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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Money woes hobbles Dominican Republic Census

In a repeat of previous debacles with the census, the talliers hired to conduct this decade’s population and housing count slated to begin at 8 .a.m. today haven’t hit the streets claiming they’ve yet to be paid.

The impasse prompted Statistics Office (ONE) director Pablo Tactuk to convene a meeting of the Census Advisory Committee to analyze the situation that threatens the highly promoted count.

News source reports most residents in several barrios including Cristo Rey, Simon Bolivar, Las Cañitas and Villa Carmen await to be counted, but the census takers are nowhere to be seen. It quoted El Dique Neighborhood Board president Jorge Hernandez, who said that in the barrio Los Guandules “the Census, by this time, is a failure.”

Some people trained as supervisors said they have yet to be paid and refuse to work. adds that ONE’s sent a letter to the Presidency requesting an additional RD$565 million to conduct the Census, but the money hasn’t been disbursed. 

Source: Dominican Today

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