Weekly English news | 2019.05.171. Operating Room CCTV Systems Installed in all Gyeonggi Provincial Hospitals (190507-2) Last year, for the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province installed CCTV tems in the operating rooms of a provincial medical center so as to prevent incidents of malpractice. Recently, the installation of these CCTV tems was expanded to all remaining provincial hospitals. The recording of operations using CCTV tems requires patient consent. ► Operating Room CCTV System First Installed in Anseong Hospital Since the first tems were installed in the Anseong Hospital last October, the patient consent rate has increased from approximately 50 percent to 84 percent, especially after the failed cover up of a fatal accident involving a newborn baby at a general hospital was revealed. ► Choi Byeong-su, Paju City Resident “I believe that it enables patients to feel comfortable while preventing medical accidents to some extent.” ► Operating Room CCTV Systems Installed at all 6 Gyeonggi Medical Center Hospitals CCTV tems have now been installed in all operating rooms of the five remaining provincial medical center hospitals. Recorded videos are preserved for one month and disclosed only when necessary for investigation. ► Jeong Il-yong, Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center “Malpractice such unprofessional conduct and the delegation of surgical procedures is expected to disappear from operating rooms.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 1) Briefing on Operating Room CCTV System Installation Expansion Gyeonggi Province made a proposal to the central government for the compulsory installation of CCTV tems in all public hospitals and expansion to private hospitals. ► Gyeonggi Expects Increased Resident Support for Operating Room CCTV System Installation Public support for this policy is expected to grow despite privacy concerns. ► Ryu Yeong-cheol, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “… to respond to enthusiastic support from the public, and for the prevention of medical accidents and disputes, as well as for the realization of equality in doctor-patient relations…” Gyeonggi Province will continue to pursue the nationwide implementation of this policy through proposals and public opinion surveys. 2. Gyeonggi Announces Year’s First Revised Supplementary Budget Draft (190508-2) On May 3, the Gyeonggi provincial administration announced its first revised supplementary budget draft for this year, entailing a 7.8% increase over the original draft, and presented it to the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 3) Announcement of 1st Revised Supplementary Budget for 2019 This revised supplementary budget amounts to KRW 1.9 trillion. [CG] With the revision, the provincial budget for the year will increase to KRW 26.2 trillion. The supplementary budget was allocated primarily to projects for the economy, microdust management, safety and welfare. ► Lim Jong-cheol, Assistant Governor - Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “We will present to the provincial assembly the first revised supplementary budget draft for the year, which primarily focus on projects aimed at promotion of the economy as well as the livelihood and health of residents.” ► KRW 87.8 Billion for Economic Promotion For economic promotion, KRW 87.8 billion was allocated to traditional market and small business support as well as regulatory sandbox support and job interview support for youths. ► KRW 40.5 Billion for Microdust Reduction A large allocation of KRW 40.5 billion was earmarked for microdust control. Related projects include those to increase the number of eco-friendly vehicles and tanker vehicles. ► Lim Jong-cheol, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “We will continue to create clean environments through novel microdust control ideas such as the forestation of industrial areas.” ► KRW 61.2 Billion for Safety Enhancement KRW 61.2 billion was allocated for safety enhancement including fire station bolstering and fire detector supply. ► KRW 337.1 Billion for Welfare Services ► KRW 63.6 Billion for Financial Stability Funds In addition, KRW 337.1 billion was allocated for welfare services and KRW 63.5 billion for the establishment of financial stability funds. The revised supplementary budget draft will be reviewed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly during its 335th extraordinary session that begins on May 14. 3. Gyeonggi’s 1st Public Postnatal Care Center Opens in Yeoju City (0507) The first public postnatal care center in Gyeonggi Province opened in Yeoju (여주) City. This facility offers quality services at low prices in conjunction with public hospitals. ► Yeonju Public Postnatal Care Center Opens (May 3) The Yeoju Public Postnatal Care Center, with a total area of 1,500 square meters, consists of separate care facilities for mothers and babies on the 1st floor and 13 postnatal rooms on the 2nd floor. ► 24-Hour Infection Control The 2nd floor is kept completely isolated for 24-hour infection control, and is equipped with air curtains at the entrance, baby monitoring tems and a negative pressure room. Operated by the Gyeonggi Medical Center, this facility provides quality medical services. ► 2-Week Service Fees of KRW 1.68 Million 30% Lower than Private Fees With service fees of KRW 1.68 million for two weeks, this center is 30% less expensive than private facilities. ► 50% Discount for Mothers from 3rd Childbirth, with Disabilities or in Low-income Brackets Mothers on their third childbirth onward as well as those with disabilities or in low-income brackets are given a 50 percent discount. ► Bae Ji-hye, Yeonju Public Postnatal Care Center User “It’s very convenient for me and my family including my parents to have this center nearby. It is also very economical to use.” The establishment of public postnatal care centers was one of the health field pledges made by the current provincial administration as confirmed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) during its opening ceremony. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Gyeonggi Province will establish more public postnatal care centers and do it soon so that childbirth is deemed a blessing, not a burden.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to establish new postnatal care centers that provide quality services, with the next opening planned for Pocheon (포천) City in 2022. 4. Futuristic Self-sustaining City to be Constructed in Yongin City (0508) Yongin (용인) City of Gyeonggi Province will become the host of the ‘Gyeonggi Yongin (용인) Platform City’, a futuristic, self-sustaining urban cluster with advanced industry, commerce, housing, culture and welfare facilities within an area as large as 386 soccer fields. ► ‘Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City’ Project Site, Yongin City The location covers a large portion of Giheung-gu (기흥구) in Yongin City. ► Combination of Spaces for Advanced Industry, Commerce, Housing, Culture & Welfare At this location, which already features excellent transportation and industrial infrastructure, new advanced knowledge-based industries, commercial areas, area-wide transportation facilities and eco-friendly housing will be developed. The Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City will cover an area totaling 2.7 square kilometers. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 7) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City Development According to the agreement signed on May 7, Gyeonggi Province and Yongin City will provide administrative support while the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation and the Yongin Urban Corporation will undertake project planning, survey, design and land preparation. ► Gyeonggi Governor: “Land Owners’ Unearned Development Gains Must be Returned to Public” At the signing of the agreement, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) stated that land owners’ unearned development gains must be returned to the public. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I hope that sufficient infrastructural facilities are established through tematic development and that unearned income from development gains are restituted and used for the enhancement of the lives of Yongin citizens and Gyeonggi residents.” ► Yongin City Mayor Baek Gun-gi “I believe the primary objective of the Yongin Platform City development should be to create a foundation for self-sustainability through the inducement of leading technology industries.” ► Synergic Effects Expected from Yongin’s Platform City and Semiconductor Industry Cluster Gyeonggi Province expects that, together with the semiconductor industry cluster in the vicinity, the Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City will generate synergistic effects for local industrial growth. Basic development planning will begin next year after feasibility studies and the selection of participating organizations. Upon its scheduled completion in 2025, the Gyeonggi Yongin Platform City is projected to host more than 40,000 regular employees. 5. 2019 Korea International Boat Show Opens (0509) On May 9, the 12th Korea International Boat Show opened simultaneously at KINTEX in Goyang (고양) City and Ara Marina in Gimpo (김포) City of Gyeonggi Province. One of the three largest boat shows in Asia, this year’s event featured a greater variety of displays and programs. ► KINTEX, Goyang City and Ara Maeina, Gimpo City (May 9-12) 2019 Korea International Boat Show At the KINTEX exhibition complex, more than 240 marine leisure enterprises showcased marine sports, safety, fishing and diving equipment via more than 1,500 booths during the 4-day run of this event, Korea’s representative marine leisure exhibition. ► Work Boat Showcase Added This Year This year’s event included a new work boat exhibit featuring various industrial and public-purpose vessels. ► Special Section for Boats Made in Korea There was also a special section for boats made in Korea featuring more than 50 boats of international standards. ► Kim Sun-ok, Visitor from Goyang City “It is really wonderful to be able to see the exhibition and purchase goods without having to travel abroad. I feel very grateful for this event.” ► Ara Marina to Feature 80+ Boats and Visitor Riding At Ara Marina, a 15-minute drive from KINTEX, more than 80 displayed boats were open to visitors for boarding experiences. Unlike the indoor exhibits at KINTEX, visitors to the marina could experience riding various leisure craft such as kayaks and paddle boats. ► Hong Jin-seo, 1st Grade, Beondong Middle School, Seoul “It was a novel experience and a lot of fun. I want to do it again next time. I recommend that others come and experience it as well.” There was also a variety of associated events including a marine industry forum, a yacht design contest and exhibition, and a networking night. The first Korea International Boat Show opened in 2008 to promote the Korean marine leisure industry and related exports. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will provide maximum support to the Korea International Boat Show to help the Korean marine leisure industry develop as a new growth industry.” ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “The Korea International Boat Show, one of the three largest boat shows in Asia along with the Shanghai and Dubai shows, continues until May 12 at KINTEX in Goyang City and Ara Marina in Gimpo City.” 6. Gyeonggi’s Work Condition Improvement Policy for Apartment Caretakers Expands Nationwide (0510) Adopting the Gyeonggi Province policy to improve working environments, the Korean government made it compulsory for apartments to have resting facilities for caretakers and guards. An (안재순), a 68-year-old caretaker who works 8 hours a day cleaning the facilities for 200 apartments, has no place to rest except for a small basement storage room. ► An Jae-sun (Aged 68), Apartment Caretaker “It cold in the winter and sweltering in the summer. I wish they would provide me with an electric fan and a heater, but there is nothing.” ► Gyeonggi Pursues Work Condition Improvement for Apartment Caretakers and Guards Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing the improvement of working environments for apartment service personnel. ► Policy Coverage to Expand from Provincial Office Buildings to Apartments Last year, the province began similar improvements at provincial organization buildings. It now plans to expand the policy to 33 apartment complexes that have been constructed or are being planned by the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation. Resting facilities for apartment workers will be established above ground even if it requires the revision of building designs. ► Air Cooling, Heating, Shower Facilities to Be Installed in Apartment Service Personnel Rooms These facilities will be equipped with heating and cooling tems as well as shower rooms and TVs. ► Ku Jae-yong, Happy Home Project Director, Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation “This is necessary from the perspective of welfare for public rental housing workers. We regard it a social consideration that we can satisfy as a public organization.” Such endeavors by Gyeonggi Province were also adopted by the central government. Recently, the related Korean ministry revised housing construction standards and made the inclusion of resting facilities for apartment personnel compulsory for new apartments. 7. 2019 Play Expo Opens (0510) On May 9, the 2019 Play Expo opened at KINTEX in Goyang (고양) City. In addition to a large variety of games, this annual event featured diverse experiential programs as well as tournaments in games known as e-sports. ► KINTEX, Goyang City (May 9) Nexon’s Crazy Park Game Championship In this game, a player has to trap the opponent in a water bubble to win. After approximately 10 minutes of game time, joy and disappointment are clearly visible on the faces of the winner and loser. ► Lee Sang-heon, Championship Winner “I participated with my friends. I could win since it is the game I used to play.” ► KINTEX, Goyang City (May 9) 2019 Play Expo Opening Ceremony At the Play Expo, visitors experienced a range of games from familiar pump-it-up games to racing and virtual reality games. During the exhibition, the release of new games by leading enterprises attracted considerable visitor interest. ► Kim Yang-hwan, Visitor from Seoul “It was great to see many types of games. I was able to see arcade games and indie games that were new to me.” ► 115 Overseas 350+ Domestic Enterprises Participate This year’s Play Expo saw participation by 115 overseas enterprises and more than 350 domestic enterprises in trade consultations. