Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Tien Giang (VNA) - The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang will work to reduce its poverty rate from 4.02 percent to 3.69 percent in 2018.

According to Deputy Director of the provincial Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Van Lam, Tien Giang will implement a series of measures, such as adding vocational training part in preferential lending schemes to help poor residents secure livelihoods.

The province will continue mobilising communal support and raising funds for the poor, while the implementation of social-economic development plans that include sustainable poverty reduction will be under tighter monitoring.

Relevant agencies have been assigned to examine the number and conditions of poor households and design poverty eradication schemes suitable to each locality to help the targeted group improve incomes and access basic social services.

More investments will be put in developing infrastructure for extremely poor communes in coastal areas and Tan Phu Dong district.

Lam said communications campaign to raise public awareness on poverty reduction policy and models is set to be intensified this year.

By the end of 2017, Tien Giang had close to 19,000 poor households.-VNA