The Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region has proposed that the Government continue implementing housing policies targeting the poor as over 65,700 households in the region have pressing demand for home.

The proposal was made during a working session between the committee and a delegation from the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Economic Affairs led by deputy head Dinh Van Cuong in Can Tho city on August 4 on the implementation of social policies and unplanned migration in Mekong Delta.

According to the steering committee, the region has seen remarkable progress in poverty reduction, education, vocational training and healthcare. The living conditions of locals, especially Khmer and Cham ethnic minority groups, have been improved.

More than 331,000 jobs are created each year, and 87 percent of rural population has now been provided with clean water. General hospitals at district and inter-district levels are upgraded, while 71 percent of local clinics have doctors with a rate of 5.7 doctors per 10,000 people.

Regarding migration issue, Duong Quoc Xuan, deputy head of the steering committee, said industrial development of Ho Chi Minh City and southeastern provinces has caused a major flow of labourers to industrial areas. However, more study is needed to make accurate assessment of the situation in order to map out solutions to the issue.

The Commission for Economic Affairs suggested providing support for the poor through health insurance cards, vocational training and labour export besides the implementation of Party, State policies and programmes for the ethnic community.-VNA