EnglishNews | 2016.09.23Article 1. 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Meeting (160912-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 9, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly held the fourth general session of its 313th extraordinary meeting which saw the passage of 35 items including the third revised supplementary provincial budget. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly 4th General Session of 313th Extraordinary Meeting All the 35 items presented by the Gyeonggi Provincial Government passed voting without complications. ▶ Progressive Electricity Billing System Improvement Plan One of the notable items discussed at the meeting was a progressive electricity billing system improvement plan. With the passage of this plan, Gyeonggi Province will now able to effectively devise a rationalized billing system. ▶ Hong Seok-woo / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member (Saenuri Party) “The current electricity billing system is unfair to general households. The provincial assembly approved the improvement plan as was presented.” ▶ North Gyeonggi Trauma Center Establishment Plan The provincial assembly also approved an agreement between Gyeonggi Province and Uijeongbu (의정부) St. Mary’s Hospital for the establishment of a trauma center in northern Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol “I declare the approval of item 24 based on 79 ayes and 1 abstention out of 80 voters present.” ▶ 3rd Revised Supplementary Budget Plan Passes A third revised supplementary budget plan was also passed. ▶ Revised Supplementary Budget: KRW 22.4 Trillion The revised supplementary budget of KRW 22.4 trillion was also passed without complications. ▶ For Job Creation and Local Economic Development Projects Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil revealed that the revised supplementary budget will be used for various job creation and local economic development projects. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province will use the approved budget for crucial job creation and local economic development projects. These projects will be implemented without delay to aid economic recovery.” The next general session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly extraordinary meeting is scheduled for November 1. Article2. 2nd Half of Gyeonggi Coalition Focuses on Public Life (160912-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 9, the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly entered a coalition agreement for the second half of their term in 288 public life improvement projects. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (September 9) The agreement was signed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly leaders of the ruling and opposition parties. At this meeting, Governor Nam also appointed a new Vice Governor for Coalition who will undertake political coordination with the provincial assembly. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Coalition Kang Deuk-ku “I will do my utmost to help realize collective coalition efforts that will create the future of Gyeonggi Province and Korea.” ▶ Public Life Coalition Agreement Consisting of 288 cooperation projects that focus on public life, the agreement is accordingly titled the Public Life Coalition Agreement. ▶ 288 Projects of 13 Categories The scope of the second coalition agreement between the two provincial bodies covers 288 projects in 13 categories and is thus greater than the previous one in terms of both the number of projects and their scale. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Let us work together in openness just for our people, for our residents.” [CG] The coalition agreement projects include those for youth employment support, school meal support, and the implementation of expanded double-decker bus and semi-public red bus operation systems. ▶ Support for Living Wages and Rental Housing Deposits This second coalition agreement is characterized by its coverage of projects that aim to improve or stabilize public livelihood such as those regarding the support for a living wage increase and rental housing deposit payments. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol “The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will extend positive cooperation in the realization of the projects covered by the coalition agreement.” Led by the Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Coalition, who will assume office next month, Gyeonggi Province’s coalition system will create a new political model. Article 3. Gyeonggi Uncovers Unhygienic Chinese Restaurants (160912-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Since this past July, the special judicial police of Gyeonggi Province have staged an extensive crackdown on unhygienic practices among all Chinese food delivery businesses in the province, and uncovered a large number of violations. When inspectors enter the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant, its condition is beyond description. The ceiling is covered with a thick black mixture of dust and soot dangling like icicles that can fall into food below at any moment. The sweet-and-sour sauce pot is too grimy to touch with bare hands. In the kitchen of another restaurant, days-old exposed food waste fills every corner without being properly stored. ▶ [Sync] “We are using pay-as-you-throw disposal bags, but it’s a waste of money to use them daily just to dispose of the small amount of food waste produced every day, isn’t it?” It is no wonder that cockroaches are found everywhere, even in cooking utensils. The appalling situations do not end there. A meat distributor that supplies pork to Chinese restaurants uses meat with effective dates that expired a year ago. ▶ All 3,485 Chinese Restaurants in Gyeonggi Province Inspected In the six weeks following this past July, the judicial police inspected all 3,485 Chinese restaurants in the province. ▶ 474 Restaurant Uncovered with Food Hygiene Law Violations The results were astonishing since the violations of the Food and Hygiene Law were uncovered at as many as 474 restaurants. ▶ Park Seong-nam / Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Chief “It is easy to violate the law when cooking where no one can see. We will conduct crackdowns on a regular basis while providing hygiene education to restaurant operators so as to eradicate unhygienic practices.” The violators uncovered during the crackdown will be subject to strict administrative penalties as well as criminal prosecutions. Article 4. Gyeonggi Abounds with Apartment Management Fee Fraud (160913-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province conducted inspections on the management of apartment complexes and discovered fraudulent items for apartment management fees collected monthly from residents at more than 500 apartment complexes. Each year, the apartment management contractor of this apartment complex charged increased fees for cleaning and guarding without actually paying increased wages to these personnel. ▶ Extra Charges for Fraudulent Items They also charged residents for retirement fees, pension fees and health insurance fees for management personnel while employing only those who are old enough to be exempted from such payments. ▶ [Sync] Apartment Manager “I think such was a common practice among contractors. I wasn’t aware of any fraud because what was being charged was usual in such circumstances.” ▶ KRW 15.2 Billion Embezzled at 556 Apartment Complexes During inspections conducted over the past two years, Gyeonggi Province uncovered cases of apartment management fee fraud amounting to KRW 15.2 billion at no less than 556 apartment complexes, equivalent to KRW 30,000 per household. [CG] Among the types of fraud, those for long-term repair reserves were the greatest, amounting to almost KRW 10 billion at 445 complexes. This was followed by fraud for management personnel expenses and contracted service fees found at 544 and 357 complexes, respectively. