Panamanian government spends $1.3 Million to rent security vehicles

The information appears in the government web page "Panama Compra." The National Economic Council of the Ministry of Economy and Finances approved last 25 March 2008 through a unanimous vote the direct contract to the company Arrendadora Global S.A. (Budget Car and Truck Rental), for the rental of the cars, thereby bypassing the public bidding process.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The cars will be used by Torrijos' bodyguards from 1 January through 30 June 2008. The contract already was signed between Rubén Arosemena, second vice-president and minister of the Presidency, and Julia Elida Guardia de Araúz, the President of Arrendadora Global, S.A.. This is not the first time the Ministry of the Presidency has paid for cars for Torrijos' security detail. Last December they signed a contract to rent 60 cars (among them 4x4's, mini vans, pick up trucks, a microbus, and a sedan) with the company Rent a Car Panameña, S.A., for the sum of $991,987.50.

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Panama Investments in Security Equipment Announced

September 2015

The government has announced the provision of $6.5 million for purchasing vehicles and bulletproof vests to strengthen prevention duties in the east of the country.

From a statement issued by presidency of Panama:

Members of the National Police Force in Panama this Friday received a visit from President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, who in conjunction with the Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera and director Omar Pinzon reviewed progress on security and evaluated the needs for strengthening the fighting strength of the entity.

Purchase of Firefighting Vehicles

December 2013

The Civil Aviation Authority is putting out to tender the acquisition of equipment and a rescue vehicle for fire fighting aircraft, worth a million dollars.

Panama Government Purchase 2013-1-38-0-01-AV-004711:

"EQUIPMENT AND ACQUISITION OF A ARFF (AIRCRAFT RESCUE FIRE FIGHTING) VEHICLE FOR MANUEL NIÑO AIRPORT CHANGUINOLA."

Honduras Announces Purchase of Armored Vehicles

November 2013

With funds from the Security Fee the Judicial Council will hold a tender for the purchase of 24 armored vehicles.

"We have to find the best deal, to make the most of the money so we can acquire these vehicles," said Francisco Quiroz, a member of the Judicial Council.

The cars will be used by all judiciaries in the country to provide protection for judges who are at risk because of their activities, especially those related to extradition cases.

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