the local population in search of work, and will work as a digital aid where they can look for and apply for jobs without having to attend at the CDTCA offices each time there is a vacancy or they need to update their data. Those who register will be able to upload their personal data, edit it, and update it via the platform, which is operative from today, June 8th.
The platform will also be open to those from outside Adeje, and companies will be able to use Adeje Global to publicise job offers, use it as a platform too for e-learning, etc. Users from Adeje or outside can use Adeje Global to search for work that is relevant to their qualifications.
Those who are looking for work can request access to the online platform by presenting themselves initially at the offices, where they will need to bring all their relevant documentation. Once that is validated and uploaded a page is created for every individual with their information, qualifications, work-experience, etc.
Interested companies, businesses who are seeking staff, can also request admittance to Adeje Global, and upload their work offers, detailing the kind of person they are looking for, criteria for the ideal candidates, etc. The platform managers will work to match individuals with potential work offers using the data that has been supplied.
Once the offers have been filtered the potential employers, using a supplied password granting them access, can contact the page and profile of prospective candidates that have been identified as potentially suitable for the job in question.
How to access Adeje Global
From June 8th users of ‘Adeje Global’ will be able to ask for access via contact with the employment division, using the firstname.lastname@example.org and then filling in the form they are sent, following the instructions. Once accepted, they can access the page through https://empleo.adeje.es, and go to ‘area privada’. From there you can access your curriculum vitae, personal information, education and experience sections, and languages spoken, and interact directly with the local administration managing the platform.
The council continues to urge people to make appointments
Appointments can be made online, www.adeje.es or by calling 977.75.62.00
Adeje council is continuing to prioritise those who make an appointment online with the public office, and the public are allowed to attend the office in person, abiding by all the public health and safety measures in place, as established by the regional department of health regarding Covid-19.
“We have designed an online scheduling system and the public can apply for an appointment, allowing them attend in safety and security, and also helping to guarantee the health and safety of the team in the council’s public office”, said the councillor for the Department of Good Governance, Epifanio Díaz Hernández.
The public can request an appointment online through the council’s webpage www.adeje.es or by calling 977.75.62.00. When possible the team in the office will try to resolve your issue online or during your telephone call to avoid the need for you to come to the office, however if there is a need for you to attend in person an appointment will be made.
To improve the service and keep any potential infection to a minimum, persons who will be coming to the office must wear a face mask, disinfect their hands using gel provided when they arrive at the door of the office, use the entrance and exit points that are clearly marked, and respect social distance indicated, staying in their zone.
The council will send anyone who has an appointment an email/online reminder which can be shown, if needed, to justify your attendance at the office, and you must have your identify documentation with you at the same time.
Adeje council approves a motion to support cultural training during the Covid-19 period
This plan is to support a sector that is particularly vulnerable during the state of emergency, and which represents 2% of the GDP of the Canarias
The Adeje council session yesterday, May 29th, voted unanimously to approve an institutional motion proposed by the PSOE and Unidad Podemos, to support training in the Canarian cultural industry which is currently suffering during this state of emergency. It was pointed out that this is an industry that contributes 2% to the regional GDP, involving 5,000 companies and 26,000 direct and indirect jobs.
In recent weeks the Adeje mayor and members of the local government have been talking with various associations who have told of the precarious situations they are in economically and the need, more than ever, to count upon the support of local administrations. José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga said, “Adeje has culture and training in its DNA as we understand that it is a fundamental part of our human development for everyone from birth to adulthood. We are aware of the difficulties the sector finds itself in given the crisis caused by this pandemic, with thousands of employees who work in the sector suffering, and the Adeje council will now commit t doing all can to help alleviate the situation”.
The government group has made a commitment with the AIMCA (the association of the Canarian music industry) following a meeting with the association and councillors for culture and tourism, Maria Clavijo and Adolfo Alonso at the end of April. The motion passed yesterday is a related part of the commitment Adeje has to the promotion of culture.
For the council, culture has to be at the heart of political development, and should be an essential element in the integration of the lives of the local population. It is vital to recover the place culture had in our lives before the pandemic hit, always, of course, bearing in mind and obeying local health and safety measures.
Among the agreements approved yesterday in the monthly council session is the development of cultural activities online, using public media to publicise the events, in particular radio, online platforms and the council’s webpages.
At the same time the council will strengthen the promotion of local culture, helping local artists and companies with roots in the borough, giving recognition to the work they are doing locally, serving to support and help promote local brands.
Another of the agreements reached yesterday relates to a revision of the administrative conditions needed for flexibility in use of public cultural spaces for activities in the borough, making some adjustments to sectorial and artistic definitions, favouring the use of public zones and centres.
