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Capital to spend equivalent $10 million for Lunar New Year welfare

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided to spend nearly VND200 billion (US$10 million) on purchasing gifts to help the vulnerable groups in society.

Hanoi authorities will spend VND20 billion to help the poor during the Lunar New Year holidays. (File photo)

The Tet gifts will be given to the poor, lonely seniors and welfare beneficiary families; in order that they too can enjoy a happy Lunar New Year, which begins on February 3.

Nguyen The Hung, deputy director of Hanoi Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the department is making every effort in ensuring that no person goes hungry, during the Tet holidays.

During the Tet holidays, more than 730,000 people will be offered gifts. These will include 1,000 old men, over the age of 100, and over 148,000 poor families.

Furthermore, the People’s Committee will use subscriptions in order to help disabled people enjoy the Tet holidays. Additional money will be given to orphans and the poor.

The capital will also give gifts worth VND100,000 to each drug addict; and each cadre will receive gifts worth VND200,000 each in rehabilitation centers.

Source: SGGP

How to ensure social welfare in rural areas

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

How to ensure social welfare in rural areas

QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Improving the social welfare is a key policy of the Party and State which is also a very significant contribution to the country’s socio-political stability, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung when discussing about the integration of social security into the 2011-2020 strategy for socio-economic development.

PM Dung also emphasized that Vietnam has not yet built a social welfare system with a sustainable mechanism to reach poor people.

Shortcomings remain

The 2010 statistics of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) indicates that rural residents account for 74.37 percent of the country’s population, 75.6 percent of the work force, and that percent of Vietnam’s poor people live in rural areas. As many people in ethnic minorities’ areas and rural areas cannot afford the insurance fees, the number of insured people is still very low. Instead, they have to rely on informal social welfare networks or their communities when they face difficulties.

According to the MOLISA, there are still many shortcomings in the social welfare system such as the low service quality, poor management, and improper investment.

MOLISA has launched a project which aims to increase the access to compulsory social insurance among workers in rural and ethnic minorities’ to 85 percent in 2015 and 100 percent in 2020. The project will also aim to raise the number of workers participating in voluntary social insurance in 2015 to 30 percent in rural areas, 20 percent in disadvantaged areas, and 15 percent in mountain areas. However, it is not easy to achieve the targets although a number of social assistance funds have been established to help poor and elderly people and victims of natural disasters.

State’s management needed

Poor management of the social welfare system has negative impact on social cohesion and equality, especially in education and healthcare services. The State, therefore, needs to strengthen its management by regulating the capital and introducing appropriate policies. In addition, cooperation between the community and people should be promoted. It is high time to acknowledge the contribution of the not-for-profit sector and encourage the forming of social enterprises.

With the regulation of the State, cooperation of the community, the formation of “social enterprises”, and the renovation of co-operatives, social welfare in rural areas will significant developments in the future.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

State leader confirms social welfare a priority

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

State leader confirms social welfare a priority

QĐND – Saturday, October 16, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

The Party and State of Vietnam always pay attention to promoting social welfare, gender equality and women’s rights, said the State leader.

President Nguyen Minh Triet stated this on October 15 while receiving Michelle Bachelet, the Under-Secretary-General for the UN’s Women Agency and Chair of the UN Social Protection Floor Advisory Group.

Vietnam advocates stepping up economic development must be combined with enhancing social equality and improving peoples living conditions, especially those in remote and mountainous areas and social policy beneficiaries, said Triet.

The president urged Bachelet to put forward suggestions to help Vietnam carry out programmes and policies on social welfare and gender equality.

Triet congratulated Bachelet, who is a former President of Chile, on her new appointment to the UN and applauded her for choosing Vietnam as her first visit, believing that her trip will be a milestone in cooperative ties between Vietnam and the UN.

The State leader said he was delighted at the developments in Vietnam-UN relations in recent years and thanked all the UN’s agencies for supporting and assisting the country during its process of national construction and development.

The UN has contributed greatly to Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements, particularly in hunger eradication and poverty reduction, he stressed.

On the Vietnam – Chile relationship, Triet said that both nations should complete their negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as soon as possible, to facilitate bilateral economic and trade ties.

President Triet also congratulated the Chilean government and people on the successful rescue of 33 miners who had been trapped for 69 days in the San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo City.

Bachelet praised Vietnam’s efforts and successes in promoting peace, socio-economic development and women’s rights and position in society. These achievements convinced Bachelet to visit Vietnam first, after she was appointed to the UN, she added.

She went on to say that Vietnam’s successes could be applied to other nations and that the UN Initiative on a Social Protection Floor, co-initiated and introduced by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), aims to enhance countries’ capacity in ensuring people’s basic social welfare and ensuring a more equal society.

Vietnam has shown its commitment and political determination to social welfare and several UN bodies have pledged to back the country’s social programmes and policies, she said.

While sharing President Triet’s views on relationship between Vietnam and Chile, Bachelet said that she believed both governments would soon sign the planned FTA as it is in the interests of both peoples.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Curbing inflation and ensuring social welfare needed

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Curbing inflation and ensuring social welfare needed

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Controlling inflation and ensuring social welfare were top issues in focus in a group discussion at the ongoing seventh session of the 12th National Assembly in Hanoi on May 22.

NA deputies discussed an appraisal report on socio-economic tasks and the State budget in 2009; plans for socio-economic development and the State budget in the first quarter of this year; and the final accounts for the 2008 budget.

Thanks to joint efforts by the Party, State and people under NA supervision, Vietnam has overcome challenges to halt the economic slowdown, curb inflation, ensure social welfare, and maintain a relatively high economic growth rate.

