Vietnamese students in Singapore hold career fair


Singapore: The Vietnamese Youth Alliance in Singapore held a career fair on February 24-25, aiming to provide support for Vietnamese students in the Southeast Asian country to seize job opportunities and have better career orientations.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Singapore Mai Phuoc Dung, representatives from Kaplan Singapore, Vietnamese experts, and more than 200 Vietnamese students attended the event.

At the event, the students attended a workshop on building a personal brand, and joined a ‘Coffee Chat’ with 20 speakers who have years of experiences working at prestigious corporations in Singapore.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Dung highly valued the benefits that the career fair brings to the Vietnamese student community in Singapore. He expressed his hope that the young generation of Vietnam will develop strongly not only in Singapore, but also wherever they study and work in the world.

Career Fair is organised annually by the Vietnamese Youth Alliance in Singapore to provide opportunities for stude
nts to expand their job network, meet industry experts, and gain experience for future job interviews./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

State leader underlines crucial role of grassroots health care


Ha Nam: President Vo Van Thuong emphasised the importance of grassroots health care while visiting some medical facilities in the northern province of Ha Nam on February 25, ahead of the Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27).

Coming to the health centre of Thanh Liem district, the State leader highly valued the achievements by local medical workers as well as their dedication to the job.

He said medical establishments at the communal and higher levels have properly carried out the national programmes on grassroots health care, vaccination, primary health care, provision of adolescent health advices, screening, and care for patients with chronic illnesses. Particularly, the health centre of Thanh Liem joined the entire health system of Ha Nam in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stressing the importance of grassroots health care, President Thuong noted there are over 11,400 communal-level health stations nationwide.

Those facilities are the closest to the people and work in the frontline. If they pe
rform well, a number of diseases will be prevented while patients with severe illnesses reduced, thus helping ease pressure on medical establishments at district, provincial, and national levels and most importantly, cut healthcare costs for people, especially in terms of chronic diseases, he said.

With good performance, grassroots health facilities will help build a sustainable future for the country, he stated.

The leader also expressed empathy with the difficulties and pressure on medical workers, encouraging them to keep exerting efforts to further improve their capacity, uphold a high sense of responsibility, and wholeheartedly care for patients.

He asked medical workers to continue seeking therapies for new diseases, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. He also highly valued the digital transformation at the Thanh Liem health centre, asking it to push ahead with the work to further facilitate health examination and treatment.

Besides, President Thuong also told authorities of Ha Nam province and
Thanh Liem district to invest more in developing human resources, infrastructure, equipment for grassroots health care.

The same day, he visited and extended congratulations on the Vietnamese Doctors’ Day to medical workers of the health station of Thanh Phong commune, Thanh Liem district./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

NA Chairman attends ceremony to launch Youth Month, tree-planting festival


Nghe: National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on February 25 attended a ceremony to launch the Youth Month 2024 and tree-planting festival at the Truong Bon National Historical Relic Site in Do Luong district, the central province of Nghe An.

The event, held by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCM CYU) Central Committee, saw the participation of representatives from central agencies, Nghe An province, and over 3,000 young people in the central province.

Speaking at the event, the NA Chairman described the Youth Month as a core of the youth volunteer movement over the 20 years of continuous reform and development, saying that it has received warm response of tens of millions of youth union members, young people, and people across the country every Spring.

The Party, State, and political system, and society pay due attention to the youth, especially in Youth Month, he said, while prasing the achievements that the HCM CYU and the youth of the country made in the past Youth Months.

He hailed the HCM C
YU Central Committee for choosing the theme “Year of Youth Volunteers” for this year and the theme “Youth Volunteers for Community Life’ for the Youth Month.

He called on the youth to promote their strengths and creativity to contribute to national construction and development, while higlighting the role of the youth as a great social force, the pillar of the country, the pioneering force in national building and safeguarding, and one of the factors decisive to the success of industrialisation, modernisation, international integration, and socialism building.