In the financial area, the motion will see the application of all possible economic sections budgeted, and where it is possible within health and safety measures, to see the realisation of cultural activities in 2020, with rules that should simplify and ease the application and approval of funding and financial assistance for such activities.
Ultimately the motion approved yesterday will consolidate culture as an intrinsic valuable part of a tourism borough such as Adeje.
Finally, the agreement is also in line with the call by the regional government to create lines of cross-departmental aid to facilitate the recovery of cultural events in partnership with other government areas such as industry, tourism and education.
Adeje will open their beaches in a phased manner during next week
The Council is calling on everyone to behave responsibly to ensure that beaches and bathing zones will not become infection hotspots
Following the approval of Order SND/440/2020, dated May 23rd, under which the Canary Islands has passed to Phase 2 of the de-escalation, and following meetings with technicians and the companies operating the concessions, Adeje council will open up the coastline in a phased manner next week. This gradual reopening over the coming days should mean that by next Friday all of the borough’s beaches will be open.
The decision is reflective of the prudence and precautions that have characterised the manner in which the council have managed this health crisis from the start. The priority is and has been the health and safety of the people and in that regard the council is calling upon everyone who will be going to the beach to behave responsibly.
The Adeje council wants to ensure that the return to the beaches is done in as relaxed a manner as possible within the new normality, and that everyone takes care of their health. That’s why the council have decided to use information as a tool, calling on people in general to be responsible and use their common sense. Under the slogan (translated) ‘Our destination needs you to behave responsibly’, the council will be reminding people that the way we act today in these public spaces will determine our future – firstly as regards the health of the population, secondly in how it might affect the economy of the borough.
The measures that Adeje council will implement along the beaches will include posters in different languages, information will be shared by megaphone too, and through this it is hoped that the beach users will become aware of the need for certain behaviours to help avoid any risk of infection or new outbreaks of the virus. Smoking on the beach is now forbidden, pets cannot come to the beach either (as has always been the case), showers and foot showers may not be used, you can’t bring a portable fridge either (though snacks will be permitted). Ball play and lilos are also not allowed at this time of the de-escalation, and use of a towel on the beach is mandatory. There will be no sunbed hire until the protocols regarding cleaning and disinfection are in place to ensure hygienic safety for all users, as well as for the environment. It is also recommended that no-one is on the beach for more than two to three hours, to avoid overcrowding and to allow all those who wish to use the beach to do so in safety and without risk. Everyone is reminded that social distancing between people and family units is the main tool by which we can avoid the spread of Covid-19.
The conditions under which the beaches can open are cleanliness, safety and maintenance, as well as the implementation of the anti-Covid 19 measures established by the department and the regional government to avoid, as much as possible, any infections. Remember that the beaches (apart from a few exceptions) have not been cleaned since the start of the period of confinement. In recent weeks the borough’s water company have been carrying out an analysis of all the beaches and bathing zones ahead of their possible reopening, and all of the results have confirmed that the waters are suitable for bathing.
Regarding security, do remember that the lifeguard services will only be available from 10am to 6pm, and some bathing areas do not have a lifeguard service, and that will be pointed out in posters which will be going up over the coming days.
From tomorrow, Monday May 25th, recreational use of the following beaches, already open for sports and walking, will be allowed – Fañabe beach, La Enramada beach, and the La Caleta sport zone. When the rest of the beaches and bathing areas have been thoroughly cleaned and security measures are in place they will also be opened. It is important to remember that the central government decree was published yesterday and all of the measures cannot be implemented immediately, as in some cases there are procedures to be observed to ensure safety and security, in the decisions taken and in how they are to be carried out.
The opening of the beaches was originally announced for the start of Phase 3 of the de-escalation but was brought forward by the government, but still must be executed with caution and prudence.
The Adeje council is not ruling out the introduction of new measures in future weeks regarding the beach use by the public.
Adeje plans to create 400 jobs over the next 11 months
The fundamental objective is to reactivate the economy, and Adeje have earmarked 8 million euro for local sustainable projects
This year Adeje will spend €88.4 million – €90.5 million. The council will readjust investments, continue to offer flexible payment schemes for local taxes for families in difficulties, reduce certain taxes such as rubbish collection, and use the 2019 budget surplus.
This important financial injection into the local economy will come from two sources: the ordinary budgetary funds and use of the 2019 surplus, which is about €10 million. The use of this latter source of money hasn’t been done prior to 2020 and the council will be using the maximum allowed under law, to address social emergencies – €2 million – and invest in sustainable economies. €8 million will go towards the reactivation of the sectors most hit by the crisis and to propel the revival of small and medium businesses which will also stimulate the economy.
Councillor for the development of territory local development and employment, Manuel Luis Méndez, commented, “one of the priorities in the creation of this year’s budget estimates has been the creation and protection of employment and Adeje businesses, many of whom having already benefited from a specialised consultation during these months, and taking into account the situation of the many workers who have contacted the department. Our motivation is to recover, improve and defend out productive sector and uphold the diversification of the economy so that the recovery can be progressive, safe and beneficial”.
The sections of the budget that have increased most are those relating to employment training, and help to avoid job loss, training to increase employment potential and help for small businesses and the self-employed, with an investment of €3.6 million, a 270% increase on funding for the same sectors last year. 2019. This additional funding will be in conjunction with other administrations, and the aim is to create 400 new jobs over the coming 11 months as well as save a further 400 jobs in danger of being lost, with direct assistance to businesses and the self´-employed.
Among the projects outlined there is attention to those businesses who have during the state of emergency, with co-ordination planned between Adeje council and other administrations, such as the Tenerife Cabildo. There are also courses to adapt to the new digital economy already open for registration, such as IT training, online sales, etc. This kind of training was already being offered but has been adapted somewhat to the new needs and measures that are now in place as a result of Covid-19.
Adeje council is looking to use €8 million from the budget surplus in sustainable investments, rolling out a number of different investments in small and medium infrastructures. The money will also be used to improve public spaces and in projects designed to reactivate the economy, avoid the collapse of local companies and recoup existing jobs.
There are plans for the evolution of ‘green’ employment, based in what is now the Parque Central, as an essential element for the future of the borough. Another project to generate employment will be hiring people to work on embellishment of neighbourhoods in Adeje, with the strong involvement of residents in each zone. Converting neighbourhoods into shared community spaces will be one of the main objectives of this plan.
The following project will see work on the elimination of architectural barriers in public buildings and zones where people with reduced mobility have difficulties.
All of these employment plans will be carried out by the Adeje council and the council funding, with contracts for up to 200 people, and we hope to be able to double that number when conventions with the Cabildo and the regional government have been agreed upon.
In parallel with these employment plans there are three alternative training programmes (PFAE) in creation, underwritten by the Canarian employment services and the Adeje council. One will be in bar and restaurant work for those over 30, there will be a course in lifesaving for under 30s and one in socio-cultural entertainment for under 30s. All in all 45 people who are currently unemployed (15 on each course) will be one these courses lasting 11 months and paying 75% of a minimum wage.
Companies and the Coronavirus
At the end of 2019 Adeje had 2,230 self-employed workers and 1,164 merchant businesses, and in March of this year the council did send a questionnaire to companies asking how they were faring since the state of emergency was declared. To date 300 replies have been received, which are helping the relevant departments assess how the current measures in place are affecting the commercial life of the borough.
The main objective was to help companies clarify the difficulties the many of the new measures were creating, and the council also sought to see which companies would now look to sell online offering help where they could. Over 100 companies signed up and are using the Adeje platform to sell to the consumer, and that option is still open to companies to use today. The council has also been helping those Adeje-based workers who have found themselves unemployed or on the ERTE as a result of the state of emergency, and to date has carried out over 1,000 consultations over the phone or online.
The latest official figures* for Coronavirus (Covid-19) released by Spain’s Health Ministryin Madrid at 5pm on Tuesday 19 May confirm that 27,778 people have now died from the pandemic in Spain, up by 83 on yesterday.
Monday had seen an increase of 59 Coronavirus-related deaths over Sunday – the lowest daily increase for two months. Sunday had been an increase of 87 over Saturday. Saturday had been 102.
Official figures released daily by the Spanish Health Ministry are for the total number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test (polymerase chain reaction). That figure for Tuesday 19 May is 232,037 – an increase of 295 over yesterday.
Monday’s figure for the increase of infections only through PCR had been 285 over Sunday. Sunday’s comparative figure had been 421 over Saturday. Saturday had been 539.
The Health Ministry has not released a figure for the number of people who have made a full recovery.
With regards the official figures released by the central Health Ministry for each region of Spain, there have been discrepancies in the data released independently by some of those regions, particularly for Madrid and Catalonia. Please refer to *Health Ministry data and regional discrepancies below.
Of the official figures released by the ministry today – and based only on the total 232,037 confirmed cases through PCR testing – there have now been 66,643 cases in the Madrid region and where 8,894 have died (from the total 27,650 across the country). There have been 55,825 cases in Catalonia and where 5,981 have died.
