The agency asked for an extension of up to 60 days to comply with the information request from Puerto Rico’s Institute of Statistics, claiming the data is produced manually, that they have problems with the computer systems, and even power outage issues.
Puerto Rico ranked 87th in comparison to 128 other countries.
Puerto Rico is struggling to simultaneously tackle two emergencies with limited resources: earthquakes that have not stopped since December and the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the earthquakes in the south of the island have never ceased, none have been as strong as the magnitude 5.4 earthquake reported at 7:13 a.m. Saturday.
The information that Deseda has provided over the past few weeks is incorrect, inconsistent and imprecise. The CPI verified some of Deseda’s claims from Wednesday, Feb. 26, until the last conference she went to.
Puerto Rico’s Health Secretary Rafael Rodríguez resigned late Friday as the island’s first three cases of coronavirus were confirmed by Gov. Wanda Vázquez.
More than 90% of Special Education students are not evaluated on their vocational skills, which affects their possibilities of development and employment, and their mental health as well, although there has been a law in place for 13 years that mandates this.
According to Puerto Rico’s Department of Housing, the agency is managing 12 shelters with 792 refugees. Another 584 refugees are in 19 shelters not managed by Housing. Most of the refugees didn’t lose their homes, but instead are afraid that the structures are not safe because of quake damage.
The recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico have been followed by the dismissals of several heads of government agencies this week, and ongoing protests demanding the resignation of the island’s unelected chief executive, Gov. Wanda Vázquez.