Joe Biden, President of the United States, presented what will be the Task Force for Puerto Rico at the White House with which he hopes to work for the Island in health matters and on economic and structural recovery, especially after suffering the consequences of hurricanes “Maria” and “Irma” and the earthquakes of 2020.
Following the creation, Biden pledged to stand up to provide Puerto Rico with the resources and technical assistance needed to rebuild and prosper.
The first session of this Task Force was held on Tuesday with the “commitment to provide support for the total reconstruction of the Island after Hurricanes Maria and Irma, the 2020 earthquakes, and the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the text released by the White House.
The statement also states that they seek “not only to rebuild, but to invest in the long-term resilience of the island so that its communities and infrastructure can withstand future disasters.
A total of 22 participants attended the meeting, including workers from the departments of Commerce, Defense, Housing, Labor, Security, Energy, Health, Education, among others.
The participants received information from the Treasury Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education, and also from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on their efforts to carry out a comprehensive and holistic agenda that puts the island on the road to a prosperous future.
Pierluisi welcomed the Task Force Meeting
Pedro Pierluisi, Governor of Puerto Rico, also took time to address the Task Force, noting that this ensures that Puerto Rico has “the proper priority in Joe Biden’s administration.”
“I thank President Biden for his continued commitment to Puerto Rico, (…) expediting and facilitating access to federal recovery funds and assistance with regulations that hindered the island’s long-term recovery,” he said.
In the coming days, the date and time when the members of the Puerto Rico Task Force will meet again will be announced, as well as the topics to be discussed at the next meeting.