The countdown for campaign-tone ads has started. A week after it is forbidden to carry out public acts related to the management, the national government rushes the last batch of agreements, economic measures and works that have their sights set on turning the electoral result around. In line with the demands that the president has been hearing in his trips to the territory, Alberto Fernández will lead today the announcement of an agreement with representatives of business chambers and unions in the gastronomic sector “for the compatibility of social programs with genuine employment.” There will also be different openings on routes and ports, but the icing on the cake will be the “Five-Year Plan” for housing that the government plans to announce early next week. This project aims to build half a million homes in a period of five years.
At the same time, the President will continue with his micro-actions of proximity in the neighborhoods, following what is the last line in this second stage of the campaign: “to govern is to listen.”
October 20, 25 days before the election, is the deadline to carry out events related to management announcements according to the electoral calendar. For this reason, Casa Rosada has already begun to outline the last details of the final batch of announcements of policies and economic measures that may be communicated before the people go to vote on November 14.
From social plans to registered work
One of the main claims that the government has been registering in the surveys and the personal focus groups of Fernández during his trips to the neighborhoods has to do with the demand for work, which is why the ruling party has been moving forward with a speech that stands out for a long time. the importance of “turning plans into genuine employment.”
Along these lines, the president will lead an act today in which an agreement with the gastronomic and hotel sector will be announced to train beneficiaries of social allowances with the aim of entering the formal job market. The model is similar to the agreement already worked out by the ministers Claudio Moroni (Labor) and Juan Zabaleta (Social Development) with the UOCRA and the Argentine Chamber of Construction.
Five-Year Housing Plan
Another of the big announcements will be the “Five-Year Plan” that aims to build 500,000 homes throughout the country in a period of five years. The initial idea was to launch this plan of Peronist imprint during the act for Loyalty Day on Sunday, but the suspension of the event due to Mother’s Day changed the plans. The announcement, which will be headed by Alberto Fernández, still has no definite date. It could be the same Sunday, through a recorded video, or it could be postponed to Monday or Tuesday of next week.
The goal of this program is to build about 100,000 homes per year until reaching half a million in 2026. According to estimates by the government itself, in 2021 the objective could already be met since, so far this year, some 30 thousand homes and it is expected that, between now and December, it will reach 110 thousand.
Highways and water treatment plants
On the other hand, the Ministry of Transport and Public Works has scheduled a battery of public works announcements in the coming days. One of the most important will be today at 4.30 pm, when a section of the Presidente Perón highway between Route 3 and the Ezeiza-Cañuelas highway will be inaugurated. The minister Gabriel Katopodis and the Buenos Aires governor, Axel Kicillof, will participate in the event.
On Friday, in turn, Katopodis will inaugurate a water treatment plant in the north of Salta. Minister Alexis Guerrera, on the other hand, will inaugurate works in the port of Concepción together with the governor of Entre Ríos Gustavo Bordet.
In the final stretch until the closure, there will also be other announcements that will be finalized in the last days and that will thus be added to the list of measures that the government has been implementing since the defeat in the PASO to improve the situation of the middle and lower sectors: the increase of the minimum wage; the increase in unemployment benefits; the monthly bonus for the AUH; the increase of the floor for the payment of the income tax; the announcement of laundering for domestic workers; the decree of early retirement. In the national government they deny that these measures are motivated by the electoral context, but rather respond to the need to respond to the sectors most affected by the crisis. Beyond the interpretations, being only one month away from the election, there is less and less to know if the measures will have any impact and the Frente de Todos will finally be able to turn around the electoral result.