The Elderly People Association (EPA) held its second emulation congress in Hanoi on June 2 and received a Gold Star Order. Present at the congress were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, president of Vietnam Fatherland Front, Huynh Dam, representatives from ministries and departments and 350 outstanding delegates representing 8.6 million senior citizens across the country.
Over the past five years, the EPA has launched many emulation programmes, and built a fund and houses for elderly people. In 2009, associations at grassroots level have encouraged benefactors to build nearly 72,000 houses for poor people and presented warm clothes to nearly 600,000 elderly people. By the end of last year, the funds for the poor had raised nearly VND5 billion at the central level and nearly VND469 billion at the grass-root levels. The money has helped thousands of poor elderly people.
On behalf of the Party and State, Mr Hung sent congratulations to the association and praised its initiative to launch emulation programmes which encouraged thousands of senior citizens from all over the country to actively participate in production and economic development as well as Party building.
He expressed his hope that in the future, the association will promote achieved results to improve the quality of programmes in remote and mountainous areas and make the Elderly People Law come into effect to ensure all elderly people benefit from State policies.
Mr Hung presented a Gold Star Order to the association and certificates of merit to 4 outstanding organizations and 2 individuals.