SUMMARY – MORNING PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCE – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2023

Minister of Labor Marat Baruch pointed out that with the 20% increase in the minimum wage in 2024, President López Obrador fulfills his commitment to double the minimum wage at the national level and triple it in the free zone of the northern border, in real terms. This will result in a 110% recovery in the minimum wage’s purchasing power since 2018. The labor and business sectors recognized that the new salary will improve workers’ lives.

As of Thursday, December 8, the delivery of financial assistance for the reconstruction of homes affected by Hurricane Otis begins. The outlay will be between 35,000 and 60,000 pesos (US$2.026 and US$3474) per affected household. So far, 190,128 families have received assistance for cleaning-up their damaged homes. In total, the social investment is above 1.40 billion pesos (US$81.06 million).

In the framework of the inauguration of the Trans-isthmus Train from Salinas Cruz (Oaxaca) to Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz) on December 22, President López Obrador reported that the operation of both ports has already been bided as it is a matter of national sovereignty. This project will expand the shipping of goods from Asia to the East Coast of the United States and increase Mexican exports.

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In view of the publication of the results of the PISA test, carried out by the OECD to evaluate the level of knowledge of students in reading, science, and mathematics, President López Obrador indicated that his government does not take into account such data because it measures parameters created during the neoliberal period, during which public education was degraded and Mexican teachers were slighted.

Minister of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, met with Guanajuato Governor Diego Sinhue Rodríguez to deal with the killing of five young people in Celaya.

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In Who’s Who in Lies it was reported that:

-It is not true that the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE) will grant an annual bonus of 5,000 pesos (US$289.50) for retirees and pensioners.

-Pemex is not in arrears in the payment of Christmas bonuses to its workers.

-President López Obrador was not admitted to a hospital in Cancún.