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TL Government approves subsidy for New Generation of Bolsa da Mãe

DILI, 2 september 2021 (TATOLI) – The government of Timor-Leste through the extraordinary Council of Ministers Meeting held on 1 September has approved a subsidy program which is designed for the new generation, namely ‘Bolsa da Mãe – New Generation.

The program is implemented by the Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion (MSSI), with the purpose to reduce poverty and malnutrition in Timor-Leste.

The Council of Ministers approved the draft of Decree-Law, presented by the Deputy Minister of Social Solidarity, Signi Chandrawati Verdial, for the creation of subsidies for pregnancy and children, collectively known as Bolsa da Mãe – Nova Geração, and for the first amendment to No.18 /2012, April 4th.

The Cabinet Minister of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães told the media at a press conference at the Ministry of Finance Hall, that this Decree-Law project aims to reform the “Bolsa da Mãe” to ensure that the program can have a more significant impact on poverty reduction and improvement of national human resources.

“Bolsa da Mãe” now includes two additional benefits, which are intended to provide social support during pregnancy and early childhood, improve maternal and child health and nutrition, promote economic inclusion, and boost the local economy,” Said Fidelis

This program will be implemented regularly or progressively, ensuring as a priority action in the geographic areas with the highest rates of poverty and malnutrition, and protection during pregnancy and early childhood.

He added that the program will be gradually expanded to all national territories over 5 years, starting in 2022 with the municipalities of Ainaro and Bobonaro and with the Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse Ambeno (RAEOA).

For 2023, Bolsa da Mãe – the new generation will be extended to the municipalities of Covalima, Liquiça, Manatuto and Viqueque.

However, for Manufahi, Ermera, Baucau, Aileu, and Lautem will Municipalities will be included in the program by 2024. Finally, Bolsa da Mãe will cover the municipality of Dili by 2025.

It is recalled that on July 23, MSSI had conducted some discussions with partners such as UN Representatives, UNDP, World Bank, UNICEF, ILO, WFP, ADB, PHD, Catalpa International, and Australian Embassy including the Ministry of Finance to get input on the program design.

 

Journalist: Jóse Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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