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Tiền Giang to create jobs for 16,000 people

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Honeydew melons planted with advanced farming techniques in Tiền Giang Province’s Gò Công Tây District. The province has provided vocational training to help workers find jobs and become more productive. — VNA/ Photo Minh Hưng

TIỀN GIANG — The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tiền Giang has stepped up measures to create jobs for 16,000 labourers and send 300 people to work overseas this year, according to the province’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

The province aims to reduce the unemployment rate in urban areas to less than 4 per cent this year, down 0.5 per cent against last year.

To provide jobs for labourers, the province will provide soft loans to help create jobs and encourage labourers to participate in the province’s overseas work programmes.

The province will also introduce jobs to labourers via its Job Introduction Centre and vocational skill training centres.

It will provide vocational skills for labourers based on the requirements of companies so they can find jobs after participating in training courses.

Job introduction activities will be organised at vocational skills training centres for graduates.

The province provided jobs for 9,000 labourers last year, down 55 per cent against 2019 because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It sent 287 labourers to work overseas last year.

Under its plan to provide vocational skills for rural labourers, more than 43,422 labourers in the past 10 years have received training, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

About 80 – 85 per cent of the 43,422 labourers found new jobs, or continued their existing jobs but achieved higher productivity.

The province’s Farmer Support and Vocational Skills Training Centre and farmers associations at all levels have also organised vocational training courses for farmers. 

Farmer Nguyễn Văn Tây participated in a training course on growing rice as well as a course on growing flowers and ornamental plants in Mỹ Hòa Hamlet in Tân Phước District’s Phước Lập Commune. He achieved higher production efficiency after applying what he learned.

Previously, he and other farmers in the hamlet had used traditional farming methods, so the production efficiency was not high.

The training course helped him create ornamental plants with beautiful shapes and sizes, and expand plant cultivation, he said.

He now grows 2.5ha of rice and 3ha of ornamental plants, he said.

“My family’s income is stable,” he said. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/856704/tien-giang-to-create-jobs-for-16000-people.html

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Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

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Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Upgrade of the 3.2 kilometer (2 mile) long street, which connects downtown District 1 with District 2 through Binh Thanh District, was launched in October 2019 at a cost of VND470 billion ($20.39 million).

Work on the section from Ton Duc Thang Street to Thu Thiem Bridge has been completed, with the remaining section from Thu Thiem Bridge to Saigon Bridge still under repair.

Phan Duc, head of the project management board, said it is 70 percent complete and that work would commence through the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet, to complete before April 30.

The construction site currently hosts 70 types of machinery, equipment, transport vehicles and about 150 workers, including more than 50 for night shifts.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Near the foot of Saigon Bridge, drill operator Nguyen Truong Phuc works to reduce subsidence, one of the first stages in upgrading the flood-prone street.

“I have been working here for two months, mainly at night. It’s quite stressful, operating the machine all night and concentrating for long hours,” the 32-year-old said.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

A few meters away, Ngoc Nam repairs drills chipped during construction.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Near an overpass, a group of workers use excavators and dump trucks to relocate the old drainage system to replace with a new version.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Workers from Gia Dinh Water Supply Company install a new water supply pipe. Affected families are usually informed before work commences at night to avoid disturbances.

The upgrade will see the road surface rise from 0.5 to 1.2 meters. Low-lying houses on both sides will benefit from new, wide sidewalks accessible via three-step staircases.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Bulldozers operate at the intersection of Dien Bien Phu and Nguyen Huu Canh streets.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Built in 1997 and opened to traffic in 2002, the VND420 billion ($18.1 million) Nguyen Huu Canh Street was expected to improve traffic flow in HCMC.

But not long after its opening, the street subsided and began flooding each time it rained.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Tran Van Cuong guides a pump into a manhole on a newly-surfaced road section.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

As temperature drops to 19 degrees Celsius at night, Dao Van Xuyen, 40, often wraps himself in a scarf, two layers of T-shirts, and a pair of gloves.

Xuyen only moved to HCMC two months ago. His main work involves leveling crushed stones, watering and pouring concrete. He often chooses to work the night shift because the salary is higher than the day shift, at about VND500,000 ($21.64) per night.

“For me, this job is quite suitable since it doesn’t require high expertise but pays well. I’ll try earn some money to return home to celebrate Tet,” the worker from Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam said.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

At about 2 a.m., Dang Minh Tri eats a cup of instant noodles. He works about four nights a week drilling and mixing mortar.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/photo/news/upgrade-work-speeds-up-on-hcmc-flood-prone-street-4222024.html

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Japan suspends visas for Vietnamese citizens

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Japan has suspended granting visas to Vietnamese citizens amid the country’s Covid-19 problems.

According to the Department of Overseas Labour Management under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, that the suspension started from January 14 after the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas on Thursday as Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

Japan has decided to temporarily halt the granting of new visas for foreigners, including those from Vietnam.

People gathered at the Japanese Embassy in Hanoi for visa application


People who had been provided with a visa to Japan earlier are allowed to enter Japan as of midnight of January 21 at the latest. However, they have to be tested negative for Covid-19 and the test certificate needs to be submitted to Japanese authorities no more than three days before their flight to Japan.

Anyone who enters Japan will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. People are not permitted to use public transport from airports to quarantine sites.

People who violate Covid-19 prevention regulations will be strictly punished.

The measures will be applied until further notice from the Japanese government.

Japan was among six countries from June that offered looser visa policies. Dtinews/Tienphong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/japan-suspends-visas-for-vietnamese-citizens-706066.html

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COVID-19 update in Việt Nam on Saturday evening

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