Fuerteventura magazine Interviews
January 2020 2.00

David Perdomo – Councillor for Festivities, Youth and Neighbourhoods of the Ayuntamiento of Puerto del Rosario

“We want to meet with the neighbourhood associations to find out the exact needs of each neighbourhood”

How long have you been involved in politics?

I started being interested in politics from a very young age, my mother has always been a militant and supported politics, but I was especially struck by the student demonstrations against the war in Iraq. At the time, I didn't think that the war in Iraq would have an impact on our country and unfortunately, I realised later that it did with the attack in Madrid. From that moment on, political decisions became important to me and I started getting more interested in politics: first to understand it better and later to see what could be done locally or on an island level to change or improve things. I studied for three years in Granada, which has a great student and political tradition. I was at the Faculty of Work Sciences, where I studied Working Relationships and Human Resources. The University of Political Sciences was opposite and we used to live along completely different and extreme ideologies.

When did you start having a public role?

I registered with Nueva Canarias in 2006 and in 2007, I was a candidate at the elections as number two for the local list in La Oliva, which is my municipality as I was born in Corralejo. In 2015, I was a candidate again, but in 2019, in Puerto del Rosario this time (where I currently live), electors decided that I should represent them and later, with the pact we made with the other government teams, I started representing the Ayuntamiento.

What are the projects in your various areas?

Those three areas impact each other and especially the area of festivities. Although I am not a believer, I do respect the patron saint festivities of each village and I owe it to the people I represent. This is why we work hard to unite leisure and cultural events together with religious celebrations in each village and ensure that the local population enjoys those celebrations. I am aware that I am not going to invent anything but we have made small changes, such as organising celebrations during the day so that they take place in a more family environment, instead of at night all the time. We want to work on accessibility so that everyone can get access to the celebrations and also on durability for the environment, regarding recycling, etc. The idea is to make those celebrations as safe as possible. During the first celebrations we organised, that took place in Puerto del Rosario, we chose silent pyrotechnics, as a first try and although it didn't take place exactly how we imagined it, we still believe in this option. Furthermore, for a while, there was no sound and no illuminations so that people who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other functional disorders could go out and we are quite satisfied with this initiative. We have made our own self-criticism of anything that didn't work out perfectly amongst the more than 100 events we organised and we learn in order to improve them in the future. Regarding the youth department, anything we do will show a lot as not much had been done during the previous terms. But there is so much to do that it will be almost impossible to do everything that is required, despite our best efforts. The hardest to do is something quite basic, which is a place where people can meet, like a Youth Centre. Apart from the creation of this space, the most complicated for me is that there aren't any groups of young people I can meet to find out what they want for Puerto del Rosario. I will have to use other tools to find out what to do. We know that they are asking for celebrations dedicated to them, where we will need to be watchful over alcohol and drug access. Furthermore, their demands change a lot depending on their ages, although they are all included in the Youth Service of the Canarian Government (that includes young people from 14 to 30 years old), their needs are very different for each stage. Feminism, equality and LGTBI are also included and it affects the areas of sports, festivities, etc., it is a very transversal area. This makes us work with other departments as it affects a large part of the population.

What does the Neighbourhood council consist of?

Neighbourhoods have their peculiarities and their own celebrations. Some have more history, like El Charco for example. I have been told that since the Multipurpose Centre was created 10 years ago, they haven't celebrated the fiestas del Carmen, there has been some kind of negligence. This department used to work with villages and the person in charge was always being criticised or people used to concern themselves with others, therefore, it was decided to separate them. We want to meet with neighbourhood associations in order to tell the ayuntamiento exactly what each neighbourhood needs and dedicate ourselves completely to their development.