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Puerto Rico to create a commission to crack down on poverty

Puerto Rico to create a commission to crack down on poverty

San Juan, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi on Wednesday announced the issuance of a decree to establish the Advisory Commission on Poverty in Puerto Rico, which affects 44% of its population.

According to the latest US Census, 58% of Puerto Rican children live in poverty.

Faced with this reality, the commission -made up of 19 representatives of public and private sectors and headed by Family Minister Carmen Ana González Magaz- will work on fighting poverty that is tying the hands of Puerto Rico after nearly 122 years of the United States military occupation.

‘This government is committed to developing a public policy aimed at obtaining and guaranteeing physical, social, emotional, educational and economic well-being of our children and young people,’ Pierluisi stressed.

He assured that he will work to join forces to fight poverty impact on our families, minors and the elderly, by using an approach to make accessibility to multiple programs much easier and to increase efficiency in the provision of government services.

Puerto Rican Governor stated that to counteract child poverty, it is necessary to invest US$4.4 billion a year.


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