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UNICEF, Vietnam ministry, businesses accelerate parenting agenda impacting future generations

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UNICEF on Friday joined Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and businesses to launch a partnership to expand the Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) Holistic Parenting Project that will promote nurturing care for Vietnamese children.

The partnership gathers forces together from MOLISA, The Human Safety Net, a global foundation powered by Generali, and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in an effort to step up the parenting agenda in Vietnam, the UN body said in a press release.

As businesses across the Southeast Asian country seek to do more for their workers, looking for means to attract them back to their factories, there is clearly an important role for the business sector – advancing supportive programs for their workers, providing parenting initiatives as well as ensuring that they support early childhood development by upholding children’s rights through corporate family-friendly policies and campaigns.

“Being a parent is the most important job in the world,” said Rana Flowers, UNICEF representative to Vietnam.

“It’s also the toughest job and the most rewarding.

“Parenting is too important to be left to chance.

“Reliable information, skills, and tools support parents and caregivers to enjoy their role and to give children a brilliant start in life on the road to them reaching their full potential.

“UNICEF has been an organization driven by the power of collaboration.

“Today we witness a partnership that speaks volumes about the importance of mobilization of public and social resources and responsibilities to give the support needed to parents in Vietnam.”

In the 2021-24 scale-up period, the project will rely on over one million euros (US$1.1 million) worth support from The Human Safety Net.

In addition to that, the global foundation has already planned recurring non-financial support activities.

Activated since 2019, the project has been implemented in 27 communes of three provinces – Gia Lai, Dien Bien, and Kon Tum – and selected factories in and around Ho Chi Minh City by UNICEF, MOLISA, and VCCI.

With a vision for 2024, the partners renew their pledge to expand the project to 15 provinces and cities and 40 more companies, together with wider and mobile access via digital learning platforms.

Vietnam is a leading country in realizing international commitment to children’s rights, UNESCO remarked in the press release.

The prime minister’s Decision 1437/QD-TTg demonstrates the national effort to promote early childhood development, ensuring physical, cognitive, emotional development and equitable access to supporting services for children under eight.

MOLISA echoes the message of putting parents at the center of society’s attention.

“Parenting is a pillar key to advancing the early development of children and has been spotlighted as more critical than ever in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nguyen Thi Ha, MOLISA Vice Minister.

“It reminds us of the important role parents play in time of crisis.”

The provision of quality parenting and family support is critical to achieving the best possible development for all children, Ha said.

The cooperation significantly contributes to strengthening their mandate to promote children’s rights in Vietnam and the extension of the government’s program on early childhood development, she added.

“We have been working with UNICEF in Vietnam since 2019 on two highly successful pilot projects of the Nurturing Infants Children and Environments (NICE) parenting program,” said Emma Ursich, executive officer of The Human Safety Net.

“The NICE model provides nurturing care for children ages 0-6 years, encompassing good health, nutrition, safety, early learning, and responsive caregiving, all with the aim of ensuring children can survive and thrive in life.

“This perfectly fits within The Human Safety Net For Families program, which is implemented in 23 countries worldwide and tries to identify proven and replicable models like this to scale.

“We’re delighted that this will enable UNICEF to roll out the program to reach even more parents and children all across the country, especially among ethnic minorities and urban migrant communities.”

As parents and caregivers are the main providers of the care, nutrition, stimulation, and protection that every child needs for their healthy development, the collaboration aims to build networks of support in communities and in factories for parents, providing them with the knowledge and skills to give nurturing care and build positive parent-child relationships.

This will also help reduce violence against children by learning through play, reinforcing positive and managing difficult behaviours, creating structures and routines, talking about COVID-19, and managing stress and conflict.

Same time, family-friendly policies, such as paid parental leave, breastfeeding support, childcare and child grants, giving parents the time and resources they need to build their babies’ brains, are also promoted as best practices.

“Promoting early childhood development and supporting Vietnamese families is key to Generali Vietnam’s community agenda with the Sinh Con, Sinh Cha parenting program being our flagship CSR initiative,” said Tina Nguyen, CEO of Generali Vietnam

“I am proud to see a major Italian company such as Generali standing close to children in Vietnam and contributing to the development of an inclusive and social sensitive corporate culture,” said Antonio Alessandro, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam.

“My congratulations to MOLISA, UNICEF, and Generali for these achievements.”

The parenting project is a valuable initiative that supports working parents and their children, said Nguyen Quang Vinh, secretary general of the VCCI, a major entity in mobilizing the private sector in Vietnam.

“VCCI will continue to support UNICEF and the government in scaling up this life-changing endeavor,” Vinh said.

