Guatemala: $161 Million for Reconstruction

The Guatemalan congress has approved a budget extension worth $161 million in response to the national emergency.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

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.

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$85 Million to Handle Emergencies in Guatemala

May 2010

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.

El Salvador: $150 Million to Attend Emergency

November 2009

Funds loaned by IDB and the World Bank for social projects would be reoriented to cover the national emergency caused by Tropical Storm Ida.

They would be earmarked for road infrastructure, drinkable water systems, energy infrastructure, public health and agriculture.

"By unanimity, the members of the Treasury commission of the Assembly green-lighted reorienting $300 million in loans.

4 Bids on 911 Tender in El Salvador

March 2009

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."

Guatemala: $13 Million for Reconstruction

September 2010

A donation from Perenco Guatemala will be used for rebuilding road infrastructure.

Perenco Guatemala also donated $3 more millions to finance the establishment of the Jungle Infantry Battalion, a group that will protect "Laguna del Tigre and Biosfera Maya" National Park.

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