Of the funds provided by the World Bank and donations $62 million will go to Guatemala's Highways Fund, Covial, and $25 million to pay contractors.
"According to the president of the finance committee, Mario Taracena, while the proposal was authorized as a national emergency, its approval comes late as the country's needs, which were caused by tropical storm Agatha, have intensified during the winter," reports Elperiodico.com.gt.
As a result, a new proposal is being evaluated that would see bonds issued worth more than $200 million, and, as a last resort, the creation of a new tax.
A fund will be created to improve disaster prevention and response, and to aid affected regions.
“The resources might only be used after a national emergency declaration or a in a state of Public Calamity. Both scenarios require a Presidential decree ratified by Congress”, reported Prensalibre.com.
Four companies submitted their bids for the project to modernize the 911 emergency system which is expected to be operational in October.
Prensagrafica.com published: "Among the demands made by the police corporation are the installation and integration of a call center, the placement of a Global Positioning System (GPS) on the entire vehicle fleet of the PNC (National Civil Police) that would show the exact location of the units at the time of emergency service and the installation of 50 surveillance cameras throughout the San Salvador metropolitan area; all with their respective monitoring centers in the 911 offices."
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