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FDI firms complain about dust from construction site of Vietnam’s Long Thanh airport project

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Many foreign direct investment enterprises in the Loc An – Binh Son Industrial Park, which is located near the construction site of the big-ticket Long Thanh International Airport project in Dong Nai Province, a neighbor of Ho Chi Minh City, have complained about dust resulting from the leveling of the site, saying that it has affected their products and workers’ health.

Representatives of over 200 FDI enterprises in Dong Nai on Friday attended a meeting with the provincial People’s Committee.

At the meeting, Doan Huong Giang, head of the administration and human resources division at Elite Long Thanh Co. Ltd., said “dust has caused a great impact on our products.”

“We expect the provincial authorities, departments, and agencies to come up with appropriate solutions to support Elite and other companies in preventing dust from affecting laborers’ health, product quality, and business activities,” Giang added.

Doan Huong Giang, head of the administration and human resources division at Elite Long Thanh Co. Ltd. in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam says dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project has affected the company’s business activities. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Doan Huong Giang, head of the administration and human resources division at Elite Long Thanh Co. Ltd. in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam says dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project has affected the company’s business activities. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Many other enterprises shared the view.

Earlier, thousands of houses and a section of the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway near the Long Thanh International Airport project were also reported to be covered with dust from the construction site.

Dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project blankets adjacent residential areas. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project blankets adjacent residential areas. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Do Tat Binh, deputy general director of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the investor of the mammoth airport project, on Friday told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper that the corporation had asked contractors to enhance the spray of water at the construction site to limit dust.

The ACV will next week dispatch fire trucks to the site to spray water, Binh said, adding that the corporation will join forces with the local authorities to support local residents in cushioning the impact of dust.

The construction site is large and the leveling workload is huge amid the windy and dry season.

Fifty vehicles spraying water every day at the construction site is just a temporary solution and can reduce part of the dust.

“The leveling is expected to be completed by the end of May, when the rainy season will come, and the volume of dust will reduce,” Binh said.

According to the ACV, 2,630 workers along with 1,860 pieces of machinery are working to build the foundation of the airport project.

The airport project, which requires an estimated investment of VND336.63 trillion (US$14.2 billion) and is located some 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, will cover around 5,000 hectares of land and was designed to have an annual capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tons of cargo. 

Once in place, it will be the largest airport in the nation.

At the conference, Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, a representative of Terumo BCT Co. Ltd. in the Long Duc Industrial Park in Long Thanh District, Dong Nai Province, also complained about the deterioration of a road connecting National Highway 51 and the industrial park.

This is a key road on which most workers of the enterprises in the area have to travel every day. However, it has been deteriorated for a long time.

The four-kilometer road has many potholes, posing a high risk of traffic accidents for road users, especially at night.

Some enterprises reported the issue to district- and province-level agencies in 2020. However, the road was repaired without care and it remains in bad conditions.

Representatives of FDI firms also mentioned the insecurity and disorder and power cuts without advance notice.

Chairman of the Dong Nai People’s Committee Cao Tien Dung said the province took responsibility for accompanying enterprises to overcome difficulties.

Leaders of the Dong Nai authorities give investment certificates to FDI enterprises in the province. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Leaders of the Dong Nai authorities give investment certificates to FDI enterprises. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

After the conference, the director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment must review enterprises’ complaints and report them to the provincial authorities to work out appropriate solutions, Dung said.

Regarding the road leading to the Long Duc Industrial Park, Dung asked Long Thanh District to quickly upgrade it.

The provincial Department of Planning and Investment and the Department of Transport were assigned to ensure traffic safety for workers traveling on the road.

The Dong Nai chairman also requested the relevant agencies to review and promptly handle foreigners’ temporary residence registration and immigration applications.

Departments and agencies must review the procedure handling to meet enterprises’ demands and provide the greatest possible support for them.

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Many foreign direct investment enterprises in the Loc An – Binh Son Industrial Park, which is located near the construction site of the big-ticket Long Thanh International Airport project in Dong Nai Province, a neighbor of Ho Chi Minh City, have complained about dust resulting from the leveling of the site, saying that it has affected their products and workers’ health.

Representatives of over 200 FDI enterprises in Dong Nai on Friday attended a meeting with the provincial People’s Committee.

At the meeting, Doan Huong Giang, head of the administration and human resources division at Elite Long Thanh Co. Ltd., said “dust has caused a great impact on our products.”

“We expect the provincial authorities, departments, and agencies to come up with appropriate solutions to support Elite and other companies in preventing dust from affecting laborers’ health, product quality, and business activities,” Giang added.

