1. Tainan City can now perform Dengue fever inspections independently, ensuring greater efficiency in disease prevention
(1) On June 26, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced that Tainan City is now qualified to conduct Dengue fever inspections independently. This development shortens the time needed for inspecting samples and confirming cases of Dengue fever, which prevents imported cases of Dengue fever from developing into domestic outbreaks.
(2) Previously, all suspected samples of Dengue fever had to be sent from Tainan to the Fifth Branch of the Taiwan CDC, which is located in Kaohsiung. To shorten the time needed for inspections, the Public Health Bureau became the first among all local health authorities in Taiwan to establish an inspection system approved by the Taiwan CDC to inspect Dengue NS1, IgG, and IgM antibodies and pathogens. As results will now be delivered half a day to a day in advance, disease prevention work can also be launched sooner than before, which offers a significant advantage for preventing disease from spreading.
(3) With the collective efforts of concerned departments, district offices, and citizens of Tainan City, Tainan can proudly say that zero domestic Dengue fever cases were reported last year. This year, aside from continuing solid measures for preventing Dengue fever, the Tainan City Government has also established an inspection system for Dengue fever, a system that has been approved by the Taiwan CDC. This year, let us all work together again to prevent Dengue fever outbreaks from occurring in Tainan. In addition to enhancing Dengue fever prevention measures, the Tainan City Government also established the Laboratory Center on January 3. The Laboratory Center’s primary objective is to ensure food and drug safety. These efforts demonstrate the Tainan City Government’s determination in safeguarding citizen health and transforming Tainan into a healthy, livable city. I would like to thank Commissioner Chen and the staff members of the Public Health Bureau for their excellent work.
2. Tainan was awarded first place in Group B in the 2018 Implementation Project for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention
(1) Carbon monoxide poisoning is quite common. According to statistics released by the National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior, 11 deaths and 153 injuries have occurred in the 50 carbon monoxide poisoning cases that reported across Taiwan this year until June. All 50 cases were caused by the installation of incorrect gas water heater models. In consideration of this problem, and to guarantee the safety of Tainan’s citizens, the Tainan City Government has proactively promoted measures for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. So far, no cases of carbon monoxide poisoning have occurred in Tainan this year. As a result, Tainan was awarded first place in Group B in the 2018 Implementation Project for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention, a nation-wide assessment.
(2) From January 1 to April 30 this year, the Tainan City Government offered a maximum subsidy of NT $3,000 in relocations or gas water heater replacements per household for families at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. A total of 165 households applied for the subsidy. Since Tainan was upgraded as a special municipality, a total of NT $6 million in subsidies from the Central Government and the Tainan City Government have been allocated to 2,205 households with a potential risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Tainan City Government hopes to use these opportunities to set an example and remind citizens to ensure sufficient ventilation when using gas water heaters, and to properly install gas water heaters for their own safety.
(3) Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur during any season; thus, citizens should always be cautious. To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, it is imperative to ensure proper ventilation, choose products with verified labels, select correct models, install according to instructions, and conduct regular maintenance. For citizens who are unsure of whether their gas water heaters may produce dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide, please call 119 or the local fire station and arrange to have a professional inspector to check the gas water heater in person. This door-to-door service effectively eliminates factors that may lead to carbon monoxide poisoning; therefore, I urge citizens to make use of this service to ensure their personal safety.
1. The Department of Legal Affairs’ report on its administrative achievements over the past eight years and important bills that have recently been passed (refer to written sources for details)
Decision: Approved for reference filing
(1) “Advocating for reforms to safeguard Taiwan” has long been former Mayor Lai’s administrative vision. The path to reform may be riddled with challenges, but it is one that we must take for the benefit of generations to come. Recent amendments passed by the Legislative Yuan, particularly concerning energy issues and pension reform, indicate that Taiwan is progressing and that the course of reform is already set in motion. The self-governing laws and regulations stipulated by local authorities over the past eight years have greatly contributed to Tainan's municipal achievements. Nevertheless, self-governing laws and regulations must be reviewed and amended as times change and new laws are promulgated by the Central Government.
(2) The right of petition is a basic civil right that allows executive authorities to review their compliance and guarantees access to administrative remedy. The report indicates that the Tainan City Government has maintained high standards for administrative sanctions, and only a very small proportion of petitions are dismissed by the administrative court. This indicates that petitions are reviewed with great discretion and that administrative supervision is secure and human rights protected. State compensation is a representation of politics of accountability. Government authorities should handle state compensation requests justly and refrain from undercompensating or overcompensating, thereby enabling the petitioner to receive lawful, timely, and reasonable compensation. Most cases of state compensation arise from maintenance issues involving public facilities. Therefore, the Tainan City Government has been promoting an inspection mechanism for the maintenance and management of public facilities. I urge all departments to adopt this system and take the initiative in managing public facilities, which will ultimately elevate the quality and safety of public facilities.
