• No Mexican is condemned to be poor because of being born in poverty, he declared.
  •  “The strategy is based on the conviction that it is possible to decrease shortages and increase equality,” he said.
  • “It is the main instrument of change to ensure that more citizens are better fed and have access to health services, better housing, and basic services such as water, drainage and electricity. It is also designed to narrow the education gap, enable citizens to obtain the benefits of social security and cover basic living expenses at stable prices,” he declared.
  • Eduardo Sánchez gave a joint press conference with Social Development Secretary José Antonio Meade.

In a joint press conference, Social Development Secretary José Antonio Meade (SEDESOL) and General Coordinator of Social Communication of the President’s Office and Government Spokesman Eduardo Sánchez (Government Spokesman) outlined the actions and objectives comprising the National Inclusion Strategy currently being undertaken by the government.

At the official residence of Los Pinos, spokesman Eduardo Sánchez declared that this strategy, “Is undoubtedly the most comprehensive, ambitious, and transparent effort undertaken in Mexico to alleviate poverty”.

He stressed that this mechanism, “Is based on the conviction that reducing shortages and increasing equality is obviously possible. It is also possible for no Mexican to be condemned to be poor because of being born into a family living in poverty”.

He explained that since the start of his administration, President  Enrique Peña Nieto has acknowledged the challenge facing the country as regards poverty. Accordingly he launched a crusade to deal with its most damaging expression: hunger.

He noted that on the basis of this Crusade, new efforts were incorporated that now comprise the National Inclusion Strategy.

Eduardo Sánchez explained that in order to implement this strategy, close coordination has been established between government agencies and the authorities of the 32 states and municipalities, as well as companies and civil society organizations”.

He added that the National Inclusion Strategy, “Is the main instrument of change to ensure that more citizens are better fed and have access to health services, better housing, and basic services such as water, drainage and electricity. It is also designed to narrow the education gap, enable citizens to obtain the benefits of social security and cover basic living expenses at stable prices”.

He explained that through this mechanism, the actions of the public, private and social sectors have been arranged around methods, criteria and eight shared goals for this year, namely:

First: To reduce the number of Mexicans lagging behind in the education system by 2.2 million. “The aim is for more children to be enrolled in preschool and more adults to complete their elementary or middle school education this year”.

Second: For 21.2 million people to join the Popular Insurance Scheme and the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) to protect the health and assets of the most vulnerable families, as well as students in the public education sector.

Third: For more people to have social security through formal employment. He said that during this administration, nearly two million new jobs have been registered in the Mexican Social Security Institute, the highest figure in the history of Mexico.

Fourth: For families to have access to housing with cement walls, floors and ceilings and sufficient space to avoid overcrowding. He added that through more than 700,000 housing actions over the past two years, better welfare conditions have been created for nearly four million Mexicans”.

Fifth: “For dwellings to have basic services such as water, sewage or electricity in addition to better materials and spaces.” He noted that five million people live better today, thanks to the actions taken to provide these services to the most backward communities.

Sixth: for the poorest Mexicans eat better. He declared that, “Millions of beneficiaries of social programs, especially children, pregnant or nursing women, and obviously senior citizens, receive support that contributes to  providing them with a healthy, varied and sufficient diet”.

Seventh: For there to be a sufficient supply and stable prices for items comprising the basic food basket. He noted that today, the cost of the food basket is the same as it was in December last year.

And eighth: for more citizens to know and exercise their social rights. He explained that since the late 1990s, middle and high school students have been entitled to join the Mexican Social Security Institute, yet they were unaware of this. “The president instructed this right to be enforced, as a result of which the IMSS made an unprecedented effort to affiliate students”. Eduardo Sánchez declared that next week, the number of students registered will reach five million.