Solutions to support local communities

13:05 | 06/08/2016 Economy- Society

(VEN) - The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs will submit short and long term solutions to the government, aiming at supporting workers in four central provinces affected by the mass fish deaths caused by Formosa.

Solutions to support local communities

Approximately 263,000 workers in the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue have been affected by the environmental disaster caused by Formosa, of which 100,000 people have been directly affected, according to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs. The ministry will provide support such as vocational training and labor exports for workers. Funding for these programs will not be deducted from a total compensation of US$500 million committed by Formosa.

Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep said that training will be provided for free for affected workers from poor households. The ministry will also support loans, encourage local people to switch to new jobs and offer jobs for people in not only their locality but also neighboring provinces.

Regarding labor export, a number of low-cost programs implemented by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs in cooperation with businesses will be offered for people in affected provinces such as resuming the reception of Vietnamese laborers to work in the Republic of Korea (RoK) under the Employment Permit System (EPS). The ministry will also remove regulations on restricting localities with high illegal resident rates from participating in the EPS, in an intension to support all districts affected by the environmental disaster.

The IM Japan program will be intended for workers in these provinces. After participating in this program, workers who meet requirements in terms of health and foreign language will be trained within six months, and all costs will be paid by the International Manpower Development Organization.

Vietnam and Thailand concluded an agreement on labor cooperation. Accordingly, Thailand has received Vietnamese workers in inshore fishing and construction since July 1and then will expand to other industries. The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has assigned authorities to support people in finding jobs in Thailand.

As for the affected provinces, Quang Binh, for example, is developing sustainable socioeconomic development and disaster prevention projects in 32 poor communes. The province will also focus on the development of non-agricultural sectors to create jobs for local people.

However, to ensure long-term livelihoods for people, offshore fishing is seen as one of the most important measures to not only exploit potential, but also effectively contribute to protecting national sovereignty.

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs will provide support such as vocational training and labor exports for people in the disaster-hit provinces. Funding for these programs will not be deducted from a total compensation of US$500 million committed by Formosa.

 

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