There are now 13,409 known cases in the Basque Country (1,470 deaths), 12,471 in Andalusia (1,358), 16,677 in Castilla La Mancha (2,900) and 10,962 in the Valencia region (1,370).
Figures for those infected with Coronavirus in other regions are now as follows: Aragón 5,520 (843 deaths), Asturias 2,373 (303 deaths), Balearic Islands 2,005 (219), Canary Islands 2,294 (155), Cantabria 2,273 (208), Castilla y León 18,549 (1,960), Ceuta 117 (4), Extremadura 2,953 (504), Galicia 9,058 (607), Melilla 121 (2), Murcia 1,558 (145), Navarra 5,202 (503) and La Rioja 4,027 (352).
A full breakdown in Spanish of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here. Please also see Health Ministry data and discrepancies below.
Sánchez secures support from Ciudadanos (Cs) for two week extension to ‘state of alarm’
The Spanish government led by socialist (PSOE) Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has reached an agreement with the Ciudadanos (Cs) party, led by Inés Arrimadas, to support a further two week extension to the ‘state of alarm’ until 7 June.
The full debate and vote will be held in the Spanish Congress on Wednesday 20 May. It will be the fifth time that the ‘state of alarm’ has been extended.
Each time the ‘state of alarm’ has been extended up to now, it has been for two weeks at a time. However, in a televised address on Saturday, Sánchez announced he would be seeking an extension for a month to last until the end of the four-phase de-escalation of lockdown restrictions.
‘The path that we are taking is the only one possible,’ he had said. He has always insisted that the ‘state of alarm’ is necessary in order to effectively carry out (and enforce) his government’s four-phase plan over a period of eight weeks, and in order to return the country to a ‘new normality’ by the end of June.
Daily figures for Coronavirus in Spain, however, have been improving significantly in recent days – possibly reflecting that the gradual relaxing of restrictions from total lockdown to Phase Zero, and now from Zero to Phase One for 70% of the Spanish population, has not had a negative impact on the spread of the virus.
There has also been considerable criticism of the Spanish Health Ministry from the Madridregional government, for not yet allowing the city to move to Phase One – as well as pressure from other institutions to kickstart the economy and the all-important tourist season in Spain. In addition, for several days running, small but growing protests have been taking place in some areas of Madrid against the ‘state of alarm’ – and which started in the affluent Barrio de Salamanca of the capital. [See our report of 15 May].
In exchange for the Ciudadanos (Cs) party’s 10 favourable votes, the government has stated that it will assess possible de-escalation alternatives that do not require a further period of the ‘state of alarm’ after 7 June.
Each extension of the ‘state of alarm’ requires a vote in the Spanish Congress, with just a simple majority in the 350-seat chamber – more yes votes than no votes.
For the last vote in Congress on 6 May, the PSOE-Podemos coalition government of Sánchez had to rely on last minute deals with the Ciudadanos (Cs) party and the Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV) to secure the fourth extension, which expires after midnight on 23 May.
Votes in favour of the last extension were 178, with 75 voting against, and with 97abstentions. The right-wing People’s Party (PP) abstained in the vote. The Catalan pro-independence parties and the far-right Vox party had voted against.
When the Spanish Congress had voted on 22 April to extend the ‘state of alarm’ until 9 May, however, there had been 269 votes in favour, 60 against, with 16 abstentions.
Previous voting on 9 April to extend the ‘state of alarm’ until 26 April had resulted in 270votes in favour, 54 against, with 25 abstentions.
Spain originally commenced its lockdown for two weeks from 14 March, with measures that confined everyone to their homes apart from leaving to purchase food or medication, or to go to their place of work only if they could not perform their duties from home. After one week, these initial measures were then extended until 12 April, for a second time until 26 April, a third time until 9 May – and then for the fourth time until midnight on 23 May.
During the overall lockdown period, from Monday 30 March until after Easter, further measures were introduced ordering all non-essential workers in Spain to also remain at home. Following the Easter break, industrial and construction workers, as well as non-essential employees in sectors where working from home wasn’t possible, started a gradual return to work.
From 24 April, Spain’s Health Ministry changed its criteria for Coronavirus statistics. The official daily figure for the number of infections is now for those tested only via PCR(polymerase chain reaction).
All regions of Spain must now also report deaths and intensive care unit (ICU)admissions in the same way. A victim can only be counted in the death tally if they have tested positive for Covid-19 via a PCR or rapid test.
Health Minister Salvador Illa said, ‘Spain is following a very strict definition of cases in line with international authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the EU Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 and then dies is considered a Coronavirus fatality’.