DK1 Platform (VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to rename the “Vi Truong Sa than yeu” (For beloved Truong Sa) fund as “Fund for Vietnam sea, island”.

The fund was established in 2011, aiming to encourage people to look toward Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, while enhancing awareness among all sectors, localities and Vietnamese people at home and abroad of the importance of Vietnam’s seas and islands.

It has also helped bring Resolution on “Vietnam's Sea Strategy by 2020” into reality, mobilising social resources to protect the national sovereignty over sea, islands and continental shelf.

On March 12, Hanoi National Assembly deputies and the office of the Hanoi People’s Council held a fundraiser, calling on workers at the two agencies to donate a minimum of a day’s wage each to the “For beloved Truong Sa” fund to support soldiers and residents on the Truong Sa island district and DK1 Platform via the city’s working delegation trip in April.

The same day, the Hanoi chapter of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union raised 70 million VND (more than 3,000 USD) for the fund.

In recent times, chapters of the municipal Youth Union have encouraged their members to respond to the movement.

The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee has also launched a fundraiser for the construction of a solidarity house of Vietnam’s ethnic groups in Truong Sa island district, south central Khanh Hoa province.

The solidarity house will serve as a venue for visitors from the mainland and soldiers, officials and locals in the island district. It will also be a shelter for fishermen and a cultural and sports centre for islanders.

The house is designed to have three stories with steel-reinforced cement frame to be resilient to the extreme weather conditions on the island.

The VFF expects to mobilise about 45 billion VND for the construction of the work, with the fundraising lasting from March 21 to the end of August and may be extended to September.

Sponsors can contribute to the fund through bank transfer to the VFF account number 1483201009159 at the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam (Agirbank), Thu do branch.-VNA