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Santo Domingo.- A Dominican’s average wage is not even enough just to eat.

The citizens’ oft-repeated phrase results from the monthly salary that covers barely half (53%) of the co-called family shopping basket  made up of 305regularly consumed goods and services which account for 90% of what Dominican households consume. Added to that are the costs in food, transport, housing, health, education, telecommunications and others.

Central Bank data set the cost of the average family basket at RD$26,855.21 in 2013, but a worker’s income was just RD$14,279, according to the national labor force survey (ENFT).

If inflation’s impact during 2013 is subtracted from that RD$14,279 salary, a worker’s real wage ended up being just RD$12,441, an automatic loss of 1,838 pesos.

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Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 8:40 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


.....and of course THANKS to NARCO Lie-onel, Saint Danilo and the CRIMINAL PLD!

¡Eh pa' lante que vamos!



Written by: anthonyC, 1 Jul 2014 9:13 AM
From: United States


Education is free in the Dominican Republic

Not my problem that some lazy jerks failed to take advantage of it.







Written by: dreadlocks, 1 Jul 2014 9:50 AM
From: United States
once again, the guy with the kindergarten level education, gusano tony, chirps in with his one peso's worth. the problem of food insecurity is not one of education level; it is one of wage level. many baseball players cannot spell "rat", but that does not stop them from being wealthy. people graduate from universities here with degrees, and cannot find work. the level of UNDERemployment is very high, because people oftentimes cannot find a job which is commensurate with their education levels, and end up making minimal salaries that cannot feed a family.

school, anthony. it is not too late. a mind is a terrible thing to waste, and yours is a waste.
Written by: laman00, 1 Jul 2014 11:20 AM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
Who's to blame let me guess???? blame your government for imposing redicolous taxes with no benefits, squeezing the poor and the middle class.
Written by: dreadlocks, 1 Jul 2014 11:29 AM
From: United States
i would agree with that, lama00.
Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 11:38 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



I also agree with that laman00!



Written by: laman00, 1 Jul 2014 11:44 AM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
Dreadlocks, Josean this is not something to hide its obvious its out there you can see it clearly.
Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 11:53 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



........so what your saying is Little Rickey needs an eye exam!


Written by: laman00, 1 Jul 2014 11:55 AM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
Actually he needs a 3D glasses!!!
Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 12:08 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
The PROBLEM IS THAT NO CARES ABOUT THE NEXT GUY IN THE DR ITS EVERY ONE FOR HIMSELF. THE FRENCH TODAY HAVE DETAINED FORMER PRESIDENT SARKOZY AS A CORRUPTION PROBE IS GOING ON. IN THE DR U ROBO THE DOMINICAN COOKIE JAR WHEN U GET CAUGHT THEY GIVE U ONE MAYBE TWO MEDALS GET TO VACATION IN EUROPE AND OTHER PLACES. .....Former Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to six years for corruption ...

The office of the Israeli President is largely ceremonial, with no executive powers save pardoning prisoners .... Wikinews has related news: Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav goes to prison for rape ...THIS IS WAY U NEED TO DO IT LET THEM ROT IN JAIL DONT GIVE THEM MEDALS AND JUST MAYBE THINGS WILL CHANGE FOR THE BEST IN THE DR
Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 12:09 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


.......and the PURPLE Tax Man may cometh Again!

Tax head wants Dominicans to pay more property taxes

The director general of the Tax Agency (DGII) Guarocuya Felix says that total property taxes (IPI) paid in the Dominican Republic are "insignificant." He proposed that the discussion of the fiscal pact that was suggested as part of the National Development Strategy Law should start with an overhaul of the national property registry. Felix commented that in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries, property taxes amount to 2.8% of the Gross Domestic Product, and in Latin America in general it is 0.8% of the region. However, the IPI in the Dominican Republic is only RD$1.36 billion, or around US$35 million out of a total GDP of US$58 billion, as reported in Listin Diario.



Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 12:12 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
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Mar 14, 2012 - The day before he reports to prison to begin serving his 14-year sentence, former Gov. Yes their are bad guys every where but as u can they end up paying a HUGH price
Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 12:23 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
Not only do they get to ROBO DOMINICAN COOKIE JAR THEY GET TO MAKE THEIR 24y old GIRLFRIENDS PREGNANT.....LA-- LA LAND WHERE NOTHING IS REAL....Between April and June alone, they saw 1,811 cases of pregnancies in girls between the ages of 10 and 14, and 1,740 involving 15 to 19-year olds. In this month so far they have seen 81 new cases.
They say that 98% of cases are linked to the cycle of poverty, many involving rape and incest and in 90% of the cases the adult responsible is a family member or close family friend, adding that economic agreements are often involved.
U guys have people running the GOVT AND THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE 12-13 Year old GIRLFRIENDS. MAN YOUR IN BIG TROUBLE...
Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 12:26 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
That was 14 y old not. 24 u remember Leo's right hand man got caught with his 14y old PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND PRES RIGHT HAND MAN????? Holly Sh----your in big trouble with low -Life's in OFFICE
Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 12:44 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
The most recent case involves ex sergeant Emmanuel Tavarez, indicted on charges heading a ring whose specialty was “rip offs,” managing to steal more than US$1.0 million, in additions to hundreds of kilos cocaine and heroin. If convicted, Tavarez faces 25 years to life in prison. DOMINCAN COPS IN NEW YORK MOST OF THEY GOT AT LEAST. 20Years. In the DR when a PRESIDENT OR POLICE GET CAUGHT THEY GET THEIR JOBS BACK IN A FEW WEEKS AND THE EX-PRESIDENT GETS TO RUN AGAIN IN 4 YEARS.... Ouch!
Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 12:46 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
Among the factors Lantigua cites for the “rotten apples” in the NYPD is that United States intelligence agencies don’t investigate the applicants, and instead its own officials whom in his view often fail to travel to the Dominican Republic to seek out records of Dominicans who apply for police posts.
Written by: danny00, 1 Jul 2014 12:48 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
Several Dominican-born current and former officers have been charged with protecting drug shipments even using patrol cars and “rip offs” against narcotics traffickers, some of them while in uniform.
GUESS THEY THOUGHT THEY WHERE IN PUERTO PLATA. OUCH!
Written by: Ricardolito, 1 Jul 2014 1:45 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Average wage is not even enough to eat yet I have not seen any one dying in the street , I have not seen people without clothes so it is another example of disorted headings by DT ,,,in what can now be seen as a concerted effort to try to undermine the ruling party ,The reason why people are not starving to death is because this is a very family orientated country and members of a family pool their resources to make ends meet ..a fact that seems to have been forgotten , conveniently by the author of the headline
Written by: laman00, 1 Jul 2014 2:02 PM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
We're talking about people strugglng to make the end meet, yes its true you dont see people dying in streets, but the truth is life is miserable for them, family oriented yes its helping, but why not improving the standard of living, enough is enough for how long can one suffer day after day with this inequality injustice this people are humans for pete's sake, when you loose your emphaty you loose your humanity my friend that is where its heading.
Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 2:11 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



The majority of Dominicans don't live between the Colonial Zone and FUNGLODE either......so your perspective is at best limited!







Written by: dreadlocks, 1 Jul 2014 2:13 PM
From: United States
wonderful observation, laman. when you lose empathy, you are no longer human.
Written by: anthonyC, 1 Jul 2014 2:44 PM
From: United States


Unlike the more bigoted posters here I speak the truth and make no excuses for people's laziness and jealousy.

Education is free. Get an education. Get a Job, Work hard. Make Money.
It ain't easy. If anyone told you it would be easy they are either stupid or lying to you. In the case of the left it is usually a combination of the both.

While there are some truly handicapped people who need help(maybe 2-5%) the overwhelming majority of the unemployed or underemployed are in that predicament due to their own actions.
Written by: Ricardolito, 1 Jul 2014 3:10 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I have not lost any of my humanity but in some ways anthonyc is right ..there are so many lazy Dominicans herer who will not relocate to find work and are quite content to just sit on a balcony chewing some old tobacco and waiting for handouts .There is an enormous peasant population here in the dr who are content to do nothing all day ..They somehow get by and seem not to want much
Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 3:14 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016




.....and if that's their choice who are you to pass judgement!




Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 3:32 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


More on the Dire Straits facing the Dominican people because of the PLD.......and its not the British rock band!


Prices increasing rapidly

Shopkeepers' representatives are describing price increases of between 8 and 18 % over the last two weeks as alarming.

Antonio Cruz Rojas, president of the National Council of Shopkeepers and Businesspeople in the Dominican Republic (Conacerd), and Rafael Santos, of the Dominican Council of Grocery Retailers (Codepro), mentioned increases in basic food items like rice, oil, salt cod, beans, dried herring, garlic, potatoes, plantains, chicken, milk and tomato paste.

Cruz Rojas said that over the last two weeks the prices of beer, condensed milk, and cooking oil had risen by 13%, salt cod and dried herring by between 8 and 11%, beans by 14%, as well as sugar and onions. Pork and beef had gone up from RD$70 or 80 a pound to RD$80 and 90, and salami was up from RD$75 a pound to more than RD$100.

Written by: josean, 1 Jul 2014 3:34 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

The Codepro president said that beans were up by between 5 and 8% a quintal, potatoes up by 25%, and plantains between 10 and 15%. Garlic was now selling at between RD$100 and 130 a pound, an increase of between 10 and 15%.