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Gyeonggi Province will develop diverse programs to help the domestic game industry gain international competitiveness and grow.” ► Play Expo Ends on May 12 The 2019 Play Expo ran until May 12 at the KINTEX exhibition complex. ► International e-Sports Championships Held during Weekend On the weekend during the event, international e-sports championships took place featuring 170 players from 5 nations. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.05.10Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. International Basic Income Conference Held at Korea Basic Income Fair (190430-1) During the 2-day Korea Basic Income Fair held in Suwon City, specialists from home and abroad gathered for an international conference to share basic income policy cases and discuss related topics. Gyeonggi Province’s Youth Income Policy was deemed to have positive effects in alleviating financial burdens and promoting political participation among youths. ► Suwon Convention Center (April 29-30) 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair Running in tandem with the fair from beginning to end, this international conference covered various basic income topics in seven general categories. ► International Conference Begins with Opening Addresses The conference began with opening addresses by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) as well as by foreign and Korean participants. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Guaranteed income will help the economy and create demand which, in turn, will help with continuous economic growth through market expansion.” The meeting then continued with presentations on basic income policy cases. ► Overseas Basic Income Policies Introduced International communities have long been endeavoring to close the gap between rich and poor; this has driven the development of experimental basic income policies. Representatives from India, Finland and Switzerland presented their own related policies. ► Sarath Davala, Coordinator, India Network for Basic Income “We are eating better. When people have liquidity, the first thing they think of, and when there is forest nearby, is to buy animals because they breed and they can sell them. So people say having ten goats is like having money in the back.” ► Signe Jauhiainen, Senior Researcher, Kela, Finland “There are several ways in which the basic income affects work incentives and, hopefully, unemployment.” ► Gyeonggi’s Youth Basic Income “Lightens Weight of Unemployment and Increases Participation in Politics” Gyeonggi Province’s Youth Basic Income policy was deemed to have reduced the burden of unemployment and increased political participation among youths. The second day of the conference saw discussions on the basic income policies of Gyeonggi Province and their effects on society as well as future outlooks. ► Ha Seung-su, Joint Representative, Proportional Democratic Coalition “Since air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions can be regarded as destroying common assets, we should consider developing policies that make those who generate emissions pay for their actions, and these payments be returned to the public as equal dividends…” During the 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair, more than 30,000 visitors, including specialists in related fields, youths and farmers, viewed the basic income and regional currency policies of Gyeonggi Province. . 2. Gyeonggi Peace Plaza (190429-3) Each weekend at the Gyeonggi Peace Plaza, which was completed last year in Uijeongbu (의정부) City, special events take place attracting local residents and visitors. Our reporter was there. ► Peace Market, Gyeonggi Peace Plaza, Uijeongbu City (April 20) Opened this past November, the Gyeonggi Peace Plaza becomes the scene of a crowed festival each weekend. It features a flea market, known as the Peace Market, as well as music performances. ► Kim Seon-ae, Uijeongbu City Resident “The Peace Plaza is big. The flea market is wonderful since it offers diverse items.” The Peace Plaza is filled with families and shoppers enjoying a warm spring weekend. ► Cho Jin-seon, Uijeongbu City Resident “It is nice that our children can play here and there are lots of things to eat and share.” ► Peace Plaza Connected to Book Café and Galleries The Peace Plaza is connected to a book café in which residents can rest while reading books. It is also connected to galleries of paintings and traditional handicrafts as well as clothing. ► Gwon Jeong-hyeon, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Team “Gyeonggi Province developed the Peace Plaza and opened it to the public last November. We will continue to organize diverse event to make this place a space for culture and communication.” ► Peace Market Features Weekend Flea Market and Performances during Family Month (May) During the month of May, which is also Family Month, the Peace Plaza will feature a flea market and open performances including magic shows and music performances. 3. 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair Opens in Gyeonggi on April 29 (0429-1) On April 29, the Korea Basic Income Fair opened at the Suwon Convention Center. This two-day event was organized by Gyeonggi Province to publicize its basic income concept, equal payments to all members of society, as well as to introduce related domestic and international policies. ► Suwon Convention Center (April 29) 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair Opens During the fair, an international basic income conference was held featuring domestic and international scholars as well as specialists in related fields. ► Anne Miller, Chairperson, Citizen’s Income Trust “There is no alternative. If you want a decent society, then a basic income is the instrument to bring about those objectives of justice, equality, emancipation, welfare. This is the way forward.” ► Domestic and Overseas Cases Shared and Discussed During the conference, experimental basic income policies and current trends were introduced and discussed. The views of participants will help in the evaluation of present circumstances in Korea and in the development of effective policies. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Today’s meeting may not be grand in scale. However, I am certain that it will someday be remembered as an important moment in history.” Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing basic income policies – such as Youth Basic Income – within the authority granted to autonomous local governments. During the fair, Gyeonggi Province’s basic income policies and regional currency attracted considerable visitor interest. ► Cha Ji-eun, Visitor from Hwaseong City "I visited the event to view the types of regional currency being used in different regions and to experience using it.” The fair opened under the theme of ‘Basic Income Opens the Door to Great Unity’. ► 35 Autonomies Join in Launch of Regional Governments Council Concurrently, 35 local governments in Korea including 30 cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province agreed to cooperate in the pursuit of basic income policies. [Sync] “One, two, three, go!” – Affirmation of Support for Regional Government Council Launch This agreement affirmed support for the launch of a related regional government council. The Korea Basic Income Fair, which took place at the Suwon Convention Center, ended on April 30. 4. GTV Visits Korea Basic Income Fair (0429-3) During the Korea Basic Income Fair – which also included an international conference, a variety of exhibitions and experiential programs – a GTV reporter spoke with visitors who learned about basic income and experienced regional currency. ► Suwon Convention Center (April 29) 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair In one corner of the venue, people lined up to buy regional currency cards; KRW 10,000 could buy a card valued at KRW 10,600. In addition to this 6 percent extra value, these cards also come with an income tax exemption benefit. ► Song Byeong-min, Visitor from Suwon City “I think the regional currency cards have more advantages than credit cards since they offer a 6 percent incentive as well as an income tax exemption benefit.” ► Regional Currency Hall In the Regional Currency Hall, people bought regional currency cards and experienced using them first hand in the purchase of regional specialty products. ► Kim Mun-yeong, Modern ‘Hanbok’ (Korean Traditional Attire) Salesperson “I think, during this economic slowdown, regional currency is beneficial for small business startups like us as well as local residents. I hope that it will be promoted continuously.” ► Basic Income Hall In the Basic Income Hall, visitors learned about various basic income policies being pursued by Gyeonggi Province – such as those for Youth Dividends and Postnatal Care Support – and saw how these policies can change their lives. ► Pi Eun-hui, Kang Sun-ok, Visitors from Yangju City “I learned a lot. This is the first time I heard about basic income. I like it. I like what I can buy, learn and see here.” ► Diverse Experiential Programs for Children There were also a variety of associated events that attracted children and adults such as simulated railroad travel through North Korea to China and Russia as well as Caldron Lid Top Spinning Battles. This basic income fair, the first of its kind in the world, attracted great interest and drew more than 18,000 visitors on its first day alone. 5. Crackdown on Air Pollutant Emissions at Gyeonggi Ports (0502-1) Recently, in the port areas of Pyeongtaek (평택) and Dangjin (당진), a crackdown on air pollutant emissions was conducted jointly by Gyeonggi Province, South Chungcheong (충청) Province, the Pyeongtaek (평택) Regional Oceans & Fisheries Office and local port authorities. ► Gyeonggi Conducts Crackdown at Pyeongtaek and Dangjin Ports Of the 59 locations that were inspected in these areas, which have higher microdust levels than other Gyeonggi regions, 22 were identified as having violated applicable regulations. ► Joint Efforts of Related Administrations, Authorities and Local Residents This crackdown was assisted by officials of these two port cities as well as by local residents. This area-wide inspection was performed by six 4-person teams on all processes from material input to final contaminant processing. ► “Moving parts can be damaged and subject to wear and tear. Please pay extra attention to such parts in order to prevent contaminants from coming from them.” Tests for emission limit violations were performed by the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment. ► Emission Violations Identified at 22 out of 59 Locations Inspected Inspections were performed in these two cities at 59 air pollutant-emitting locations in industrial complexes from April 17 to 24. ► Neglect of Broken Emission Control Systems and Facility Regulation Violations The most frequent violation was the neglect of inoperable emission control tems followed by violation of aero-dispersing contaminant regulations and the escape of contaminants from failing tems. Violators were sent to prosecution and received administrative punishments. ► Seo Jin-seok, Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office Environmental Inspection Team III “Instead of shifting responsibilities to jurisdictional authorities, all regional administrations concerned worked together to find the best possible alternatives…” Gyeonggi Province will continue its endeavors to improve air quality in these regions. The province will also propose enhanced management of aging vehicles, the expansion of inland power supply to large ocean vessels, and the installation of aerial dust control tems to the central government. 6. Groundbreaking for World’s Largest Artificial Surfing Park in Siheung (190503-1) On May 2, groundbreaking took place for the construction of the world’s largest artificial surfing park in Siheung (시흥) City. This year-round surfing park is expected to become one of the most popular tourist destinations on the West Coast of Korea. ► ‘Wave Park’ to be Developed on Geobuk Island, Siheung City Constructed on Geobuk (거북) Island of Sihwa (시화) Lake, this attraction will be part of a marine theme park – tentatively named ‘Wave Park’ – and will produce 80-meter wide surfing waves one thousand times an hour. ► Shin Seong-jae, CEO, Surfholic Co. “With the number of surfers in Korea having increased significantly, these facilities, which are close to Seoul, will help promote surfing that can be enjoyed by anyone.” ► ‘Wave Park’ Groundbreaking Ceremony (May 2) With construction supported jointly by Gyeonggi Province, Siheung (시흥) City and K-Water, these marine leisure facilities will include a beach resort and convention center as well as a sightseeing rail tem. Covering approximately 166,000 square meters, this facility is expected to draw two million visitors annually and to create almost 10,000 jobs. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “A large number of people will find opportunities and benefit from this project, which will create many new jobs for the local economy while providing all with good opportunities for a new beginning for happy lives.” ► Opening Slated for End of 2020 The Wave Park is scheduled to open before the end of next year. There are also projects underway for an aquarium theme park, an aqua pet land, and a marine ecological science museum in the vicinity with completion slated for the year 2023. Sihwa (시화) will then completely transform from an industrial area to the largest marine tourism complex on the West Coast of Korea. 7. 