Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Senator Criticizes Cidre for HPI’s Departure

By on June 8, 2021

The Senate of Puerto Rico could summon the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC) secretary, Manuel Cidre, to answer questions relating to why the agency could have delayed for more than three months in announcing the departure of Hewlett Packard Inc. (HPI) from Aguadilla.

Senator Migdalia González, who chairs the Western Affairs Committee, requested Cidre’s appearance to answer questions relating to HPI’s closure.

“It is vitally important that we, as senators, can know first-hand the problems that affect the industrial sector in our western area and throughout the country. I am requesting the Senate President to summon the designated secretary Cidre urgently to give us a detailed report of Aguadilla’s situation. He appeared before the Appointments Commission and concealed the information the day before (HPI’s departure) was announced,” the senator said.

González said in a letter that she is urging the appearance of Cidre after the official failed to comply with his responsibility in informing the public of HPI’s departure after receiving the information more than three months ago.

“We have many questions, and big questions for the designated secretary such as why was the mayor of Aguadilla, the Legislative Assembly, and the country not informed of this closure? What alternatives exist to mitigate the situation in the northwest region? What can we do to find solutions and avoid other closures?” she said.

But Cidre said he did not know of the closing until June 14. “The senator apparently has some concern that we knew in advance of HPI’s departure, and the answer to that is no,” he said.