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What’s the Future of the Food Assistance Program? #547791
01/27/21 06:04 AM
01/27/21 06:04 AM
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The fate of the food assistance program inherited by the Briceño administration beyond the current fiscal year remains uncertain. Monies have been set aside to continue with the initiative until the end of March. However, allocations for the program in the coming financial year remain doubtful since the government finds itself in a disastrous financial predicament. The public purse is virtually empty, and that’s the state in which the new administration says they found it when they took over in November of last year. According to Minister of Human Development Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, blame for the excessive spending of public funds lies squarely at the previous government’s feet.

Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, Minister of Human Development


“Of course it is something we will have to review but I can’t speak for what will happen in the new fiscal year. Of course we want to continue helping our people and we must continue to help the poorest of the poor, however, I do want to say that perhaps enough emphasis has not been placed before on the dire straits that the UDP government left this program in before we took over. They pretty much dried out the entire budget with wild spending, cronyism, corruption, you name it and I shouldn’t be here today having to remind you of that but it seems that it is so necessary because it seems to me that they have the face of brass now to be talking about X amount of persons were getting and now it’s been cut down. Well, you can’t spend what you don’t have and if they are having the audacity now to talk to us about this program and oh you know, in the past the people were getting X amount and now it’s not the case. I will have to put the blame squarely where it belongs. The previous government because of their corruption and because of their wild spending before November eleventh left us in the situation that we are in. But I assure you, let me not say that we are backing down from any difficult question or anything, I assure you that we will continue the program up until the end of March and we are looking very closely at how we are going to continue it.”

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Re: What’s the Future of the Food Assistance Program? [Re: Marty] #547819
01/28/21 06:12 AM
01/28/21 06:12 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Will the Grocery Bag Program Continue?

What is the future of the food assistance program? Minister of Human Development, Dolores Balderamos Garcia, has publicly stated that the program has funds that will continue to the end of the financial year – essentially two more months. The Ministry merged the COVID-19 Food Assistance Program and the Grocery Bag Program (formerly known as Pantry) at the start of the year. The revamped program was aimed at helping the most vulnerable families in the country. Going into a new fiscal year, Prime Minister Briceño says his government is actively doing everything possible to keep the program going.

Prime Minister John Briceño


“Certainly it is something for us to take a look at. We know that there is a need for the grocery bag program to continue. So we will be taking a hard look at the finances that are available and try to do everything possible to try and control that problem. Remember that you only could barrow so much and what the U.D.P. was doing is that they were borrowing and spending as if there was no tomorrow and in many instances they were spending recklessly. A lot of the money that were barrowed should have lasted us until March of this year but because of their recklessness’ and going into an election they spent everything. So then we have to scramble to try to find new monies. So as it is, what we want to do now is to see where the avenues, where is there that we can possible find more finding to be able to continue the program as best as we possibly can and as long as we possibly could afford.”

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