United Nations survey reveals Dominican priorities
SANTO DOMINGO. A good education, better opportunities for work, for medical attention, adequate food at reasonable prices, as well as protection against crime and violence, form part of the principal priorities of development which the Dominicans have for the future generations.
The information comes out in the process of national consultations by the Construction of the New Agenda for Development Post – 2015 which is being carried out by the United Nations as a continuation of the Development Objectives of the Millennium, which has had until now the participation of more than 3000 leaders of 30 organizations from diverse sectors of society.
During the survey, the persons consulted stressed the need of access to a quality education at all levels (primary, secondary, technical, professional education and University), in order to be able to better prepare students for a competitive labor market.
Some of the participants said that public policies should focus on education in order to close the gap of inequality in the Dominican Republic. Education was the principal development issue identified by the participants in the first two processes and mechanisms of participation.
Citizen safety was another of the worries manifested by the population, pointing out that crime and a lack of safety were direct threats to personal integrity, small businesses and the access to places of work.
The people consulted argued for a reform and the modernization of the National Police, which includes that the members involved in violations of human rights and corruption should be punished.
In a like manner, they suggested the need for more preventive health and for the humanization of health services, in order that the relations between the medical personnel and the patient be based on trust, respect and the evaluation.
In the case of the environment, priorities go in the direction that greater care be given and that the environment be preserved to a greater degree, as well as worries for the cleaning up of the water.
According to the explanation given by Mildred Samboy, the technician for the Development Objectives for the Millennium and the Agenda Post – 2015, the consultations began at the end of 2013 and they will extend until September of this year. “At first these were done through the Internet, later because of the logic of the needs, the paper format was implemented, which is that which is being used now because it permitted reaching more areas,” she noted. She indicated that so far they have filled out more than 60,000 surveys, although they are only reflecting the data on some 22,000. She said that in the first stage, the priorities that were identified by the citizens were education, public safety, health, the environment and governance, but that the information has changed according to the increase in the number of persons surveyed.
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