But the AMSS is hoping its “Program for Violence Prevention in the San Salvador Metropolitan Area,” a guideline to be followed by the mayors of the municipalities of Antiguo Cuscatlán, Apopa, Ayutuxtepeque, Ilopango, Mejicanos, San Martín, Tonacatepeque, Soyapango, Santo Tomás, Santiago Texacuangos and San Salvador will improve the quality of life for a collective 2,290,790 residents.
All the municipalities have committed to implementing the program, which has 10 components:
- Organizing the community to prevent violence;
- Encouraging basic education and health;
- Strengthening family relationships;
- Improving public spaces;
- Building athletic and cultural venues;
- Encouraging athletics, cultural and artistic activities;
- Offering technical and vocational training;
- Strengthening mediation centers and Misdemeanor Delegations to work with at-risk youths;
- Encouraging mediation in the communities;
- Raising awareness to prevent violence.