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Harmful waste treatment fees flying in HCMC

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

The average cost to treat harmful waste has skyrocketed up to VND40 million (US$2,000) a ton from only VND1.3 million in 2007. With such booming prices, businesses have to draw up contracts with waste treatment companies.


Prices skyrocket


The director of a cooking oil production plant in Tan Binh Industrial Zone (IZ) said that in 2009, his plant signed a waste treatment contract for the price of VND4.5 million a ton, but now it has increase to VND20 million.

The prices of harmful waste treatment skyrocket in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Two other companies in Hiep Phuoc IZ and in District 12 have signed contracts to collect and handle harmful waste at VND40 million a ton.


Meanwhile, the director of a drug production plant in District 12 said that waste treatment companies have been very choosey in things they want to recycle and with others, they reject. The ones they reject need to be handled with high temperatures.


Another issue has become known with regard waste treatment. To cope with the surging prices for waste treatment and with the inspection of authorized organizations, several of them have pretended to sign contracts with the waste collection and treatment companies.


It means they pay the companies a certain amount of money, which both sides have agreed on, in order to deal with the environment inspectors. These businesses do not transfer any of the hazardous waste, or possibly only a little for treatment. 


Meeting one twentieth of demand


The harmful waste treatment companies are just able to meet one twentieth of the demand, causing the price to skyrocket, according to Nguyen Trung Viet from the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment.


Statistically, HCMC produce 600 tons of harmful waste a day while the treatment companies just accommodate only 30 tons a day, which leads to them increasing their prices. Additionally, they usually chose the type of waste they are able to cycle, although the number of waste unable to recycle is three times higher.


In 2008, HCMC had 20 harmful waste treatment companies, most of them being private companies with little scope and capacity.


The number has been sharply dropped this year as the environment inspectors have tightened the regulations and have suspended 17 companies for failing to meet environment standards.


Because of the booming number of harmful waste, and the reduction in the number of the treatment companies, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has called on an enquiry into this issue.


However, no enquiry has been carried out because there is a shortage of land in the city. In the meantime, several treatment companies have reported difficulties about enough land space they need to broaden their bases.


Some years ago, the city government planned to build a complex for treating waste in Cu Chi District. This 100-hectare area site has not yet come to be built, as there is still some paper work to be completed, with regard to clearance problems.


Many treatment companies have left HCMC for neighboring provinces of Binh Phuoc and Binh Duong. They are to build more waste treatment plants there, as the demand is very high.


HCMC management has tried to stabilize prices, but because of the increasing cost of treating harmful waste, it has affected food and product prices in the marketplace. To cope with the issue, the city will soon establish a facility to treat hazardous waste.


According to Bui Cach Tuyen, deputy director of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam has 60 harmful waste treatment companies with only small capacity.

Source: SGGP

Hydropower and water supply to pay environmental fees

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm




Hydropower and water supply to pay environmental fees


QĐND – Saturday, October 23, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Environmental fees will be imposed on businesses, especially hydropower and water supply, that use and greatly benefit from natural resources.


The newly issued Decree No99 defines that from January 1st, 2011, hydropower and water supply producers have to pay fees for their use of natural resources.


Accordingly, hydropower plants have to pay VND 20 for each 1 kWh of commercial electricity, and water suppliers have to pay VND 40 for the production of every cubic meter of commercial water.


The proceeds will then be given to tree planters to replenish forests and to agricultural, forestry, and natural resources management bodies to take measures against soil erosion, dredge sediment deposits in lakes, streams and river beds, as well as maintain water sources.


According to experts, the policy could improve the environment and promote organisations’ and individuals’ environmental protection and awareness of economization of natural resources.  


Source: DDDN, photo: Vnexpress


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Parents hesitate about optional fees

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:04 am

Though Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Training and Education asked schools to clearly explain the different between compulsory and optional fees to parent in the beginning of this academic year, parents still hesitate about non-mandatory optional fees.

 

Students participate in a class at Dong Da primary school in Hanoi.


The department has required both district and city education authorities to publicize all the different types of fees.


In the first parents’ meeting at L.T.R preschool, some parents said they have to pay VND700,000 – 800,000 (US$35 – 40) in the beginning of this academic year, not including other fees such as uniform and breakfast.


After the school reported the amount for the entire academic school, a representative of parents association asked each parent need to pay more VND200,000 with reason – the school is not enough toys, so parents need to buy more toys.


At the L.D.C primary school, before the beginning of the academic year parents had to pay VND277,500 for English course, health insurance and material facilities. In addition, parents had to pay more VND500,000 for tables and parents’ fund.


