Mayor of Santa Tecla
Oscar Ortiz is the mayor of the Salvadoran city of Santa Tecla. The city’s motto is “participating, united, for local development.” This means that all residents may participate in the municipal strategic planning process through neighborhood committees, sector-based associations, and the citizen’s assembly. This inclusive leadership style has proven effective not only in the operations of the city, but also in dealing with natural disasters. After an earthquake and mudslide devastated the city in January of 2001, Mr. Ortiz mobilized the community to respond to the short term needs of the victims. He also tenaciously implemented a 10-year reconstruction plan, helping to develop what is now widely recognized as a model municipality in El Salvador. In the March 11, 2012 municipal elections, he easily won a fifth term by a margin of more than 15,000 votes. A group of Mr. Ortiz’s supporters are now rallying for him to be considered a candidate for President in El Salvador’s 2014 Presidential Elections.
- May 31, 2010, Lima, Peru: Regional Launch in the Americas, Santa Tecla joins the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
- December 2010, El Salvador Technical Mission in El Salvador (participation UNISDR) Meeting of Mayors.
- January 2011, Santa Tecla VII Conference on Risk Management Municipal: Building Resilient Cities "My city is getting ready".
- February 2011, New York UN General Assembly: Informal Thematic Debate on Disaster Risk Reduction: "Cities at Risk - Addressing the Challenge of Disaster Risk in urban settings".
- March 2011, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico Regional platform for disaster reduction in the Americas (Second Session).
- May 2011, Geneva Participation in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: 1) Presentation at the Plenary Session: The Economics of Disasters: effective financial instruments to reduce risk 2) Interview: 3) Turn 22 nominations from municipalities in El Salvador to UNISDR.
- August 2011, Tegucigalpa, Honduras Workshop of Mayors: "RESILIENT CITIES DESARROLLANDO".
- December 2011, Honduras Technical mission of the municipality of Santa Tecla to Honduras COPECO, Tegucigalpa, Trinidad de Copán; Lepaera, Lempira, San Marcos de Colon, Alliance, Valley; Cantarranas.