Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pena Nieto program aims to pre-empt violence

With a country shaken by the narco wars, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced a new program that seeks to prevent violence before it begins.
Pena Nieto inaugurated the "National Program for the Social Prevention of Violence and Delinquency" in Aguascalientes on Tuesday, La Jornada reported.
The program will involve nine Cabinet members -- including the Governing Secretary, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, who is in charge of it -- and a cost of almost $120,000 pesos. It will make its initial imprint in 251 communities that spend 20 percent of municipal funds on security. These communities include 147 municipalities, two sections of the Federal District (Mexico City) and seven metropolitan zones. Part of the program's work will dovetail with the National Crusade Against Hunger.
Other cabinet departments involved are Social Development; Public Education; Health; Economy; Communication and Transportation; Labor and Social Security; Agricultural, and Regional and Urban Development.
The program's policies include working with youth, addicts and the poor, with the aim of "prevention of violence and delinquency, promoting respect for human rights and the culture of law, facilitating civic participation and achieving the integral development of youth and their environment," La Jornada reported.