The physical control board took control of the puerto Rican cabinet following the lack of fiscal responsibility and allegations of corruption. Five members of the cabinet were arrested following the allegations made against them and were replaced by members of the physical control board. The cabinet has been stripped of most of it’s powers specifically budgetary decision! We must wait now to see how the cabinet responds and strikes back!
After the recent founding of the new Cabinet of Puerto Rico, an immediate crisis puts their strength to test right in front of a handful of reporters from different international media outlets. A temporary power outage struck the committee room, along with many civilian and private buildings, and rendered the island literally “powerless”.
During the press conference and before the power outage, the new Cabinet proudly presented their new energy plan that was bringing clean and sustainable resources to the island without compromising efficiency nor coverage. According to the delegate of Policia, the new green energy plan involves hydraulic, solar, and geothermic power. Due to the excellent geography of Puerto Rico, it will profit the island economically to utilize their own abundant resources.
A delegate joined in the conversation and added the fact that Puerto Rico has a zero petroleum reserve and few other fossil fuel resources. He also argued that fossil fuels can impact the environment extensively. Considering the animal diversity on the island, it would not be a considerate decision to employ fossil fuel as a energy source.
When furthered inquired about whether the energy was enough for the entire island. The delegate reassured that to ensure sufficient energy, the new Cabinet decided to undertake a transition stage in which Puerto Rico will keep importing fossil fuels internationally, while actively developing domestic renewable energy.
This all seemed like a perfect plan. That is, until the outage of power happened right before the eyes and pens of the press corps.
Two workers entered to report on the reasons behind the outage, and the logistics the outage covered. Many civilians on the island were affected by the breakdown. It is evident that many more energy crises are yet to come and the population will have to go about their life without energy or modern technology powered by electricity.
Apparently, the new Green Energy plan of the Puerto Rican Cabinet was not sufficient to respond to the entire population of the island. The explanation behind this failure remains debatable, yet the corruption of the new Cabinet is undeniably a major contributing factor. Under the current administration, the Puerto Ricans were not only powerless in their daily energy demands, but also powerless in checking the decisions made by the administration.
The population of Puerto Rico is currently highly divided on what they wish for the future of their own nation, to the extent that supporters of Anti-independence and Pro-statehood stances are at a state of strong – and even violent- mutual friction. The situation has come to escalate into violent protests.
Chanting the call for “una sola estrella”, the Pro-Independence movement of Puerto Rico has engaged in violent protests against Pro-Independence activists inside of the Puerto Rican Cabinet. It has been stated by members of the Cabinet that growing power of such movement may rise the hopes for further economic independence within the nation. Nevertheless, it has also been acknowledged that it is necessary to be wary of the extent to which such actions are to be made, as a poorly thought out agreement would have high impacts on the already unstable government.
Furthermore, policies of the newly formed Trump administration play a crucial role on what is to come for the future of Puerto Rican political prospect, as opposition to the Pro-statehood movement makes its possible strengthening of power highly low.
Agitation in the Cabinet is yet to be expected as members address the social and economic implications that the strong dependence on the American government and the lack of transparence surrounding Puerto Rico for the last decades.
Various statements from Puerto Rican citizens have indicated that the current government of Puerto Rico is facing a serious problem regarding education. Not only are Puerto Rican students are obtaining noticeably low grades on international standards like the PISAC grading system, they are also suffering from limited investment in infrastructure and stagnating wages for teachers.
Because of this problem, new political figures of the Puerto Rican government have emerged and have advocated greater transparency and government capability. They have also proposed many educational reforms.
“Reforms need to be made. We cannot allow the concerning state of the educational system continue to undermine the progress of our nation,” stated the current Minister of Education.
The minister has recently made many statements in the Cabinet indicating that a new administration consisting of 20 representatives of different sectors will begin evaluating the education system. This administration will be tasked with proposing necessary reforms.
We can also look to initiatives championed by Julia Keheler as a model for these reforms. Keheler advocates setting up town-halls in Puerto Rico to gather information about the challenges that students, teachers and parents face.This way, the Puerto Rican Government will be able to establish a well-targeted and therefore successfully impacting approach.
Similarly, the government will increase the requisites needed for teachers to work in public schools and universities as a way to ensure better education standards. The government will also create educational programs such as internships for college students wishing to work in the field of education to facilitate first-hand experience on successful teaching techniques.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, bilingual education remains a priority in both primary and secondary schools.“I do not think that it is proper to state that the problem of education has yet been solved in the Cabinet of Puerto Rico. We cannot afford to relax in issues that are as highly impacting for our future as these one, and I believe that we should be very attentive to what happens after this actions become present in our population,” stated the Minister of Natural and Environmental Resources.
Currently in the Cabinet of the Governor of Puerto Rico, many issues, both big and small, are being contemplated. After being bombarded by the press, representatives of the cabinet presented several reforms to major regulations and policies in Puerto Rico. These reforms were applied to the topics of education, agriculture, healthcare, occupation opportunities, and nuclear energy.
