“Social protection system” training planned for six provinces

Director of Social Protection, Chhour Sopanha, during the opening of a training session for officials from six provinces on the social protection system in Mondulkiri province on Monday. MONDULKIRI INFORMATION SERVICE

Specialists from six provinces are participating in a two-day training on the social protection system to develop their knowledge of the global, regional and national frameworks that underpin the system in order to provide better service to citizens.

The training began on April 18 in the province of Mondulkiri, with the visit of the participants by Chhour Sopanha – director of social protection at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans Affairs and Youth Reintegration – and the vice-governor of the Mondulkiri province, Vin Sithuon. They were accompanied by more than 40 departmental specialists from the provinces of Kandal, Prey Veng, Tbong Khmum, Kratie, Ratanakkiri and Mondulkiri.

Sopanha said at the event that the training aimed to “strengthen and provide basic knowledge” of the social protection system in global, regional and national settings to sub-national administrative officials.

He added that to implement the system’s programs successfully and more effectively to solve citizens’ problems adequately and on time, officials at all levels need the traits of “quality, clarity, realism, flexibility and communication in a timely manner”.

“Successful implementation of every program begins with [exercising] realism, responsibility and will according to [officials’] respective roles and responsibilities as frontline operators in accordance with government policy,” he said.

He asked the trainees to pay particular attention to learning and appropriating the fundamentals of the content taught and to put it into practice at work.

“During these two days, you will gain more new – and good – knowledge and skills in the social welfare system, especially regarding past theories and practices of certain parts of the system,” he said. declared.

Sithuon said the training would contribute to the development of Mondulkiri province as a whole.

“All trainees should do their best to learn new knowledge and training skills in order to serve residents more effectively,” she said.

The Ministry of Social Affairs launched the “Strategic Plan on Social Services Workforce in Cambodia 2022-2031” on April 4 and issued guidelines on investing in the strength of social services and that of roles and responsibilities of social service workers at city and district level.

Social Affairs Minister Vong Soth said the plan aims to build capacity and increase the provision of social services to at least two social workers or assistant social workers per commune to enhance the strength of social services.

Joel C. Hicks