Ba Ria-Vung Tau firms move to adapt to new normal

Despite being battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprises in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau have done their utmost to protect and maintain production activities.

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With a flexible response, the province’s industrial production enjoyed sound growth in the first nine months of the year. Nearly 450 local enterprises applied the “three on-site” model, where employees work, eat, and sleep on-site, to keep production going while ensuring the safety of more than 50,000 workers.

Chien Chung Chih, Administration Manager of San Fang Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., said: “We applied the “three on-site” model for 750 workers, or 60 percent of our workforce. They lived in a 70-room dormitory, each from 20-40 square metres. The company was in charge of transporting them from their living quarters to the worksite every day. They were directed to strictly follow the “5K message” while at the dormitory and the workplace.”

“We recommended to local authorities that workers be given vaccinations at the earliest possible time,” he said.

 “We have calculated that the “three on-site” model will cost us billions of VND. But we accept this to ensure production and worker safety,” said Le Van Tinh, Director of Pacific Lighting Equipment Production & Trading JSC.

The two-month social distancing order under Directive No. 16 affected enterprises in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, with employee numbers falling, logistics services disrupted, charges incurred in COVID-19 testing and pandemic prevention work, and a surge in wages and business costs.

Eighty companies with 16,500 workers had to suspend operations.

After several discussions with local companies, Ba Ria-Vung Tau introduced a number of policies to support the restoration of production and boost socio-economic development.

According to Nguyen Cong Vinh, Vice Chairman of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provincial People’s Committee, said: “We have provided local companies with tax and credit support policies. Favourable conditions have also been created for enterprises to gain access to support under the Government’s Resolution No. 68.” 

Together with pushing up the vaccination drive, the provincial People’s Committee also established a working group in charge of hearing from local companies about challenges and solutions to removing bottlenecks. This aimed to accelerate the recovery of local production and adapt to the development of the pandemic./.

VNA