Mexican gov't to provide for 5.5 million in poverty

Civil society organizations discuss how Mexico should tackle poverty and social reform.

Mexican gov't to provide for 5.5 million in poverty

World Bulletin / News Desk

Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto expects to provide food supplies to 5 million of people living in extreme poverty in 2014, he said on Monday.

Pena Nieto was handing out benefits to the inhabitants of the Guachochi municipality in northern state Chihuahua, one of the poorest regions in Mexico, where at least six different ethnic groups live.

The current government is dedicating June to evaluate and offer results about the National Crusade Against Hunger, one of the most important programs in Mexican social policy.

“A year and a half after starting this program, we have significant advances: 3 million Mexicans, of those 7.5 million who were in poverty in 2012 have guaranteed their food supply,” said Pena Nieto. “Our goal in 2014 is to go from 3 million to 5.5 million of benefits.”

He said the Mexican government is spending more than US$26 billion on social policies in 2014.

Rosario Robles, Secretary of Social Development, said 130,000 people in Chihuaha no longer live in extreme poverty because of the program.

“It has implemented new programs across the country to fight against poverty: community dining rooms, support for familiar agriculture, among others,” she said. “We have arrived to 30,000 margined localities where no other social program arrived before.”

Jose Feliciano Garcia, an indigenous student of the Autonomous University of Chihuahua, thanked the government for the programme.

“I must say that I understand how it is to not have anything to eat; not having a dwelling; to spend too much time working to take food to my home. I also know that there are no obstacles to succeed,” he said.

More than 300 organizations meet in Puebla

Meanwhile, in the capital of the central Mexican state Puebla, more than 300 non-governmental organizations met in the Second Citizens Summit 2014 to discuss hunger, education, health access and citizen participation, among other matters.

In June 2012, during the presidential campaign and a month before the election, more than 150 organizations had united in Mexico City to discuss the country's most pressing problems and how to find viable solutions that could be presented to the presidential candidates.

The current Mexican president, Pena Nieto, had committed to adopt many of their demands.

“Once Pena Nieto is elected, there was a commission to follow up all the commitments. At the beginning it worked very good. Then, as the time passed, the relation between government and civil society has been diluted,” said Maricarmen Lanzagorta, a member of Mexico City-based NGO Integrative Citizenship.

Maite Azuela, an activist at the organization Dejemos de Hacernos Pendejos, also of Mexico City, said that once the Pact for Mexico was signed, the politicians fully abandoned dialogue with organized civil society.

The meeting will finish tomorrow and the conclusions will be sent to the Secretary of Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

Last Mod: 03 Haziran 2014, 10:50
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