Remains of Vietnamese soldiers repatriated

Remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers recovered in Kandal province were repatriated to Vietnam on Friday.

Kandal deputy governor Nop Dara said efforts to identify sites where Vietnamese soldiers were buried will continue.

Remains of Vietnamese soldiers repatriated “Government authorities at all levels, the armed forces, as well as the people of the province, must continue to cooperate and facilitate the search for the remains of the Vietnamese soldiers who lost their lives in Kandal province. “The search and repatriation of the remains of the Vietnamese soldiers is good humanitarian work and an expression of gratitude of the Cambodian people for the sacrifice of Vietnamese soldiers in Cambodian territory during the 1980s war,” he said.

Cambodia and ASEAN are hammering out a set of guidelines and principles to strengthen and systematise the roles of the workforce engaged in social services in the region to optimally promote the wellbeing of the most vulnerable populations.

A hybrid-format ASEAN Consultation was held to this end on July 14, organised by the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation and attended by representatives of the bloc’s governments and civil society organisations.

Members of relevant technical working groups, key stakeholders and other participants discussed the draft ASEAN Regional Guidance on the Role of Social Workers in Social Protection (“ARGRSW”) and a handful of similar instruments, the ministry said.

These documents are designed to assist member states in the administration of the ASEAN Roadmap for the implementation of the Hanoi Declaration on Strengthening Social Work for Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN Community, it added.

Speaking at the July 14 event, Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Soth underscored that the social services workforce should comprise specialists and associated professionals from both government and NGOs who work with children, families and communities to ensure their welfare and development, united under a “collective vision”.

“The social services workforce plays an important role in supporting and improving the wellbeing of children and families, by identifying and managing risk, as well as facilitating access to support. It also ensures that they receive efficient and timely social services,” he said.

Soth shared that Cambodia’s past experiences have shown that at least two social workers or deputies thereof are required in each commune to guarantee adequate services.

He said that building up the social services workforce will catalyse efforts towards achieving the government’s strategic goals aimed at ensuring the people’s wellbeing and timely assistance for the most vulnerable.

The 10 ASEAN countries have made every effort to enhance the role of social workers, in a bid to strengthen and expand social protections, he said, adding that results of these ASEAN Consultations would be submitted to the bloc’s leaders at the ASEAN Summit in November, which Cambodia is due to host.