Osuna Lowers BC Poverty in Six Years: 80% of budget still allocated to Social Services (El Sol de Tijuana, 9/17/12 by Adam Mondragon)

Tijuana, BC - Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna’s social policy has reduced most of the State’s extreme poverty from 3.4% to 3.1%, said Mario Osuna Jiménez, State Undersecretary of Social Development. In interview, the State official said that these actions also reduced the number of people with social needs from 43% to 39.3%, over the past three years.

The Undersecretary of Sedesoe said 80% of the total Government of the State budget still goes to the social sector for education, healthcare, community infrastructure, sports, culture, women, youth, at-risk groups, families, Civil Society bodies and households, among other areas

For example, he recalled that 760 million pesos were invested during 2011 toward the educational infrastructure, in what amounts to building a complete school every week or two classrooms per day, and he stressed that Baja California residents do not pay fees for primary and secondary schools, and has began to offer free high school education.

He also said that during this period more than 760 million pesos ($59.2 million US)have been granted in loans to support, promote and encourage the creation of family enterprises. In 2012 this amount will more than double to 1.3 billion pesos ($101 million US).

Other highlights achieved in reducing levels of insecurity in the State, Mario Osuna Jimenez referred to a comparison of the past decade’s main poverty indicators in Baja California clearly reflected in a reduction of extreme poverty rates. These figures have been endorsed by the National Council for Policy Evaluation of Social Development (Coneval), which supports census studies, he said.

The Undersecretary of Sedesoe mentioned that some of the actions that have allowed the reduction of social backwardness have been the strengthening of the family economy, because the State Government has offered support alternatives using solidarity and subsidiary criteria that allow a rise in the standard of living for families and most at-risk groups.

The State Government also promotes the improvement of the social environment, with actions that combine the improvement of basic and urban infrastructures, with the delivery of social services and community development actions.

Mario Osuna said one of the relevant actions has been the strengthening of Civil society, with a cooperative plan that promotes and adds resources, a commitment to working for the sole purpose of enhanced efforts and achievement of greater impact in homes, healthcare, disabilities, rehabilitation centers, sports and migrant labor, among others.

One of the most important programs is "Life Digna" which is helping families have a better quality of life, through support, training and development efforts, and the accompaniment of families in achieving self-sufficiency to overcome vulnerability and improve their status, he concluded. http://www.oem.com.mx/elsoldetijuana/notas/n2697605.htm

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