The Venezuelan government has transferred $5.1 billion (11,000 million bolívares) to 31 popular organizations in the four years since the first Law of the Community Councils was passed, informed Erika Farías, Minister of People’s Power for Communes.
Farías said that those resources have been used for housing, electricity, sewage and drinking water systems, athletic fields, schools and other infrastructure works and services that have helped many in Venezuelan communities overcome poverty.
During an interview broadcasted by the state-owned channel, Farías pointed out that the Venezuelan government has financed more than 30,000 projects promoted by community councils.
Furthermore, the minister noted that one of the main achievements of the process of change taking place in Venezuela was the possibilities granted to the Venezuelan to govern themselves through the direct transfer of financial resources to community organizations. The Law of the Community Councils, which outlines these transfers, was enacted in 2006.
Farías reminded that this legal instrument paves the way for deepening the people’s participation in spaces of decision-making in Venezuela.
Bolivarian News Agency, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the U.S. Press and Communications Office / February 3, 2010