Firstly, the cabinet is working to decrease the cost of tuition among the country’s most prominent universities; this includes a taxation reform which would reduce the commonwealth sales tax rate from 6% to 4% across the country. They also discussed the administration of public policies that would increase financial requisites of teachers, as they are frequently underpaid, as well as forced to work in unstable positions.
Also discussed was the potential to increase agricultural profits in the country by cultivating a new crop: marijuana. This is federally illegal, however the cabinet deliberated the prospective legalization of such activities, which may bring economic growth to the country as a whole.
Healthcare in Puerto Rico has of late been a tremendous issue as well; with a recent outbreak of the Dengue fever, upwards of fifty-thousand people have been diagnosed and many are still in need of medical attention. The Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease, growing very prevalent considering the vast abundance of mosquitoes in the country. The cabinet is still deliberating proposals of healthcare reform; they’ve yet to reach any finality in their decisions.
Continuing, recently the popularly known taxi service Uber has ceased to conduct business in Puerto Rico, which has resulted in a great number of lost jobs. The cabinet claimed that though it could not reveal any specifics about its dispute with the company, Uber had made excessive impolite and politically incorrect requests of the government which would prove to be unprofitable. However, the cabinet introduced the discussion of private versus public organizations to provide job openings. Private organizations involve the search for more opportunities for those with preexisting positions, and public organizations involve the opening of positions for those currently unemployed. The press will remain updated as to how this deliberation plays out.
Finally, the reliability on nuclear energy was brought to the table; the cabinet was contemplating ways in which the Puerto Rican government may work to decrease dependency on nuclear power, and rather create a new dependency on green energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydraulic power. They presented the idea of utilizing a business plan which included the incorporation of solar energy into the country, one in particular with a 15% loyalty plan. The cabinet wants to open the country to the competitive market of renewable resources and sell to the private market; this may result in a decrease of debt in the country.
After speaking with the delegations of the committee, it is clear that the delegations are committed to the people; their priority is the protection and economic stability of the people, as well as decreasing Puerto Rico’s overall debt to enhance the promise of a better future of the country.
The Puerto Rican Cabinet has now completely disappointed its people. The cabinet’s approval rating is now at a meagre 5% compared to the minimal 30% it was earlier. Each of the cabinet members was put under a lie detector test by the FBI and most all of them were guilty of some sort of corruption or embezzlement of funds from the Puerto Rican people. After the arrests of each of its cabinet members, the Puerto Rican Cabinet is now in a state of rebuilding as it tries to combat the effects of the mosquito-borne Dengue illness and reform institutions to win back the support of their people.
The Puerto Rican Cabinet has been regarded as ineffective, biased, and incredibly corrupt in recent history. These sentiments were proven when many members of this cabinet were put under a lie detector test regarding their actions taken while in office. Many members were caught in communication with enemies of the United States, espionage, taking bribes, and blatant embezzlement which harmed the Puerto Rican people. Many seemed simply amused or even proud of their actions and admitted to them as they sat in front of the FBI. Other cabinet members would cheer or applaud when another was caught in a crime and even the governor was laughing as his cabinet seemingly fell apart.
After this disaster, I asked the governor how he felt about his cabinet disappointing the Puerto Rican people and he simply responded that this entire thing was a “political ploy” by the enemies of the cabinet and he expressed his serious doubts in reference to the validity of the FBI agents in the room. This was, of course, applauded by the cabinet, though they knew very well of their guilty nature.
While I was not there to hear the entire discussion on it, Dengue seemed to be affecting the committee directly. In fact, there was a tweet from Univision which expressed it’s sentiments in regards to the loss of one of the “committee members,” who died of dengue. The hashtag #ciaoWanda has been circulating on Twitter in honour of her.
Wanda Vasquez, miembra del previo Gabinete de PR muere de dengue. El hashtag #ciaoWanda circula en Twitter.
The Puerto Rican Cabinet is now continuing with business as usual. After these crises, they are still pulling through with trying to win back the support of the people. While observing, many directives relating to education reform were being discussed. Good luck to the new and improved Puerto Rican Cabinet, you have a lot of ground to cover.
The entire Press Corps witnessed a pretty strange event this evening – the arrest of every single member of the Puerto Rican Committee, after one person was dragged out kicking and screaming. The Model UN Security marched in and ten people were expelled from the committee. They were, of course, immediately surrounded by fifteen newspaper correspondents and were outnumbered. The Guardian’s reporters weren’t sure how they managed to hear all the questions that were bombarded at them, because everyone was yelling at the top of their voice.
One member begged a Press correspondent to “take me with you! Please, take me with you!”. When she said, “Um… No. I can’t,” he held the pair of scissors in his hands to neck and said, very dramatically, “I am going to kill myself.” Another member, when asked if he had a lawyer or legal team, said quite happily, “No.” When he was told to get one, he said, “I got into HMUN. I think I can defend myself.”
Other Puerto Rican delegates struggled to answer what this would mean for Puerto rico. The Guardian can’t exactly figure out why these Puerto Ricans were arrested. Their answers didn’t give any of that intel away. But one message was clear: the Puerto Rican committee is probably fun.
The Press Corps Staff welcomes you to HMUN 2017.