1. Commemorating historical figures to highlight our goal of establishing culture as the foundation of Tainan
(1) Tainan is the Cultural Capital of Taiwan. Establishing culture as the foundation of Tainan has long been the Tainan City Government’s administrative goal and the core to Tainan’s cultural policies. Compiling the background information of local historical figures and commemorating them in a suitable way highlights not only their contribution to Taiwan and Tainan but also reinforces our endeavor of establishing culture as the foundation of Tainan.
(2) To commemorate Tainan’s historical figures, the Cultural Affairs Bureau stipulated the Operating Guidelines for Commemorating Historical Figures and established a review council. The review council examines the research and residence of historical figures and oversees the method of commemoration, the production of related products, and other relevant affairs. Historical figures are categorized into eight categories, including art, literature, academia and education, politics, medicine, economics, religion, and technology. When the review council deems an individual a historical figure, the city government makes a public announcement, after which commemorative facilities may be established. Currently, Tainan has 191 recognized historical figures, among which Mr. Ng Chiau-tong was recognized as a historic political figure in 2013.
(3) Other than commemorating a great man’s contribution to Taiwan and Tainan, Ng Chiau-tong Memorial Park, which was officially opened to the public last week, also echoes the Tainan City Government’s policy of establishing at least one park in each administrative district. The memorial park, which covers a total area of 1.23 hectares, includes a stage, an oval plaza, and fitness facilities. Other than serving as a quality venue for leisure activities among locals, the park is also a new highlight for tourists visiting Cigu District. The official historical figures of Tainan City come from a wide range of backgrounds. So long as they have contributed to Tainan, historical figures recognized by the review council and announced by the city government are commemorated with parks regardless of nationality, political affiliation, or era. Thus, I would like to ask everyone to refrain from making this issue political.
2. Expressing our gratitude to all educators on Teachers’ Day
(1) The day after tomorrow is Teachers’ Day. On behalf of Tainan’s citizens, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all teachers sincerely. Thank you for your devotion to students, and I wish you a happy Teachers’ Day.
(2) Since Tainan was upgraded as a special municipality, the Tainan City Government has been faced with a financial constraint. Nevertheless, we have allocated nearly 30% of the municipal budget to education. At the same time, we have requested the Central Government to inject funds in improving the software and hardware in public schools. Our objective is to create a learner-friendly environment that enables students to learn, grow, and develop in Tainan's quality educational environment, thereby fulfilling the goal of our education policies: maximizing children's potential and equipping them to pursue their dreams.
(3) I would like to thank education teams, teachers, and parents for working together to incorporate health, green energy, and artistic concepts in gradually creating a quality school environment. The national 12-year basic education policies and smart city-oriented development have served as roadmaps for Tainan’s development. We endeavor to foster a forward-looking, digital learning environment. Education has long-term repercussions. Furthermore, students represent the future for the nation. I encourage all educators to continue to utilize your passion in education and employ your skills to lead children towards their dreams and the future.
1. The Bureau of Social Affairs’ reports 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 Director-General Liu for presenting the report. Over the past eight years, the Bureau of Social Affairs has employed a human-centric and charitable approach to combining the strengths of various fields, appropriately allocating resources, promoting a variety of social welfare policies, and caring for the needs of citizens from all walks of life. The statistical data in the report and public recognition indicates that be it caring for senior citizens, children, women, the disabled, or the underprivileged; or dispatching volunteers or promoting community development, the Bureau of Social Affairs has delivered tangible results. Thus, I would like to thank the staff members of the Bureau of Social Affairs for their dedication.
(2) As a response to population aging and a low birth rate, the Tainan City Government has established 372 community care locations, 40 daycare centers, and 80 adult daycare centers, all of which are the highest number of their kind in Taiwan. Tainan’s excellent long-term care service quality has also been ranked the first among the six special municipalities. To further improve daycare in Tainan, eight public community daycare centers are scheduled to be opened this year, among which the center in Annan District is now open for enrollment. The center near Tainan Municipal Liou-ying Junior High School was opened last week. At the same time, the Tainan City Government has been promoting a quasi-public daycare policy. As of September 16, a total of 37 daycare centers and 711 nannies have signed contracts with the Tainan City Government, accounting for more than 50% of all relevant institutions and personnel in Tainan. I would like to ask the Bureau of Social Affairs to keep up the good work and continue to engage in dialogues. If representatives from daycare centers have any questions regarding this policy, please respond to them in a timely manner. Please also make clarifications whenever misunderstandings arise.
