22 families resettled by FOMILENIO II receive their land title

A total of 22 families who will be resettled by FOMILENIO II received the title to the land where their new homes will be located. This delivery of titles is the first step to start the extension work of the four-lane highway between the turn-off of the International Airport “Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez” and Zacatecoluca, La Paz.

The expansion of the highway is one of the main activities of the Logistics Infrastructure project, which is aimed at reducing logistics and transportation costs to improve investment and productivity  in thetrade of products and services in El Salvador.

With this expansion, it is expected to reduce the travel times of private transport and cargo in a stretch of 27 kilometers. In addition to the road works, 13 catwalks will be built. In the stage of greatest investment, these projects will generate more than 300 direct jobs.

To initiate the process of road expansion, it was necessary to free up the right of way,  which has been accomplished on the first stage of 10 km.

As part of the rulesthat must be complied with by projects financed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the rights of the people who are directly impacted will be guaranteed. To that end,  having identified the people to be resettled FOMILENIO II carried out a socio-economic census and a process of dialogue with those involved.

The resettled families currently live primarily in houses of adobe and sheet metal, without access to potable water and with an average construction of 12 meters squared. The houses that will be granted will be on land of 370 square meters and will have an average construction of 36 meters squared, with two or three rooms and all basic services.

In addition to the 22 families (63 people), 33 landowners and 65 merchants will also benefit, making  a total of 161 people. In the case of owners of the land where the road will pass, their lands were paid for at market price and merchants will be given economic compensation for their eviction. Likewise, job training will be done through a training program with specialized courses.

The Logistics Infrastructure Project has Budget of $ 125.3 million for infrastructure investment at strategic points in the road network, of which $ 109.6 million is contributed by the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and $ 15.7 million by the Government of El Salvador.