TWO worthwhile reads

Dear All, your attention please!

The Government has placed the draft ROP 2019 – 2029 on different websites available for the public.

This will be for the period of 4 weeks, starting yesterday.

We need everyone to go through these charts meticulously.

Please check all nature areas and anything that used to be nature areas. Please check explanations.

The site is:

It can also be found on:

The DNM waardenkaart and the document Natuur en Milieu in the ROP are apart, but they are annexes (bijlagen) in the toelichting (explanation).

On the waardenkaarten, the proposals of ABC for bird areas can be found (I was just informed).

Please help make sure that all the NGOs take a close look at this.

Please send Aruba Birdlife Conservation any findings that we might need attention for.

Good luck and thanks.

MFA Noord, serving the public, with two cashiers

Like many other tax paying citizens, I don’t always trust online payments to GOA. And to make sure my monthly pounds of flesh are credited correctly, I prefer to pay them in person, by messenger.

Here is yesterday’s saga, by an ever-faithful tax payer:

So, this is the situation in MFA Noord: At 8.11am I took a number, even BEFORE picking up the tax forms. I got #D133. But SIAD hadn’t started work, yet. I heard a rumble about “waiting for the money to open cashier windows” or something in that spirit.  Apparently, they were waiting for cambio. It was later reported they started handling the public at about 9am.

By 10am they were at #34. By 11am on #56. I kept up with my other errands through the morning, and regularly popped back into MFA to monitor progress. They were on #71 midday, and I just hung around. Read newspapers…Whatever….

Now the other thing I heard twice is that they are not taking ATM cards because they encountered some problem… I just hope that by the time it is my turn (around 3pm?) this challenge will be resolved…. Someone told me to get cash…. Of course, you don’t have THOUSANDS of florins on you, right? My plan B is to ask them to stamp the forms and perhaps you can pay via bank later…. And I will get some kind of proof that THEY had trouble with the debit system….

To cut a long story short that ever-faithful tax payer, handed his belasting over at 4:08pm. The ATM cards worked.

MFA Noord went through 113 clients in 8 hours, yesterday, that’s 8.5 minutes per client….

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