Madeira Government President Miguel Albuquerque said the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic showed that the autonomous region needs broader political autonomy.
"It became evident to everyone, especially at the beginning of this pandemic crisis, how necessary it is to ensure for our region a broader autonomy, which provides greater decision-making powers to our self-governing bodies," he declared at the ceremony to impose Honorific Insignia. on the occasion of the Day of the Region and Madeiran Communities, which took place in the Salão Nobre of the Regional Government.
“On the other hand, since our communities are spread across the world, an affirmation of our identity, we must reinforce the institutional ties of connection to them and the proximity and presence with these our fellow citizens”, he added.
“At a time when superficial exhibitionism is often confused with intrinsic merit, it is important that we Madeirans continue to pay tribute to the people and institutions that set an example for us all”, he justified.
For Miguel Albuquerque, this civic scrutiny is today “an extremely important foundation to continue to build, day by day, a decent and humanistic society, where the values of solidarity, responsibility, merit and work prevail”.
The president of the regional executive also highlighted the “exemplary civic behavior of the Madeiran people in the current pandemic crisis”, thanked the “understanding for the preventive measures enacted by the Regional Government” and expressed his “solidarity with all those who were affected, directly and indirectly, due to the current public health crisis ”.
“We are living in difficult times, but I am sure that together, with a sense of responsibility and concern for the common good, we will know, once again, to overcome this serious threat to our collective experience”, he observed.
This year, the Regional Government awarded seven personalities and two institutions on the occasion of the Day of the Region and Madeiran Communities.
The Autonomous Insignia of Valor was awarded to Conceição Student (former Regional Secretary of Tourism) and José Ferreira Prada (lawyer).
The Autonomous Insignia of Distinction was awarded to José Nelson Gomes de Abreu (businessman) and to the Associação Porta 33 - Associação Quebra Costas, Centro de Arte Contemporânea.
The Good Services Autonomous Insignia was awarded to Maria Santos Pereira (doctor), Felicidade Ferraz Branco (nurse), Maria Lúcia dos Santos (civil servant) and Manuel José Figueiroa França Gomes (plastic surgeon), as well as to the Social and Parish Center of São Bento, from Ribeira Brava.
Miguel Albuquerque also inaugurated the sculpture by Amândio de Sousa commemorating the “600 Years of the Discovery of the Archipelago of Madeira” at the Bernard Harvey Foster roundabout and participated in the Te Deum mass, at the Cathedral of Funchal, presided by the Bishop of Funchal, D. Nuno Bras.