Doan Huong Giang, head of the administration and human resources division at Elite Long Thanh Co. Ltd. in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam says dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project has affected the company’s business activities. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Doan Huong Giang, head of the administration and human resources division at Elite Long Thanh Co. Ltd. in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam says dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project has affected the company’s business activities. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Many other enterprises shared the view.

Earlier, thousands of houses and a section of the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway near the Long Thanh International Airport project were also reported to be covered with dust from the construction site.

Dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project blankets adjacent residential areas. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project blankets adjacent residential areas. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Do Tat Binh, deputy general director of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the investor of the mammoth airport project, on Friday told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper that the corporation had asked contractors to enhance the spray of water at the construction site to limit dust.

The ACV will next week dispatch fire trucks to the site to spray water, Binh said, adding that the corporation will join forces with the local authorities to support local residents in cushioning the impact of dust.

The construction site is large and the leveling workload is huge amid the windy and dry season.

Fifty vehicles spraying water every day at the construction site is just a temporary solution and can reduce part of the dust.

“The leveling is expected to be completed by the end of May, when the rainy season will come, and the volume of dust will reduce,” Binh said.

According to the ACV, 2,630 workers along with 1,860 pieces of machinery are working to build the foundation of the airport project.

The airport project, which requires an estimated investment of VND336.63 trillion (US$14.2 billion) and is located some 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, will cover around 5,000 hectares of land and was designed to have an annual capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tons of cargo. 

Once in place, it will be the largest airport in the nation.

At the conference, Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, a representative of Terumo BCT Co. Ltd. in the Long Duc Industrial Park in Long Thanh District, Dong Nai Province, also complained about the deterioration of a road connecting National Highway 51 and the industrial park.

This is a key road on which most workers of the enterprises in the area have to travel every day. However, it has been deteriorated for a long time.

The four-kilometer road has many potholes, posing a high risk of traffic accidents for road users, especially at night.

Some enterprises reported the issue to district- and province-level agencies in 2020. However, the road was repaired without care and it remains in bad conditions.

Representatives of FDI firms also mentioned the insecurity and disorder and power cuts without advance notice.

Chairman of the Dong Nai People’s Committee Cao Tien Dung said the province took responsibility for accompanying enterprises to overcome difficulties.

Leaders of the Dong Nai authorities give investment certificates to FDI enterprises in the province. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

Leaders of the Dong Nai authorities give investment certificates to FDI enterprises. Photo: A Loc / Tien Phong

After the conference, the director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment must review enterprises’ complaints and report them to the provincial authorities to work out appropriate solutions, Dung said.

Regarding the road leading to the Long Duc Industrial Park, Dung asked Long Thanh District to quickly upgrade it.

The provincial Department of Planning and Investment and the Department of Transport were assigned to ensure traffic safety for workers traveling on the road.

The Dong Nai chairman also requested the relevant agencies to review and promptly handle foreigners’ temporary residence registration and immigration applications.

Departments and agencies must review the procedure handling to meet enterprises’ demands and provide the greatest possible support for them.

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Vietnam consolidates coastal dike to protect south-central airport

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Authorities of Phu Yen Province in south-central Vietnam have taken action to consolidate an eroded coastal dike to protect Tuy Hoa Airport.

Dang Khoa Dam, director of the management board of construction investment projects of Phu Yen, said on Saturday that his unit started building a sea embankment to protect Hung Vuong Street, which connects the eastern end of the seaside Tuy Hoa Airport with the province’s eponymous capital city.

The embankment will stretch 885 meters to prevent sea waves and high tides from rubbing the road.

The cost of the project is approximately VND150 billion (US$6.4 million).

Dam’s unit will strive to complete the new dike section before this year’s rainy season although its deadline is 2024.

“The erosion is so serious that unless we do it urgently and quickly, the consequences will be unpredictable when the stormy season comes,” said Dam.

Built about ten years ago to link Tuy Hoa City with Tuy Hoa Airport, which are some 11 kilometers apart, Hung Vuong Street is made of cement concrete, not asphalt concrete, as the authorities had foreseen coastal erosion.

Despite that, strong waves under the impact of climate change have washed away hundreds of meters of sand along the road over the years.

In 2019, the management board of construction investment projects of Phu Yen dumped thoursands of cubic meters of rocks along the road to fortify a 600-meter-long embankment that was damaged by waves.

In the past two years, sea waves have continued to erode Hung Vuong Street, washing away the roadbed’s sand layer, putting the road on the verge of collapse, and posing a direct threat to the safety of Tuy Hoa Airport.