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Our residents’ precious money is leaking profoundly. We ask our residents to keep alert while we are doing our utmost to improve the situation. We will also ask the central government to take necessary measures for improvements.” Gyeonggi Province pressed criminal charges for the five largest fraud cases while helping residents recover excessive payments at 28 complexes. ▶ Big Data and Consulting Services to be Utilized to Prevent Apartment Fraud Gyeonggi Province will utilize big data to monitor apartment management fees while introducing consultation services for bidding and contracting apartment management services so as to eradicate apartment management fraud. Article 5. Gyeonggi Province Nurtures Trade Specialists (160913-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been nurturing international trade specialists from among those who are proficient in foreign languages so as to assist SMEs with international marketing while providing youths with job opportunities. ▶ Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center (September 12) On September 12, the Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center organized an event to connect the graduates of this 3-month trade education course with SMEs. ▶ Sin Seung-yeon / International Trade Course Graduate “Being an English major, I haven’t had opportunities to familiarize myself with international trade. This course gave me that opportunity and it helped me gain confidence.” ▶ Trainees Provided with Job Opportunities upon Graduation The attendees of this education course are provided with job opportunities upon graduation through events like this to which SMEs seeking export personnel are also invited. Those who meet their employers here can start work immediately. ▶ Yu Tae-seung / CEO, Wheel Lighting “I could see that these youths were fully equipped with linguistic and trade knowledge. It is extremely efficient because all they need is product knowledge before working as fully functional personnel.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Utilize Graduates at Trade Expo In order to broaden the experience of the graduates, Gyeonggi Province plans to utilize these youths at trade expos in October such as G-Fair and G-Trade. At these expos, they will work for participating enterprises, possible employers, as trade assistants. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs II Yang Bok-hwan “There are those graduates who are still seeking employment. We will continue to help them find jobs even after their graduation…” The trade specialist education program of Gyeonggi Province has the dual purpose of promoting youth employment while assisting SME in securing qualified employees. Article 6. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Examines Administrative Oversights (160909-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The third general session of the 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Meeting took place on September 8. This session was held for provincial administration oversights on a number of issues. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (September 8) 3rd General Session of 313th Extraordinary Meeting The third general session of the current extraordinary meeting saw questions posed to provincial administrators regarding major provincial policies. One such question was about the establishment of the Gyeonggi Province Corporation currently planned by the provincial government. ▶ Lim Doo-soon / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Saenuri Party “I understand that the Gyeonggi Province Corporation will be in the form of a legal business entity. If so, it may easily succumb to profit-driven management patterns.” In response, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) assured that its publicness will be maintained by articles of association and stockholder agreements. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The publicness of this organization will be maintained while making money for SMEs by helping them with marketing.” ▶ Publicness, Independence & Originality Governor Nam added that this organization should also be endowed with management independence and innovativeness so as to be sustainable and to assist as many SMEs as possible. There was also a question about small business support policies aimed at local economic promotion. ▶ Cho Gwang-hui / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Minju Party “I ask you to actively develop more efficient support and promotion programs for small businesses as well as for the protection of their rights.” ▶ Governor Nam Considers Formation of Small Business Promotion Funds In response to this request, Governor Nam disclosed a plan to formulate small business promotion funds as part of SME promotion funds. The initial funds will amount to KRW 100 billion. Other questions posed at today’s session included those regarding the Ddabok (따복) housing supply schedule, parking and charging facility expansion for electric vehicles, and women’s employment. Article 7. New Geonggi Businesses Seek Investment at Audition (160909-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center organized an investment audition session for new businesses that were created with provincial support so as to help them connect with investors. This month’s event marked the fourth occasion of its kind. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (September 9) During the event, young business founders took turns to present their product items in front of potential investors. One of the items presented was a wearable electronic exercise aid. Unlike other similar items, this one can detect the breathing and movements of the user and even calculate muscle mass. The next item was a software product that helps online shoppers select appropriately sized clothing and shoes. This software won the top prize for usefulness in everyday life. ▶ [PiP] Kim Hyun-ho / New Business Founder “It is a rare opportunity for new businesses to meet a number of potential investors in a single place. It provides a good opportunity to introduce our products.” ▶ Matchmaking between Potential Investors and New Businesses This auditioning event was conceived as a channel through which new businesses can be connected with potential investors. It also helps investors evaluate the business potential of the items presented through direct contact with the developers. ▶ [PiP] Jang Jun-ho / Potential Investor “It is not easy and takes a long time to find an investable enterprise with good business potential. This publicly organized event preselects such enterprises and helps us save a lot of time and resources…” ▶ KRW 1.8 Billion Invested in 5 New Businesses These auditioning events have already helped five new enterprises secure investments of KRW 1.8 billion through three previous occasions. ▶ Jeon Woo-chang / Gyeonggi Province Future Strategy Division Official “We aim to create an environment in which more new enterprises can secure investment. We will continue organizing the event that can produce greater results.” This year, the auditioning of new businesses for investment matchmaking will take place once more in November. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.09.13Greetings, 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. Article 1. Gyeonggi Mom’s Healthy Meal Festival (160905-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 2, a healthy diet promotion event for expectant mothers was held at the Gyeonggi Women’s Vision Center. This single-day event saw education and consultation sessions that featured obstetricians and dieticians. ▶ Gyeonggi Women’s Vision Center (September 2) 2nd Gyeonggi Mom’s Healthy Meal Festival Titled ‘Gyeonggi Mom’s Healthy Meal Festival’, this was the second such event organized for pregnant women by this center in Gyeonggi Province to provide them with opportunities to discuss their current eating habits and seek advice. ▶ Free Discussion on Healthy Cooking During the free discussion session, an obstetrician provided detailed explanations about healthy ingredients and cooking methods that can help preserve the nutrients essential for expectant mothers. ▶ [PiP] Ku Hye-myeong / Participant with Final-stage Pregnancy “This is my first pregnancy, so I am especially conscious about nutrition for my baby. Here I learned about the foods that are good for my baby, how to prepare them, and how to control the amounts of sodium and sugar…” During the festival, the participating mothers were provided with healthy diet information and an opportunity to share experiences with each other. ▶ Healthy Meal Demonstrations There were also demonstrations of healthy meal preparations for expectant mothers as well as food items nutritional checks and individual consultations with dieticians. ▶ Bae Su-yong / Director General Gyeonggi Province Health & Welfare Bureau “There are an increasing number of women who become pregnant at older ages than was previously the case. We organized this event to help them ensure their babies’ health and to promote childbirth.” Gyeonggi Province will develop a range of programs designed to promote marriage and childbirth and to help pregnant women in the later stages of their fertile years. Article 2. Internet Use Increases for Home Memorial Service Food Deliveries (160905-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Around Chusoek (추석), Korean families prepare foods traditionally eaten on this major Korean holiday and perform memorial services for their ancestors. In recent years, the number of Koreans who order Chuseok (추석) food items for delivery from food stores has increased. ▶ Food Store, Goyang City This store receives Chuseok food orders via the internet. ▶ Orders Received by Online Food Stores Increase before