SINGAPORE — A new division in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) – the Assurance, Care and Engagement (ACE) Group – will become fully operational on 1 October to continue the support to migrant workers and dormitory operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
MOM said in a media release on Saturday (22 August) that the division will take over the duties of the Inter-agency Taskforce (ITF), which had comprised officers seconded from MOM, Singapore Armed Forces, the Home Team, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Communications and Information and other agencies.
The handover will be carried out in phases from August to September to ensure a smooth transition.
Preventing new health threats to migrant workers
With the completion of dormitory clearance, the ACE Group’s immediate focus is to continue with the efforts to prevent new public health threats to the migrant worker population.
It will provide a comprehensive medical support plan for the workers, and make health services more accessible to them. It will also foster partnerships between the workers and Singaporeans, workers’ groups, employers and dormitory operators.
The ACE Group will continue to deploy Forward Assurance and Support Teams to support operators and ensure the well-being of migrant workers in all purpose-built dormitories, factory converted dormitories, construction temporary quarters and private residential premises.
It is also implementing a network of about 12 on-site medical centres and sectoral medical centres to continue to provide access to medical services, as the regional health clusters phase out their deployment at the dormitories.
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