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Authorities of Phu Yen Province in south-central Vietnam have taken action to consolidate an eroded coastal dike to protect Tuy Hoa Airport.

Dang Khoa Dam, director of the management board of construction investment projects of Phu Yen, said on Saturday that his unit started building a sea embankment to protect Hung Vuong Street, which connects the eastern end of the seaside Tuy Hoa Airport with the province’s eponymous capital city.

The embankment will stretch 885 meters to prevent sea waves and high tides from rubbing the road.

The cost of the project is approximately VND150 billion (US$6.4 million).

Dam’s unit will strive to complete the new dike section before this year’s rainy season although its deadline is 2024.

“The erosion is so serious that unless we do it urgently and quickly, the consequences will be unpredictable when the stormy season comes,” said Dam.

Built about ten years ago to link Tuy Hoa City with Tuy Hoa Airport, which are some 11 kilometers apart, Hung Vuong Street is made of cement concrete, not asphalt concrete, as the authorities had foreseen coastal erosion.

Despite that, strong waves under the impact of climate change have washed away hundreds of meters of sand along the road over the years.

In 2019, the management board of construction investment projects of Phu Yen dumped thoursands of cubic meters of rocks along the road to fortify a 600-meter-long embankment that was damaged by waves.

In the past two years, sea waves have continued to erode Hung Vuong Street, washing away the roadbed’s sand layer, putting the road on the verge of collapse, and posing a direct threat to the safety of Tuy Hoa Airport.

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Waste burning poses risk of forest fires in Ho Chi Minh City

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Many people have been burning garbage and scrap along streets and near forests in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, posing a very high risk of wildfires.

An area close to forests in Binh Chanh District became a popular place for people to secretly burn scrap at midnight and dawn, according to the observation of Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters in late March.

Three men burn garbage at Hai Phung Bridge at dawn on March 21, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

Three men burn garbage at Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City at dawn on March 21, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

These groups of people burned scrap on both sides of Hai Phung Bridge, located at the border area between Pham Van Hai Commune and Vinh Loc B Commune, in order to get metals such as copper and iron.

Columns of smoke produced by the scrap burning flew toward the forests. Meanwhile, many trees at the foot of the bridge have withered.

A group of people carry scrap to the area near Hai Phung Bridge on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

A group of people carry scrap to the area near Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

Kenh Lien Vung Street in Vinh Loc B Commune, Binh Chanh District has also become a popular place for garbage and scrap burning. 

“There are few houses on the road, so many people burn garbage to avoid getting caught,” a local resident said.

“There is a lot of smoke, and the smell of burning plastic is very unpleasant.”

People burn scrap near Hai Phung Bridge on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

People burn scrap near Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

Columns of smoke rising from Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Columns of smoke rising from Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Garbage is dumped near a forest in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Garbage is dumped near a forest in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Burned garbage along a street in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Burned garbage along a street in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Smoke is produced by garbage burning in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Smoke is produced by garbage burning in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

A man burns scrap in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

A man burns scrap in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

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Many people have been burning garbage and scrap along streets and near forests in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, posing a very high risk of wildfires.

An area close to forests in Binh Chanh District became a popular place for people to secretly burn scrap at midnight and dawn, according to the observation of Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters in late March.

Three men burn garbage at Hai Phung Bridge at dawn on March 21, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

Three men burn garbage at Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City at dawn on March 21, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

These groups of people burned scrap on both sides of Hai Phung Bridge, located at the border area between Pham Van Hai Commune and Vinh Loc B Commune, in order to get metals such as copper and iron.

Columns of smoke produced by the scrap burning flew toward the forests. Meanwhile, many trees at the foot of the bridge have withered.

A group of people carry scrap to the area near Hai Phung Bridge on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

A group of people carry scrap to the area near Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

Kenh Lien Vung Street in Vinh Loc B Commune, Binh Chanh District has also become a popular place for garbage and scrap burning. 

“There are few houses on the road, so many people burn garbage to avoid getting caught,” a local resident said.

“There is a lot of smoke, and the smell of burning plastic is very unpleasant.”

People burn scrap near Hai Phung Bridge on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

People burn scrap near Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on the morning of March 16, 2023. Photo: Tien Phong

Columns of smoke rising from Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Columns of smoke rising from Hai Phung Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Garbage is dumped near a forest in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Garbage is dumped near a forest in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Burned garbage along a street in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Burned garbage along a street in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Smoke is produced by garbage burning in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

Smoke is produced by garbage burning in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

A man burns scrap in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

A man burns scrap in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tien Phong

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