(3) The generosity of Tainan’s citizens has supported the Tainan City Government’s policy of cultivating volunteers. More than 50,000 people have joined volunteer work in Tainan, each offering their services for more 286 hours per year, the highest among the six special municipalities, demonstrating Tainan’s most valuable trait. Caring for the underprivileged and establishing a social security system that gives dignity are the Tainan City Government’s major administrative beliefs and values. I anticipate that the Bureau of Social Affairs and concerned departments will stand by the principles of social interests and sustainable welfare and continue to fulfill citizens’ basic living demands, thereby achieving social balance and further enhancing Tainan’s image as a hospitable and caring city.
2. The Water Resources Bureau’s report on the “Review of Flooding Caused by the August 22 Torrential Rains” (refer to written sources for details)
Decision: Approved for reference filing
(1) I would like to thank Deputy Director-General Wang for giving this report. When Premier Lai presented the water treatment project report at the Legislative Yuan on the 25th, he stated that there are five major causes to flooding in Taiwan: (1) Taiwan’s rivers have overly small cross-sections. As a result, the drainage systems become overloaded during extreme rainfall or when not dredged properly. (2) The mainstream water levels at where main streams (managed by the Central Government) meet branches (regional drainage) often exceed the drainage capacity of branches. Hence, levees become overflowed, resulting in flooding. (3) The amount of rainfall exceeds the maximum capacity of flood-prevention facilities. (4) The catchment areas on slopes are large, and slope drainage velocity exceeds that of plains. Thus, runoffs build up at where slopes meet plains, causing flooding. (5) The efficacy of drainage systems along low-lying coastal areas is further compromised during the spring tide or typhoons. Tainan, situated on Chianan Plain, has a flat landscape that is detrimental to drainage. In addition, what used to be Taijiang Inland Sea and Daofeng Inland Sea have gradually filled in since the course of Zhengwen River was changed, forming low-lying areas with a poor drainage effect. Thus, Tainan is the city most prone to flooding in Taiwan, and water treatment work is extremely complex and challenging.
(2) The torrential rains on August 22 shed more than 500 mm of rain in 29 administrative districts in Tainan within 24 hours, with 18 districts exhibiting more than 600 mm of rainfall. The 24-hour rainfall in Baihe District and Nansi District exceeded 800 mm. This amount of rainfall exceeded that of the August 7th flood in 1959 and the rainfall in plain areas during Typhoon Morakot. The report shows that flooding in Tainan and at Sanye River and Madou was less severe when compared to previous data. Even places that were prone to severe floodings, such as Baoan and Ersing in Rende District, Yongkang Industrial Park, the Sucuo region in Anding District, and Huazhong Bridge in southern Syuejia District, did not exhibit substantial flooding during the August 22 torrential rains. This indicates that the water treatment projects that the Tainan City Government and the Central Government have jointly employed over the years have substantially reduced flooding.
(3) In the face of extreme weather and threats brought about by climate change, meteorologists have warned that torrential rains that exceed the protective standards of existing infrastructure are likely to become the norm. Be it the government or citizens, everyone should be prepared. I would like to ask the Water Resources Bureau and concerned departments to refer to the causes of flooding, proposed by Premier Lai, and the cause analysis compiled by the Water Resources Bureau and formulate effective improvement measures. In addition, I would also like to ask the Water Resources Bureau to expedite all water treatment and enhancement projects and smart and autonomous disaster prevention measures. Please follow the Central Government’s water treatment policies and face future challenges head-on.
(4) I would like to ask the Water Resources Bureau to issue a formal request to the Water Resources Agency for enhancing dredging at Bazhang River and reviewing the status of levees. In addition, please also review water pump placement, fuel supplies issues, the allocation jeeps that can travel in water, and the management of operators for these facilities. In the future, torrential rains that exceed the protective limits of existing water treatment facilities will become the norm. Thus, I would like to ask the Water Resources Bureau to propose solutions as soon as possible, and to request the Central Government to provide funding for a comprehensive, systematic water treatment system.