Mario Duran’s first day as mayor of San Salvador: $ 22 million loan and firing 50 employees

Mario Duran’s first day as mayor of San Salvador: $ 22 million loan and firing 50 employees

Most of the money will be used to repay debts to suppliers and pay bank fees withheld illegally from municipal employees. In addition, the municipality has launched a massive garbage collection plan.

Budget and litter are the two main issues addressed by the new San Salvador Municipal Council on its first working day of the period 2021-2024, on May 1, 2021, with Mario Duran as head of the country’s main mayor’s office.

Doran, a former interior minister and a close confidant of the president, Neb Bokil, said, “They left us the mayor’s office in a deplorable state, with millionaire debts and without paying employees and suppliers.”

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In an interview with the media, the new mayor of New Ideas added that they had not organized any formal action to take up the position, because “this is an unnecessary act, especially in the circumstances in which it is financial”, and criticized the administration it had undertaken by outgoing Arena Mayor Ernesto Moishundt.

Mario Doran, of the Nuevas Ideas, will lead the San Salvador mayor’s office from 2021-2024. / Twitter image @alcaldia_ss

“To clarify this, until now, the salaries of the San Salvador mayor’s office have not been paid, and their salaries have not been paid in the previous month, and as you know, there is a benefit debt for municipal employees dating back months, debts of up to $ 8 million. Very dangerous situation. “

Given this financial panorama, one of the first actions taken by the Capital Council was to approve three loans yesterday, which collectively mean $ 22 million.

Hector Silva Hernandez, from Nestro Tempo and Adviser to the San Salvador Mayor’s Office for the period 2021-2024.
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Hector Silva Hernandez, from the Nuestro Tempo party and city councilor, explained that this amount is divided into two loans worth $ 4 million and another for $ 16 million. The first two “aim to pay the employer’s fees, which the previous administration had illegally withheld. Not only does this include deductibles and employers’ contributions to Social Security, Agence France-Presse and the Treasury, but it will also pay off home loans and employee vehicles. “

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This case is already in the hands of the judicial system, and Silva Hernandez noted that “this is an illegal case that is imprisoned from four to eight years.”

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Regarding the $ 16 million financing, the consultant explained, “Approximately $ 11 million is payments to suppliers, but it does not include payments to the company with which Mercado Cuscatlán contracted, nor payments to the lighting company that acquired it. Bukele’s contract when he was mayor. To vote for that. It is payments to the owners of medium, micro and small enterprises, who provided services to the mayor’s office in the previous administration and did not receive any remuneration. “

Mayor Doran expressed regret that, contrary to what the Court of Accounts indicates, the outgoing administration did not continue to set up a transition committee for the arrival of the new municipal powers.

For his part, Chancellor Alexander Soriano, from ARENA, told Channel 33 that “unfortunately there are layoffs, there are more than 50 people who canceled their appointments, and there is no consent for voluntary retirement” for them; They added that they had asked Mayor Duran and his team to reconsider this situation, because they are “families left without income.”

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Trash challenge

On one side and without consulting the Municipal Council, Mayor Duran managed to support the Ministry of Public Works, Punitive Centers and the Armed Forces, to strengthen the mayor’s office in collecting solid waste in the city since yesterday.

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He promised that “within 72 hours” they would clean San Salvador from the garbage, a period ending on Monday, and according to municipality data, there are 1,500 people in this work, 101 compressor trucks, 40 dumpers, 32 transporters. Gondolas, 500 prisoners, three bulldozers and more than 145 cleaning kits, aiming to remove around 4,500 tons of debris.

The streets, neighborhoods, and avenues of the capital have been littered with litter in various areas of San Salvador since the last days of April 2021. / Photo Courtesy: Twitter Astram

Outgoing mayor Moishund insisted during the election campaign that Doran himself had turned on municipal unions to obstruct garbage collection, and recently criticized on Twitter that “the garbage collection has been banned for a week, using garbage trucks to block streets, wreak havoc and harm people. This is how they equip the city.” So that the “elected” mayor, the minister of garbage, and Estram and Mids will come out at the weekend as heroes on a clean-up day. “

In addition to collecting garbage, Duran said they will boost street tinkering, as well as urgently clean up canyons and streams, before the impending rainy season arrives.

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