A total of $55,978,770 million will be disbursed by the Ministry of Social Development (Mides), corresponding to the first payment of the year of the Conditional Monetary Transfer Programs (PTMC) for difficult access and the Social Key Card (TCS).
Of which $6,984,060 million will be allocated to the payment of 34,680 Panamanians who reside in areas of difficult access from next Monday, March 7 to Friday, March 11; With these disbursements, corregimientos of the Beehive Plan will be impacted, located in the Ngäbe Buglé Comarca and the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Veraguas, and Darién, which present high rates of multidimensional poverty.
In areas of difficult access, the payment tables will be segmented, separating the collection points by program, guaranteeing social distancing and protective equipment will be provided to all the collaborators involved in the process.
The first payment of 2022 will be made in compliance with all the biosafety measures established by the Ministry of Health, as they have been carried out as a result of the pandemic.
While payments to PTMC beneficiaries will be made from March 14 to 25, for that period 156,525 Panamanians will receive their transfers through ATMs. For this modality, payments will be made for the sum of 48,994,710 million balboas.
The Minister of the Mides, María Inés Castillo, stated that these transfers represent an economic injection for the country, while restoring the rights and combating the poverty of families that have been excluded from social development.
He stressed that these transfers are framed in the 125 priority actions of the “Joining Forces” Action Plan, which are part of the work agenda of President Laurentino Cortizo.
The CCTPs have a gender focus. In areas of difficult access, transfers benefit 29,135 rural women, which represents 84.01% compared to 15.99% or 5,545 men who make up the programs.
A Mides report indicates that in regions of difficult access, the Red de Oportunidades program has the majority of the beneficiaries, 17,733; followed by 120 at 65 (8,168), SENAPAN (8,071) and Ángel Guardian with 708 favored.
The document also shows the five regions that concentrate the majority of the beneficiaries. The list is headed by the Ngäbe Buglé Comarca with 22,750; followed by the Guna Yala region with 3,300; in the third position is Veraguas with 2,332; it is followed by the Emberá region with 1,859 and the province of Darién closes the list with 1,615 beneficiaries.