A parent said she had to pay VND900,000 in the beginning of the academic year. She wonders how much she will have to pay more in the middle of the academic year.


Under the requirement of the department, Parents had the choice about payment of non-mandatory optional fees, such as health insurance, and teachers were not allowed to collect this money.


Schools must also publicise the negotiated fees for meals, study aides, and hygiene and security for students.


Private schools were allowed to set their own school fees, but pre-schools and secondary schools were required to publicise the amount for the entire academic year.


 

Source: SGGP

Hospital fees to increase tenfold

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

The Ministry of Health has issued draft regulations on hospital fees, which are set to increase by 7-10 times over current levels. The ministry will began collecting opinions from other ministries, departments and residents about the new draft in the beginning of next week.

If the Ministry of Health’s draft regulations on hospital charges takes effect, fees will increase dramatically (Photo: SGGP)

Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen said that current hospital fee regulations, issued since 1995, have not been suitable, making it difficult for hospitals to operate.


According to the draft, the price of clinical exams will rise from VND3,000 to VND30,000. Meantime, patients will have to pay VND100,000-120,000 per day for sickbeds, as opposed to the current price of just VND18,000.


In addition, costs for several surgeries will increase dramatically. For instance, procedures to remove abscess and tonsils will jump from VND30,000 to 400,000 each operation.


Though the ministry’s proposal has raised the public concern over hospital fees, Ms.Xuyen said that 62 percent of the country’s population has health insurance cards and the number of insured people will continue increasing.


However, the fee increase will affect the groups of people who buy health insurance voluntarily, as they have to pay 20 percent of hospital fees, said Nguyen Nam Lien, deputy head of the ministry’s Department of Planning and Finance. 25 percent of those people are free laborers and farmers.


According to Nguyen Minh Thao, director of the Vietnam Social Insurance, it is necessary to increase hospital fees; however, the ministry should have a reasonable plan to prevent patients and their families from being severely affected.


In addition, to ensure stable operation of the health insurance fund, Vietnam Social Insurance has proposed to raise the price of health insurance cards by 40 percent, he said. The organ will also propose that the State subsidizes 20 percent of the cost for people who voluntarily purchase health insurance.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi looks to quintuple school fees

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

The Hanoi People’s Committee has asked the capital’s People’s Council to raise school fees to five times their current value.


The People’s Council said it is now researching the issue, and collecting voters’ ideas and opinions on the proposal. The council will official review and decide on the proposal in the 21st Congress of Hanoi People’s Council (session XIII) to take place on July 13 to 15.


Mr. Nguyen Duc Toan, head of the council’s Cultural and Social Department, said most voters agree with proposal to raise the fees.


“However they are worried that the newly proposed fees are too high,” he said.


According to the suggestion, the school fees will increase five-fold at the secondary school level and four-fold at the high school level.


The Hanoi People’s Committee also proposed that 15 poor and remote communes in districts including Ba Vi, Phuc Tho, Thach That, Quoc Oai and My Duc will enjoy exemption and even reductions of school fees.

Source: SGGP

Waste treatment fees skyrocket as more companies suspended

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm




Waste treatment fees skyrocket as more companies suspended


QĐND – Saturday, March 27, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Numerous waste treatment companies in Ho Chi Minh City have been suspended or had their licenses withdrawn for infringing on environmental regulations, causing a further shortage of treatment plants and thus leading other companies to hike their treatment fees sharply.


The city and other provinces, which are home to many polluting factories, have not invested much in waste treatment systems and are now facing a severe lack of options when it comes to treating waste.


HCMC has over 30,000 enterprises that produce 300 tons of dangerous waste a day, while it has only 20 companies to collect and treat the waste at a capacity of 20-30 tons per day.


Worse yet, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Long An and Vinh Long provinces have no treatment facilities at all. Therefore, HCMC companies treat factory waste from these localities as well, even though some are not licensed to do so.


The city’s Natural Resource and Environment Department has recently begun suspending several waste transport and treatment businesses that continually violate environmental regulations.


Tan Phuong Dong Environment Treatment, Trade and Service Company, for instance, has just had its license withdrawn and was fined VND25 million for unscrupulously obtaining a waste treatment license from the department and for treating waste from factories in other provinces while it was only licensed to treat HCMC waste.


But the suspensions have led to a more serious shortage of treatment plants and thus other companies, who are still licensed to operate, have taken advantage of the situation to raise treatment fees.