Chicken was now at RD$45 to 50 a pound, up by 10% and the most popular brands of milk as well as evaporated milk were all up from between 10 and 15%.

Tins of corn were up by between RD$5 and 8, liquid seasoning up by RD$8 to 10, liters of soda increased from RD$25 to 30, juice had gone up by RD$10, now selling at RD$70, as well as a RD$5 increase on tins of beans.

Salt cod, which used to be RD$115 a pound was now RD$135, a pound of cheddar cheese has gone from RD$80 or 90 to RD$110 or 120. Other products affected by price increases included stock cubes, sardines, tuna, toilet paper, bottled water, paper napkins, margarine, vinegar, coffee, chocolate, and diapers.

Written by: dreadlocks, 1 Jul 2014 4:34 PM
From: United States
says the cretin anthonyc


While there are some truly handicapped people who need help(maybe 2-5%) the overwhelming majority of the unemployed or underemployed are in that predicament due to their own actions.

this is what you can expect to hear coming out of the mouth of a guy who never spent 5 minutes of his life studying economics, then goes pontificating on it. i would reply, but this jackass is beneath my time.
Written by: anthonyC, 1 Jul 2014 7:18 PM
From: United States


People love to insult me. Spew epitaphs and condemn me.


But


I wear them like a badge of honor because nobody has been able to disprove what I say.


Written by: dreadlocks, 1 Jul 2014 7:44 PM
From: United States
nobody wants to waste time making a serious response to rubbish. don't flatter yourself. not because you are stupid means you are worthy of attention.
Written by: DRmaker, 2 Jul 2014 2:30 AM
From: Canada, North Coast DR
I was taking a motoconcho on one of my stays in the Dominican Rebublic this year and the driver told me about his brother who married a woman from Canada, moved to Canada, is now working there as a waiter, and earning a minimun of 80 dollars a day in tips.

The driver repeated "a minimum of 80 dollars a day in tips" - like it was a large amount of money to him.

He then went on to say, "Here in the Dominican Republic, we only make enough money to eat, that is all".

This was certainly just one man's opinion, but I can't say I was shocked by what he said.
Written by: gomas, 2 Jul 2014 11:50 AM
From: Dominican Republic, puerto plata
Well my family is educated and have very good jobs, dentist ,attorney and business owners. My wife has a bachelors degree and it is crazy what she get paid. less then 1200 usd a month to do her job, She would make over 100,000 in the usa for her job.They all work very hard. All of Dominican republic needs a raise in pay. Anthony I understand what you are saying but the fact is they do not pay enough.
Written by: Cacique111, 14 Jul 2014 12:16 PM
From: United States
The Dominicans I know are all hard working people but they get "slave" wages and there are little or no workplace protections (as far as I know). Many make about a dollar a day!

They should dbl or triple the minimum wage, maybe more, at least for those that work for companies incorporated abroad (see resorts). These places are making a lot of money!!

What will happen if they increase wages? Well, people will start spending more money, on basic necessities. Who will this benefit? All businesses. I know there will be some price gouging but that's already happening and the market should, hopefully, find an equilibrium.
Written by: dreadlocks, 14 Jul 2014 8:51 PM
From: United States
a dollar a day? 43 pesos?

rubbish.
Written by: Cacique111, 14 Jul 2014 11:20 PM
From: United States
Well what's RD 9000/43? = US 209. OK US 6.87/day. Less than a dollar and hour.
Written by: Cacique111, 14 Jul 2014 11:24 PM
From: United States
Oh I forgot. They only work 6 days/week. So that brings them up to the whopping hourly wage of US 8.01/hr.

Written by: Cacique111, 14 Jul 2014 11:25 PM
From: United States
Correction: 8.01/day
Written by: US2DRKID1974, 21 Jul 2014 2:28 PM
From: United States
That's why I don't blame people that come to the US an rob them blind to support they're family back home. Everyone get to the US an we can rob them BLIND. I'll show you the real American dream. Hahaha
Written by: gomas, 21 Jul 2014 2:34 PM
From: Dominican Republic, puerto plata
I know several people who make 5.00 usd or less a day. it is a fact. most are old people. some security guards get 5.00 a night is all. Its not uncommon at all, unless you deny it.
Written by: US2DRKID1974, 21 Jul 2014 2:38 PM
From: United States
5.00 a day!!!
Written by: US2DRKID1974, 21 Jul 2014 2:45 PM
From: United States
It shouldn't be hard to apply for a grant here in the US for a non-profit project. For housing, jobs etc. Such a beautiful country with such evil leaders. That's everywhere though. So sad :-(
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