Also at the event, Hue handed over the torch which was carried by 55 outstanding young people of Nghe An province from Nam Dan – President Ho Chi Minh’s hometown to Truong Bon – to First Secretary of the HCM CYU Central Committee Bui Quang Huy who then made flame ignition to officially kick off Youth Month 2024.

Responding to the tree-planting festival, the HCM CYU Central Commitee and Nghe An province planned to plant 10,500 trees, including 70 Ban (
Bauhinia) trees, a typical flower of Dien Bien province, at the Truong Bon historical relic site.

On the same day, 67 youth unions in provinces, cities, and organisations across the country launched the tree-planting festival and Youth Month 2024. Youth across the country have registered to plant more than 3 million trees from February 16 to March 10./.

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Vietnamese people in Indonesia mark Year of Dragon


Jakarta: Vietnamese people in Indonesia celebrated the Year of the Dragon at a ceremony held in Jakarta on February 24.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Ta Van Thong reviewed last year’s situation of the homeland and highlighted the significant results of the two countries’ relations as seen in frequent high-level meetings, thriving economic, trade and investment ties, and the opening of direct air routes that are expected to foster bilateral ties, especially tourism and people-to-people exchanges, in the coming time.

He emphasised the important contributions and role of the Vietnamese community in Indonesia in the homeland’s development, noting that though there are just about 500 Vietnamese people in the archipelago nation, they form a cohesive community who always turn their hearts towards the homeland.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia will keep coordination with relevant agencies to fruitfully implement the two countries’ agreements and affirm Vietnam’s role and stature at mu
ltilateral forums and mechanisms, he added.

At the event, representatives of the overseas Vietnamese thanked the Party and State for caring for the community. They said the Lunar New Year (Tet) celebration was an occasion for them to maintain solidarity and uphold the national identity to contribute to the homeland and the two countries’ relations.

Participants in the ceremony enjoyed musical and ‘ao dai’ performances by Vietnamese people, students, and staff members of the embassy. Traditional dishes like ‘banh chung’ (chung cakes), pork paste, and ‘pho’ were also part of the event./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Walking campaign launched to raise funds for the needy


Hanoi: A campaign named ‘Million steps of kindness’ was launched by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) and the Vietnam Youth Federation on February 25 to call on the community to engage in physical activities to raise donations to the needy.

The fundraising campaign, held in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory this April, will last for 56 days – from February 25 to April 22.

It aims to attract 70,000 people to walking and jogging for a total of 700,000km and record their results via the app of V-Race.

The event also looks to raise 7 billion VND (284,000 USD) in donations to build seven kitchens for semi-boarding students in mountainous areas, assist 70 low-income families to develop sustainable livelihoods, provide essential goods for 700 disadvantaged households, give nutritional advice and assistance to 7,000 children from poor families, and offer free health examination and treatment to 7,000 people in disadvantaged circumstances in the northern mountainous provinces of Die
n Bien, Son La, and Thai Nguyen.

Addressing the launch in Hanoi, VRC President Bui Thi Hoa said the ‘Million steps of kindness’ campaign marks the start of a humanitarian journey nationwide appealing to people of all ages and from all social strata to engage in good deeds for the sake of the community.

It calls on Vietnamese people at home and abroad to join in a ‘peacetime match’ held for free. Participants can make group and individual registration via the website https://vrace.com.vn/race/trieu-buoc-chan-nhan-ai or the V-Race app. Each is encouraged to contribute a minimum of 10km.

From February 25 to April 22, the VRC will also hold mass walking events in localities every Sunday, blood donation drives, encouragement of organ and tissue donation registration, and community activities such as waste collection and tree planting, Hoa noted.

She added that the participation by each person is not only a physical act for their health but also a demonstration of the continuation of the traditional kindness an
d heroism passed down from former generations./.

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Chamber of Mines to fully implement sustainability initiative’Live green’ ambassadors, initiatives announced

MANILA: The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) said its 19 member-companies will fully implement the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, a global environmental, social, and corporate governance performance measurement standard.

