WHEN DR. RAFAEL PICÓ, in 1954, attended the international conference on housing in New Delhi, he and his exhibits aroused great interest among the delegates from India and other underdeveloped countries of southeastern Asia. The Germans, the British, and other advanced nations had much to say and show about low-cost housing for the people. The architectural design may have been better than was that displayed by the Puerto Ricans. Their methods of construction may have been technically more efficient than those used on the island. But the new Puerto Rican rural homes, built under the government's resettlement program, cost only three hundred dollars and were therefore within the financial range of people living in underdeveloped lands. The social techniques used in Puerto Rico for constructing those houses were studied eagerly by all the conference delegates. Indians and several other delegates asked Dr. Picó to arrange to send Puerto Rican technicians to various countries in Africa and Asia for the purpose of spreading those techniques.
The one aspect of the Puerto Rican effort which most interests the Point IV observers who go to the island is the program of civic employment which was listed by Governor Muñoz