Chuseok With Chuseok (추석) only weeks away, the number of orders began to increase rapidly and their total amount exceeded KRW 40 million in just two weeks. Customers made their choice of foods from the options displayed on the homepages of food stores. ▶ Choi Jae-won / Specialist Food Store Owner “We receive approximately 50 orders monthly on average. However, the number of orders increases threefold during the months of Chuseok and the Lunar New Year. We supply foods at prices lower than those of large supermarkets.” ▶ Online Purchases of Agricultural and Livestock Products Increase Online transactions for agricultural and livestock products have also shown an increasing trend recently. [CG-Overlap] Sales of the Gyeonggi provincial cyber market usually also increase more than 60 percent during September and October. The cyber market offers discounts around the Chuseok (추석) holiday. ▶ Moon Jae-yul / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Products Distribution Division “Our cyber market saw sales of KRW 15.8 billion in 2015, the highest among online shopping malls in Korea. This market is currently offering discounts of up to 64% on more than 40 items” ▶ 50% of Shoppers Use Ready-made Memorial Foods According to a survey of consumers conducted by a well-established online shopping mall, more than 50 percent said that they use at least one ready-made memorial service food item purchased from a market instead of being prepared at home. The convenient use of ready-made memorial service foods purchased online is expected to increase continuously until Chuseok. Article 3. Gyeonggi Nursing & Care Service Hospitals Expanded (160906-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province introduced combined nursing and care services at five selected provincial medical centers for those patients who require personal services. These combined services have now been expanded to all provincial medical centers. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Suwon Hospital Jeong (정연순), a Gyeonggi medical center patient who is unable to move without assistance, requested nursing and care services since no one in her family was available to help her due to their jobs. Her personal needs are now being taken care of by a nurse who is also a qualified personal care service provider. ▶ Jeong Yeon-soon / Spinal Nodule Patient “I can trust my nurse a hundred percent. She always responds quickly to my calls and helps me with anything I need…” ▶ Nursing & Care Services Expanded to All Provincial Hospitals Gyeonggi Province recently expanded these nursing and care services to all provincial hospitals from September. ▶ Services More Professional and Less Expensive An increasing number of elderly patients are using the combined nursing and care services of Gyeonggi Province hospitals since these services are provided by professional nurses and thus reliable while also being less expensive than the use of additional personal care providers. The costs of nursing and care services are much lower than those of hiring personal care providers since these services is covered by national health insurance. ▶ Han Hyun-hui / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Health Policy team “There has been a growing necessity for the improvement of personal care services. In order to alleviate the burden of personal care costs on patients, these services will be expanded to all provincial hospitals from this September.” For such service expansion, Gyeonggi Province will invest KRW 1.7 billion this year to employ 84 more nurses qualified in the provision of personal care services. Article 4. Gyeonggi Improves Infectious Disease Tests (160906-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Earlier this summer, for the first time in fifteen years, an outbreak of cholera occurred in Korea. Gyeonggi Province immediately took measures to accelerate infectious disease diagnosis, especially for those diseases with similar symptoms, so as to ensure timely responses to any future outbreaks. ▶ Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Korea While there is still public fear lingering over the Zika virus, Korea saw outbreaks of multiple infectious diseases including cholera and dengue fever this past summer. Dengue fever was particularly active, resulting in more than 70 patients. ▶ Quick Diagnosis Essential for Controlling Infectious Diseases with Similar Symptoms These diseases originated from overseas and have similar symptoms. ▶ [PiP] Kim Jeong-yeon M.D. / Gyeonggi Medical Center Suwon Hospital “It is not easy to diagnose diseases with similar symptoms. Patients require detailed tests to distinguish one from the other.” [CG] The majority of the symptoms of the Zika virus and dengue fever are similar, and both are transferred by mosquitoes. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Begins Genetic Tests for 34 Infectious Diseases with Similar Symptoms Gyeonggi Province will perform genetic tests for 34 infectious diseases with similar symptoms that require a quick diagnosis. ▶ [PiP] Hong Hae-geun / Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment Official “The task of diagnostic tests has been transferred from the provincial disease control headquarters to the provincial institute of health and environment. Diagnosis will then be accelerated by 3 to 7 days.” While improving infectious disease monitoring through quick diagnosis, Gyeonggi Province will also minimize the spread of such diseases in the province. Since early diagnosis is essential, those who develop symptoms such as fever and nausea are required to visit a hospital immediately. Article 5. New Types of Phishing Increase before Chuseok (160908-3) [Anchor’s Headline] As the Chuseok (추석) holiday nears, there has been a rapid increase of phishing activities in Korea using text messages that target smartphone users. This ‘smishing’ is often disguised as a notice from a fake service enterprise. One such message gives notice of a courier delivery delay and asks the recipient to check via a link provided. Another request, disguised as a winning notice in a promotional event, requests the provision of personal information. ▶ Park Jeong-eun / Victim of Smishing When I saw the message that said I won an event and asked me to click a link, I did by mistake. I am sure that will cause or has caused me damage, but I don’t know how to get help.” ▶ Link Leads to Theft of Personal Information or Money Clicking a link provided by such a message may result in the theft of personal information or a payment charged on a smartphone bill. [CG] The number of cyber fraud incidents such as these smishing cases has increased more than 30 percent over the past two years ▶ How to Prevent Smishing ► Delete the Message Immediately ► Increase Mobile Phone Security ► If Clicked, Set to Airplane Mode to Interrupt Data Transfer If smishing is suspected, it is best to delete the message as soon as it arrives. It is also helpful to disallow automatic installation of applications sent from unknown sources. If a smartphone user has clicked a link by mistake, set the phone to airplane mode to interrupt data transfer. ▶ Consumer Consultation Services for Cyber Fraud Those who have suffered monetary damage through cyber fraud are encouraged to contacting a consumer consultation service. ▶ Ahn Chang-yeong / Gyeonggi Province Consumer Fraud Prevention Center “If you have already suffered damage due to fraud, the Gyeonggi Province Consumer Fraud Prevention Center is available to provide legal and psychological assistance.” The Gyeonggi Province Consumer Fraud Prevention Center can be contacted by calling 1372 for free consultations regarding cyber fraud. Article 6. 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Meeting (160908-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 7, the 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly extraordinary meeting was held. During this meeting, questions were posed to provincial administrators regarding a number of administration matters. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (September 7) 313th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Meeting, 2nd Session At the second session of the extraordinary meeting, an assembly member from the Minju (민주) Party indicated problems regarding the operation of food trucks by Gyeonggi Province as part of youth employment promotion. ▶ Go Yun-seok / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Minju Party “Effective operation cannot be expected because of seasonal business fluctuations, event dependency and weekend-prioritized operations.” In response, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil revealed that he is currently working on plans to increase the number of food trucks to 100 by the end of the year. