Government begins on 19th distribution of 900,000 Christmas baskets
SANTO DOMINGO. The administration of Danilo Medina, through the Plan of Social Assistance of the Presidency (PASP), will begin next Friday, 19 December, the distribution of more than 1 million Christmas baskets.
The traditional present which the government gives to families of little resources of the country, implies an investment of RD$1.3 billion, as reported yesterday by the director general of the P ASP, Cesar Prieto. According to his account, the baskets will contain rice, beans, sugar, corn meal, oil, tomato paste, spaghetti, oatmeal, Christmas candies, canned pigeon peas, rum, wine, eggnog, milk and cocoa in powder, seasoning, cassava, grape jelly, coffee, hot dogs, chicken and bread.
The delivery operations, which include 900,000 Christmas baskets and 200,000 reinforced bags (those which do not include alcoholic beverages) will begin on the 19th in the 10 provinces of the southern region; on Saturday in all the provinces of the Cibao, and on Sunday 21 December in the East and part of the National District. On Monday 22 December, the official distribution concludes its routes in Greater Santo Domingo, but, as Prieto explained, from this day on they will continue delivering baskets in the governor’s offices and the 23 provincial offices of the Social Plan at the national level. It is not thought that President Medina will take part.
Prieto, who participated in a meeting with the media at the Presidential Palace, told the reporters that the baskets are made up of 90% national products, stressing the purchase of more than 20 million in rice and cassava from small producers. He said that the purchases were made and 25% were from small and medium companies, passing the 20% as established by law, and he estimated that some 12 entities would supply the products.
In the last 2 years the Social Plan has delivered 1,700,000 baskets, with a general cost of RD $2.3 billion.
From August 2012 until 31 October, the Plan distributed 5,702,414 food rations, for a value of RD $2.0 billion, benefiting 28 million persons, given the fact that each ration supplies food for 5 persons.
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