2019 Play Expo to Open on May 9 (0503) May 9 will see the opening of the 2019 Play Expo, the largest game industry exhibition in the Seoul-Gyeonggi region. Now marking its 11th year, this annual event will also include Korea’s first webtoon exhibition as well as e-sports events. ► KINTEX of Goyang City to Host 2019 Play Expo (May 9-12) Running for 4 days until May 12 at the KINTEX exhibition complex in Goyang (고양) City, this event is expected to draw 100,000 visitors and 550 participating enterprises, and to generate contracts with a total projected value of USD 100 million. A number of global gaming enterprises have confirmed their participation. ► New Games and Related Technologies During the exhibition, a variety of new games and related technologies will be demonstrated. ► 6 International Halls for Individual Countries For export promotion, 6 separate halls will be operated for Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Iran. ► ‘Space-X’ – Large Hall for Game SMEs There will also be a special exhibition hall for game SMEs. ► Oh Chang-hui, Director, Gyeonggi Content Agency “We have organized exhibitions of a variety of games, webtoons and e-sports as well as business support arrangements. There are also diverse programs in which families can participate.” ► International e-Sport Matches The international e-sport events include matches in leading games for prize money totaling KRW 24 million. ► International Webtoon Fair This year’s event also includes the first Korean webtoon showcase accompanied by writer signing events and movie screenings for visitors, as well as business programs such as trade consultations and a startup conference. ► An Chi-gwon, Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Industry Division “Convergence is the key word these days; convergence of contents, in this case. This event will provide visitors with good opportunities to view the convergence of webtoons, games and media.” Featuring e-sports, webtoons and other diverse contents, this year’s Play Expo is expected to be a milestone in the realization of a comprehensive contents festival. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.05.03Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. World’s First Basic Income Fair Opens in Suwon (190422-2) Gyeonggi Province has completed preparations for the Basic Income Fair and released a detailed schedule. The province undertook the organization of this event for the promotion of its basic income policies that provide unconditional welfare support to all. ► Youth Dividend (Youth Basic Income) Payments Began This Month One such policy is for Youth Dividends, also known as ‘Youth Basic Income’, which entail KRW 1 million paid over the span of a year to all 24-year-old residents of the province. There are also other basic income policies being discussed within the administration. ► Jeongron Hall, National Assembly (April 22) Announcement of 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair Schedule As scheduled, the two-day Basic Income Fair starts on April 29 at the Suwon Convention Center. ► Kim Yong, Gyeonggi Province Spokesperson “(Through the fair,) we aim to build public awareness regarding the basic income policies and regional currency not as one-sided administrative policies but as life policies for everyone.” ► Specialist Forum and Local Basic Income Policies The fair features a specialist forum and presentations of similar overseas policies as well as an exhibition of the policies pursued by other autonomous bodies. ► Regional Currency Hall The fair also features an experiential virtual reality program and music performances. In addition, a separate hall was designated for visitors to experience the regional currency that is currently being used in 60 regions of Korea. During the fair, Gyeonggi Province alluded to the establishment of a basic income council comprised of 34 local autonomies including 30 cities and counties of the province. 2. Free Dental Service for Primary School 4th Graders Begins in May (190423-2) From next month, all primary school 4th graders in Gyeonggi Province will be provided with dental services known as ‘Home Dentist’ services. These will be provided free of charge through local dentists and will include dental checkups as well as customized dental services. ► Seongnam Dental Clinic, Seongnam City Since last year, Jeong (정희선), the mother of a primary school 5th grader, has been using the ‘Home Dentist’ program of Seongnam (성남) City for her son’s regular dental checkups, minor treatments and dental care education. ► Jeong Hui-seon and Ryu Tae-wang, Parents “Although my son is at a difficult age, this program makes it easier for me to get dental services for him. I hope that this program will be expanded to include children of middle and high school ages.” ► Free ‘Home Dentist’ Services to be Expanded to All Primary School 4th Graders in Gyeonggi From May, the free Home Dentist services will be expanded to all primary school 4th graders in Gyeonggi Province. It is at this age, when a child’s transition to adult teeth is almost complete, that attentive dental care is especially important. Provided by registered local dentists, these services also include toothbrush training. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 23) Announcement of ‘Home Dentist’ Service Launch in May For these services, Gyeonggi Province has secured a cooperation agreement from the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education and the Gyeonggi Province Dentist Association. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This is a good example of a high value-versus-budget program. I ask you to make this program a success, especially since we are the first to implement it in the nation.” ► Choi Yu-seong, President, Gyeonggi Province Dentist Association “We will provide full cooperation so as to fulfill our duty to the people as dental service providers.” The three parties will cooperate in the implementation of this KRW 5.6 billion program. The subjects of service include special-education students. ► 121,000 Children to Benefit This Year There are 121,000 children in the province who are entitled to Home Dentist services this year. Gyeonggi Province also plans to establish local centers for related service consultations. 3. Gyeonggi to Eradicate Illegal Phone Solicitation (0422) On April 19, Gyeonggi Province secured a cooperation agreement from three mobile communication companies of Korea for the eradication of illegal phone solicitation by prostitutes and loan sharks. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 19) Signing of Agreement for Eradication of Illegal Phone Ads According to this agreement, the three participating companies – SKT, KT and LG U+ – will block telephone numbers used for illegal solicitation. ► Identified Telephone Numbers to Subject to 3-Month Cut-off Upon the request of the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police, these telephone numbers will be disabled for 3 months. ► Lee Ki-yun, SKT Customer Value Innovation Manager “As a mobile communication operator, we also sincerely regret such criminal activities that harm youths and those in financially difficult situations.” ► Violators Can Appeal during Suspension Period Unless the subscribers of these telephone numbers can prove the legality of their activities within the 3-month period, they will be unable to apply for new numbers. ► Eradication of Illegal Solicitation through Phone Cloning This action will also effectively block illegal solicitation using phone cloning. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Such crimes primarily use prepaid phones or phone cloning. We are determined to show that such illegal activities, at least in Gyeonggi Province, are not possible.” ► Gyeonggi to Pursue Related Youth Protection Act Amendment Gyeonggi Province is also pursuing a legal amendment that will block phone numbers shown on printed prostitution ads by enabling telephone service providers to disable such numbers. ► Reports of Illegal Ads: www.gg.go.kr/gg_special_cop, ☎031-120 Members of the public are asked to report fliers that contain such illegal advertisements via the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police website or the Gyeonggi Call Center. 4. Public Forum Held to Commemorate 1st Anniversary of Inter-Korean Summit (0423) On April 22, Gyeonggi Province and Gwangmyeong (광명) City jointly held an open forum of specialists on peace on the Korean Peninsula. This event was held to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the April 27 Inter-Korean Summit. ► Gwangmyeong Citizen Hall (April 22) April 27 Inter-Korean Summit 1st Anniversary Open Forum Specialists attending this forum included former Ministers of Peace involved in inter-Korean relations. During the forum, one former minister, Lee Jong-seok (이종석), expressed his view that the second US-North Korea Summit, which ended abruptly in Hanoi in February, was not in fact a failure. ► Former Minister of Unification Lee Jong-seok “In his recent speech at the Supreme People’s Assembly, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated that he would resume nuclear disarmament talks by the end of the year, indicating that there is still hope for negotiation…” The forum also saw participants emphasize the importance of the roles played by the central and local governments in the improvement of inter-Korean relations. ► Gwangmyeong City Mayor Park Seung-won “Of the two provinces that border North Korea, Gyeonggi Province has a larger number of localities than Gangwon Province. This makes it natural for Gyeonggi Province to lead inter-Korean exchanges at both public and private levels.” There is, however, no legal basis for local governments to autonomously engage in inter-Korean projects. ► Gwangmyeong City Mayor Park Seung-won “However, priority must be given to the establishment of legal status (for local governments) to directly pursue exchanges with North Korea…” The UN Security Council resolution regarding North Korean sanctions was also deemed an obstacle. Gyeonggi Province will, therefore, concentrate its efforts on humanitarian support projects. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “North Korea is positive about Gyeonggi Province initiatives. That helped us to be the first to provide North Koreans with food support despite difficult circumstances...” The inter-Korean exchange efforts of Gyeonggi Province will primarily focus on organizing exchange events and supporting local governments with their own initiatives. 5. Gyeonggi Seeks World Cultural Heritage Site Registration of DMZ (0424) Initiated by Gyeonggi Province, a movement began in Korea to have the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Recently, an academic symposium was held to examine this issue. ► National Assembly Library (April 23) Academic Symposium ‘DMZ - World Cultural Heritage Site’ Held at the National Assembly Library, this symposium featured more than 300 specialists from academic circles as well as related research institutes and organizations. ► Haven for Endangered Domestic Species and 40% of Plant Species In his presentation, one professor revealed the ecological value of the DMZ, which serves as a haven for endangered species and 40 percent of plant species in Korea. ► Cho Do-sun, Professor, Catholic University of Korea “Although large mammals such as tigers, leopards, wolves and lynx have disappeared, there are still large numbers of mammals. Of particular note, the existence of cranes and spoonbills can support arguments of international value.” Since World Cultural Heritage site designation requires common values for mankind, the inclusion of adjacent mountainous conservation areas was also proposed. ► “…Will Provide a New Momentum for Inter-Korean Relations” Another professor argued that the inclusion of the remains of the Korean War in the designation will help accelerate the improvement of inter-Korean relations. ► An Chang-mo, Professor, Kyonggi University “I believe that the untouched scars of the Korean War can be considered world heritage. However, since such designation will require careful management plans that must involve North Korea, …” ► Academic Symposium Sponsored by National Assembly Members Also discussed was the utilization of the DMZ with North Korean cooperation as well as joint efforts with North Korea to secure UNESCO designation. This symposium was sponsored by 45 national assembly members and organized jointly by Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor: “DMZ International Site for Peace Experience” Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) pledged his utmost efforts to realize World Cultural Heritage site designation of the DMZ. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I hope to see the DMZ become a leading place for world peace and safety promotion through experience.” Gyeonggi Province has already filed proposals with the central government for the preservation and management of the DMZ as well as for the inclusion in central government policies of North Korea in the pursuit of World Cultural Heritage site designation. 6. 1st National ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’ Held in Gyeonggi (190425-2) During the 2019 Korea Basic Income Fair, interesting supplementary events attracted visitor attention. One such event was the 1st National ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’. This event featured a popular YouTuber, Jang (장덕대), a promotional ambassador for events accompanying the fair. Jang (장덕대), renowned for his ‘Toy Out the Door’ YouTube channel with more than half a million subscribers, is popular among children for developing and making brilliant toys. ► ‘Toy Out the Door’ YouTuber Appointed as Promotional Ambassador Jang was appointed by Gyeonggi Province as a promotional ambassador for events accompanying the Basic Income Fair. ► ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’ Held as Basic Income Fair Event Participating in person in the National ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’ and livecasting the event, he communicated with viewers about the fair and various other accompanying events. ► Jang Deok-dae, YouTuber, ‘Toy Out the Door’ Channel “This provides me with an opportunity to promote the Basic Income Fair as well as to communicate with viewers of my channel who visit the event site.” ► ‘Caldron Lid Top Spinning Championship’ Open to Primary School Children Held at the fair venue in the Suwon Convention Center, the championship started with preliminary rounds that began at 3 pm on April 29, the first day of the fair. The finals took place the following day. This championship was open to primary school students. Through this event, Gyeonggi Province hopes to attract interest in basic income among younger generations. 