A number of welfare packages worth trillions of dong were launched to help workers, employers, Covid-19 patients and others during the pandemic.
Government Resolution 68, VND26 trillion
On July 1, the Government released Resolution 68 with the support package worth VND26 trillion from the State budget o support 12 groups of workers and employers, including freelancers.
The reports of labor departments from 63 cities and provinces showed that as of November 25, the total expenses to implement the resolution had reached VND28.45 trillion, delivered to 28.27 million subjects, including 377,431 employers, 27.9 million workers and others.
HCM City gave support to 11.2 million subjects, totaling VND12.03 trillion. Some localities reported high expenditures, including Binh Duong (VND2.64 trillion), Hanoi (VND2.055 trillion), Dong Nai (VND2.03 trillion), Ba Ria – Vung Tau (VND1.473 trillion), Bac Giang (VND706 billion) and Long An (627 billion).
The total expenditures to give support under three insurance policies was VND5.39 trillion, addressing 375,820 employers and 11.391 billion workers.
Vietnam Social Security (VSS) has reviewed and notified 375,000 employers that they entitled to a reduction in insurance premiums for occupational accidents and disease from July 2021 to the end of June 2022, totaling VND4.32 trillion.
On September 24, the Government issued Resolution 116 on launching a support package worth VND38 trillion targeting employers and workers affected by Covid-19, sourced from the unemployment insurance fund.
The estimated reductions from October 2021 to September 2022 amounted to VND7.595 trillion.
Resolution 116, VND38 trillion
VSS checked and sent the lists of workers subject to the support package to 357,861 employers, and 1,868,907 workers received the support.
The number of workers who stopped paying unemployment insurance premiums but still asked for support was 1,289,332. As many as 28,038 workers continued paying unemployment insurance, but voluntarily refused support.
The total amount paid was VND28,798 billion for 12,149,585 workers.
Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung said that Resolutions 68 and 116 have helped people overcome difficulties. The policies not only target workers but also cover disadvantaged people, including older people, orphans and the disabled.
On October 28, 2021, the Vietnam Labor Federation (VLF) announced a plan to give financial support to workers to celebrate Tet. A budget of VND2.4 trillion has been reserved for 8 million laborers (VND 300,000 each).
A report showed that the number of officially employed workers was 15.1 million people in the third quarter of the year, down 468,900 people compared to the previous quarter and 657,000 compared with the same period last year.
HCM City: VND9.8 trillion, 3 campaigns
The city has launched three support packages in cash from the budget and delivered 2 million welfare bags from sources mobilized by the Fatherland Front.
The first support campaign was organized in July 2021, under which VND886 billion was delivered to 366,000 freelancers, more than 56,000 workers who had to take unpaid leave, and 199 workers who became unemployed but did not meet the requirements to receive unemployment benefits.
The city also gave support to 5,900 business households which had to suspend their operation and more than 17,000 merchants at traditional markets.
The support of VND50,000/head/day, applied to lockdown days, was given to freelancers who lost jobs or had revenue decreasing sharply because of social distancing, workers residing legally in the city who did not have income, and workers who had income of below VND4 million a month.
Petty merchants at traditional markets (first-class market) received VND300,000 a month. The support was VND210,000 a month for second-class markets, and VND150,000 for third-class ones.
The business households which had to stop operation in the areas that imposed lockdown in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Direction 16 received another support of VND2 million each.
According to HCM City leaders, the complicated developments of the pandemic and long lockdown period caused big difficulties. The municipal authorities decided to launch a second support campaign, under which VND900 billion was budgeted to support three groups of people, implemented on August 5-10.
The second package targeted poor workers and those who were not subject to the first package. Everyone received VND1.5 million each. About 250,000 people got support.
On September 23, the HCM City People’s Council once again approved a resolution on supporting people in difficulties under which each individual received VND1 million. There were five groups of people covered by the policy, with the total number of 7.3 million.
To date, support has been delivered to 6.1 million beneficiaries, and the delivery is continuing in some districts.
Since August 4, 2021, the city’s welfare center has delivered 2,587,095 welfare bags to 22 districts and Thu Duc City.
Nguyen Van Lam, Deputy Director of HCM City Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, said the total spending in three campaigns to support people in difficulties is VND9.8 trillion with 8.4 million beneficiaries. More than 88 percent of the third package has been disbursed.
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Northern Vietnamese provinces seek approval for construction of airports
Authorities in Lai Chau and Son La Provinces, northern Vietnam are seeking the prime minister’s approval for the construction of airports there.
In a document sent to PM Pham Minh Chinh, the Lai Chau People’s Committee mentioned its plan to build Lai Chau Airport, which is designed to cover 167 hectares and have the capacity of 500,000 passengers per year, in Tan Uyen Town during the 2022-30 period.
The administration stressed that the project plays an important role in promoting the province’s socio-economic development as well as contributes to ensuring national defense and security in border areas.
The province has carried out necessary land use planning and site clearance to attract the interest of investors in the project.
Some investors are mulling over implementing the project under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
PPP involves a contract between a public sector authority and a private party, in which the private party provides a public service or project and assumes financial, technical, and operational risk in the project.
In order to ensure the legal basis and favorable conditions for the construction of the airport, the Lai Chau People’s Committee requested the prime minister to give the green light to the project and authorize the administration to initiate it.
The Son La People’s Committee has also submitted a document to the premier to seek approval for the construction of Na San Airport under the PPP model.
The airdrome is expected to have the capacity of one million passengers by 2030.
