Some 300 million VND (13,950 USD) worth of gifts were presented to fishery associations and fishermen in central Quang Tri province by the Confederation of Labour of southern Binh Duong province on March 23.

The gifts were donated by workers and civil servants in Binh Duong province through the “Tam luoi nghia tinh vi Truong Sa, Hoang Sa” fund (Net of love for Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos).

Some 15 gifts worth 1 million VND (47 USD) each were given to local fishermen in the Gio Hai and Gio Viet communes as well as Cua Viet town in Gio Linh district whose properties and ship equipment were seriously damaged during Chinese ships attacks in May, 2014, when China deployed illegally its drilling oil rig Haiyan Shiyou-981 in Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.

The remaining gifts will be granted to local impoverished fishermen and to support fishery associations.

Le Thanh Nhon, President of the Labour Confederation of Binh Duong, said Quang Tri is among six coastal central provinces receiving financial aid from Binh Duong.

He expressed his hope that the aid will encourage fishermen to overcome difficulties and continue fishing offshore.

Additional support will be delivered to local fishermen, including soft loans to upgrade ship equipment and obtaining insurance, he pledged.-VNA