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Political Structure of DIF in Cozumel, Mexico

The DIF in Cozumel operates within a tripartite structure, involving national, state, and municipal levels:

1. National DIF:

  • Acts as the guiding body, setting national priorities and guidelines for social assistance programs.
  • Provides financial and technical support to state and municipal DIFs.
  • Oversees the overall effectiveness of the DIF system across Mexico.

2. State DIF Quintana Roo:

  • Implements national guidelines within the state context, adapting programs to local needs.
  • Provides resources and technical assistance to municipal DIFs within Quintana Roo.
  • Acts as a liaison between the national and municipal levels.

3. Municipal DIF Cozumel:

  • Implements and manages social assistance programs specifically for Cozumel.
  • Has a President, often the Mayor’s wife, who acts as the public face of the DIF and oversees its activities.
  • Directed by a General Director responsible for the day-to-day operations and program implementation.
  • Comprises various departments focusing on specific areas like child protection, community development,women’s support, etc.

Here’s a simplified diagram to illustrate the structure:

Key Points:

  • The DIF in Cozumel has relative autonomy in program implementation within the framework set by the national and state levels.
  • Collaboration and coordination between all three levels are crucial for the system’s effectiveness.
  • Local communities can participate in the DIF’s initiatives through advisory councils and volunteering opportunities.

Additional Information:

  • The DIF Cozumel website ( provides information about their programs, services, and organizational structure.
  • The National DIF website ( offers a broader overview of the system’s mission,programs, and achievements across Mexico.

I hope this explanation clarifies the political structure of the DIF in Cozumel the term as of this writing is 2021-2024. Juanita Marrufo (President/Mayor municipality) and Susana Villanueva  Presidenta Honoraria del dif.

 If you have any further questions about specific aspects or want to delve deeper into any point, please message

Cindy Trautwein

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