7. Gyeonggi to Supply 1,316 ‘Happy Homes’ This Year (190425-2) Gyeonggi Province announced the significant expansion of its Happy Home project this year. This includes increasing the number of Happy Homes to more than 1,300 as well as expanding deposit loan interest support. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 23) Announcement of This Year’s ‘Happy Home’ Supply Plan Happy Homes are provincial public rental housing units for newlyweds and youths. The number of Happy Homes to be supplied this year represents an almost 5-fold increase over last year. ► Resident Occupation in 8 Regions to Begin with 40 Homes in Yangpyeong in February Resident occupation will be completed in eight locations, beginning with 40 housing units in Yangpyeong (양평) County this February. ► Lee Jong-su, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “We will supply 10,000 Gyeonggi Happy Homes by the year 2022 as scheduled.” ► Gyeonggi to Expand Deposit Loan Interest Support Deposit loan interest support will also be increased for tenants of 60,000 Happy Homes including those constructed by the province and the Korea Land & Housing Corporation. ► Support to Increase for Parents with Children Deposit loan interest support, for which a budget of KRW 1.3 billion has been earmarked this year, will cover a minimum of 40 percent of interest costs; this will increase up to 60 percent for families with one child and up to 100 percent for families with more children. 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Weekly English news | 2019.04.25Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. Memorial Ceremony Held on 5th Anniversary of Sewol Ferry Disaster (0416) On the fifth anniversary of the ferry accident that claimed the lives of a large number of students and teachers on a school trip, a memorial ceremony was held in Ansan (안산) City, the home of the school. [Sync] - Memorial Sirens - ► Hwarang Park, Ansan City (April 16) 5th Sewol Ferry Disaster Anniversary Memorial Ceremony At 3 pm on the 16th of April, the 5th anniversary of the Sewol (세월) Ferry accident, sirens sounded throughout Ansan (안산) City in remembrance to those who perished in this tragic accident. There was also a memorial ceremony held in a park of the city that was attended by more than 5,000 mourners including family members of the victims. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “The reason we have gathered here today is not simply to mourn the deceased. There is our unsettled wish to see the incident investigated thoroughly to assuage our minds while remembering…” Grief at the ceremony was emphasized by broken sobs heard when messages to the deceased were read including one from a survivor. ► Jang Ae-jin, Representative of Sewol Ferry Student Survivors “With the reasons why our loved ones could not return having been left unknown, time has been passing slowly.” During the ceremony, attendees also renewed their wishes for change and for the disclosure of the reasons for such tragic losses. The Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex will fly a Sewol Ferry remembrance flag until the end of April. 2. Gyeonggi Rivers Get Spring Cleaning (0416) The Gyeonggi Province Water Resources Headquarters began an annual clean-up of rivers and streams with the assistance of local residents and military personnel. ► Deongpungcheon, Hanam City Our reporter visited a clean-up site along a local stream in Hanam (하남) City that serves as a water source and recreation area. ► 3.5 km along Deokpungcheon, Hanam City Clean-up was performed on a 3.5 kilometer-long section of the river. ► Clean-up Performed by Local Officials, Military Personnel and Residents More than 200 local officials, military personnel and residents removed trash that had accumulated along the river during the winter. ► 5 Tons of Trash Removed On the day of the clean-up, approximately 5 tons of trash was collected and removed. ► Park In-hun, Clean-up Participant, Hanam City Resident “I thought there may be things that I threw away and that I should never throw away such things. I felt bad imagining that steams and rivers are contaminated by such trash.” ► Cho Seon-yeong, Hanam City Resident “We should make continuous efforts to conserve nature and keep it clean so that we can pass along a good environment to future generations.” Various events were also organized for local residents and visitors to convey the importance of water conservation. ► Choi Byeong-gap, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Water Resources Headquarters “In order to protect the Paldang water source, which is used by the 26 million residents of the Seoul-Gyeonggi region, we will conduct continuous clean-ups of the South Han River, North Han River and the Gyeongancheon as well as their tributaries.” In addition to the clean-up of waterways that flow directly into the Paldang water source, the protection efforts of Gyeonggi Province will also include 24-hour monitoring of illegal trash disposal along waterways through CCTV tems and patrols. 3. Gyeonggi to Offer Free Cloud Service to SMEs (0417) Gyeonggi announced its plan to launch free cloud service for SMEs in the province. On April 16, Gyeonggi Province signed a cooperation agreement with the Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator and SK C&C, a private ICT enterprise. ► Data Storage to Be Provided Free of Charge Cloud service, large common data storage tems accessed online, is a core technology of the 4th Industrial Revolution along with the Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 16) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Cloud Service Project The three parties to the agreement will cooperate in the realization of free cloud service for SMEs by the year 2024. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “… in order to help young startups and enterprises and to enable them grow…” ► Up to 2,600 Enterprises to Benefit from Free Cloud Service Valued at KRW 10 Billion According to the agreement, SK C&C will develop a cloud service, which will cost KRW 10 billion, and provide the service to up to 2,600 enterprises free of charge. ► An Jeong-ok, Representative, SK C&C “… will help reduce information technology investment costs so that business operators with creative ideas can concentrate their efforts on making their business grow …” Under the agreement, Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator will select up to 520 recipient enterprises annually, while SK C&C will make cloud hardware valued at approximately KRW 2 billion available to these enterprises free of charge for one year. ► Kim Ki-jun, Director, Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator “I am certain that this project will significantly contribute to the growth of SMEs as well as ventures, startups and social enterprises in the province.” ► Cloud Specialist Education Courses to Open In addition, cloud specialist education courses will be provided to a total of 400 SME employees as well as job searchers and career-discontinued women for a period of five years. Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator will begin the selection SMEs and trainees from next month. 4. 39th Day of Persons with Disabilities (0418) At a Persons with Disabilities Day ceremony, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) asked people with disabilities to raise their voices to create a Gyeonggi Province without discrimination. This event also included the presentation of awards. ► Gyeonggi General Labor Welfare Center (April 17) 39th Persons with Disabilities Day Ceremony The ceremony was held on April 17, three days prior to the actual Persons with Disabilities Day. [Sync] “Persons with disabilities have equal rights to maintain human dignity and values and to pursue happiness.” The awards were presented to those who had overcome their disabilities and exhibited excellence. The winners included a basketball coach in a wheelchair, a successful business founder with a hearing impairment, and an activist for people with disabilities in the local community. ► Go Gwang-yeop, Person of Excellence with Disabilities Award Winner “People’s recognition (of disabled sports games) seems to have improved significantly. There are broadcasts and even the Olympic Games for them. Spectator numbers in arenas have also increased. These changes make me feel rewarded.” ► 13 Awards of Merit Presented for Contributions to Disabled Human Rights and Welfare There were also awards of merit presented to 13 individuals who dedicated themselves to the improvement of human rights and welfare for individuals with disabilities. Governor Lee asked the disabled to unite and work hard to create a society in which they are respected without discrimination or prejudice. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Creating a society without discrimination depends on you. You must unite, cultivate power, and develop good policies that can also be adopted for the administration of Gyeonggi Province.” During the week of Persons with Disabilities Day, more than 50 events will be held around Gyeonggi Province including a festival in Yangju (양주) City for individuals with visual disabilities. 5. Microdust Mask Fraud Uncovered in Gyeonggi (0419) Microdust has become a serious social issue in Korea with protective masks emerging as common personal effects. Recently, a number of fraudulent mask sellers were apprehended by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police. ► 43 out of 78 Inspection Subjects Sold Illegally Manufactured Masks During a recent crackdown, 43 out 78 enterprises inspected were revealed to have sold masks that lacked KFDA approval or were manufactured by unlicensed subcontractors. [Sync] “I can even smell food inside, including the odor of discarded chicken…” One apprehended seller imported ordinary masks from China at a cost of KRW 350 each and deceptively sold them as protective masks for KRW 12,000 each. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-wu “The demand (for protective masks) will increase as microdust levels increase. This has driven imports from China and elsewhere.” Consumers are advised to check for KFDA approval when purchasing protective masks. The apprehended enterprises were charged with criminal offenses and referred to the KFDA for administrative punishments. 6. Gyeonggi Popular for Medical Training among Foreign Doctors (0419) There has been a continuous flow of foreign medical personnel coming to Gyeonggi to benchmark the province’s medical technologies. More than 500 medical personnel from 10 nations have completed training at hospitals in the province, with the most recent group coming from Vietnam. ► Korea University Ansan Hospital It is time for rounds in this hospital. [Sync] “(The patient’s) state is absolutely good. No fever …” Among the doctors doing rounds, Viese doctors can be seen; they follow treatment processes and continuously ask questions. They are currently studying cutting-edge medical technologies including IT-based diagnostics and robotic surgery techniques. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 10) Viese Medical Personnel Training Completion Ceremony Invited by Gyeonggi Province, eight Viese doctors completed a 4-week training course at five hospitals in the province. ► Bo Gguk Huan M.D., Hanoi Central Hospital, Vietnam “We learned a lot about useful medical knowledge and techniques, especially about urologic surgery and treatment methods. We are grateful.” The training of Viese doctors was realized through an MOU between Gyeonggi Province and Ho Chi Minh City. ► Yun Deok-hui, Director, Gyeonggi Province Health Policy Division “These trainees will not only act as promoters of Korean medical technologies but also play a key role when our pharmaceutical and medical industries seek markets in their country.” Medical exchanges between the two regions will also include the Medical Gyeonggi Business Forum in Ho Chi Minh City this June. ► 547 Medical Personnel from 10 Nations Trained in Gyeonggi Since 2011, a total of 547 medical personnel from 10 nations have completed training courses provided by Gyeonggi Province. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.04.19Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. Gyeonggi Pursues Deregulation of Personal Transporter Use (190408-1) With the use of self-balancing personal transporters, such as powered kickboards and unicycles, increasing in Korea, Gyeonggi Province has begun the mitigation of restrictions on the use of these convenient, environment-friendly, one-person transportation devices. ► Electric Kickboard Loaner, Suwon City These personal transporters, such as those found at this rental shop, are popular among park-goers and commuters since they can run at speeds of up to 25 kilometers per hour without generating emissions and do not require parking spaces. However, using these devices can be dangerous since, under current regulations, they are allowed only on streets. ► Shin Byeong-cheon, Electric Kickboard Loaner “There are too many restrictions. Users are frequently stopped and told it is dangerous to ride them on streets, on pedestrian paths, and on bicycle roads. Then where can they ride them? I don’t know.