HCMC people, corporations, gov’t band together during Covid-19

HCMC’s companies, citizens and authorities at the peak of the 4th Covid-19 wave are strictly following Directive 15 and Directive 16 of the Prime Minister to maintain production as well as general welfare.

Contractors for HCMC’s Metro Line No. 1 are still working non-stop while maintaining health safety for thousands of engineers and workers, said the HCMC Urban Railway Project Management Board on June 02. The project is now 85 percent complete thanks to effective collaboration between the Japanese main consultant and on-site contractors.

HCMC people, corporations, gov’t band together during Covid-19 ảnh 1 Constructions maintained at Ben Thanh Station for Metro Line No. 1. (Photo: SGGP)

Regarding traffic works, key projects and underground drainage systems are still in commission, with motorized equipment and remote-controlled machines to limit the number of workers at the sites.

Meanwhile, multiple manufacturers in essential sectors have been providing workers with financial aids and a safe working environment through social distancing and regular disinfection.

Although the garment sector is still seeing a large number of orders, small and medium companies are facing a shortage of labor.

The Ho chi Minh Rubber Plastic Manufacturer Association also noted that its member companies are investing in accommodation areas and food and beverage supplies for workers who have to stay at factories during lockdowns.

The Association also hopes for vaccines to reach manufacturing sites soon and propose to share the cost of buying for the sake of their workers, said its chairman.

HCMC people, corporations, gov’t band together during Covid-19 ảnh 2 A new “rice ATM” at Thanh Loc Ward, District 12. (Photo: SGGP)

People in lockdown areas, especially in Go Vap District and District 12 have also been receiving financial and emotional support from the authorities and benefactors, said local officials. Notable examples include the “rice ATM” in one of the heavily infected areas, Thanh Loc Ward, District 12, as well as 3 tons of fresh veggies, 7 tons of rice and over US$23,000 being raised for different localities.

HCMC people, corporations, gov’t band together during Covid-19 ảnh 3 Volunteers cooking for local enforcers and people stuck in quarantine. (Photo: SGGP)

Local authorities in District 1 also look to hasten administrative procedures for citizens, organize online summer activities for children, and send out mobile medical squads to households not under quarantine for check-ups.

Over US$43,300 was also raised for 7 lockdown areas with 940 Covid-stricken households in Binh Thanh District, said a local official.