The fees have soared twofold in HCMC and threefold in provinces to VND4-12 million per ton of waste.


Huynh Minh Nhut, director of the HCMC Urban Environment Company, one of the city’s leading waste treatment enterprises, said that since the company has delayed putting its treatment plant into operation until May, treatment fees at other facilities have skyrocketed.


Since many businesses can’t afford the price hike, they have resorted to dumping their waste in open spaces on the city’s outskirts or stashing it in their factories until a convenient time to dispose of it elsewhere.


The Natural Resource and Environment Department recently convened a meeting with local waste treatment companies to ask them to increase their capacities for collecting and treating waste. The meeting also discussed setting a price cap for treatment fees.


Many enterprises opposed the idea, saying that the price hike merely reflects the law of supply and demand.


A representative of Tung Nguyen treatment company said his enterprise can’t expand its current treatment factory in Le Minh Xuan Industrial Park due to the limited space.


He said the company bought 2,000 square meters of land in Binh Chanh District to build a new treatment facility but the district People’s Committee hasn’t allowed  construction to go ahead as it doesn’t fall in line with the district’s urban planning.


Other companies said they too have faced difficulties in finding space to build further treatment plants since local authorities have refused to license construction projects.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Universities should not raise tuition fees ‘hastily’: NA official

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:11 am

Universities should consider people’s living conditions before they make plans for increasing tuition fees, says Dao Trong Thi, Chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children.








Students at the HCM City University of Economics pay their tuition fees for the 2008-2009 academic year. Chairman of the National Assembly Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children, Dao Trong Thi, has advised that universities to take people’s living conditions into account when they make plans to increase tuition fees (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

Speaking at a meeting between the NA Standing Committee’s supervisory team, Hanoi authorities and universities based in the capital city on February 26, Thi said tuition fees should not be increased hastily.


Schools should seek more financial support from the society for their operations, he advised.


He said the team has worked with nearly 40 universities in Hanoi, Thai Nguyen Province, Hai Phong City, and others in the South, on education-related issues, including tuition fees.


The team will also work with universities in Central Highlands and central province to complete a report on higher education supervision and then submit it to the NA for consideration, he said.


Le Minh Hong, deputy chairman of the Committee, proposed unqualified universities be suspended, for the sake of ensuring quality of tertiary education in the country.


Many universities have been established without meeting required standards, leading to poor quality training provided to students, he said.


When providing financial support to universities, the State should give priority to a number of schools selected under certain criteria, the supervisory team has suggested.


It has also warned that the State investment in higher education remains low at an average VND5 million (US$263) per student per year.


Commenting on the fact that many universities have complained that the current tuition fee rates are too low to cover their operating expenses, thereby affecting training quality, Thi reiterated that an increase in tuition fees must be carried out through proper steps, avoiding hasty decisions.


He also said many education-related issues needed to re-examined, including school system planning, establishment of schools, recruitment targets, training programs, and training quality.


The meeting also discussed the suggestion from many universities that the Ministry of Education and Training should empower universities to carry out recruitment of staff on their own.





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Private universities hike tuition fees

In Social life on March 10, 2010 at 8:04 am




Private universities hike tuition fees


QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

Many private universities have announced an increase in tuition fees for 2010-11, citing rising costs of infrastructure and equipment.


Hanoi’s Dai Nam University will hike the fees from 800,000 VND (43.4 USD) to 980,000 VND (53.2 USD) a month for degree level and from 700,000 (38 USD) to 800,000 VND (43.4 VND) for college students.


A university spokesperson said electricity, water, and land costs rose last year.


FPT University, also based in Hanoi, one of the most expensive private universities with fees running into thousands of USD, said it would add a semester to its courses instead of increasing fees. A student will thus be paying total fees of 9,900 USD (193 million VND) over a course against 8,800 USD (171.6 million VND) this year.


Thang Long University said it would hike fees by 10 percent on average, with finance and banking students paying the lowest amount of 1.1 million VND (59.7 USD) and nursing students the highest of 12 million VND (652 USD).


Thanh Thuy, a spokesperson for Bac Ha International University, said the school would hike the annual fees for the economics stream to 18 million VND (980 USD) and for the technology stream to 20 million VND (1,086 USD).


The fee hike is essential to meet quality standards, she said.


However, some private universities charge moderate fees even after hikes. Tran Huu Nghi, principal of Hai Phong University, said this year his school would collect 7.9 million VND (429 USD).


It did not want to cause financial difficulties for students, he explained, adding they can borrow 8.4 million VND (456 USD) a year from the government’s credit support programme.


