1. Collaborating with the Central Government to build a social security network
(1) Reinforcing the social security network, revitalizing the facilities and functions of family welfare service centers, and introducing social services to every family of every neighborhood have been major administrative objectives of the Tainan City Government. I would like to thank the Central Government for approving the Project to Enhance the Social Security Network in February of this year. This project facilitates local governments to build safer social networks. With the subsidies that accompany this project, 118 additional social workers will be gradually added to the existing task force between 2018 and 2020, offering care and services to the underprivileged.
(2) To prevent social and domestic problems associated with poverty, the Tainan City Government has actively collaborated with family welfare service centers since 2015 to promote poverty reduction projects. Currently, the application rate for the Child Development Fund in Tainan is 41%, the highest figure among all six special municipalities. In addition, the Tainan City Government started promoting a protective service model in 2013, where the Bureau of Social Affairs first handles emergency situations, and the private sector subsequently offers settlement for those in need. The overall service process of this model has been updated since the Project to Enhance the Social Security Network was launched. A unified service and assignment contact is now available, offering citizens comprehensive services.
(3) I would like to ask the Bureau of Social Affairs to continue to collaborate with the Central Government's Project to Enhance the Social Security Network, and to join forces with civil, social welfare groups and communities, thereby ensuring social security at the most fundamental level for communities.
2. To prevent possible droughts, please continue to conserve water
(1) We have seen very little precipitation this year, and water supply levels in major dams and reservoirs in Southern Taiwan are gradually decreasing. The Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, convened a drought emergency response taskforce meeting on May 23, 2018. On the following day, a “yellow alert” was announced, which signifies the start of level one water rationing measures.
(2) The Tainan City Government is aware of the severity of this drought. Two drought prevention meetings were held on April 18, 2018, and May 10, 2018, and the drought response measures were launched in advance. These measures include conserving water usage in government facilities and schools, preparing drought-prevention wells, and encouraging the public to retrieve secondary water (water that cannot be used in contact with the human body but can be used for other purposes, such as watering plants and cleaning) processed at water recycling centers. I would like to ask concerned departments to continue to implement and promote these measures.
(3) Although the Central Government and local governments are well-prepared for the drought, I urge citizens to remain vigilant concerning the circumstances. To overcome this problem, we must all do our part in conserving water.
1. The Public Works Bureau’s report on the review and inspection of construction projects in 2017 (refer to written sources for details)
Decision: Approved for reference filing
(1) The objective of reviewing and inspecting construction projects is to maintain the quality of infrastructure and to reinforce people’s personal and property safety. I would like to thank the Public Works Bureau for reviewing and inspecting infrastructure projects in 2017, promoting critical projects in 2018, and for conducting detailed analyses and presenting reports. The statistics in the report indicate that the number of projects for all cost brackets inspected in 2017 exceeded the legal minimum. The majority of projects investigated were related to hydraulics, transportation, and key infrastructure projects. The average score for the 140 reviewed projects was 79.31, with 55.71% of projects receiving an “A” rating, marking a rise compared to last year. I would like to thank Deputy Mayor Wu for leading the inspections and the heads of departments and district offices for their cooperation.
(2) The construction inspection unit was incredibly detailed in their operations. Other than conducting proactive inspections and enhancing counseling mechanisms, the construction inspection unit also conducted life cycle analyses and performed maintenance and management interviews. The construction inspection unit collaborated with Environmental Protection Bureau, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Road Safety Board, and the Civil Service Ethics Office to hold joint inspections. Furthermore, the unit also worked with the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission to review and inspect highlight or significant construction projects, which are held to the most stringent standards. As a result, infrastructure projects in Tainan City have received multiple domestic and international construction awards.
(3) According to the statistics presented in the report, a total of 1,940 construction projects costing more than NT $1 million were carried out in 2017, amounting to a total expenditure of NT $29.3 billion. The number of construction projects was quite substantial; therefore, other than having the construction inspection unit conduct proactive inspections, the oversight units and organizing units for all authorities must also implement self-management and have high standards for quality and progress. Again, I would like to thank the construction inspection unit for their efforts; please continue the excellent work for significant projects in 2018 with the objective of improving the quality and progress of construction projects in Tainan City.
2. The Ethnic Affairs Commission’s report on its operations over the past eight years (refer to written sources for details)
Decision: Approved for reference filing
(1) I would like to thank Chairperson Wang for his report. Since Tainan was upgraded as a special municipality, the Tainan City Government has focused on seven aspects regarding ethnic affairs: ethnic mainstreaming, preserving indigenous languages, officially recognizing the Siraya tribe, constructing local knowledge, establishing innovative cultural events and platforms, growing related industries, and promoting caregiving services among indigenous communities. In addition, the Tainan City Government spearheaded numerous policies, including the Ethnic Mainstreaming Policy, the inclusion of Siraya language courses into Tainan City’s official education system, the establishment of Koupi Siraya Experimental Elementary School, and the establishment of a unified service window for indigenous citizens for restoring their indigenous names. Other than fostering Tainan’s cultural soft power, these policies also highlight Tainan’s respect for ethnic diversity.
(2) After 20 years, the Indigenous Status Recognition Movement has finally gained the support of the Central Government. On August 17, 2017, the Executive Yuan passed the draft amendment for the Status Act For Indigenous Peoples, which has been prioritized for review at the Legislative Yuan. Tainan’s Siraya people and the Tainan City government have collaborated over the past nine years and initiated administrative litigation concerning the Status Act For Indigenous Peoples. On May 4, 2018, the Supreme Administrative Court ordered the original court to reopen the investigation. With amendments to the law and the progress of the litigation, the future of the recognition movement is promising.
(3) For seven years, the Tainan City Government has promoted cross-ethnic interactions, exchanges, and conversations. By infusing Hakka, indigenous, and Hokkien music and cuisine with the cultural and creative industry, interactions between these ethnic groups are increased. In many ways, these cultures resonate with each other, demonstrating that different ethnicities are able to thrive and prosper together. I would like to thank Chairperson Wang and the staff members of the Ethnic Affairs Commission for their decent work. In the future, please continue to implement ethnic mainstreaming policies in Tainan City, assist the Siraya people in gaining official recognition and cultural revitalization, and create cross-cultural artistic experiential platforms. Ethnic diversity will enrich Tainan’s urban culture and further highlight Tainan’s position as Taiwan’s Cultural Capital.