translated from Spanish: [VIDEO] Piñera asked for «forgiveness» and announced «social agenda» with an immediate increase of 20% in the basic solidarity pension

President Sebastián Piñera presented a new balance sheet of the day on Tuesday and announced the steps that will be taken to address the social and political crisis that the country is going through. In doing so, he stated that the operation of Line 3 and 6 of the Metro will be enabled during this Wednesday. In this regard, the Representative departed by ensuring that the State of Emergency will be terminated when «it has assurance that public order and the protection of property are adequately safeguarded». He therefore apologized for not acknowledging the magnitude of the citizen nuisance. «I recognize this lack of vision and i apologise to my compatriots,» he said, quoting Mario Benedetti, when we had all the answers, suddenly all the questions changed us.» President Sebastián Piñera delivered a new balance of the day on Tuesday and announced the steps that will be taken to address the social and political crisis that the country is going through. In this regard, the Representative departed by ensuring that the State of Emergency will be terminated when «it has security that public order and the protection of property are properly guarded»Thereby apologised for not recognizing the magnitude of the citizen nuisance . «I recognize this lack of vision and i apologise to my compatriots,» he said, quoting Mario Benedetti, when we had all the answers, suddenly all the questions changed us.» In this sense, it announced a «social agenda», which included different measures. In the area of pensions, it raised an immediate increase of 20% of the Basic Solidarity Pension, which will benefit 590 thousand pensioners. The immediate increase is added, as soon as the law is passed, of 20% in the Solidarity Planned Contribution, which will benefit 945 thousand pensioners. This is also the additional increase in basic pensions and solidarity pensions, during 2021 and 2022, for pensioners over 75 years of age.» Tax resource contributions to supplement the planned savings of the middle class and working and budgeting women, to increase their pensions at retirement, which will favor 500,000 workers,» he added. In addition, it stated that there will be contributions of fiscal resources to improve the pensions of non-empty older adults. HEALTH AND MEDICATIONSOn the other hand, in terms of health and medicines, the Mandatario announced the urgency of immediate discussion of the Bill sent by our Government to Congress that creates the Insurance for Catastrophic Diseases, in order to secure a roof family health expenditure. The expense that exceeds that ceiling will be covered by the Insurance.In addition, the creation of a Insurance that covers part of the drug spending of Chilean families, not covered by programs such as the GES or the Ricarte Soto Law. And in this line the extension of the Fonasa agreement with pharmacies to reduce the price of medicines, which will benefit more than 12 million people. Minimum Guaranteed Income.Also stated that a Minimum Guaranteed Income of $350 thousand per month will be created, for all full-time workers who supplement the wages of full-time workers, when it is less than $350 thousand. This benefit shall apply proportionately to those under 18 and over 65 years of age. ELECTRIC RATESOn the other hand, Piñera stated that a mechanism will be created to stabilize electricity tariffs, which will allow to cancel the recent increase 9.2% of electricity, reducing the value of electricity tariffs to the level of the first half of this Year. As for taxes on the highest-income sectors. A new tranche in the 40% Comprehensive Supplemental Tax will be created for income over 8 million per month, increasing tax collection. On security issues, the creation of the Victims’ Ombudsman’s Establishment was raised. And as for the fairness between high- and low-income communes, the strengthening of the Municipal Common Fund was raised, establishing greater contributions from higher-income communes, for the benefit of lower-income communes. For Congress and the Public Administration there were also announcements, raised in reducing the allowances of parliamentarians and high salaries of the civil service and reduction in the number of parliamentarians and limitation of re-elections. After this, Sebastián Piñera stated that there are several «high-social projects, sent by our Government to Congress, that require urgent processing and approval». For this reason, he asked Congress to urgently implement the Pro-Childhood project, which ends with the infamous Sename and replaces it with two new public services. The Child and Adolescent Protection Service and the Youth Reintegration Service.Also for the project that creates the Catastrophic Health Insurance and the one that creates the right to the Universal Cradle Room. This adds up to the project that provides for the reduction of the contributions of the most vulnerable older adults. Finally, as regards the contingency, he stated that a Plan for Reconstruction of the damage and destruction caused during the last manifestations would be established. In this sense, resources of more than $350 million will be committed.»



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