At the meeting that took place in the afternoon of November 5 in Quy Nhon, Vice Chairman of Binh Dinh People's Committee Nguyen Tuan Thanh joined the Vietnam National Mine Action Center (VNMAC) and donors to discuss the mid-term results of the implementation of the Project "Vietnam - Korea cooperation in overcoming the consequences of bombs and mines after the war" in the locality. Attending the meeting, there were representatives of leaders of related departments, branches, district and city People's Committees.
Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Tuan Thanh highly appreciated the cooperation between Vietnam and South Korea and the results of the implementation of the Project "Vietnam - Korea to cooperate in overcoming the consequences of bombs and mines after the war”in Binh Dinh. Vice Chairman of Binh Dinh People's Committee said that the war had receded, but the consequences are heavy still. The project has supported the identification of contaminated areas and removal of bombs, mines, and explosive materials to ensure safety for people when accessing basic social facilities such as health stations, schools, and productive land. Hence bringing efficiency and improving the quality of life of mine and UXO survivors in the province.
At the meeting, VNMAC highly appreciated the coordination of the provincial People's Committee and units and localities in implementing project components. The technical survey and mine clearance especially helped VNMAC to set up a database on polluted areas, as this is one of the important data on land management for local economic development and a very important condition for implementing other components of the Project.
In the future, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Tuan Thanh proposed the Project Management Board to continue to proactively build the project's contents and coordinate closely with the province to implement effectively the components. At the same time, localities in the province need to continue promoting communication and education activities to prevent landmine / UXO incidents for pupils and people.
According to the report of the Provincial People's Committee, after more than a year of implementation, the project components have been implemented on schedule, ensuring the requirements. In particular, for component 1, the Ministry of Military Affairs of the province conducted technical surveys of nearly 9,700 hectares in localities, including nearly 4,125 hectares of contaminated land. For component 2, the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has cooperated with the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs to organize training courses to guide cadres, staff and social collaborators to use the registration software for certification of disability and management for people with disabilities and mine / UXO survivors.
According to preliminary statistics, Binh Dinh province has 43,760 people with disabilities and mine / UXO victims approved to receive information. For component 3, the units and localities in the province have also actively implemented educational propaganda activities to raise awareness of mine / UXO accident prevention for many subjects with diversified content and styles endowed. Specifically, propaganda has been implemented, such as: integrating mine risk education into the curriculum for teachers and managers of primary and secondary education; propaganda through posters; organize mine risk prevention communication day for 13 schools in 10 key communes of districts in the province, etc.
The project "Vietnam - South Korea cooperate in overcoming the consequences of mines after the war" was implemented in Binh Dinh and Quang Binh provinces, from 2018 to December 2020, by VNMAC in cooperation with funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Vietnam.