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 4) Announcement of ‘Regulation Sandbox’ Application Plan for Self-balancing Personal Transporters Gyeonggi’s action began with its plan to provide self-balancing personal transporter businesses with support in their ‘regulation sandbox’ application to the central government. ► ‘Regulation Sandbox’ - Temporary Deregulation Aimed at New Technology/Service Promotion In Korea, ‘Regulation Sandbox’ refers to the temporary suspension of regulatory enforcement with the aim of enabling new technology and service development such as in ICT fields. Gyeonggi Province also plans to select participating businesses and bicycle roads by July for the trial implementation of expanded personal transporter riding ranges. ► An Dong-gwang, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Policy Planning & Budget Bureau “When the ‘Regulation Sandbox’ is granted, the improvement of personal mobility will be realized while related businesses are promoted in areas with limited transportation service availability.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to provide businesses in other fields, primarily startups and ventures, with ‘Regulatory Sandbox’ application assistance including consultation and financial support to help them with complicated application procedures. 2. Gyeonggi Resumes Cash Rewards for Fire Exit Regulation Violation Reports (190408-2) Last month, Gyeonggi Province began offering cash rewards for fire exit regulation violation reports, and received more than 200 reports during the first month. Two years ago, a sports center fire that occurred in a neighboring province claimed 29 lives primarily due to fire exit failure. ► Residential-Commercial Building, Ansan City In this building, fire officials find that all fire exits, which are intended to prevent the spread of fire, are being kept open while staircases and passages leading to them are blocked by household items. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The passage to that emergency exit is half its normal width. It is restricted by shoe racks on both sides and is further blocked by other objects, while the exit door itself is so rusty that it cannot function properly.” According to the building manager, this building has long been in such a state. ► Building Manager (Voice Modulated) “When I asked (the residents) to clear the passages, they responded that it’s the way it always has been.” On the day of this investigation, however, violators were excused due to difficulties identifying them. Instead, a provisional correction order was issued to the building manager. ► Lee Dae-hui, Fire Sergeant, Ansan Fire Station “Since we were unable to identify violators or receive responses to house calls on our first visit, we simply issued warnings through the building manager. We plan to impose penalties on our next visit.” ► Study Room Rental House, Uiwang City In an investigation of a study room rental house in another city, emergency evacuation routes and fire equipment were found to be in good condition, but the fire exit was blocked by a large trash bin. ► Sports Center Fire in Jecheon in 2017 Despite the lessons learned from the sports center fire of two years ago, the same violations are still commonplace. ► Cash Rewards for Fire Exit Regulation Violation Reports Resumes after 8 Years Gyeonggi Province’s cash reward policy for fire exit violation reports has been resumed eight years after such rewards were replaced with prize items to avoid occupational reporting. ► Choi Mun-seok, Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Fire & Disaster Headquarters Special Investigation Team “… in order to encourage reporting among members of the public by paying rewards in cash instead of with prize items, which offer little satisfaction, and ultimately to create a safe Gyeonggi Province …” During the first month after resumption of cash rewards, as many as 279 reports were received, more than over the past three years. Reports with visual evidence can be submitted online to local fire offices. Cash rewards of KRW 50,000 will be paid for each confirmed violation case. Gyeonggi Province will adjust the reward policy as necessary in order to avoid abuse. 3. Gyeonggi Intensifies Regulations on Meetings with Retired Officials (190409-2) From the end of this month, Gyeonggi Province will implement stricter regulations on active officials meeting with retired officials so as to prevent possible corruption. Any such meeting will require prior notice if it is for official purposes, while meetings for entertainment will be prohibited. ► Prior Notice Required for Meetings with Retired Officials When prior notice is required, it must be filed with the governor or a related audit office. Violators will be subject to heavy punishments. ► Meetings for Entertainment Prohibited Meetings for entertainment, such as golfing, travel, gambling and other adult activities, are prohibited unless they are unofficial meetings such as school reunions or private club meetings. Retired officials include former officials in related fields who retired less than two years ago. ► Kim Jong-gu, Director, Gyeonggi Province Investigation Office “We expect that the observance of the compulsory prior notice of such meetings will help us create fairer and more transparent public offices.” Although such requirements are already included in the conduct code for officials, Gyeonggi Province has made them compulsory. ► New Regulations Enter Effect from End of April These new regulations for officials will be implemented later this month. In addition, the conduct code was also revised to include guidelines to help eradicate patronizing attitudes among officials toward civilians and sub-organizations. 4. Gyeonggi Governor Promotes Regional Vouchers at Traditional Market (190410-1) On April 10, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) paid a surprise visit to a traditional market in Suwon (수원) City to promote the use of Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers. He was accompanied by movie actor and regional voucher promotion ambassador Kim Min-gyo (김민교). ► Suwon Nammun Market (April 10) During this visit, Governor Lee and Kim toured the market together while shopping with regional vouchers. ► Kim Min-gyo, Gyeonggi Regional Voucher Promotion Ambassador “Can I use the vouchers at any shop other than those affiliated?” ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Yes, at any shop that receives credit cards.” ► Kim Min-gyo, Gyeonggi Regional Voucher Promotion Ambassador “That is really convenient.” Governor Lee did not miss the chance to promote the regional vouchers, introducing the vouchers to other shoppers while waiting in line at shops including a donut shop and a ceramic shop. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “With a 6 percent discount on the price of KRW 19,000, I can save almost KRW 2,000 …” Gyeonggi Regional Voucher issuance began this month. ► 6% Discount, 30% Tax Exemption Benefit on Purchases Using Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers Available for use at local traditional markets and backstreet shops, the regional vouchers have a consumption promotion effect since their users are provided with a 6 percent discount as well as a 30 percent tax emption benefit on each purchase. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I am very pleased to see first hand that small businesses and backstreet shops enjoy substantial benefits. The regional vouchers are beneficial for both shops and shoppers …” Governor Lee’s visit was organized to help promote the local economy through the use of regional vouchers. ► Heo Yeong-nam, Suwon Nammun Market Merchant “At first, we had more customers than you see now. We hope that more people become aware of the regional vouchers and their benefits and come to traditional markets to shop.” The Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers can be purchased at designated Nonghyeop (농협) Bank branches as well as through a mobile application. This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to issue a total of approximately KRW 500 billion in regional vouchers. 5. First Gyeonggi Youth Basic Income Payments to Begin in April (0409) This month, Gyeonggi Province will begin receiving applications for the Youth Basic Income payment. All youths 24 years of age who have lived in the province for more than 3 years are entitled to this new welfare benefit. ► Bae Jae-ho (Aged 24), Suwon City Resident Qualifying youths will receive payments of up to KRW 1 million in regional vouchers annually. ► Bae Jae-ho, Qualifying Suwon City Resident “I work part-time. However, working is difficult for me physically as well as time-wise. I think this is a great policy that helps me a lot.” The Youth Basic Income is one of Gyeonggi Province’s core youth policies. ► Anyone Aged 24 to Receive Payments Unconditionally All Gyeonggi residents born between January 2 of 1994 and January 1 of 1995 who have lived in the province for more than 3 years are entitled to the payment unconditionally. ► Applications: Gyeonggi Online Job Platform (apply.jobaba.net) Applications are being received via Gyeonggi Province’s online job platform, Jobaba (잡아바), until April 30. ► Quarterly Payments of KRW 250,000 Payments will be made in regional vouchers on a quarterly basis from April 20 in amounts of KRW 250,000 for a total of KRW 1 million annually. ► Regional Vouchers Usable at Small Businesses The regional vouchers, as cards or a mobile app, can be used in traditional markets and backstreet shops. ► Mun Yeong-geun, Director, Gyeonggi Province Youth Welfare Division “We expect that Youth Basic Income payments will help youths in their self-development and career selection as well as in social activities and participation.” This year, more than 175,000 Gyeonggi youths who are 24 years of age and also in a transition period from education to employment will benefit from the Gyeonggi Youth Basic Income payments. 6. Gyeonggi to Promote Production and Consumption of Domestic Rice Breeds (0410) The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, or GARES, recently announced its plan to increase the cultivation rates of domestic rice breeds from the current 36 percent to 51 percent by the year 2021. The total rice cultivation area in Gyeonggi Province exceeds 78,000 hectares. ► 64% of Gyeonggi Rice is of Foreign Breeds Foreign breeds, primarily Japanese, account for 64 percent of the rice grown in the province Although they are inferior to domestic breeds in blight resistance and taste, this ratio has been maintained since the 1980s when the central government introduced foreign breeds to increase rice production. ► Gyeonggi Began Rice Breed Development in 2003 Since 2003, this Gyeonggi institute has been developing new rice breeds, a Dream series. These breeds are more productive since they are more resistant to insects and diseases while offering better textures and tastes. ► Shin Hun-beom, Charm Dream Rice Farmer “(The Charm Dream rice breed) features high productivity of well-defined grains. As a rice farmer with more than 30 years of experience, it’s a breed that I would recommend.” ► GARES Announces Domestic Rice Breeds Promotion Policies (April 9) The GARES announcement of domestic rice breed promotion policies was made at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex on April 9. ► Gyeonggi to Expand New Rice Breed Cultivation Areas to 8,500 hectares by 2021 The announced policies also include a 10 percent increase in cultivation areas of Gyeonggi breeds to 8,500 hectares by 2021. ► Kim Seok-cheol, Director, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services “We are ready to introduce new domestic rice breeds with high quality and productivity that can replace foreign breeds. We will protect ownership of the domestic breeds. We believe that the promotion of our breeds is absolutely necessary.” ► Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services (April 9) GARES Secures Agreement from Related Organizations for Gyeonggi Rice Breeds Promotion In order to form a tematic cooperation network from seed production and supply to rice purchasing and distribution, GARES secured agreements with related organizations. While GARES will continue to undertake breed development and cultivation education, the Foundation for Agricultural Technology Commercialization and Transfer will produce and supply seeds, the Gyeonggi Rice Research Institute will oversee production, and the Gyeonggi Regional Agricultural Cooperative will operate rice purchasing, processing and distribution networks. 7. Gyeonggi to Launch Lease Deposit Financing Support Program (0411) From next month, Gyeonggi Province will provide low-income families who face lease deposit-based housing difficulties due to low credit ratings with financing of up to KRW 45 million. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 10) Cooperation Agreement on Lease Deposit and Interest Support for Low-Income Families Through an agreement with the Korea Housing Finance Corporation and NH Nonghyeop (농협) Bank, Gyeonggi Province will begin providing families in low-income brackets with lease deposit loans from May. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This program aims to help those in difficult financial situations to secure housing stability. We will continue to expand this support program to enable more residents to benefit…” [CG] Compared to annual costs of nearly KRW 1.4 million that include a 3 percent interest rate and guarantee fees when financed by commercial banks, costs will be reduced to only KRW 450,000 for Gyeonggi’s lease deposit loan. This equates to financing cost savings of up to 67.2%. ► Lee Jeong-hwan, President, Korea Housing Finance Corporation “This heart-warming policy by Gyeonggi Province will benefit Gyeonggi residents while helping us to realize social justice as a public corporation.” ► Gwon Jun-hak, Director, NH Nonghyeop Bank Gyeonggi Headquarters “As a regional financing corporation, NH Nonghyeop Bank will do its utmost to help promote the local economy; we will fulfill our role as a bank for local residents and the working class” The subjects of support will include any family with little or no income including National Basic Livelihood Benefit recipients. ► Application → Recommendation by Gyeonggi → Financial Guarantee → Loan Grant Applications can be submitted at a local resident center for initial review by Gyeonggi Province. Upon recommendation by the province, a financial guarantee will be issued followed by the grant of a loan for up to 10 years. Approximately 10,000 households are expected to benefit from this program by the year 2022. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.04.12Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. Ambulance Fraud Uncovered in Gyeonggi (190401-2) A company that supplied remodeled ambulances with operation facilities to general hospitals in Gyeonggi Province was apprehended for tax evasion. This company was found to have faked the vehicle prices it reported to the tax office on behalf of hospitals. Operated by 35 disaster-response hospitals in Korea, these special ambulances are used in the event of disasters such as earthquakes or large fires. There are seven such ambulances being operated in Gyeonggi Province. ► Taxes Dodged through Special Ambulance Price Fraud This company has been manufacturing these ambulances by remodeling trucks. It then sold them to hospitals and filed tax reports on behalf of the hospitals. In these reports, the company was found to have indicated false prices to reduce procurement taxes for the hospitals and misappropriated much of the illegal gains. ► Lee Ui-hwan, Director, Gyeonggi Province Tax Justice Division "We found that this company filed documents with false prices and paid greatly reduced amounts of procurement tax. This company took advantage of acting on behalf of hospitals in tax reports for ambulance purchases…” Of sales to seven hospitals that utilize such ambulances, such fraud was discovered in sales to three. This company was sent to prosecution while the three hospitals had to pay the additional taxes due. Similar fraud cases are also being investigated in the province. 2. Gyeonggi Launches Multicultural Communication & Mediation Committee (190402-1) With the multicultural population nearing two million in Korea, the number of conflicts between Koreans and multicultural families is also increasing. To address such conflicts, Gyeonggi Province established the Multicultural Communication & Mediation Committee. ► Wongok-dong, Ansan City This neighborhood in Ansan (안산) City is densely populated by multicultural residents, accounting for approximately 70 percent of the local population. This area also sees frequent friction between native and foreign residents in cases such as those regarding trash disposal. ► Kim Han-rae / Korean Resident “To us, it is illegal dumping. However, for others from some foreign countries, it is their everyday lfe since their waste disposal tems are different from our volume rate tem…” There are also those who play mahjong and cards in parks. Resident complaints stemming from cultural differences frequently lead to conflicts among residents. ► Multicultural Communication & Mediation Committee Consisting of 15 specialists in the fields of multiculturalism and human rights, Gyeonggi Province’s Multicultural Communication & Mediation Committee, the first of its kind in Korea, aims to resolve such conflicts through communication and dialogue. ► Kim Deok-seon, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Foreigner Support Team “Since the committee members have wide field experience, they should be able to help resolve local conflicts.” Home to more than 600,000 foreign residents, the largest number in Korea, Gyeonggi is endeavoring to create a province in which native and foreign residents can live harmoniously as friendly neighbors. 3. Gyeonggi to Expand Operating Room CCTV Systems (0402) This year, Gyeonggi Province will expand the installation of operating room CCTV tems to all remaining provincial medical center hospitals in addition to the tem already installed in Anseong (안성) Hospital. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center - Anseong Hospital Last October, for the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province installed a CCTV tem at Anseong (안성) Hospital so as to prevent human rights violations and misconduct in operating rooms. ► Kim Ok-seong, Former Anseong Hospital Patient “(With the CCTV tem,) I didn’t have to worry anything other than the operation itself. I received the operation in a comfortable state.” CCTV monitoring occurs only with the consent of both the medical staff and the patient. ► Patient Consent Rate Increases from 53% to 63% Since its introduction in October last year, the patient consent rate has increased from 53 percent to 63 percent. ► Choi Jae-wung, M.D., Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center - Anseong Hospital “Patient trust in medical staff has increased while attitudes among medical staff are improving.” ► Operating Room CCTV Systems to Be Operated at All 6 Gyeonggi Medical Center Hospitals The operating room CCTV tems will be installed at the five remaining Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center hospitals beginning from May. ► Jeong Il-yong, Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center “I think the operating room CCTV operation was successful in preventing misconduct and gaining public trust. I hope that this tem will be installed in all operating rooms in the nation…” ► Gyeonggi to Promote Nationwide Installation of Operating CCTV System Gyeonggi Province proposed a Medical Service Act amendment to the Ministry of Health & Welfare for compulsory installation of operating room CCTV tems at 1,818 large hospitals in the nation. 4. Anseong’s April 1 Independence Movement Reenacted on Centennial (0403) During the Japanese occupation, a large public independence movement, an independence proclamation led by farmers, took place in Anseong (안성) City. In commemoration of its centennial, a reenactment took place in the city. ► Manse Hill, Anseong City This street in Anseong (안성) City, where the movement took place, was once again filled with citizens and national flags. [Sync] “Long Live Independent Korea!” The citizens paraded along the street while proclaiming an independent Korea, shouting “Manse! (만세!)” just as they did a hundred years ago. ► Anseong Residents’ Manse Proclamation Took Place on April 1 and 2, 1919 The independence proclamation movement in Anseong (안성) City lasted for two days from April 1 to 2 of 1919. ► Independent Korea Proclamation Led by Farmers During the two days, farmers seized local police stations and government offices as well as post offices. ► Jang Su-bin & Shim Su-hyeon, 1st Graders, Gyeonggi Creative High School “There were quite a few fighters for independence in Anseong (안성) City. We hope that they receive the recognition they deserve from the public.” ► 127 Perished During and After Independence Movement During and after the movement, 127 residents perished under Japanese suppression of the city, the largest such number in Korea. ► One of 3 Largest Public Independence Movement Site Anseong (안성) City is one of the three largest public independence sites in Korea, with the other two being located in North Korea. ► Anseong City Mayor Wu Seok-jae “With events like this, we take pride in our city and hope to inspire inter-Korean exchanges.” The centennial event of the public independence movement in Anseong City saw the participation of more than 3,000 residents. 5. Renowned Philosopher Talks about Independence Fighter, Yeo Wun-hyeong (0404) On March 27, in a public event known as a talk concert, Kim Yong-ok (김용옥), a renowned Korean philosopher, presented the life of Yeo Wun-hyeong (여운형), an independence fighter from Gyeonggi. ► Gyeonggi Arts Center (March 27) Talk Concert about Yeon Wun-hyeong, We Have Been Too Ignorant, by Kim Yong-ok This event took place at the Gyeonggi Arts Center on Gyeonggi Culture Day as an independence memorial event. ► Kim Yong-ok, Philosopher, Talk Concert Presenter “The March 1 Independence Movement took the form of a public proclamation of ‘Manse’. Yeo Wun-hyeong was the person behind it.” ► Yeon Wun-hyeong, the Leading Surveillance Subject during Japanese Occupation Yeo was the leading surveillance subject during the Japanese occupation. ► Yeo Led National Establishment Preparation through Group Activities Despite constant surveillance and suppression by the occupying Japanese, Yeo secretly led the formation of independence movement groups and assumed the National Establishment Preparation Committee Chairperson’s position. The talk concert was followed by performances featuring Korean traditional music instruments. [Sync] Auld Lang Syne The stage was designed to reflect Korea’s modern history. ► March 1 Independence Movement Centennial Talk Concert, Gyeonggi Arts Center This event was organized by the Gyeonggi Arts Center as a March 1 Independence Movement centennial event. Admission to the event was free. ► Kim Yong-ok, Philosopher, Talk Concert Presenter “Under the current situation in which the unity of the left and right as well as inter-Korean peace are our challenges, revisiting the life of Yeo will help brighten our future.” The Gyeonggi Arts Center will continue to hold independence memorial events such as musicals to commemorate the centennial of this movement. 6. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly’s 334th Extraordinary Session Ends (190404-1) On April 4, the 334th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended with its fourth general meeting that saw the passage of 80 items including ordinance drafts for worker health and environment-friendly vehicles. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (April 4) 4th General Meeting of 334th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session The ordinance draft for worker health pertains to the establishment and operation of a health management center and a health management support team for workers in the province. ► Lee Ae-yeong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The purpose of this ordinance is to improve the health of workers in the province through health management…” The ordinance draft for the expansion of environment-friendly vehicle support facilities was also passed during the general meeting. ► Kim Tae-hyeong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “This ordinance pertains to the establishment of an administrative and financial basis for the promotion of environment-friendly vehicle utilization. We consider it timely for air quality improvement…” The passage of 80 items was followed by 5-minute speeches by members of the provincial assembly. ► Kim Yoeng-jun, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I urge the administration to enable the Unification Wish Center to serve as a catalyst for the realization of inter-Korean exchanges and a North Korea-US summit, both of which are currently delayed.” ► Hwang Su-yeong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I propose that Gyeonggi Province establish new Gyeonggi Business Centers in Beijing and Vladivostok where North Korea dispatches many business and labor personnel.” The next extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly is slated for a 15-day run from May 14 to 28, during which it will review a number of items including revised supplementary budget plans. 7. Gyeonggi Holds Joint Social Overhead Capital Project Forum (190405-1) With Gyeonggi Province announcing the promotion of life-related social overhead capital projects, a forum jointly organized by the provincial administration and provincial assembly took place during which both authorities sought to orient the focus of the projects. ► Baekui-2Ri, Yeoncheon County This village in Yeoncheon (연천) County in northern Gyeonggi Province has been suffering after the departure of the US military from the area. ► Gyeonggi Pursues Hotel Construction Utilizing Empty Houses In this village, Gyeonggi Province plans to construct a large hotel utilizing vacated spaces. ► SOC Projects for Livelihood Improvement and Job Creation Utilizing this guest house and nearby gold-panning sites for tourism, Gyeonggi Province plans to help increase local resident income while creating dynamic living environments and new jobs. The entire initiative is referred to as ‘Gyeonggi life-related social overhead capital projects’. ► Jeong Tae-wuk, Resident Leader, Baekui-2Ri, Yeoncheon County “This is a village of poor people. However, we look forward to seeing the day when we live happily through the development of our village and an increase in our income.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (April 4) Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Joint Life-Related SOC Forum Held in tandem with the central government’s 3-Year Life-related SOC Plan, this forum saw the participation of more than 150 assembly members and administration officials as well as social overhead capital specialists. ► Kim Gwang-ho, Gimpo Urban Development Corporation Project Planning Team Manager “The life-related SOC projects are about welfare and facilities that can be utilized by all people without geological disadvantages.” ► Huh Hyeon-tae, Director, Suwon City Urban Regeneration Center “I believe that the way in which the projects, which must be implemented locally, are controlled by the central administration, which has the money and implements the projects through contracts with local administrations, must be changed now.” The attendees unanimously agreed on the selection of projects that best reflect local characteristics. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administration Affairs Lee Hwa-sun “We will develop detailed plans before implementation, taking your opinions into account.” ► Gyeonggi to Establish Life-related SOC Team Gyeonggi Province will establish a life-related SOC team led by the Vice Governor for Administration Affairs to oversee its 3-year initiative and secure national subsidies while pursuing multifaceted efforts to realize plans such as central government project participation, project identification and surveys. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.04.05Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1.Gyeonggi Promotes Forestation at Industrial Sites (190327-1) Initiated by Gyeonggi Province, industrial enterprises in the province joined in the forestation of their production sites so as to help reduce atmospheric microdust. Participating enterprises agreed to plant trees within their green areas to improve the natural absorption of aerial contaminants. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 26) 120 Join Gyeonggi’s ‘Industry Forestation’ Program This agreement was signed at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex in Suwon City on March 26 with the representatives of 120 participating enterprises attending. ► Hwang Ho-song, Environment Team Manager, Samsung Electronics Giheung Plant “We will create green spaces and terraces that can also be used for resting and coffee breaks.” ► Lee Jun-yeong, Environment Safety Team Manager, Kia Motors Hwaseong Plant “We plan to develop a 150-meter promenade that can be used by our employees as well as local residents…” More than 31,000 trees will be planted this year by the 120 enterprises that joined the provincial industry forestation program. ► Gyeonggi to Promote Participation in Industry Forestation by All Industrial Enterprises by 2021 Through promotional efforts, Gyeonggi Province targets the planting of 210,000 air-purifying trees, such as pine trees, at all industrial locations in the province by the year 2021. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “By planting trees even in small areas, we hope to improve environmental issues including microdust…” This industrial area tree-planting program is expected to reduce microdust by 7,400 kilograms annually. An estimated total of 1,243 tons of microdust is being emitted from industrial sites in Gyeonggi Province each year. 2.Gyeonggi to Provide 250,000+ Households with Housing Support (190327-1) Gyeonggi Province recently announced its comprehensive housing plans for this year. These plans include the supply of public rental housing units as well as housing cost support for more than 200,000 households. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 26) Announcement of 2019 Housing Plans A total of approximately 255,000 households will benefit from Gyeonggi provincial housing support plans, which primarily focus on the stabilization of housing supply. ► Lee Jong-su, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “We will expand housing policies through increases in public rental housing supply and housing cost support so as to guarantee the housing rights of residents and to strengthen housing support for working-class residents.” ► Public Rental Housing Supply and Housing Cost Support This year, Gyeonggi Province will supply 21,000 public rental housing units. For housing cost support, the province will provide monthly rental support of approximately KRW 130,000 on average to 213,000 households. It will also provide up to KRW 10,260,000 in housing improvement support to 1,000 households. ► Ku Yang-hui, Suwon City Resident “I hope that more rental housing units are supplied to enable more people to live in improved living environments.” This year, the housing policies of Gyeonggi Province also include the expansion of housing finance. ► Rental Housing Deposit Support for New Tenants Rental housing deposit support of up to KRW 2 million will be made available to 2,330 new rental housing tenants. ► Lease Deposit Support for Lease Deposit-based Rental Housing Tenants In addition, lease deposit financing of up to KRW 100 million as well as interest support will be provided to lease deposit-based rental housing tenants in low-income brackets. Gyeonggi Province will establish the Housing Welfare Center next month to oversee the implementation of these housing support plans. 3.Gyeonggi Holds Regional Forums on Basic Income Policies (0325) Gyeonggi Province recently held regional public forums to promote its basic income policies. Basic income refers to income guaranteed for everyone regardless of what they have or their employment status; it aims to eliminate social problems that stem from income imbalances among individuals. ► Ansan City Hall (March 21) Regional Public Forum on Basic Income Held in a circuit of seven western provincial regions, these public forums also aimed to establish regional consensus on the basic income concept. Each event saw the introduction of the basic income concept by the joint chairperson of the Gyeonggi Province Basic Income Committee, Kang Nam-hun (강남훈), followed by presentations and discussions on the subject. ► Basic Income Works as Social Safety Net According to Kang, the basic income tem works as a social safety net that guarantees minimum quality of life for people. ► Kang Nam-hun, Joint Chairperson, Gyeonggi Province Basic Income Committee “Although there is less need for support for the middle class, these policies are more effective when the middle class is experiencing difficulties.” [CG] Unlike existing selective welfare tems, a basic income tem provides an equal amount to everyone regardless of their wealth or employment status. According to a civic activist who participated in the discussion, this tem is necessary in Korean society since it is characterized by wealth imbalances that cause serious problems. ► Lee Tae-gyeong, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Finance Executive Committee Member “Land occupation tax, basic income and regional vouchers – three policies being pursued by Gyeonggi Province – can be regarded as policies that directly aim to reform the current real estate republic.” The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly is also in alignment with Gyeonggi provincial basic income policies. ► Jeong Seung-hyeon, Vice Chairperson, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Finance & Economy Committee “Not only can the basic income tem become a pivotal welfare tem of the future that institutionally promises an above-minimum level of dignity for human beings, it can also …” During the regional forums, discussions were organized jointly by Gyeonggi Province, the Gyeonggi Research Center, and the Basic Income Korea Network. ► An Dong-gwang, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Policy Planning & Budget Bureau “The concept of basic income was not born for political purposes. Since it was conceived for future generations, we must study and develop the policy together.” ► Regional Basic Income Forums in Eastern & Northern Provincial Regions Slated for April The regional public forums on basic income policies will continue in eastern provincial regions on April 9 and in northern provincial regions on April 23. Gyeonggi Province also plans to hold a two-day basic income expo in Suwon City. 4.334th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Begins (0327) The 334th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began on March 26 for a ten-day run that will see the review of 89 items. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (March 26) 1st General Meeting of 334th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session In his opening address, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-gyu (송한규) encouraged the Korean National Assembly to pass an amendment to the Local Autonomy Act. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I hope that the enactment of the Local Autonomy Act amendment and the new Local Council Act will be realized as early as possible.” The first day of the session saw speeches by negotiation group leaders of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. Yeom Jong-hyeong (염종형), the Democratic Party floor leader, proposed new political visions. ► Yeom Jong-hyeong, Democratic Party Leader “We will lead the way to correct the understanding of our history, following the spirit of the March 1 Independence Movement, and to end factionalism and history distortion while preparing for and challenging the future.” ► Yeom Jong-hyeong: “Large Number of New Jobs Needed to Create Prosperity for Everyone” Yeom emphasized the importance of creating a large number of new jobs through the successful implementation of industrial complex projects and the inducement and promotion of enterprises. This extraordinary session, which included questions and answers on administrative matters on March 26 and 27, will end on April 4. ► Review of 89 Items During the session, a total of 89 items will be reviewed including 68 proposals made by assembly members as well as 21 items submitted by the Gyeonggi provincial administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education. 5.2nd Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council Meeting (0328) On March 26, the second Policy Council Meeting of the Gyeonggi provincial administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly was held to discuss seven items. The meeting was successful in reaching a consensus on all the items discussed. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (March 26) 2nd Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council Meeting Launched as a communication and cooperative body of the Gyeonggi provincial administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, the second policy council meeting of the two authorities saw the attendance of 13 representatives from each authority who discussed seven items. [CG] The items proposed by the administration include the organization of a basic income expo, an increase in the number of official positions, and the expansion of youth pension support. ► Lim Chae-ho, Gyeonggi Province Secretary for Political Affairs “I hope that the two authorities will reach a consensus through understanding, cooperation and conciliation for the sake of the public.” [CG] The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly put forward four items: free meals in high schools, personnel hearing subjects, unified public transportation fares, and indoor school gymnasium construction. ► Yeom Jong-hyeong, Joint Chairperson, Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council “I believe that we are looking in the same direction. We have a duty to discuss and narrow the gaps to deliver productive results.” ► Agreement on Free Meals in High Schools; Unified Public Transportation Fares to be Re-Discussed While both authorities agreed on the implementation of free meals in high schools from the second half of the year, they decided to discuss unified public transportation fares again at the next meeting. ► Official Position Increase to Be Discussed during Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session The council decided to bring the administration’s proposal for a 10 percent increase in the number of provincial official positions to the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly’s extraordinary meeting. ► Basic Income Expo Plan Receives Unanimous Support The representatives of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly unanimously showed their support for the opening of a basic income expo in April. 6.Regional Vouchers Issued throughout Gyeonggi in April From April, Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers are being issued as an alternative form of payment for use throughout the province. These vouchers, distributed through welfare payments or consumer purchase, can only be used locally in the same manner as gift certificates within the province. ► Issuance of Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers Began throughout Gyeonggi Province The purpose of the regional vouchers is to promote small business commerce and a virtuous local economic circle. ► Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator (March 29) Gyeonggi Regional Voucher Public Presentation On March 29, Gyeonggi Province held a public presentation about the Gyeonggi regional vouchers. ► Ryu Gwang-yeol, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Labor & Employment Bureau “I think that it is most important for our residents to fully understand, accept, and use the Gyeonggi regional vouchers.” This event saw the attendance of more than 300 residents, small business owners and local officials. ► Song Gyeong-deok, Small Business Owner, Yangju City “The fact that the regional vouchers can only be used locally is naturally beneficial for local commerce.” Regional vouchers are issued by local governments under the general supervision of the province. ► Regional Vouchers Can Be Purchased at 6% Discount Gyeonggi regional vouchers can be purchased at any Nonghyeop (농협) agricultural cooperative market or via mobile at a discount of up to 6 percent. Regional vouchers, which come in diverse forms including printed vouchers, cards and smartphone applications, can only be used at traditional markets and backstreet shops and not at large supermarkets or department stores. ► Lee Gyeong-hwa, Consumer, Hwaseong City “I prefer cards since they are convenient. They can be used at any affiliated shop just like cash cards. Using cash and receiving change is cumbersome.” Gyeonggi Province plans to issue KRW 496.2 billion in regional vouchers this year and up to KRW 1.59 trillion by 2022. 7.Rescued Eagle Owl Returned to Nature in Gyeonggi (190329-3) On March 27, the Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center returned a rescued eagle owl to nature after treating its injuries. Last year alone, more than 1,500 wild animals were rescued by this center. ► Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center The eagle owls are an endangered species. ► Rescued in Namyangju City in February When this bird was discovered in Namyangju (남양주) City, it was suffering from malnutrition as well as injuries from an impact with a building wall. After one month of rehabilitation at the Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center, the bird fully recovered. ► Kim Seong-hwan, Veterinarian, Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center “After detailed examination, we determined that the bird was fit enough to return to nature. We believe that the bird will have no problem with the natural environment since we released it in the same area in which it was rescued.” ► Injured Eagle Owl Released after Rehabilitation, Namyangju City (March 27) The released eagle owl returned to nature, flying with healthy wing movements. Residents from the area in which the bird was discovered attended the release. ► Go Geon-min, Finder of Injured Eagle Owl “When I found it, it was motionless under a tent. I am very pleased to see it fly well. I hope that it will live a healthy life.” Anyone who finds a wild animal in distress can report it to the Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center. Center personnel warn, however, that one must look around the area before making a report to ensure that the animal is not attended by its parents. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week
