1. Despite the hot weather, cases of avian flu have still been reported; please continue to promote prevention measures to the public
(1) Although summer has arrived, one case of avian flu was reported in a goose farm in Tainan City. Testing confirmed that the virus was H5N2, a highly pathogenic strand of avian flu. This is the fourth confirmed case of avian flu in Tainan this year. The Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office has terminated 1,050 geese exposed to the virus. Disinfection vehicles have been sent to the said farm and its surrounding environment to prevent the virus from spreading.
(2) Statistics indicate that a total of 69 cases of avian flu at poultry farms have been reported across Taiwan this year, which indicates that the virus remains present in the environment. Therefore, we must treat this problem with caution. I would like to ask the Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office to continue to counsel poultry farmers. The facilities on poultry farms should be enclosed, and biosafety measures must be put in place to prevent stray birds or their droppings from contaminating the farms. Furthermore, environmental disinfection and personnel and vehicle access control are also critical for mitigating risks of disease contamination.
(3) Lately, temperatures have been on the rise. Upcoming fronts are expected to bring on rainfall, which challenges the immunity of birds on poultry farms. As poultry vehicles pass by poultry farms on a daily basis, these vehicles are highly likely to transmit avian flu. I urge poultry farmers to actively observe the health of their birds and to enhance biosafety and disease prevention measures. Please also conduct thorough disinfection operations to ensure that the farm animals are not exposed to potentialavian flu infection.
2. Faced with the threat of hybrid disasters, we should prioritize prevention over reaction and evasion over prevention
(1) Taiwan is faced with the threat of hybrid disasters and is classified as a region with a high risk of simultaneously encountering two different types of natural disasters. Southern Taiwan is often vulnerable to droughts, floods, landslides, and earthquakes. Although precipitation levels have been lower than normal recently, we must remain vigilant and prioritize prevention over reaction and evasion over prevention.
(2) Recently, a landslide prevention and emergency relief drill was conducted. Various departments of the Tainan City Government, the Armed Forces, and civic groups attended the drill. A simulation was performed where a fire broke out at Toong Mao Resorts and Hotels after a wire in the hotel short-circuited. During the simulation, the various units initiated fire marshaling operations and guided guests to safety. Another drill involved the rescue of a vehicle that sunk to the bottom of a river. The participating units were able to immediately understand each scenario and respond accordingly, demonstrating a high awareness of disaster prevention.
(3) Taiwan is not immune to the effects of climate change. Other than facing nature with humility, we must conduct stringent disaster prevention drills. By doing so, we would be able to respond accordingly when disaster strikes and minimize the damage caused by natural disasters.
1. The Bureau of Education’s report on the 2018 Tainan City International Dragon Boat Championships (refer to written sources for details)
Decision: Approved for reference filing
(1) The 2018 Tainan City International Dragon Boat Championships is scheduled to be held at Tainan canal from June 14 to June 18. Dragon boat races, which represent an iconic cultural tradition, have been held in Tainan City for over 300 years. Dragon boat racing is also a popular international sport. This year’s event has attracted 4,500 domestic and international participants in 195 teams, thereby successfully marketing Tainan City.
(2) Other than hosting exciting dragon boat competitions, the organizer also plans to put on a carnival that includes parent-child activities. Diverse events are available to all citizens and tourists, who are sure to enjoy the festive atmosphere and make wonderful memories. I would like to thank Director-General Chen and the staff members of the Bureau of Education for their thoughtfulness in planning for this event.
(3) Other than the Bureau of Education, I would also like to ask the Bureau of Transportation, the Police Department, the Fire Bureau, and the Public Health Bureau for planning to maintain traffic flow, order, environmental cleanliness, food safety, and water sports safety. Furthermore, I would like to ask the Department of Information and International Relations to provide assistance in releasing advertisements and event promotions on foreign media and offer the best service to foreign expats stationed in Taiwan. Together, let us put on another record-breaking and successful international dragon boat event. I would also like to suggest the Department of Information and International Relations interview contestants or teams with inspiring stories and publish their stories on different media to emphasize the values and highlights of the event.
2. The Fire Bureau’s report on its operations over the past eight years (refer to written sources for details)
Decision: Approved for reference filing
(1) Firefighters are the first line of defense when it comes to public safety and serving the public. Firefighters' devotion ensures citizens a safe and comfortable life. Since Tainan City was upgraded to a special municipality, all firefighters have delved into fire prevention, rescue, and emergency medical treatment. By collaborating with civilian forces, firefighters provide quality and immediate service to citizens round-the-clock. In addition, while continuing to safeguard citizens' personal and property safety, firefighters proactively raise the awareness of the concept that disaster prevention is everyone's responsibility. I am truly grateful to Commissioner Lee and the staff members of the Fire Bureau for their efforts and hard work.
(2) Since Tainan City was upgraded to a special municipality, the Fire Bureau has endeavored to promote Command and Control of Incident Operation (CCIO). The CCIO is a new disaster relief command model that has improved upon previous models and expanded the scale of the special rescue squad and rescue dog training. The CCIO is ISO9001-certified, making it the only certified disaster command model in Taiwan. A women’s fire prevention promotion team was established to promote various fire prevention and safety concepts, thereby effectively lowering the number of fires in Tainan City. The women’s fire prevention promotion team received a distinguished excellence rating from the National Fire Agency of the Ministry of the Interior. CPR has been promoted among the public, and the successful resuscitation rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients has reached 23% over the past few years. The Fire Bureau was also invited to Wonju, South Korea to share their experience in the 7th Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities, an achievement that should be recognized and commended.
(3) Due to extreme weather and climate change in recent years and the fact that parts of Tainan City are prone to flooding and liquefaction, the Fire Bureau established an early deployment mechanism for areas in their jurisdiction that are prone to flooding. The Tainan City Government joined hands with 37 district offices and National Cheng Kung University Disaster Prevention Research Center to launch the Disaster Prevention and Rescue Project , which was rated with distinguished excellence for six consecutive years from 2011 to 2016. Tainan was the only city among the special municipalities to have received this honor for six years in a row. This is a remarkable achievement that is worth commending. With this, I urge firefighters to uphold their spirit of empathy in the future and to continue to safeguard the personal and property safety of Tainan's citizens. Let us work towards creating a safer and more livable Greater Tainan.