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Temporary Employment Programme (PET) (Programa de Empleo Temporal) (2000-)



Date: 2000-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The Temporary Employment Programme (PET) operates within communitary projects and the worker receives a cash transfer if is elegible. These criterias are residence in a district with high lever of marginality, employment or that have suffered a natural disaster or other type of crisis (social or economical). Thus, the programme seeks to build infrastructure projects, improvements of conditions for sustainable agriculture, and disaster mitigation works. Specifically, PET contemplates its operation in the following areas: 1) Health improvement; 2) Heritage preservation; 3) Improvement of local infrastructure; 4) Conservation and reconstruction of the rural road network; 5) Conservation of ecosystems and natural resources; 6) Civic education communication; 7) Food attention to groups at risk and Food Bank; 8) Mitigations actions for climate change; and 9) Productive projects.


Target population: People older than 16 years old who resides in districts cathegorised as High Job Losses (MAPE), and those with highy informal activities due to their index of Very High, High and Medium Marginalisation levels. In the case of the objectives fulfilment of the National Crusade Against Hunger, will be selected households and their members living in extreme food poverty situation. Also, households and their members living in the polygons located at the municipalities attended by the National Programme of Social Prevention of Violence and Delinquency.
Area of intervention: Direct job creation
Support for independent work
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: 1) Cathegoric: priority to PROSPERA and Food Support beneficiaries
Instrument of selection: Cuestionario Único de Información Socioeconómica (CUIS) y Cuestionario Complementario (CC)
Registry of recipients: Single Beneficiaries Registry
Exit strategies or criteria: When the project finishes
Comments: As part of the Crusade Against Hunger, the programme will support actions whose purposes are food access facilitation, such as the operation of Food Banks.
Sanciones: Cancellation of support in the following cases:
1) Simultaneous participation in more than one PET project
2) Detection of deviations of money or default in the performance thereof.
3) Failure in works executions


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): Bienestar, SCT, SEMARNAT and STPS
Executing organization(s): Bienestar, SCT, SEMARNAT and STPS, in addition of other entities of the federal public administration, state and local governments, and civil society organisations.
Source of funding: Federal Government

1) Social participation support

Recipient(s): All participant of the programme
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: It seeks to promote the recipients participation in personal, familiar and communitarian development projects. Moreover, the support includes the training to create the Social Networks, an economic compensation, and delivery of materials and dissemination support for the volunteers operators


2) Direct support

Recipient(s): All participants of the programme
Mode of transfer: Transfers according to days worked.
Mode of delivery: 1) Deposit in bank account
2) Cheques withdrawal
Periodicity of delivery: According to works length
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Conditionalities: Participation in projects of family and comunitarian benefit
Comments: It consists on daily wages equivalent to 99% of the official daily minimum wage for the geographic area where the project or the emergency tasks are done.


3) Project execution support

Recipient(s): All participants of the programme
Description: The economic support would be directed to buy or to rent materials, tools, machinery, or equipment for the projects. These includes protection implements for participant, and transportation costs


4) PET immediate

Recipient(s): People older than 16 years old, regardless targeting criterias such as income level, participants of other programmes, or another priority criteria.
Description: It operates with a budgetary reserve to be utilised on affected zones which demand resources due to natural, social or economic disasters.




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