Weekly English news | 2019.03.29Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. Gyeonggi & National Agency to Cooperate in Whistleblower Protection (190318-2) On March 15, Gyeonggi Province and the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of Korea signed a cooperation agreement to protect individuals who report unlawful deeds, including corruption, from retaliation. ► Gyeonggi Opens Public Report Hotline in January This past January, Gyeonggi Province opened a public hotline for reporting illegal activities such as fraudulent industry practices and environmental contamination as well as unfair or corrupt actions by public officials. However, members of the public often avoid reporting such cases for fear of retaliation. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 15) Signing of Cooperation Agreement between Gyeonggi & Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission To eliminate such fear and protect whistleblowers, Gyeonggi Province sought the cooperation of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of Korea through this agreement. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “…so as to ensure that people’s rights are protected and that the damage caused by the infringement of rights is fully compensated …” ► Cooperation for Crime-reporting Individual Protection and Related Institutionalization This agreement specifies detailed measures including the physical protection of individuals who report possible crimes, education for officials and the punishment of those officials who engage in unlawful activities as well as the utilization of safe reporting methods. ► Park Eun-jeong, Chairperson, Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission “I believe that we can better achieve results when autonomous bodies set an example (in preventing unlawful activities) …” ► Gyeonggi to Expand Compensation for Victims of Unlawful Activities Gyeonggi Province also seeks to remove the upper limit on rewards for reporting crime. Specifically, individuals who report unlawful activities will be paid 30 percent of the revenue increase or up to KRW 200 million as a reward. 2. 1000+ Abandoned Dogs in Gyeonggi Find New Homes (190319-2) The Assistance Dog Share Center of Gyeonggi Province recently found a new home for its 1,000th abandoned and retrained canine, Bambi. ► Bambi’s New Home in Hwaseong City Bambi, a round-eyed shih tzu that loves to play, began a second life in a new home. This little dog follows family members wherever they go. After arriving, the life of Bambi’s new family has also changed and brightened. ► Hwand Mi-gyeong, Bang Seung-bokm, Bambi’s New Owners “Our three sons used to hide in their rooms as soon as they came home. With Bambi, they now stay in the living room longer and we get to talk to each other more.” ► Gyeonggi Assistance Dog Share Center Began Training Abandoned Gods in 2013 Since 2013, the Gyeonggi Assistance Dog Share Center has been training abandoned dogs and finding them new homes. Bambi was the 1,000th such dog. [CG] Since this program began, the number of dogs homed by the center has been increasing by 20 percent annually. ► Nam Yeong-hui, Director, Gyeonggi Assistance Dog Share Center “We train dogs in basic submissive behaviors and sociability. We also neuter the dogs and give them microchip implants before adoption.” Only 30 percent of abandoned dogs are lucky enough to find new homes. Last year alone, an estimated 120,000 dogs were abandoned by their owners in Korea. Gyeonggi Province also promotes the adoption of abandoned dogs through education and volunteer service campaigns. 3. Gyeonggi Launches First Peace Policy Advisory Committee in Korea (190320-2) Gyeonggi Province has launched the Peace Policy Advisory Committee, the first of its kind among the second-tier governments of Korea, to advise the provincial government on inter-Korean peace and cooperation policies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 20) Launch of Gyeonggi Province Peace Policy Advisory Committee Reporting directly to the provincial governor, this committee, chaired jointly by the Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace and a former Minister of Unification, will provide the provincial government with advice on existing inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects as well as future policies. ► Lee Jong-seok, Joint Chairperson, Gyeonggi Province Peace Policy Advisory Committee “...to help the provincial government establish substantial peace policies by guiding provincial peace policies in the right direction and identifying new policy ideas, and to enable inter-Korean peace and cooperation projects to be realized tematically and comprehensively…” ► 32 Members from Diverse Related Fields Attend First Meeting Consisting of 32 members from diverse related fields including a National Assembly member representing Paju (파주) City, a Unification Research Institute professor and a North Korean Studies Association director, this committee held its first meeting on the day of its launch. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-young “I ask those committee members to whom DMZ is of interest to participate in project implementation and stay with us for every step…” This committee will meet on a quarterly basis while performing any necessary preliminary surveys and studies. It will play a key role in provincial inter-Korean peace policies including Special Unification Economic Zone development. 4. Gyeonggi to Host Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence (0318) Gyeonggi Province was selected to be the host of the new Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence to be established by the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT. This graduate school will be located on the Suwon campus of Sungkyunkwan (성균관) University. The market for artificial intelligence, commonly known as AI, in Korea is growing rapidly. ► Korean Artificial Intelligence Market Expected to Grow to KRW 11 Trillion by 2020 The size of the Korean AI market is expected to reach KRW 11 trillion by the year 2020. However, there is a serious deficiency in the supply of artificial intelligence specialists due to a lack of related education courses and facilities. ► First Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence to be Established in Gyeonggi This national school will be located on the Natural Science Campus of Sungkyunkwan (성균관) University in Suwon (수원) City. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 15) Signing of Agreement for Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence Establishment For the establishment and management of this school, Gyeonggi Province and Sungkyunkwan (성균관) University signed a cooperation agreement. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I hope that this graduate school will be the birthplace of many research results which will lead to industrial applications and economic activities as well as to the creation of many jobs. We will provide all the support we can …” ► Gyeonggi to Expand AI Education and Industrial Support According to this agreement, Gyeonggi Province will provide the school with management cost support and promote the industrial application of AI technologies developed by the school. With facilities for a thirty-member faculty, the school will open from the second semester with 60 students this year. The school will also engage in more than 30 joint academia-industry projects. ► Shin Dong-ryeol, President, Sungkyunkwan University “The AI graduate school, which was born and will operate through cooperation between Gyeonggi Province and Sungkyunkwan University, is a true public-academia-industry cooperation model that, we expect, will grow with local communities.” This graduate school will produce much-needed AI specialists while contributing to the competitiveness of the domestic AI industry. 5. Gyeonggi Adopts 14 Resident-proposed Administrative Ideas (0319) The current Gyeonggi provincial administration has been accepting administrative ideas from residents and recently announced the selection of 14 such ideas for adoption and implementation. ► Yeongdong Market, Suwon City This traditional market in Suwon City features automated defibrillators for public use. ► Automated Defibrillators Installed in Traditional Markets The installation of defibrillators in traditional markets was realized through a suggestion made by residents who felt the need for such equipment in traditional markets, which feature large numbers of older merchants and shoppers. ► Lee Jeong-gwan, Chairperson, Suwon Yeongdong Market Merchant Association “Defibrillators are a must in our market. They are very important. We can also used them for training.” ► Online Gyeonggi Province Temporary Job Application System Another resident idea to be adopted by Gyeonggi Province is the introduction of an online application tem for temporary employment by Gyeonggi Province. This tem will enhance applicant convenience in terms of time and transportation. ► Shin Myeong-ho, Online Gyeonggi Province Temporary Job Application System Proposer “If residents are given more opportunities to propose policy ideas, many residents who experience inconvenience will be able to make useful suggestions. That will also help the administration greatly.” Gyeonggi Province continues to adopt resident ideas for policy development. ► 14 Administrative Policy Ideas Adopted Through the first review, 14 ideas were selected for implementation this year. [CG] Other ideas proposed by residents include lowering the age limit for reporting crime, the utilization of throwing-type fire extinguishers for use by individuals of limited mobility, and the installation of fire boxes with wet masks and other safety equipment at the Gyeonggi Arts Center. ► Resident Ideas for 2019 Accepted Online: vog.gg.go.kr Anyone with good administrative ideas that can be applied in the everyday lives of residents can submit their ideas via the Voice of Gyeonggi website and Public Petition. 6. Gyeonggi Prioritizes Purchase of Ssangyong Vehicles (0320) To help the Ssangyong (쌍용) Motor Company, which experienced a financial crisis ten years ago and has been struggling ever since, Gyeonggi Province decided to place priority on the purchase of vehicles from this company. All 27 of the vehicles parked in front of this Gyeonggi Provincial Government building are Ssangyong vehicles. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 20) Official Procurement of Ssangyong Vehicles These vehicles, which cost KRW 940 million in total, were purchased by Gyeonggi Province for 11 provincial offices. ► Gyeonggi Purchases 27 out of 50 Vehicles from Ssangyong Of 50 vehicles to be purchased this year, Gyeonggi Province purchased 27 from Ssangyong (쌍용) to aid the company’s revival. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs Kim Hee-kyeum “… in the hope that Ssangyong Motor Company and its trade union will exhibit exemplary labor-management relations through communication, conciliation and cooperation …” The number of Ssangyong vehicles owned by Gyeonggi Province has now increased from 59 to 86. Gyeonggi Province will also recommend Ssangyong vehicles to local governments and provincial organizations. ► Jeopng Il-gwon, Ssangyong Motor Company Trade Union Leader “I hope that the purchase of Ssangyong vehicles by Gyeonggi Province will lead to closer, more cooperative relationship between the province and the company, and that Ssangyong vehicles will contribute to the advancement of the province…” These new Ssangyong vehicles will also be used for free weekend rental by residents under the Happy Car Share program. ► Choi Jong-sik, CEO of Ssangyong Motor Company “Just as these cars will be used in the Happy Car Share program, we will also endeavor to contribute to local economic development to return the favor to local society.” In addition to purchasing Ssangyong vehicles, Gyeonggi Province has been active in assisting the Ssangyong Motor Company with its revival efforts through various channels including the central government. 7. Gyeonggi Provides Multicultural Children with Korean Language Textbook Support Gyeonggi Province, home to a quarter of the 2-million strong multicultural population in Korea, has been providing children in multicultural families with Korean language textbook support. To date, approximately 2,000 children have received these textbooks free of charge for use during classes with visiting teachers. ► Multicultural Family Home, Uiwang City Kim (김아영), an immigrant mother from Vietnam, greets the teacher who has been visiting her home to teach Korean language to her son for the past one year. [Sync] “He made a thatched roof.” This teacher comes once a week. ► Kim A-yeong, Home Class Hangul Textbook User "Since I am a foreigner, it is difficult for me to teach my son Korean. However, since we have a visiting teacher, my son’s progress has improved greatly.” ► Gyeonggi Provides Children in Multicultural Families with Free Korean Language Textbooks Gyeonggi Province’s free Korean language textbook support has been provided to children 4 to 10 years of age in multicultural families since 2009. These children can also receive one-on-one Korean language lessons from visiting teachers. This Korean language education support aids multicultural families greatly. ► Kim Jeong-hui, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Multicultural Support Team “… to relieve multicultural families of difficulties in educating children and to help these children learn…” There are approximately 53,000 children in multicultural families, accounting for a quarter of the national total, of which more than 2,000 are receiving Korean language education support from Gyeonggi Province. ► Apply via Local Government Website or Multicultural Family Support Center Those wishing to apply for Korean language education by visiting teachers can submit their applications via local government websites or to the Multicultural Family Support Center. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.