[FACT CHECK] Secretary of Health Carlos Mellado: “You must remember that those hospitals are private.”

The DS is responsible for licensing, inspecting and supervising all hospitals, ensuring that their physical plant meets the safety standards required by Act 101 on Health Facilities and the Health Secretary’s Regulations for the Construction, Operation, Maintenance and Licensing of Hospitals in Puerto Rico.

[CHEQUEO DE DATOS] Carlos Mellado: “Hay que recordar que los hospitales son privados”.

Sostuvo en varias ocasiones que hay que “ayudar” a estos hospitales, aunque no sean del Departamento de Salud, cuando la realidad es que Salud es el responsable en Puerto Rico de licenciar, inspeccionar y fiscalizar a todas las instituciones hospitalarias, asegurando que su planta física cumpla con los estándares de seguridad que exigen la Ley 101 de Facilidades de Salud y el Reglamento del Secretario de Salud para la Construcción, Operación, Mantenimiento y Licenciamiento de los Hospitales en Puerto Rico. 

Agriculture Secretary with Direct Links to a Company that Sells Equipment to Farmers Using Federal Re-Grow Money

González Beiró doesn’t think that his presence in this and other agriculture-related activities could pressure farmers to buy equipment from the company in which he and his wife, Mariliana Bennazar Torres, are direct beneficiaries. The equipment is showcased and promoted at events that he attends or that are sponsored by the Department of Agriculture.

Medioscopio desarrolla jóvenes con mirada crítica hacia los medios de comunicación

Ser portavoces de su comunidad y analizar las noticias con pensamiento crítico son las principales lecciones de un grupo de jóvenes de Loíza, que participaron durante cuatro meses en talleres con un abogado, un fotógrafo, una educadora antirracista, bibliotecarios, líderes comunitarios y, sobre todo, muchos periodistas. “Sé cómo contar mi verdad”. “Conozco herramientas para identificar las noticias falsas”. “Veo perspectivas diferentes”. Estos fueron algunos de los planteamientos que los estudiantes entre las edades de 14 a 19 años expusieron durante la evaluación final de Medioscopio, un proyecto de alfabetización mediática y desarrollo de reporteros ciudadanos.

Medioscopio Trains Youngsters to Have a Critical Eye Toward the Media

Acting as spokespeople for their community and applying critical thinking to analyze the news are the main lessons given to a group of youngsters from Loíza who participated in workshops during four months with a lawyer, a photographer, an anti-racism educator, librarians, community leaders, and, above all, many journalists. “I know how to tell my truth.” “I learned about tools to identify fake news.” “I see different perspectives.” Those were some of the statements that students between the ages of 14 and 19 presented during the final evaluation of Medioscopio, a project to teach media literacy and develop citizen reporters. On May 14, the inner courtyard of the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), in Santurce became the exhibition hall for these students’ final projects. For 13 consecutive Saturdays, the youngsters got up at 8 a.m. and went to the Gregorio Goyín Lanzó Cirino Community Center, in Parcelas Suárez in Loíza. The workshops, through this pilot project, supported by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, in Spanish) and the MAC en el Barrio program were mostly offered there.