The governor Pedro Pierluisi announced this Monday the issuance of $103 million in funds from the Nutrition Assistance Program (PAN) corresponding to September, money that comes from the redistribution of resources before the close of the federal fiscal year and that represents a 55% increase in the benefit for this month.
The chief executive reported, through a press release, that The money is already reflected in the accounts of program participants and is available starting today, Monday, on the ordinary dates on which recipients receive aid. In the federal government, the fiscal year ends on September 30.
Pierluisi specified that older adults participating in the PAN will receive a higher percentage of their benefits, as will the residents of Vieques and Culebra. For those over 60 years of age, the maximum benefit this month amounts to $288, while residents of the municipal islands will get $306 and, if they are over 60 years of age, the amount will be $339.
The president also detailed that the benefit, in September, for a family whose composition is a single person, will be $255, while with four members they will receive a maximum of $854.
“Providing this assistance to the most vulnerable and also to those who continue to train and seek opportunities for advancement is an essential part of our public policy. Each of these families will have approximately 55% more in their monthly benefits for the month of September. This is an important help to ensure that they maintain good health and well-being.“said the governor.
Currently, the PAN program supports 755,163 families on the island. Of that number, there are 404,276 adults over 60 years of age, 216,193 people who report income from work and 83,544 citizens with a disability.
The designated secretary of the Family, Cieni Rodriguez Trocheassured that “the redistribution of funds is one of the great advantages of the food assistance program.”
“If prior to the close of the fiscal year it is identified that economies have been generated in administrative or programmatic areas, the funds can be redistributed among the program participants, who are our priority, especially when we talk about the elderly population,” he said. the official
PAN participants, as noted, do not have to carry out any additional procedures to receive these resources, which arrive directly to their Family Card.
The administrator of the Administration of Socioeconomic Development of the Family (ADSEF), Alberto Fraderareminded participants that the beneficiary review process remains active and that they can use the digital platform of that public agency to complete the process.
“It is important that each family complete this review process so that they can continue receiving the PAN benefit. Now it is an easy and quick procedure by accessing pr.gov in ADSEF Digital”, mentioned Fradera.
People who need any type of help can call the PAN helpline, which is located on the back of their card, contact 3-1-1 or go to the nearest ADSEF office.