Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Tool with which the national plan will target the subsidy

In line with the policies approved through the National Development Plan, which was approved by President Gustavo Petro on May 19, the Department of National Planning (DNP) launched on Monday a new targeting instrument, the Social Registry of Homes.

(President Petro approved the National Development Plan from Inirida).

The tool includes population socioeconomic information from administrative records of various institutions, which aggregate 28 national databases.

“The combination of Sisbane’s experience with what we have learned in the pandemic allows us to approach the social registry of households as a powerful instrument for reforming public policy,” explained Jorge Iván González, Director of National Planning.

(‘I wanted a development plan with only 50 articles’).

The system seeks to leverage the interoperability of registries to trace household circumstances, identify beneficiaries of institutional assistance, and improve the design of targeting and the efficiency of social spending.

George Ivan Gonzalez

According to Gonzalez, this registry is a step towards the Universal Income Registry that was set out in the National Development Plan.

The Director of National Planning emphasized that, to the extent that there is interoperability of information systems, it will be possible to advance this objective, which is also important for achieving universal income.

“The Universal Income Registry is necessary to know who should pay taxes and who should receive subsidies,” Gonzalez said.

(Incentives that are meant for small businesses in the development plan).

The Director assured that classification issues such as levels have wide limitations, as they do not allow for a deeper knowledge of the actual needs of the population.

“We never know what goes on inside a home or its socioeconomic conditions,” Gonzalez questioned.

To make use of this registry, the government has launched a portal wherein institutions will be able to access and cross-reference the information. This will allow for large scale registry queries and targeted database requests.

Laura Lucia Becerra Alejalde
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