Thanh Tay University too collects a modest 7 million VND (380 USD) at the tertiary level and 5 million VND (271 USD) at the college level and does not plan to increase the fees.


Source: Vietnam +


Source: QDND

Car fees curb traffic in HCM City center

In policies on October 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm




Car fees curb traffic in HCM City center


QĐND – Monday, October 26, 2009, 20:44 (GMT+7)

City authorities have allowed the Tien Phong Technology JS company to research and install an automatic car fee collection system in the city center to curb traffic jams.


With over 400,000 cars at present and around 100 new cars daily, HCM City hopes to limit the number of cars by charging fees. 


In late July 2009, the city proposed a car fee collection system based on the principle that the more traffic jams, the more fees car owners have to pay. 


In October 2008, the city suggested a fee of 10 million dong a year per car, but the Finance Ministry rejected this idea as unfeasible. 


Traffic jams are now a big problem in HCM City. In the January-September period, the city recorded 61 big traffic jams of over 30 minutes long. There were up to 12 traffic jams of 4-9 hours long. 


HCM City’s chairman Le Hoang Quan said that the traffic jams affect the city’s development negatively.  


“The city has nearly 4.2 million vehicles, not mentioning vehicles coming from other provinces,” Quan noted.” “The growth of new vehicles is 10 percent in the first nine months of 2009. While HCM City accounts for 5 percent of the country’s road area, its vehicles account for one third of the country’s total.” 


Collecting fees from cars that enter the city’s hub is considered a measure to reduce the number of cars. This plan will be implemented on a six month trial basis. 


Besides fees, HCM City has worked out a short-term plan of seven other measures, which are not new, to deal with traffic problems. 


Source: VietNamNet/VNE 


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New tuition fees not high enough, say universities

In Vietnam Education on September 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm

University tuition fees have been increased by VND60,000 per month under a recent decision by the Prime Minister. However, a number of universities said that such an increase is still not enough for them to cover actual expenses, according to a survey by Sai Gon Giai Phong.








HCM City University of Economics students pay their tuition fees for the 2008-2009 academic year (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

At its recent session, after considering the Government’s plan on changes to the financial mechanism for public schools, the National Assembly (NA) agreed that a new tuition fee system would be implemented from the 2010-2011.


As for the coming school year, the NA decided that fees should be increased at a low rate, since the economy has yet to get out of a recession, On that basis, the Government has decided to raise fees from the VND180,000 to VND240,000 per month as the ceiling rate.


Following the decision, many universities have made their budgets for new tuition fees but some of them commented that such an increase does not much help.


Head of the Banking Academy of Vietnam, Dr. To Ngoc Hung, said: “The rise is not very considerable compared to essential expenses our school has to pay, including scholarships that will account for 15 percent of the new tuition fee.”


Every year, the university has to spend a large amount of money on making up for tuition reductions and exemptions for a number of students, Dr. Hung explained.


At the Foreign Trade University, tuition fees of VND200,000 and VND240,000 will be applied for college and university levels respectively.


“At these rates, we will continue facing financial difficulties as the university is one of the educational entities that are self-financed,” said Dr. Dao Thi Thu Giang, head of the school’s Planning and Finance Department.


The principal of the Hanoi University of Technology, Prof. Nguyen Trong Giang, said that the school will fix tuition fees at varied rates, depending on faculties. The ceiling rate will be applied for “hot” faculties, such as telecom electronics and automation, while a lower fee will be leveled for faculties such as textiles and garment or metallurgy.


The same concept is adopted at Hanoi Community University, where tuition fees for faculties in the field of technology will be higher than that for economic faculties, according to its head, Dr. Hoang Ngoc Tri.


The VND60,000 increase will also not much help in improving teaching quality, said Prof. Giang.


“An ordinary laboratory costs about VND1 billion (US$54,000). As for our newly-built chemical laboratory, it costs as much as VND5 billion. Therefore, the new tuition fee rate remains low compared with such actual expenses,” he said.


Of the same opinion, Hanoi University’s deputy principal Do Duy Truyen, said that “such an increase will only cover part of the expenses of teachers’ salaries.”


Meanwhile, Dr. Le Huu Lap, deputy head of the Post & Telecommunications Institute of Technology, said: “Frankly speaking, we are not really interested in a rise in tuition fee at public universities, since the tuition fees at such universities are far lower than that at international or private universities. Tuition fees at public universities do not help much in solving financial problems.”


Source: SGGP