With the increase of the Human Development Bonus (BDH) of $ 50 up to a cap of $ 150, depending on the number of children and their age, 74,004 households will benefit, according to the base of the social registry that the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion (MIES) has.
These households were considered to be below the poverty line, that is, they receive monthly incomes below $ 47.70 and are mostly located in marginal urban areas and in rural areas. According to the Secretary of State, of the 74,004 beneficiaries who will begin receiving the increase from the second week of January of the following year; 38,524 are mestizos; 20,033, indigenous; and 11,592 mounts.
The Minister of Economic Inclusion, Berenice Cordero, said that the Human Development Bond is part of a public policy that works as a mechanism to ensure that people who are in a vulnerable condition meet their rights, such as health and, fundamentally, that of education, guaranteeing the schooling of minors.
“It is prioritized in the users of the Human Development Bond and for the population in extreme poverty as an exercise of shared responsibility among the State, society, community and family to accumulate capacities and sustain minimum well-being,” said the secretary of State. Regarding the increase of $ 50 to $ 100 in the pension for older adults, Minister Cordero said that this policy is part of the ‘My Best Years’ program and benefits for citizens with incomes less than $ 47.7.
At the moment 12,000 older adults are qualified to receive this increase and will continue progressively throughout 2018, reaching coverage of 18,000 beneficiaries. For these two government programs that are part of the ‘Whole Life’ plan, an investment of $ 85,722,170 is foreseen for its fulfillment, values contemplated in the 2018 General State Budget. (I)