(3) As the number of consumer ombudsman officers is limited, the Department of Legal Affairs has strived to safeguard consumer rights. This is accomplished through conducting proactive inspections of products or transaction venues; establishing a just, reasonable, and safe consumption environment; and creating a win-win situation for business owners and consumers. Although these actions may seem intangible, their effectiveness has been felt. Two years ago, when Tainan was struck by the February 6 earthquake, the Department of Legal Affairs immediately took action to defend the rights of affected citizens by obtaining provisional seizures on builders’ assets and filing class action lawsuits on behalf of affected citizens. The Department of Legal Affairs has demonstrated an admirable spirit of public servitude. I would like to thank Director Wang and the staff members of the Department of Legal Affairs for their outstanding work.
(4) I would like to ask the Department of Legal Affairs to assist the Environmental Protection Bureau and other concerned departments in stipulating mechanisms for obtaining provisional seizures for when businesses illegally leave waste on vacant land (such as farmland or plots of land that are designated for urban renewals and expropriation). Under these circumstances, the business owner or land owner’s assets are seized to offset the cost of removing such waste. Matters related to consumers fall under the responsibilities of consumer ombudsman officers. I encourage the Department of Legal Affairs to expand consumer ombudsman officers’ scope of responsibilities to further guarantee citizen rights.
2. The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission’s report on its administrative achievements over the past eight years (refer to written sources for details)
Decision: Approved for reference filing
(1) I would like to thank Chairperson Chao for the detailed report. The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission’s administrative achievements over the past eight years have been clearly conveyed in the presentation. The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, established after Tainan was upgraded to a special municipality, has played a critical role in mapping urban development.
(2) Chairperson Chao, former Chairperson Shi-Si Wang, and the staff members of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission have continuously endeavored to assist local authorities in mapping their future and overcoming challenges. Their efforts have ensured the progress and practical employment of municipal projects. These projects include the relocation of surface railway facilities underground, the relocation of Yongkang Artillery School, the relocation of Jin Cheng Junior High School and Sin-nan Elementary School, improvements to longstanding obstacles in the development of Hai’an Road and Yunhexingzuan Park, all of which have revitalized Tainan City. In addition, the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission initiated district/village forums. More than 96% of cases proposed during the district/village forums have been solved and unlisted. I would like to ask the Bureau of Civil Affairs to utilize the civil affairs system and notify proposers of the progress of cases that are underway, which will show that the Tainan City Government values these proposals. All departments have been striving to apply for subsidies from the Central Government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program. As of present, NT $57 billion in subsidies have been granted, highlighting the Central Government’s confidence in the Tainan City Government’s endeavors in urban development. I urge the departments to further promote infrastructure projects to display the Tainan City Government’s executive competency.
(3) In terms of smart governance and smart city development, the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission has utilized technology to achieve numerous breakthroughs and innovative outcomes. For example, the “Open Public Services – Upgrading Tainan’s 1999 Citizen Hotline with a Smart System” was awarded a Smart City Innovative Application Award and Government Service Award. The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission also launched a variety of services related to the open government movement, closing the gap between the government and the people. After having been named one of the Top 21 Intelligent Communities in the world in 2017, Tainan City has further excelled in 2018 and as it was named one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world. These achievements are the fruitful results of the collaborations between various departments over the past seven years. Again, I would like to thank Chairperson Chao and the staff members of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission for their impeccable efficiency and for setting Tainan on course to develop into a smart city. I urge the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission to continue to explore how to use technology to elevate the government’s efficiency and public service quality. In this digital era, smart governance must be considered when employing municipal policies. Thus, I hope that the departments can follow the lead of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission and adopt an innovative mindset when promoting municipal policies. By doing so, Tainan is always up to date with contemporary trends while serving as a role model for smart governance.
(4) I would like to ask the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission to consolidate the longstanding problems that the departments have resolved over the past eight years, as well as their administrative achievements and visions. This information will serve as future reference for Tainan’s citizens. Other than completing tasks related to their respective fields of expertise, the departments should all work together to support industry policies, thereby reinforcing industry development within Tainan City.