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We are pursuing the enactment of a related ordinance. I ask you to extend your cooperation to allow the active operation of the food trucks.” The issue of low birth rates was another topic about which questions were asked. ▶ Low Birth Rates to be Tackled with Employment and Housing Support for Youths Regarding decreasing provincial birth rates, Governor Nam acknowledged the fact and affirmed his continuous efforts to improve the situation through the resolution of employment and housing issues for youths. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “If we continue current policies on a larger scale and concentrate on employment and housing issues, I am certain that we can achieve positive results.” Other issues broached by assembly members included roadside landscaping to reduce dust generation and the cost of vehicle identification plate issuance. The 313th extraordinary meeting for provincial administration oversight continued the next day with a third session. Article 7. Gyeonggi Upgrades Real Estate Portal (160908-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a real estate portal site to provide the public with comparative and analytical real estate information that contain comprehensive data. The related provincial office recently upgraded the real estate portal services. Han (한상용) has been house-hunting using spare time during his busy daily schedule. Instead of having to do a lot of legwork, he can easily find detailed information including prices about the home he is looking for as well as information about the amenities in the vicinity of each home thanks to the real estate portal services of Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Han Sang-yong / Suwon City Resident “I found Gyeonggi Province’s portal site while searching on a number of different internet sites. This site is great because it provides all the information I need including prices in real time based on actual transactions.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Real Estate Portal Upgraded after 6 Months of Functional Improvements This provincial real estate information service website, which is the largest of its kind in Korea, recently began providing upgraded services after six months of functional improvements. ▶ All Real Estate-related Information Available on a Single Website This website provides comprehensive real-time information assembled from a number of real estate information service sites. ▶ Apartments Available for Sale, Monthly Rent and Lease Comprehensive Information Based on Actual Transactions A table comparing information about apartments for sale as well as those available for monthly rent and lease is now provided on a single screen. ▶ Kim Ji-hui / Director, Gyeonggi Province Land Information Division “Based on user requirements, we prepared analytical apartment information displayed on a single screen and improved the provision of development information and map search functions.” The upgraded real estate portal services also include four additional functions that provide transaction statistics and trends. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.09.09Greetings, 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. Article 1. Gyeonggi Province Intangible Cultural Asset Festival (160829-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 26, a 3-day cultural festival that showcased more than 60 registered intangible cultural assets of Gyeonggi Province in performance arts and crafts opened at the KINTEX exhibition complex of Goyang (고양) City. ▶ KINTEX, Goyang City (August 26 – 28) 2016 Gyeonggi Province Intangible Cultural Asset Festival The women’s sword dance of Gyeonggi originates from the Shilla (신라) Dynasty and is famous for its mixture of delicate, almost bashful movements and dazzling displays of power performed by colorfully dressed dancers. The sword dance is followed by Nongak (농악), a farmers’ dance, specially choreographed for the Gwangmyeong (광명) Nongak Group. ▶ [PIP] Lim Woong-soo / Gwangmyeong Nongak Performer “Our performance is best appreciated if spectators stand up and accompany the music with their own body movements.” ▶ 61 Registered Intangible Cultural Assets Showcased The 61 intangible cultural assets that were showcased at the festival include a number of performance arts such as the sword dance and farmers’ dance as well as various traditional crafts displayed by masters in each field. ▶ [PiP] Park Pung-jo / Visitor from Pyeongtaek City “I happened to pass by, saw the festival sign and came in to see what it was. I enjoy the performances very much and the rice wine tasted wonderful.” Marking its 18th occasion this year, the three-day festival saw more than 2,500 visitors who rediscovered and appreciated the cultural heritage of the province. ▶ Lim Jeong-lan / Chief Director, Gyeonggi Intangible Cultural Asset Association “At this festival, people will rediscover the art possessed by Gyeonggi Province. Then we will be encouraged even more to work harder ...” The intangible cultural assets will be passed to new generations through the efforts of their masters and apprentices. Article 2. Gyeonggi Nurtures Emission Trading Specialists (160830-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Since the introduction of an emission trading system in Korea last year, the demand for specialists in this field has increased among those enterprises with emission permits. To address such demand, Gyeonggi Province began nurturing emission trading specialists. ▶ Hwaseong Green Environment Center This incineration plant is one such facility that was designated as an emission permit allocation facility. Greenhouse gas emissions are a natural result of this plant’s operations. When this facility received a two-year emission permit allocation last year, the person in charge was not familiar with the system. However, after completing the emission trading specialist education course, he is now able to handle the allotted emission permits as an efficient emission trader. ▶ Kwak Gyeong-jun / Emission Trader, Hwaseong Green Environment Center “I didn’t even know what greenhouse gases were at first. I thought I needed to take an emission trader certificate course to be able to handle the tasks at hand, so…” ▶ Emission Trading System – Allocation and Trading of Emission Permits With the emission trading system, designated organizations are allocated emission permits that represent emission reduction units. When the allocated reduction is achieved, the remainder of the permits can be traded among designated organizations. ▶ Demand for Emission Trading Personnel Increases However, there has been a significant lack of understanding regarding the system and a shortage of emission trading personnel among these organizations. ▶ Emission Trader Certificate Course The emission trader certificate course is thus provided by Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Lee Yun-pyo / Gyeonggi Province Climate Change Team Official “The demand for emission trading personnel has been increasing since the enactment of the related law in 2012. This education course will contribute to the creation of new jobs since it is a new job field.” Gyeonggi Province will also provide assistance to relevant organizations with greenhouse gas reductions. Article 3. Former Landfill to be Transformed into Large Park (160831-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently announced the development of the former Sihwa (시화) Landfill in Ansan (안산) City as a large park incorporating adjacent marshland parks. The entire area will be as large as 50 soccer fields. ▶ Former Sihwa Landfill in Ansan City This development plan was finalized after the end of the 20-year stabilization period for the landfill following its closure in 1995. ▶ Largest Garden Park in Korea When completed, this park will be the largest garden-style park in Korea. ▶ Lee Eun-hui / Ansan City Resident “It will be nice to have a spacious park in Ansan instead of having the area left unused.” ▶ Area: 1,320,000 Square Meters The total area of the former landfill and adjacent marshland is 1,320,000 square meters. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “Ansan Reed Marshland Park and Bisong Marshland Park are adjacent to the landfill. These parks will also be included in the new large garden park.” [CG] Located within a short distance of a large amusement park, an airport and expressways, this park is expected to attract more than 5 million visitors annually. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 30) The construction of the park and its amenities will cost approximately KRW 56 billion in total. ▶ Kim Ik-ho / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Livestock & Forestry Bureau “The park will consist of six gardens that represent the five continents of the world and a traditional Korean garden plus tourism facilities and amenities for children.” Director General Kim also revealed that there will be a sales and distribution center for garden materials. ▶ Ansan City to be Developed as Garden Industry Center When the construction of this park is completed, Ansan (안산) City will become the garden industry center of Korea. Beginning from the formation of a master plan in October, the construction of the park is expected to be completed by the year 2021. Article 4. Gyeonggi On-site Consultation Services for Individuals with Disabilities (160901-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to improve welfare and consultation services for individuals with disabilities, Gyeonggi Province began on-site services in cooperation with nine provincial organizations. Those with disabilities often fail to receive services available to them simply because of the difficulty of seeking out such services. ▶ Apartment Complex in Suwon City At an apartment square in Suwon (수원) City, residents with hearing impairments receive medical examinations from a visiting doctor who is assisted by social workers. At the next table, others receive legal consultation services from a lawyer. ▶ Professionals from 9 Organizations Provide On-site Services A team of professionals in nine different fields provide services at a single site for the convenience of residents with disabilities. ▶ Jeon Hwa-jin / Service Recipient “I received consultation services in several fields that are beneficial to me. I am very grateful.” ▶ Visiting Welfare & Consultation Services The services include the repair and cleaning of various physical aids. Since there are a large number of requests, service users had to wait in line. Consultation services included those in the fields of disability classifications, pensions and jobs. A total of 150 individuals with disabilities used the on-site welfare and consultation services today. These on-site services for individuals with disabilities are organized by the Gyeonggi Province Disabled Welfare Support Center ▶ Jang Ji-won / Gyeonggi Province Disabled Welfare Support Center Team Leader “We will improve on-site services by including more organizations and programs through detailed requirement studies.” This on-site welfare and consultation service team will visit two more sites in the eastern and western regions of Gyeonggi this year. Article 5. Gyeonggi Opens Help Desk for Urban Improvement Program (160830-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating the Urban Vitality Improvement Program to improve rundown urban areas by implementing projects proposed by residents. In order to promote better utilization of the program by residents, a help desk was recently opened. ▶ Doil Market, Siheung City This old market area was once rundown to such a degree that many buildings were deserted and the streets were abandoned. However, this area has had its vitality restored thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s urban improvement program in which local residents participated. ▶ Kim Jeon-sik / Doil Market Merchant “This alley had been totally deserted. It was dark and dirty. However, people began to come to the market after the improvement of its environment. Shops are finding their business slowly picking up now…” ▶ Urban Vitality Improvement Program The Urban Vitality Improvement Program works by involving residents in the planning and implementation of improvement projects. ▶ Help Desk Opens to Assist in Project Proposal Preparations The help desk provides residents with assistance in the preparation of project proposals for provincial support. ▶ ‘City Doctors’ at Help Desk Provides Consultation Services A group of specialists titled ‘City Doctors’ at the help desk will provide professional advice on devising improvement ideas and preparing project proposals. ▶ Han Dae-hui / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Regeneration Policy Team “Residents sometimes lack professional knowledge and manpower, and this may cause negative project assessment results. The purpose of our service is to help them create project proposals that can win provincial support …” The help desk will be established at the Gyeonggi Province Urban Regeneration Center and start operation in September. ▶ GTV Reporter, Lee Ye-sol “Gyeonggi Province’s help desk will visit rundown areas in urban regions and help them regain their vitality. Gyeonggi GTV, Lee Ye-sol.” Article 6. Gyeonggi Province 2nd Half-term Coalition Agreement (160829-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly recently entered a coalition agreement for the second half of the term. This agreement contains more than 300 items covering more detailed and diverse areas. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (August 26) Announcement of 2nd Half-term Coalition Agreement The final agreement was reached and announced after tense negotiation of coalition policy details that began on August 19. ▶ 322 Coalition Items The 2nd Half-term Coalition Agreement contains 322 finalized items. ▶ Park Seung-won / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Saenuri Party “We focused on creating a coalition that can open up a new local government era such as the one regarding the introduction of local ministers.” [CG] The agreed-upon coalition items also include the introduction of youth employment support that will be provided during job search periods. Also included is an increase in free provincial school support and the appointment of four provincial assembly members as local ministers. ▶ Choi Ho / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Saenuri Party “This agreement can be considered as an experimental step in clarifying how the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly can function effectively and what the assembly members can do for provincial residents.” According to the agreement, the two provincial bodies will work together in promoting SMEs and increasing living wages while abandoning the provincial assembly hearing for a coalition vice governor appointee. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The Gyeonggi administration will do its utmost to realize the agreed-upon items and create a coalition for the benefit of residents.” Gyeonggi Province will appoint teams of officials for the realization of agreement items and begin taking necessary procedural actions. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Raise Living Wage to KRW 10,000/Hour (160901-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to increase the living wage in phases to KRW 10,000 an hour by the year 2019. According to this plan, the monthly earnings of a living wage earner will be increased from the current KRW 1.4 million to nearly KRW 2.1 million in three years. ▶ Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Lee (이병무) is a living wage-based senior employee of the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services. He currently receives approximately KRW 1.4 million per month. However, his monthly earnings will be KRW 2.09 million in 2019. ▶ Lee Byeong-mu / Employee of Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services “I am happy because I have a job that I like and working is good for my health. I think the living wage system is what we need.” ▶ Living Wage – Minimum Pay Necessary to Maintain Normal Standard of Living Living wage is the minimum income necessary for a worker to maintain a normal standard of living. ▶ Living Wage to Increase to KRW 10,000 The current living wage in Gyeonggi Province is KRW 7,030 per hour. This is higher than the statutory minimum wage of KRW 6,030 an hour. [CG] Gyeonggi Province will increase the living wage 12.5 percent annually for three years up to KRW 10,000 per hour in 2019. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I think this is reasonable wage increase that will help boost the economy. The hourly living wage will reach KRW 10,000 in three years.” ▶ Living Wage-based Employees of Gyeonggi Province to Benefit from Increase There are 697 living wage earners in Gyeonggi provincial offices and provincial organizations who will benefit from such an increase. ▶ Living Wage Increase from January 1, 2016 The living wage increase will go into effect from January 12 next year. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.09.02Greetings, 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. Article 1. Gyeonggi Opens Field Education for Aspiring Farmers (160822-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is providing field education to aspiring farmers. The objective of this education program is to better prepare inexperienced agricultural aspirants with field-based education through simulated farm business startup processes. ▶ Practical Education Farm, Anseong City At this practical education farm, which opened this past July, participants are busy tending their small-yet-proud individual patches of rented land and planting seedlings under the guidance of instructors. Even from the selection of plants, the instructors assist the participants throughout the entire learning process. ▶ Choi Rin / Program Participant from Yongin City “This program is greatly beneficial since it provides us with comprehensive knowledge about farming from farmland renting and greenhouse building to actual farming, harvesting and marketing.” ▶ Simulated Farm Business Startups While many new farmers experience failures due to a lack of knowledge and experience, the participants of this program can minimize trial and error by undertaking simulated farm businesses in advance. ▶ Farmland and Equipment Rentals and Education Fees Supported Participants are provided with support for farmland and equipment rentals and education fees as well as customized education in farming techniques and business management for related crops. ▶ [PIP] Kim Chung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Policy Division “This program helps its participants learn from both qualified specialist instructions and their own farming experience, giving them confidence in farming and marketing before they start farm businesses.” Gyeonggi Province will expand the regional coverage of farm business startup education so as to help more new farmers succeed. Article 2. Gyeonggi’s Unfair Trade Consultation Center (160823-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Since opening one year ago, the Unfair Trade Counseling Office of the Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center has successfully helped settle nearly 200 unfair trade cases. ▶ Franchise Restaurant, Seongnam City Under his franchise contract, the owner of this restaurant, Ha (하정호), had to use only those food items supplied by the franchiser at prices much higher than market rates. He and other affiliated restaurant owners submitted collective complaints to the franchiser, but were brushed off on the grounds that they had signed contracts that bore such terms. Ha turned to Gyeonggi Province’s Unfair Trade Counseling Office as a last resort, and the matter is now under positive negotiation. ▶ Ha Jeong-ho / Franchise Restaurant Owner “Gyeonggi Province suggested settlement through negotiations instead of legal action, and assisted us in successfully opening a dialogue with the franchiser, for which we are deeply grateful.” The Unfair Trade Counseling Office was opened to offer help in the settlement of unfair trade complaints. ▶ 190+ Cases Resolved Gyeonggi Province’s Unfair Trade Counseling Office has achieved a great record in helping resolve more than 190 cases out of approximately 200 unfair trade complaints received. ▶ [PiP] Cho Jang-seok / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Coexistence & Cooperation Team “What is most significant is the fact that there is now a place to which small and medium enterprises and small businesses can turn to when they are victimized by unfair trade practices.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Pursue Franchise-related Administrative Power A Gyeonggi Province spokesperson revealed that the province will pursue the establishment of a legal foundation that enables second-tier governments to intervene in franchise matters so as to eradicate unfair trade practices. Gyeonggi Province will also provide education to SME and small business personnel so as to improve their capabilities in protecting their rights from unfair trade practices. Article 3. West Gyeonggi Expressway Traffic Jams Relieved (160823-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The final section of Gyeongin (경인) Expressway III that connects with the Yeongdong (영동) Expressway to the east has been notorious for constant traffic congestion. The situation became even more serious when another expressway to the south was connected with this part of the expressway system in 2013. ▶ Road Expansion Completed between Jeongwang Interchange and Wolgot Junction Traffic conditions in the area, however, have improved significantly after the recent completion of road expansion work on and around this Gyeongin (경인) Expressway III section, as seen at its junction with the Yeongdong (영동) Expressway. ▶ Shoulders Expanded to Function As Extra Lanes Even during commuting hours, traffic now moves smoothly at this interchange with extra lanes created by expanding the shoulders. ▶ Chae Bong-gi / Commuter from Seongnam City “I use this route four times weekly. Traffic has become much better since the opening of the shoulder lanes.” ▶ Shoulder Lanes Opened Both Ways at Wolgot Junction This past July, the extra shoulder lanes were opened in both directions of this expressway section for traffic load-based operation. ▶ GTV Reporter, Han Seon-ji “With the opening of extra lanes, the 2.7km-long vehicle queues disappeared and the average traffic speed became 38 km per hour faster, reducing the travel time of through traffic by up to 20 minutes.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Expand Shoulder Lane Operations Gyeonggi Province also announced the creation of shoulder lanes on the Hakui (학의) Junction section of the Seoul Beltway, another heavily congested area. Work will begin this September for completion at the end of the year. ▶ Lee An-se / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Privately Invested Road Team “We will operate the shoulder lanes by opening them during rush hours. During uncongested hours, these lanes will be returned to their normal function as shelters for vehicles in emergency situations.” Flexible shoulder lane operation will not only reduce travel time and the length of vehicle queues on expressways but also reduce the risk of rear-end collisions at the end of queues. Article 4. Gyeonggi Game Development Camp for Talented Youths (160822-2) [Anchor’s Headline] During this past summer, Gyeonggi Province operated a camp for talented young game developers that recently produced its first graduates. On graduation day, participants presented the games they had created at the camp. ▶ ‘Single Path Runner’ This obstacle game features a cute character that runs an adventurous path. ▶ ‘Enchanted Shooter’ Another game features a tank battle in a hail of artillery fire. These games display such sophistication that even the judges could not believe that they were created by middle school students. ▶ [Sync] “The Korean game industry is currently in a difficult situation, but these games... We were very surprised.” ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (August 20) 1st Gyeonggi Game Development Camp for Talented Youths Graduation Ceremony Throughout the entire process, from planning to designing and programming, these talented teenagers created their own computer games without assistance. The parents of these youths were also surprised to find a new side of their children whom they had only known, with worries, as game-loving addicts. ▶ Noh Ae-sun / Participant’s Mother from Siheung City “I don’t know how many times I told him not to stay up all night playing games. Seeing the game he created, I am very proud now. I was really surprised to see how well he did.” ▶ Velocity by Return Zero Team Won 1st Prize The first prize, the Gyeonggi Gubernatorial Award, went to the battle game ‘Velocity’ by the Return Zero team. ▶ Youths Experience Game Development Processes During the camp, which was overseen by the Gyeonggi Contents Agency, youths experienced the game development process through independent work. ▶ Kang Man-woo / Camp Participant, 3rd Year Middle School Student “It was hard work and took me a long time since I had to change the plan several times. I am very satisfied with the final result. My focus in the future will be virtual reality games.” The ultimate purpose of this youth camp was to promote the potential of the provincial game industry by nurturing youths with game development talent. ▶ Hong Deok-su / Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Industry Division “This camp is geared to encourage talented youths to further develop their own capabilities through experiencing the actual development processes, having a taste of their possible future career, and forming a positive rapport from their parents.” Beginning from this year’s first youth game development camp, which produced 30 graduates out of 115 applicants, the camp will continue to operate on an annual basis. Article 5. Gyeonggi Begins Regular Literacy Educator Refresher Training (160823-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 18, a two-day refresher training course for literacy teachers opened at the Gyeonggi Province Lifelong College. This course was attended by literacy educators currently working for various local adult education programs in the province. ▶ Literacy Class, Anyang Citizens’ College The adult students in this literacy class are intently listening to the teacher’s explanation of Korean character phonetics. During their early years, these students were unable to receive normal education, primarily because of economic reasons. ▶ [PiP] Jeon Hyun-ok / Student from Anyang City “We couldn’t go to school because we had to start helping the family make a living when we were young. I can read signboards one character at a time, but I couldn’t read at all until now.” Since there are no general qualification requirements for literacy teachers in Korea, literacy education is conducted mostly by arbitrarily qualified teachers. