Mr. Vo Van Thuong, Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien and other delegates inquire after a local person receiving health check-up.

Politburo member and Permanent member of the Party Central Committee (PCC)’s Secretariat Vo Van Thuong and Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien participated in the program’s activities.

In his speech, Mr. Vo Van Thuong applauded the Vietnam Border Guard Command and local authorities, relevant agencies and units for organizing the meaningful event which was seen as a festive day of ethnic people in border areas and on islands.

Mr. Vo Van Thuong (with the scarf) hands over the breeding cows to local people.

The official highlighted the significance and the richness in cultural identity of the program, bringing joys for ethnic people in border areas ahead of the lunar New Year. He also spoke highly of the border guard forces’ responsibility, sentiments, and gratitude to their compatriots who attach their lives to border areas and islands.

Stressing that the close-knit ties between troops and people will help multiply their strength, confidence, determination to firmly safeguard national noble sovereignty over border, sea, and islands, the permanent member of the PCC’s Secretariat expressed his hope that departments and organizations at all levels continue to work closely with the Vietnam Border Guard Command to maintain this program and hold other activities to support people in border areas and on islands. These will contribute to developing local socio-economy, improving local people’s spiritual and material life, promoting the military-civilian solidarity in protecting the Fatherland, and building a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation, and development.

Gifts presented to policy beneficiary families in the program

In the program, participants were entertained with interesting art programs, exchanged with troops and people to learn more about their life and duties.

On the occasion, the organizers provided free health check-ups and medicines for more than 500 people in A Luoi district; presented 10 houses and 15 breeding cows to poor border people, gifts to veteran revolutionaries, and 550 other gifts to local policy beneficiary families, and poor households.

The organizing panel also granted 178 scholarships to students in the program “Supporting students to go to school - Adopted children of border posts” and the disadvantaged students with good academic records. They presented gifts to local party committees, authorities, schools, border posts in A Luoi district as well.

Other activities under the program included cultural, sport and folk game exchanges, display of local farm produce, and the launch of “0VND stall.”

Translated by Mai Huong