Municipal authorities from Ho Chi Minh City strive to bring the ratio of poverty-stricken families to below 5 percent in 2014 from 7.12 percent last year.

The city has raised the poverty benchmark to 16 million VND (752 USD) per person per year for the 2014-2015 period from the 12 million VND (564 USD) set for the previous period.

The local Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs has underlined key tasks focusing on generating jobs for 265,000 workers, creating 120,000 new jobs, reducing the rate of unemployed to 4.7 percent, and enhancing vocational training.

A number of social welfare programmes have been launched to help prostitutes and drug addicts who have undergone detoxification reintegrate into the community.

Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan said the city has fulfilled the set of targets outlined in the local programme on reducing the poverty rate thanks to its ceaseless efforts over the past years.

The city presented gifts to nearly 120,000 poor households during the recently-ended traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, he noted.

Latest statistics showed the poverty rate in Vietnam, under the national poverty line, dropped from 58.1 percent in 1993 to 14.8 percent in 2007 and 7.8 percent in 2013.-VNA