Cows in the Neighborhood | Water and Electricity Problems

A perspective on the drought from Chiriquí Province.  Thank you Kris once again.

This is a news release regarding the measures the government has put in place:

Government orders electricity rationing nationwide
Por: Redacción 07/05/2013 22:10:00 tvn Noticias

The Cabinet Council approved the afternoon of Tuesday, May 7, a resolution mandating rationing electricity consumption in the public and private sectors nationally and mechanism to ensure domestic consumption.

The measure provides for the closure of supermarkets, cinemas, bars, pubs, casinos, discos and night clubs, used home Monday through Thursday from 10 pm to 6 am.

In its Resolution, which comes into force from tomorrow, Wednesday May 8, the Cabinet also ordered off the air conditioning systems in hours from 11 am to 3 pm for offices, malls, shops and other activities.

In his Twitter account the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, said that “The Asep fined all who violate the regulation of energy savings as signs, shops, etc.. Lack of water is serious.”

These measures are in addition to those announced earlier, which contemplates the suspension of classes for three days in public and private schools in the country (primary, secondary and university).

It also ordered off air conditioners in public offices and apply this same measure in the commercial sector of 11am to 3pm. Additional working time is kept in the public sector of 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm

The above actions have been taken in coordination with the Secretary of Energy, the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP), Electricity Transmission Company, SA (ETESA) and the National Dispatch Centre (CRC), and seek to ensure the efficient, continuous and uninterrupted public service until phase electricity rationing ordered to be suspended.

It also declared a state of emergency in the so-called dry arc region includes the provinces of Cocle, Veraguas, Los Santos and Herrera as a result of the absence of rain.

According to the Minister of Agriculture, Oscar Osorio, climatic and meteorological conditions were characterized by a long period of no rain in the country that has affected the development and production of rainfed crops and improved pastures with which it feeds most cattle production in the country.

The declaration of emergency, Osorio said, provides for approval to the Ministry of Economy and Finance for that, if required, the waiver request before the National Assembly, for the temporary suspension of financial limits and the attainment of economic resources necessary for the Ministry of Agriculture, up to an amount of 3 million Balboas.

The vacas came through the field again last night trying to reach through the fence.  They were delighted to discover that SU had weeded the vecino’s garden and put all the nice green weeds in  the field for them.  Unfortunately when it was gone there was no more.  It’s difficult to see them like this but they do look better than some of the vacas we’ve seen around the campo.  Isn’t this one a sweetie?


This little sweetie just stood there looking at me.

Hopefully the weather forecasters are wrong and the rains will come soon.  Today has dawned grey but I have a feeling the sky is making way for the blue.  I never thought I’d be complaining about too much hot weather.  Today, life is good in the campo, I just wish it was a little wetter.  🙂

The Panama Adventure

Cows are everywhere! Our neighbor Roberto even had a couple calves in his yard for a while. They have gone to his farm now, but there are plenty of others in the area. When I see cows I think of my blogging friend Karen and her stories of the vacas (cows) in her neighborhood looking longingly at her green garden while they eat brown grass (pray for rain in her neighborhood!)

We came across this playful calf near our house a couple weeks ago.

Panama Cows Playing in the Field  Panama calf kicking up his heels in the field

Today, we spotted Roberto feeding a bit of corn to the cows in the field next to his house.

Roberto and Joel with the cows Panamanian cows  A beautiful Panamanian cow

Roberto told me that he was giving the cows a treat because they are having a hard time getting by on grass after such a hot, dry summer. Here, cows fend for themselves with minimal human intervention.  Things are looking much more green now…

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4 Responses to Cows in the Neighborhood | Water and Electricity Problems

  1. Kris says:

    Thanks for the reblog and the news report. I know it’s been hot and dry but since it’s my first summer here, I didn’t realize it was unusual. A lot of people are commenting because it’s the schools that are the first to close, not the casinos. Money drives pretty much everything. I think if the whole country would set thermostats at 80 instead of deep freeze that would help a lot. Hopefully the rains will come back and things will improve. The vacas are looking pretty thin here too.

  2. indacampo says:

    Yes, someone posted this on Facebook a couple of days ago:

    We are witnessing the collapse of the model of “development” predatory privatization of negotiated, driven by past governments (PRD Panameñistas) and Martinelli and this CD has been the last straw.

    School closure reveals the false concern the Minister on the subject. What we consume them into electricity is ridiculous compared to the mall, hotels, casinos, etc..

    Witnessing the total collapse of the system, not only is the electrical energy, water, transport, waste, the serious crisis in education, health, etc.. Projects are predators of the environment (deforestation, mining, urban sprawl, lack of planning, remember floods).

    We urge the Government to talk to the Truth to the people. No more lies or disability. The President is not worried about the situation, suitcases ready to continue the viajadera.

    One of the responses from a fellow Expat in the burg:

    Los negocios traen impuestos del gobierno. Una población educado traen revolución.
    Businesses bring tax policy of the Government. An educated population bring revolution.

    And another from a local:

    Por eso la educación está obsoleta y es mediocre…para que todo siga status quo….todo es un plan bien organizado pero el pueblo no lo ve. Después que no le toquen sus carnavales…lo que sea….qué pena.

    That is why education is obsolete and is mediocre… so that everything remains status quo… everything is a well organized plan but the people don’t see it. After that touch you not carnivals… whatever… what penalty.

    I have to agree I puzzle over the money the government spends on Carnavals and talked to a couple of the locals a little bit about it…no sé.

  3. Kris says:

    Frustrating, but I don’t know what can be done, especially in a foreign country except maybe gently talk to people who are interested. The highlight of my month is telling my neighbors why I have that big leaf pile in the corner of my yard (compost pile – will be black dirt) That’s the extent of my influence at the moment.

    • indacampo says:

      Yes, I’ve talked to a couple of people to try and puzzle it out without sounding judgmental. 🙂 Good luck with the dirt, Eric wouldn’t let me compost because he’s afraid of the mice coming in from the back field. So we put it in the field and the vacas eat it.

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