President of Chile Sebastián Piñera announced on Tuesday that US$120 million will be allocated to Chilean municipalities so they have the resources to address the global coronavirus pandemic.
This second Municipal Solidarity Fund of US$120 million is 20% higher than the funds made available in May.
“The mayors are absolutely fundamental to daily life, most especially in times of crisis. They are the hands of the State, the ones who are closest to the people and know their communities best. They have the greatest ability to act and react,” said President Piñera. He was accompanied by First Lady Cecilia Morel, Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel, Regional Development and Administrative Undersecretary Juan Manuel Masferrer and mayors Felipe Alessandri, Evelyn Matthei, Felipe Delpin, Carolina Leitao, Diego Vergara, Fernando Paredes and Carlos Cuadrado.
Like the first Municipal Solidarity Fund, these funds can be used to purchase food, medications and supplies to treat illness, pay rent and shared housing expenses, utilities, temporary housing and transportation during the public health emergency.
Municipalities will also be able to use these funds to pay for public services that are essential to municipal operations during this emergency period.
The amounts deposited in the accounts of the 342 municipalities across Chile will depend on the size and level of vulnerability of their populations.
“The role of the mayors in having an effective system for testing, tracing and isolating everyone who gets coronavirus is fundamental,” explained the President.
This contribution is in addition to other efforts by the Government to support the municipalities during the pandemic. These include the allocation of 60 billion Chilean pesos for investment projects in March; the reassignment of 75 billion pesos to regional governments in order to address the emergency in April; 80.9 billion pesos in the first Solidarity Fund; early payments totaling 154 billion pesos from the Municipal Shared Fund in May and June; and distribution of more than 15 billion pesos to 174 municipalities from the Municipal Management Incentive Fund (Figem).
The municipalities of Puente Alto and Maipú lead the list of the local governments receiving funds, with 3 billion and 2.7 billion pesos respectively, followed by Santiago with 1.99 billion, La Florida with 1.87 billion, and Antofagasta with 1.86 billion Chilean pesos.
The complete list, by municipality, is available at www.subdre.gov.cl.