Last Updated: 2012-07-31
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MONTEVIDEO, July 31 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA) - Uruguay, through the BPS bank, will improve the facilities of 150,000 people with special needs with an annual over US$500 million budget.

In what he calls "historic event to improve the social welfare benefits to the handicapped," Ernesto Murro, president of Banco uruguayo de Previsión Social (BPS) (Social Welfare Bank of Uruguay), announced through the bank´s blog 33 percent increment in benefits through pensions and a further 50 percent extraordinary aid for education institutes and for rehab.

BPS signed four cooperation agreements with institutions giving services to those suffering physical disadvantage: Administracion Nacional de Educacion Publica (Public Education National Administration) will facilitate transport for free to students and over 18-year-olds special school grads.

A second contract with Instituto Nacional de Alimentacion (National Food Institute) funds a staple shopping basket (in cash) for 85,000 handicap and another 62,000 for retirees.

The third agreement with the Instituto Nacional de Educacion y Formacion Profesional (National Education and Professional Training Institute) will train workers with transitory handicapped subsidy, and for long-term diseases. It also covers for job relocation and "reinsertion" of 6,000 workers.

The fourth agreement with the Centro Nacional y Fomento de Rehabilitación Ecuestre ( Equestrian Rehab National Center) benefits 1,200 patients in 23 clinics.

BPS and Ministerio de Desarrollo Social (Social Development Ministry) will run a study to detect handicapped nationals requiring personal assistance. -- NNN-PRENSA LATINA