Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday ordered the Social Affairs Ministry to absorb Afesip Tomdy’s Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Centre staff into the ministry.
“I have decided that the Ministry of Social Affairs should absorb the centre’s 32 staff as civil servants,” Mr Hun Sen said when he and his wife Bun Rany visited abused children and women undergoing rehabilitation and training at the centre in Dangkor district’s Prey Sar commune.
He noted that 10 of the centre’s staff are former victims and that all the staff will be absorbed into the ministry and be paid a government salary in addition to what they earn from the centre.
“Some victims have obtained a Bachelor’s decree, so they will be given a salary based on their qualifications,” Mr Hun Sen said.
He also congratulated two victims who have found work as a police officer in Stung Treng province and a soldier in Phnom Penh.
During the visit, the Prime Minister and his wife pledged to give 100,000 riel every month to each of 89 children staying in the centre. He also extended National Social Security Fund coverage for them to get free medical treatment.
Mr Hun Sen and Ms Bun Rany also donated a van to transport the children to school.
The Prime Minister is also providing 1,200 kilograms of milled rice and 10 million riel to the center every month and will give full scholarships to children who finish high school.
Lin Silor, the centre’s operation director, lauded Mr Hun Sen for deciding to absorb its staff as state officials.
“I am very happy and excited that Prime Minister Hun Sen is paying attention to all the staff and children in our centre,” she said,
Ms Silor noted that there are 32 staff and that the 89 children who are staying in the centre are studying up till university level.
“Thousands of victims who have been trained have left the centre and found jobs,” she said, adding that the centre still keeps tabs on their well-being.
Ms Silor noted that the centre was set up in 1996 and besides getting general education, victims are also taught vocational skills such as hairdressing, make-up, sewing and cooking.
“All of them are either victims of rape, sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation,” she said.
Toch Channy, Social Affairs Ministry spokesman, yesterday said that the prime minister’s decision is a good one and the ministry has begun steps to absorb the centre’s staff.
“Ministry officials will visit the centre on Monday (today) to collect information on the staff,” he said. “I think that it is good move because our ministry is also keen on absorbing them as state officials.”