President busy with Christmas boxes

President Leonel Fernandez said on Sunday that the Dominican economy would grow in 2011 regardless of the continuing global economic crisis. The President said that the behavior of the economy was positive and showed growth in 2010.

Fernandez made the comment speaking to reporters while handing out Christmas boxes in the barrio of Pueblo Nuevo in San Francisco de Macoris, in the northeast.

Earlier, the President had distributed Christmas boxes to poor families in Mao, Valverde province, specifically the barrios of San Antonio and Cayuco, in the northwest.

On the same day, Fernandez travelled to Santiago by helicopter, and there he delivered boxes in Cristo Rey, where he arrived at noon. In Santiago, provincial governor, Raul Martinez, and the director of ProIndustria, Jose Izquierdo, and other local officials accompanied the President.

Diario Libre said that the President Fernandez also visited La Joya, in Santiago where he continued handing out boxes, which contained rice, beans, eggnog, wine, pigeon peas, corn meal, tomato paste, milk powder, spaghetti, sugar, cooking oil and Christmas candies. The Chief of State finished the Santiago operation in the Savica barrio where hundreds of residents had waited for his arrival since the early hours of the morning.

Afterwards, he headed for La Vega in his vehicle. In Palmarito, he was greeted by re-election slogans shouted by the hundreds of PLD party faithful decked out in purple baseball caps that promoted the President. The 2010 Constitution bans presidential re-election.