OXFAM in Cambodia and the Bophana audiovisual resource center have collaborated to produce five films on the impact of Covid-19 on workers in the informal economy to highlight the importance of social protection in the Kingdom.
The videos were launched on June 29 at the Bophana Center in Phnom Penh under the theme “Highlighting the importance of social protection for vulnerable groups through new multimedia”, in the presence of 50 guests.
Srey Sokha, who represents Oxfam Cambodia, said the project aimed to raise awareness about the importance of social protection in the Kingdom for the most vulnerable.
Highlighting, through documentary and multimedia films, influential stories in support of social protection policies and activities can bring change, she added.
Sokha said she supported the government’s efforts to provide financial support to help the most vulnerable, especially during the pandemic, and wanted these activities to continue moving forward.
“I call on the government to continue its financial support for vulnerable groups despite the decline of Covid. We cannot yet return to full normality, so I want to see social protection activities continue,” she said.
Sokha added that she expected the Oxfam-Bophana project to sensitize relevant government departments and the public to those working in the informal economy – as servants or in entertainment clubs, students and young people, and the disabled – allowing the voices of the most vulnerable to be heard.
Van Phalla from Mondulkiri province, who attended the event, said that while the pandemic had greatly affected her and her family, the government had helped her with day-to-day living through her IDPoor card.
“I have two children and my family is made up of farmers. I received help from the government during the pandemic. I get 170,000 riels [$40] one month with the IDPoor card.
“I thank the government for thinking of the people, and I ask for additional help because it helps me to support myself. It allows me to have the chance to send my children to school,” the youngster said. 22 year old man.
Pou Poy from Svay Rieng province, a street vendor in Phnom Penh, said that before Covid-19 he could sell about 200 of his cakes a day, but he stopped the business when the pandemic hit and returned to his hometown for a year.
Poy said he did not receive social assistance during the break because he did not have an IDPoor card, not even knowing what it was.
Cambodian Confederation of Labor (CLC) President Ath Thorn said he was working with civil society organizations and government agencies to strengthen the social protection system and promote workers’ rights such as labor rights. informal economy so that they can benefit from social protection.
The government has increased social security benefits over the past six years, he added.
“Over the past five to six years, the government has paid a lot of attention to social security benefits. Compared to the previous 20 years, when we had next to nothing, there have been a lot of developments over this period,” Thorn said.
Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans Affairs and Youth Rehabilitation Vong Soth said a response under the National Social Welfare Policy 2016-2025 was initiated during the pandemic.
“We have introduced three cash distribution programs to protect the well-being of parents and children of poor families and maintain their livelihoods in these difficult times,” Soth said.
The programs consisted of helping pregnant women and children under 2 in poor families; helping poor and vulnerable families in the fight against Covid-19; and help those who have experienced financial hardship and lost family members to Covid-19, he added.