Support period extended for recovery after Formosa marine incident

Thursday, 2018-01-04 10:32:03
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Measures in support of fishermen affected by Formosa marine incident will be extended. (Image for illustration)
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NDO – Measures in support of localities and fishermen affected by the Formosa incident will be extended under the new resolution issued by the Prime Minister.

The Decision No. 2124/QÐ-TTg aims at amending and supplementing a number of contents under the PM’s previous Decision No. 12/QÐ-TTg dated January 6, 2017 to compensate and support production recovery and ensure social security for people affected by marine environmental incidents in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

The new document modifies the effective period of medical insurance support for households’ members that are listed on the list of having suffered damage according to the marine environmental incident approved by district People's Committees.

Accordingly, instead of supporting up to two years from January 1, 2017 to the end of December 2018, Decision 2124 stipulates that the support period for medical insurance extends to a maximum of 24 months from the date of purchased insurance cards, but not beyond December 31, 2019.

Decision 2124 also amends the regulation on support for education and vocational training for individuals suffered from the incident approved by the district People's Committees. They are subjected to support job creation and working abroad under contract with maximum of 24 months, but not beyond December 31, 2019.

In addition, the new decision also extends the loan term with preferential interest rate for new loans to restore production and change jobs until the end of December 31, 2019 (the old regulation set the period from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017).

Decision 2124 supplements the regulation on projects to build and upgrade fishery logistic services in the four provinces associated with the long-term living stabilisation for fishermen.

Specifically, it will propose a list of projects focusing on the construction and upgrading of fish ports and fish wharves, dredging canals and constructing auxiliary works for fisheries production activities. The above-mentioned four localities shall assume the prime responsibility for organising the implementation thereof from December 28, 2017 to December 31, 2019.

In June 2016, Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company admitted responsibility for the mass fish deaths along the coast of the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue between April and May of this year. It pledged to compensate over US$500 million to support local fishermen in changing their jobs and recover the polluted maritime environment.