The economic growth rate reached 5.32 percent in 2009, higher than the NA target of 5.2 percent. Vietnam’s economy has seen positive changes in the past few months with an economic growth rate of 5.83 percent, nearly double the rate recorded in the first quarter of last year.

Reducing trade deficit and State budget overspending

The above mentioned growth figures demonstrate the efforts made by the entire political system to cope with challenges and create confidence for people throughout the country.

However, NA deputies expressed concern over the threat of high inflation, which will affect the macro economy and sustainable development, especially when the competitiveness of the national economy remains weak.

NA deputy Nguyen Van Nhuong from Quang Binh shared his views that top priority should be given to major solutions for stabilizing the macro economy and controlling inflation to help the national economy rebound.

Mr Nhuong noticed with deep concern that State budget overspending in 2009 was nearly VND116,000 billion, accounting for 6.9 percent of  GDP, and the trade deficit was  high, equivalent to 21.6 percent of export turnover.

Mr Nhuong said that the Government should pinpoint the cause of this high trade deficit to reduce budget overspending to 6 percent this year.

In addition, the Government needs to introduce sanctions on limited imports of foreign electronic components and imported cars.

NA deputy Nguyen Thi Bach Mai from Tay Ninh said that the NA should work out effective solutions to adjust consumer price index to a lower level to ensure people’s livelihoods.

Poverty reduction and environmental protection

A Government report submitted to the NA indicated that eight targets have not been reached, focusing on social affairs and the environment. It is worth noting that the number of operational industrial parks and export processing zones that have standard waste water treatment systems is only 50 percent, lower than the 2008 figure of 60 percent.

A NA representative from Dak Nong, Bui Thi Hoa, said it is important to ensure the living environment for the people. However, the loose management of waste treatment in foreign companies and enterprises has caused huge losses of natural resources and human lives. The Government should clarify the responsibility of environmental management agencies to deal with environment-related issues properly.

NA Deputy Nguyen Thi Bach Mai asked the NA to review some social targets such as job creation and reducing the number of poor households and malnourished children.

NA Deputy Ngo Van Minh from Quang Nam said the Government should review the implementation of key national programmes for poverty reduction and tackle difficulties in this issue in the near future.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Ensuring social welfare for people with disabilities

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Ensuring social welfare for people with disabilities

QĐND – Saturday, April 17, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese Party and State always pay due attention to people with disabilities, showing their determination to adopt policies for the disabled in line with their approval of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

To mark National Day of Persons with Disabilities Day (April 18), a Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reporter interviewed the Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Nguyen Trong Dam, about issues related to the disabled.

Reporter: Could you brief us on policies for people with disabilities over the past few years?

Mr Dam: The Party and State always give special attention to the disadvantaged and handicapped people. In 2006, Vietnam signed to join the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, indicating its determination to build policies for the disabled towards ensuring the adoption of the convention.

In addition, the Ordinance on People with Disabilities has been upgraded to the Law on People with Disabilities which will be approved at the 7th session of the 12th National Assembly in May. Many action programmes have focused on developing services for the disabled and ensuring their rights in the best way.

Over the past years, the adoption of legal policies for the disabled has created a legal framework for providing assistance and care for them, clarifying the responsibility of functional agencies and helping them to gain access to social services. As a result, disabled people’s material and spiritual lives have gradually improved.

Reporter: Could you please elaborate on the Law on People with Disabilities which is expected to be adopted at the NA’s upcoming session?

Mr Dam: The Law aims to change public awareness of the disabled, pinpoint the responsibility of the State, families and society for the disabled and stipulate their fundamental rights. It also refers to policies for the disabled with a focus on providing vocational training, healthcare and cultural education.

Reporter: What should be done to help people with disabilities?

Mr Dam: In order to bring the policies for the disabled to life, it is essential to narrow the gap between society and the disabled by intensifying media activities.

Media agencies play an important role in changing social awareness to remove barriers for the disabled, thus helping overcome their limitations so as to integrate into the community. We should socially regard the disabled as ordinary people.

Reporter: How has the social attitude towards the disabled changed?

Mr Dam: In recent years, public attitudes towards the disabled have been changed as many are very energetic and can manage well to surmount the difficulties of life. With support from the State and families, they have gradually integrated into the community. Many of them perform roles as owners of high-tech businesses which provide jobs for people in the same circumstances alongside non-disabled workers. However, there remains discriminatory treatment against the disabled, it is assumed they can’t do anything but rely on their families and State subsidies. This has impeded them from fully integrating into the community.

Reporter: Vietnam has approximately 5.4 million disabled people. What do think about this figure compared to the number in the world? What should we do to minimise this figure?

Mr Dam: The current figures might actually be some what inaccurate due to the evaluation criteria for the disabled. In my opinion, the number of disabled in Vietnam may continue increasing in the future as people are facing dangers such as bad transport, epidemics, a polluted environment and poor healthcare services.

Therefore, it is necessary to reduce the number of handicapped people by building programmes for orthopedics, functional rehabilitation and preventing accidental injury.

Reporter: It is said that the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is planning to develop social affairs-related careers. Could you please tell more about this issue?

Mr Dam: The Prime Minister has signed Decision No 32 on developing social-affairs-related careers. Like other countries in the world, Vietnam should consider such social activities to be a knowledge-based career the same as other careers. In life, we may all face unpredictable difficulties or misfortune and when that happens, we will need help from social organizations. Consequently, the State and localities should build social consultation centres to deal with issues related to family violence, child trafficking and abandoned children to ensure social welfare for the disabled as well as able-bodied people.

Reporter:  Thank you so much.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND