Venezuelan communes to get more funds than mayor's offices
While communities will receive USD 2.04 billion, municipalities will get USD 1.2 billion
As set forth in the law, USD 1.6 billion will be allocated to the states; USD 1.2 billion to municipalities, and USD 2.04 billion to people's power and reinforcement of institutions (communal-based plans).
Such division clearly shows that funds for communal councils and communes exceed by 69% those of mayoralties, and by 25% those of governor's offices.
The Venezuelan Government has sought any means to strengthen the communal regime. Back in 2010, the laws on the people's power were enacted. Despite the legal framework, progress has been gradual. Next year, the model will be speeded up.
The Second Socialist Plan 2013-2019 provides that the creation of the five district pillars for development must be encouraged. Such pillars shall include the communes and the communal councils as well.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.