The provincial administration previously coordinated with relevant sectors to study the possibility of building the airport with the state budget or capital of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, but both options were deemed to be very challenging.
The province thus considered using resources from the private sector.
In May 2021, Him Lam JSC suggested a plan to build the airdrome under the PPP model.
During the first phase, Na San Airport is expected to handle up to one million passengers and 350 metric tons of cargo a year, with the cost of the construction estimated at VND2.56 trillion (US$109.4 million).
In the second phase, an expansion costing VND468 billion ($20 million) will be carried out, and the airport capacity will increase to two million passengers a year.
The construction of Na Sa Airport is expected to run from the third quarter of 2023 to the fourth quarter of 2025.
Low-cost meals for the underprivileged in Ho Chi Minh City
Budget eateries offering each meal at a mere VND1,000 (US$0.04), VND5,000 ($21), or for free in Ho Chi Minh City are warming the hearts of low-income workers and disadvantaged people amid surging goods prices.
Situated at 317 Trung My Tay 13 Street in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, the eatery run by Tran Thi Dung and her husband serves offal porridge for disabled and elderly people and lottery ticket vendors.
Tran Thi Dung recounted that three years ago, her husband was severely injured in a traffic accident so she took him to their hometown for care and treatment.
When he was in good health again, they returned to the city to do business.
The couple decided to open a low-cost eatery as a way to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged.
“We charge no money to customers who are disabled and sell lottery tickets, but some still pay VND5,000 for their meal as they don’t want to be indebted to anyone.
“Receiving their thanks for our acts makes me happy and indefatigable.”
Another charity venue at 61 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street in District 11 is serving vegetarian dishes at VND5,000 each.
The eatery owned by Tran Phuoc Hoa is a popular haunt of the disadvantaged people in the city.
Sometimes, philanthropists give financial support to the eatery, so it not only charges no money to poor people but also launches a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ program.
“I opened the vegan eatery in 2013 with an aim to share the hardship with the poor and encourage them to choose a vegan lifestyle,” Hoa said.
“High- or medium-income customers can pay the same price for their meal, while dishes are given to the poor free of charge.”
He strongly believed that he would receive luck and happiness in return for his kindness.
Nguyen Van Phuoc, who resides in Binh Tan District and has worked as a motorbike taxi driver for 30 years, said, “I have been a loyal customer of the VND5,000 vegan eatery for a long time.
“Dishes are changed every day.
“Having meals there helps me save a lot of money for supporting my family amid soaring prices.”
Sitting in Alley 221/10 on Phan Van Khoe Street in District 6, the VND1,000 porridge eatery called ‘Come Here,’ which is run by Thai Cong Minh and his wife, is also a charitable site for students and low-income laborers.
“I have sold porridge for 20 years,” Minh said.
“The eatery is open from 3:30 am to 8:00 pm each day.
“Each ladle of porridge costs VND1,000, while the prices of side dishes range from VND3,000 to VND5,000.
“The eatery mainly serves poor people and low-income workers such as lottery ticket sellers, so I will not spike the prices at this time to retain customers and partially support them amid this ‘price storm.’”
|Free or VND5,000 bowls of porridge warm the hearts of the disadvantaged in Ho Chi Minh City amid rising goods prices. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong|
|Tran Phuoc Hoa’s VND5,000 vegan eatery, which offers takeout, is a popular haunt of poor people in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/ Tien Phong|
|At budget eateries, customers with high or low income can pay the same price. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong|
|Nguyen Van Phuoc, who lives in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City and has worked as a motorbike taxi driver for 30 years, is one of the VND5,000 vegan eatery’s loyal customers. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong|
|The porridge eatery named ‘Come Here’ owned by Thai Cong Minh in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City charges VND1,000 per ladle amid the current ‘price storm.’ Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tien Phong|
|Apart from porridge as the main dish, Thai Cong Minh’s eatery also serves side dishes such as radish stir-fried with pickles and fish sauce, dried fish, Vietnamese caramelized fish sauce dip, and salted eggs. Photo: Ngoc Phuong/ Tien Phong|
Vietnam’s tank team competes in International Army Games in Russia
Vietnam competed in the qualifying round of the tank biathlon category within the framework of the International Army Games 2022 in Moskva, Russia on Saturday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
This year’s tank biathlon event attracts the participation of 61 crews of 21 teams, divided into two groups.
The first group consists of teams from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Venezuela, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, China, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia, while the second is comprised of Abkhazia, Armenia, Zimbabwe, Iran, Laos, Mali, Myanmar, Syria, Sudan, Tajikistan, and South Ossetia.
Teams in Group 1 will compete in the qualifying round to select the top eight to enter the semi-final round and then the best four for the final round.
Meanwhile, those in Group 2 will only join a round-robin format.
Crew No.1 of the Vietnamese tank team completed their task on Saturday, destroying four targets out of five and finishing the race after 34 minutes 53 seconds.
Meanwhile, crews from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan annihilate all five targets and finished the race after 25 minutes 57 seconds, and 25 minutes and 18 seconds, respectively.
The Venezuelan rivals destroyed only one target and finished their competition after 47 minutes 5 seconds.
Crews No. 2 and 3 of the Vietnamese tank team will compete on August 16 and 20.
First held in 2015, the International Army Games are an annual Russian military sports event organized by the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
This year’s edition will run from August 13 to 27 at the military training grounds in twelve countries: Russia, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, Vietnam, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan.
More than 260 teams from 35 countries join the 2022 Games.
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