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Lifelong College (August 18 to 19) Gyeonggi Province Adult Literacy Educator Refresher Training There has thus been a necessity among literacy educators for the refinement of their teaching skills. ▶ [PiP] Lee Gi-bok / Literacy Teacher, Dongducheon City “When students ask questions about spacing, I couldn’t give them clear answers. This refresher training was very helpful.” This refresher training course for literacy educators, which opened for the first time this year, was designed to improve the expertise of literacy teachers. ▶ Go Wun-mi / Director, Gyeonggi Province Lifelong College Happy Learning Center “We developed this refresher course to help literacy teachers regain their original confidence, review their own capabilities, and refine their teaching skills. The course consists of contents that can readily be applied in classrooms.” Gyeonggi Province expects that this training program will have the effect of creating an informal network among literacy teachers and plans to operate the training course on an annual basis. Article 6. Gyeonggi Earmarks Special Chuseok SME Financial Fund (160824-3) [Anchor’s Headline] For most Korean enterprises, operation costs increase during the period around the major Korean holiday of Chuseok. To help SMEs through this time of year, Gyeonggi Province earmarked KRW 20 billion in special operation support funds. ▶ Auto Parts Manufacturer, Hwaseong City The extra funds required at this time of year include those for additional production and material purchases as well as Chuseok bonus payments. During this period, many enterprises operate at full capacity to meet deadlines. ▶ [PiP] Yu Soon-gyeong / CEO, Yujin Teco “This time of year, we need extra funds to meet delivery requirements before Chuseok while also having to pay bonuses to employees. However, SMEs like us have difficulties in financing due to limited means of security.” ▶ KRW 20 Billion Earmarked for Special Pre-Chuseok Financing The loans under this program are provided at an interest rate of 1 percent. ▶ Up to KRW 500 Million per Enterprise on 1-Year Repayment Terms Loans are available within a limit of KRW 500 million per enterprise with 1-year repayment terms. ▶ Woo Byeong-bae / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Policy Funds Team “The purpose of the special operation support funds is to help alleviate the financial burdens SMEs experience during the period when demands for supply increase.” ▶ Loan Applications Received until October 31 Applications for this special loan are being received by all Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation branches until October 31 or until the funds are exhausted. Article 7. Local Tax Billing & Payment via Smartphones (0824-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing the introduction of a smartphone-based local tax billing and payment system. With this system in operation, the time and costs for bill printing and mailing as well as record tracking will be significantly reduced while also facilitating tax collections. ▶ Uiwang City Tax Office A local tax official is busy sorting returned tax bills. Nearly two hundred returned bills arrived today. In Korea, the annual mailing costs of local tax bills amount to KRW 60 billion. However, 4 percent of them are returned and subject to a re-mailing process. ▶ Mailboxes in Apartment Building, Uiwang City Printed tax bills contain personal information that can easily be exposed, and require treatment as recyclable waste. ▶ Cho Ryun-hui / Apartment Resident “I always feel uneasy about the possibility of my personal information being stolen. While we can receive and pay mobile phone bills via phones, tax bills require cumbersome payment processes.” ▶ Smart Bill System under Development in Gyeonggi Province Gyeonggi Province plans to replace the costly paper-based billing system with a convenient smartphone-based Smart Bill system. ▶ Billing and Payment via Smartphones With the Smart Bill system, tax payers can receive local tax bills and immediately pay the bills or even communicate with the tax office via smartphones. ▶ [PiP] Seo Gang-hui / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Bureau “Since bills are sent and paid via smartphones, the number of returned bills will be reduced while enabling the residents to pay the bills conveniently,” ▶ Legal Basis for New System to be Initiated by National Assembly Member, Gyeonggi Province’s plan for a smartphone-based tax billing and payment system coincides with the current movement in the Korean National Assembly to establish a legal basis for such a system. ▶ Kim Seong-tae, National Assembly Member, Saenuri Party “I will pursue the amendment of the related law so as to combine smartphone technologies with public services and, ultimately, to enable our system to become a global standard …” The new system will have the effect of realizing KRW 10 billion in annual budget savings for Gyeonggi Province while also significantly enhancing convenience for residents. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.08.26Greetings, 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. Article 1. Gyeonggi Business Startup Project Realizes High Success Rate (160816-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The G-Business Startup Project run by the Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center – which provides business ideas of high potential with financial, educational and operational support – has achieved remarkable success in realizing business launches. ▶ Portable Toilet Developer, Yongin City Realizing the usefulness and business potential of portable lavatories, Kim (김연식) developed one that can be used in emergency situations. However, he was unsuccessful in finding sufficient funds to start the business… until he joined the G-Business Startup Project. ▶ Kim Yeon-sik / CEO, WISHTech “I received financial support which in itself was a great help. However, what helped me more was the subsequent mentoring and educational support.” Financial difficulties and ignorance of business startup procedures are the greatest challenges faced by those preparing business launches. With comprehensive provincial support, Kim was able to commercialize his product and achieved exports of KRW 200 million to Nepal and India this year. ▶ 70% of G-Business Startup Project Participants Succeeded in Business Launch Out of more than 1,700 individuals who benefited from the G-Business Startup Project, approximately 70 percent have successfully launched their businesses. Such a remarkable achievement is attributed to the provision of customized support for individual business ideas. ▶ Lee So-yeon / Chief Official, Business Startup Team, GSBC “Many of these individuals face difficulties with business startup procedures. Our program will guide them through to successful business launches.” Even after successful business launches, provincial support will continue by linking these new enterprises with their predecessors so as to ensure the sustainability of their businesses. Article 2. Gyeonggi Reaffirms Its Coalition Policy (160817-1) [Anchor’s Headline] At a meeting with provincial assembly leaders, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil reaffirmed the continuation of his coalition policy during the second half of his term in office. ▶ Gyeonggi Province - Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Political Meeting (August 16) On August 16, Governor Nam met with provincial assembly leaders and had an informal discussion on the past and future of the current administration. During the meeting, the Governor Nam reaffirmed the continuation of his coalition policy and asked the provincial assembly members for their cooperation. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I am pursuing the continued realization of coalition for the second half of my term. I hope that such endeavors will help establish a stable foundation for cooperative relations between the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly.” Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Gi-yeol (정기열) offered assurances of his continuing efforts to lay the cornerstone of the province and asked the opposition party for continued dialogue based on the coalition agreement. