A tour of the Vergara Pier project in Viña del Mar was performed by the Regional Secretaries of Public Works, Miguel Saavedra and of Social Development, and Social Development, Abel Gallardo, together with the regional subdirector for Senadis, Boris Rubiño, where they inspected the latest project from Public Works as it pertains to current legislation for inclusivity.
The Regional Secretaries of Public Works and of Social Development, together with the subdirector of Senadis (National Service for the Disabled), visited Vergara Pier, where the details of universal accessibility as well as signage in Braille have been utilized.On the occasion, the authorities emphasized the need for universal accessibility at the project, where wheelchair users can access all the attractions at the Quay. In addition, Braille legends were included in posters and signage and in a small gallery of photos showing the history of this traditional pier.
Miguel Saavedra, the Public Works Regional Secretary explained that inclusion is to be integrated into projects and especially in this one in particular, a landmark in the city. "From design to execution of this great project, all aspects of inclusivity were considered to generate the best possible conditions, so that people who have visual impairment or reduced mobility, can also enjoy this project. And that is what we came to inspect," said the regional authority.
For his part, Abel Gallardo, Regional Secretary for Social Development highlighted progress in this topic. "Our country is advancing at an accelerated pace in the perspective of inclusion and today all public works demand universal accessibility, so we are particularly pleased that this emblematic place in Viña del Mar, this pier that attracts so many tourists, citizens and other inhabitants of the Region, will now also allow the entry for wheelchair users or the blind, which is a tremendous achievement," he said.
Gallardo added that these works "should serve as an example so that other works at the municipal level can also have the same characteristics to favor access to places so particularly beautiful that are all Chileans are included without distinction of any kind, the thousands of tourists who visit us during the summer many of whom are disabled, so all this helps the local and national economy."
Finally, Boris Rubiño, Senadis subdirector, said that it is important that people with disabilities can make use of such projects. "It is important that all the effort that President Bachelet is making is in accordance with the new legislation, since this year came the new regulation for urban projects and other construction that establishes rules that effectively allow and ensure access and universal design in their environment and in public and private spaces so that people with disabilities can reach, access and transit, or make use of the facilities, and in this sense it is fundamental that this type of initiative not only allows people, in this case, access to the dock, but also how we can connect them or integrate them with the environment," he concluded.