Born and raised in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico Manolo Jiménez Salinas was elected Mayor of Saltillo in 2018. He was previously a councillor, President of the Party Directive Committee (PRI) and Deputy Mayor. Prior to his political career, he was Vice President of CANADEVI (housing and development industry chamber) and continues to be Manager of New Projects at JISA Real Estate. He studied Industrial and Systems Engineering in ITESM (Monterrey, N.L), where he was President of several student associations and councils, such as the Student Government Association, The Regional and Foreign Associations Council and the Saltillo’s Students Council. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from EGAP Business School (Monterrey, N.L.) and four diplomas in politics, leadership and international business.
As part of the Environmental Agenda promoted by the Municipal Government of Saltillo, Mayor Salinas, in conjunction with Grupo Alen, launched the Recycle to Win campaign, which aims to promote recycling in the city. Through this program, city residents receive an electronic card, on which they are credited points in exchange for empty bottles. The points are redeemable against purchases in shops and supermarkets. As part of the initiative, 10 plastic collection machines ware due to be installed across the city. “Our municipal administration has made environmental protection a priority. Our Environmental Agenda, has reaffirmed our strong commitment to climate change issues,” said Mayor Salinas. Mayor Salinas urged the population to take advantage of this recycling campaign, saying an additional benefit is that plastic will be recycled, instead of littering the street and risking clogging up drainage systems and causing flooding.
To assist the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic, Mayor Salinas, and his wife Paola Rodríguez López, founder of the association Apoyaré, delivered food packages and hygiene equipment to residents living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The deliveries to the households, enabled residents to more easily comply with preventive measures. More than 4,400 food packages; 268,000 face masks, and 15,000 cleaning kits were distributed to residents. In addition, a psychological assistance telephone line was available to help vulnerable residents. “We are working as a team. Food packages and cleaning kits were delivered thanks to the coordinated work between our government and Saltillo citizens who donated through the association Apoyaré” said Mayor Salinas.
In order to promote opportunities for people with disabilities, the municipal institute of youth organises recreational and educational workshops led by young people with disabilities. This courses aim to promote young people’s personal and social development, through their training of other children. The workshops on social inclusion are co-organised by the Municipal Youth Institute, with support from several civil associations that support young people with disabilities and organise regular activities including music, dancing, recreation, crafts, singing and theatre.