In a statement over the weekend, COMP said TSM is a set of tools and indicators to ensure that key mining risks are managed responsibly and best practices are used at members’ mining facilities.

At present, the Philippines through COMP is the only country in Asia to subscribe to TSM.

COMP said member-companies will submit their self-assessment reports on eight TSM protocols for their 2023 performance.

These TSM protocols include safety and health; community and Indigenous Peoples outreach and social development; crisis management and communications; tailings management; water management; biodiversity conservation management; and climate change.

The report will be submitted via an online app called Mine Site Sustainability Audit (MSSA).

The mines will conduc
t internal audits and should be able to support their self-ratings with proofs and evidence.

COMP said 10 of the 19 mines will be subjected to independent external verification by highly qualified Verification Service Providers (VSPs) to validate the reports while the other nine will be validated next year.

The results of all self-assessment and externally verified reports will be made public.

‘After we adopted TSM in December 2017, we embarked on a six-year preparation period that saw our members actively participate in the Filipinization of the TSM Protocols,’ COMP chairperson Michael Toledo said.

‘That period also saw the formation of our multi-sector Community of Interest Advisory Panel, the training and accreditation of our VSPs, the development and cascading of the MSSA, a self-assessment dry run, and the mock external verification of three volunteer mines: Rio Tuba Nickel, OceanaGold Didipio, and Philex Padcal,’ he added.

Other COMP member-firms with operating mines include Benguet Corp., Cag
dianao Mining Corp., Carmen Copper Corp., Carrascal Nickel Corp., CTP Construction and Mining Corp., Dinapigue Mining Corp., Eramen Minerals, Inc., FCF Minerals, Inc., Filminera Resources Corp., Hinatuan Mining Corp., Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co., LNL Archipelago Minerals, Inc., Platinum Group Metals Corp. and Taganito Mining Corp.

Source: Philippines News Agency

HCM City: An event named ‘Live Green with Gen G Festival’ was held in Ho Chi Minh City on February 24 to wrap up and mark the success of the second season of the ‘Live Green and Wellness with Gen G’ campaign launched by Pananasonic towards a green, wellness and sustainable lifestyle for young generations, pioneering in solving the problem of global warming.

Winners of the ‘Gen G Ambassador Programme’ – a playground for those who are keen to study and propose their own initiatives addressing issues relating to climate change and the environment – were announced. At the event, the winners talked about their initiatives on emission reduction.

The campaign is one of many initiatives being undertaken toward realising the Panasonic Group’s commitment to ‘Panasonic Green Impact’, which was announced in January, 2022. The group committed to reaching net zero by 2030 in Panasonic operating companies worldwide and reducing CO2 emissions by 300 million tonnes throughout its value chain by 2050, equivalent to 1% of cur
rent global CO2 emissions.

In December 2022, Panasonic Vietnam officially launched its ‘Live Green and Wellness with Gen G’ campaign to inspire young Vietnamese people as well as other members of the public to lead an environment-friendly and comprehensively healthy lifestyle, contributing to the wellness and sustainable development of Vietnam. ‘Gen G’ is Panasonic’s new concept of a Leading Green Generation.

The campaign included a variety of online and offline activities aimed at promoting awareness, providing empowerment, and facilitating capacity building for Vietnamese youth in relation to the topics of the environment and climate change.

The Centre for Natural Resources and Environment and Communication under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, other partners such as the United Nations Development Programme, NGOs and youth networks of the Central Youth Union implemented activities including “Gen G Unitour’, ‘Green Lifestyle Challenges’ and ‘Gen G Ambassador Programme’.

“Gen G Unitour”
is the main activityorganised into a series of events at six major universities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, aiming to inspire green, sustainable lifestyles of Gen G. The events attracted more than 1,600 students and young people, collected more than 900kg of used batteries, 626kg of paper boxes, more than 2,500 plastic bottles./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency