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Resident Commissioner questions why economic aid hasn’t been disbursed

By on May 12, 2020

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Goznález Colón and Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced

LA FORTALEZA – Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Goznález Colón called attention to the delay in the disbursement of federal financial aid, such as unemployment benefits.

“I have a concern, the governor has a concern that once the money is there, as is the case with the unemployment and as is the case with the $1,200, it should be distributed as quickly as possible. In fact, today we have a meeting with the secretary of the Department of Labor (Briseida Torres) to find out precisely how many applications are pending, how many were evaluated, how many are left today because those numbers change every day,” González Colón said at a press conference.

She explained that she is concerned about the government’s computer systems.

“This cannot be an excuse for the government not to look for the mechanisms to make it effective immediately. And for that there are also federal funds,” she added.

She mentioned that she seeks to find out how deficient a government agency is “to find out if there is another alternative.”

“I think that the government of Puerto Rico will have, as a result of this emergency, to move forward in the technological phase immediately. Otherwise, this is going to be something that is going to be repeated,” she said.

González Colón went to the Santa Catalina Palace, where she had several meetings with the governor and cabinet chiefs. Among the topics she discussed with Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced, were federal funds and the possibility of attracting pharmaceutical companies to Puerto Rico under federal legislation.

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