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Gi-yeol “I look forward to positive outcomes that will benefit all provincial residents from provincial assembly activities through dialogue with the provincial administration, between the parties, and among committee leaders.” Governor Nam offered assurances of his bipartisan efforts in realizing provincial policies in cooperation with the provincial assembly during his remaining time in office. Article 3. Exhibition of Olympics Memorabilia Held in Suwon (160816-3) [Anchor’s Headline] While the Olympic Games are underway, a permanent exhibition that showcases Olympic memorabilia at a local museum in Suwon (수원) City is receiving special attention. ▶ Olympic Games Memorabilia Exhibition, Suwon Gwanggyo Museum - United North-South Korea Team at 41st World Table Tennis Championships The table tennis rackets and the flag used by the first-ever united South and North Korean team at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships recall the emotional drama of the time when the team won the gold medal. - Bronze Helmet Received by Marathon Gold Medalist in 1936 (National Treasure No.904) This bronze helmet is a replica of the original that was presented to the Korean marathon gold medalist at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. - 1988 Seoul Olympics Memorabilia There are also a collection of memorabilia from the 1988 Seoul Olympics including the mascot tiger, Hodori (호돌이), and a Olympic torch used at the time. ▶ [PiP] Family Viewers from Seongnam City “This exhibition reminds me of the 1988 Seoul Olympics and inspires me to support our athletes in the current Olympic Games more. Go, Korea!” “Go!” ▶ Olympic Games Memorabilia 1972 to 1996 This exhibition also features the autographs of Korean Olympic medalists and a variety of historic items as well as the history of the Olympics from the 1972 Munich Games to the 1996 Atlanta Games. ▶ [PiP] On Mi-ae / Curator, Suwon Gwanggyo Museum “I see viewers reminiscing about past events, and others relating memories to their children. It would be nice to take time to learn about Korean sports history and how our athletes have worked hard …” The Olympics Memorabilia Exhibition is open permanently at the Suwon Gwangyo (수원 광교) Museum from 9 am to 6 pm daily. Admission is free for children and seniors. Article 4. Gyeonggi Launches Heat Damage Control Task Force Teams (160816-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The continuing heat wave in Korea is not only affecting humans but livestock as well. With the number of animals perishing from the heat increasing rapidly, Gyeonggi Province has organized task force teams to control the situation. ▶ Korean Cow Farm, Anseong City The cows on this farm are panting desperately under the scorching heat. Large electric fans and water sprayers simply cannot dispel the hot air fast enough. ▶ Non-Sweat Chickens, Ducks and Pigs More Vulnerable to Heat. Chickens, ducks and pigs do not perspire and so are especially vulnerable to heat and dying in large numbers. ▶ [PIP] Choi Gil-yeong / Chicken Farmer “When temperature rises, the breathing of animals becomes faster. If the temperature rises above certain point, they begin to die. There is nothing else we can do other than to run foggers over them to lower their body temperatures.” An increasing number of heat-related casualties are being reported in Korea. [CG-Overlap] The number of heat-related human casualties this summer exceeded 1,500, of which 276 were in Gyeonggi Province. [CG-Overlap] The number of livestock animals perishing in the province surpassed 317,000 at 130 farms. [CG] To date, more than 315,000 chickens, 1,000 ducks and nearly 500 pigs have died due to the heat. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Mobilizes Heat Damage Control Task Force Teams To minimize heat casualties among humans and animals, Gyeonggi Province began mobilizing Heat Damage Control Task Force teams. ▶ Kim Sang-sun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Disaster Countermeasures Division “The duration of the excessive heat wave so far this year is 31 days, twice that of last year. We have formed five task force teams from 10 divisions so as to quickly respond to situations ...” ▶ Close Monitoring and Treatment of Heat Wave Sufferers During the warm weather, Gyeonggi Province also closely monitors individuals in underprivileged situations by telephone, and operates more than 200 Call & Cool ambulances. Article 5. Gyeonggi Submits 3rd Revised Supplementary Budget Plan (160817-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 16, Gyeonggi Province announced a revised supplementary budget plan amounting to KRW 22.3 trillion, and submitted that plan to the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly for approval. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 16) Gyeonggi Province Revised Supplementary Budget Plan Announcement This is the third supplementary budget plan made by the current Gyeonggi administration. ▶ Revised Supplementary Budget KRW 22.3 Trillion This revised supplementary budget plan is greater than the second plan by KRW 2.5 trillion. ▶ Supplementary Budget with Priority on Job Creation The largest portion of the supplementary budget is allocated for local economy promotion through job creation. ▶ Oh Byeong-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “KRW34.9 will be allocated for local economy promotion including job creation. More specifically, we intend to use KRW 12.4 billion for small and medium business support projects.” ▶ KRW 130 Billion for Transport Infrastructure KRW 130 billion of the supplementary budget is earmarked for transport infrastructure improvement including double-decker bus imports and road construction projects. ▶ KRW 31.2 Billion for Fire & Safety Projects KRW 31.2 billion was allocated for fire and safety projects such as anti-crime CCTV installations, anti-flood and drought projects, and the reinforcement of fire personnel. ▶ KRW 68.6 Billion for Welfare & Childcare Services For childcare and other welfare services, a total of KRW 68.6 billion was allocated. When approved by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, Gyeonggi Province’s third revised supplementary budget will be finalized on September 9. Article 6. Chrysanthemum Breeds Developed by Gyeonggi Institute (160817-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services – or GARES – has developed new chrysanthemum breeds that have high warm weather tolerance, and showcased the breeds on August 10. ▶ Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services (August 10) Chrysanthemum Summer Breeds Show Chrysanthemums are among the most popular flowers in Korea. GARES developed these breeds to help the provincial floricultural industry overcome difficulties caused by warm weather that negatively affects flowering plants. ▶ Oh Su-tae / Bidding Office, Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp. “We have been heavily dependent on expensive foreign breeds. However, an increasing number of new domestic breeds are being introduced and help floricultural farmers better satisfy the needs of consumers…” ▶ New Breeds Tolerant to Warm Weather The chrysanthemum breeds that were introduced at this show were presented in the form of both cut and potted flowers. The flowers were professionally assessed by specialists including more than thirty floricultural farmers. Those selected at the show will be subject to additional floricultural property tests before being supplied to flower farms. ▶ Lim Seong-hui / Floricultural Research Official, GARES “The productivity of flower farms has decreased rapidly due to the heat wave. We developed the breeds that can grow well and produce marketable, colorfast quality even in warm weather …” ▶ GARES Helps Floricultural Industry Save Royalty Payments GARES previously introduced 36 chrysanthemum breeds and has helped the domestic floricultural industry save more than KRW 300 million in royalty payments. Article 7. 8th DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival (0818) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 17, a month prior to the opening of the eighth DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival, organizers held a press conference to announce the detailed programs of this year’s event, which will run for eight days in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ KEB Hana Bank, Seoul (August 17) 8th DMZ International Documentary Festival Press Conference This year, a total of 1,290 films from 105 nations were submitted for consideration. Of this record-high number, 116 films have been selected for screening during the festival at four locations in the province. That Day by Korean director Jeong Su-eun (정수은), who received the New Documentary Producer Award last year, was selected as the opening film. ▶ Cho Jae-hyun / DMZ International Documentary Festival Organizing Committee Chairman “This film depicts the heat-breaking story of a family which, I believe, perfectly represents the painful reality of Korea being divided into two …” ▶ ‘DMZ Vision’ Category Included This Year This year’s event includes a special category titled ‘DMZ Vision’ that focuses on the reality of national division and the outlook for reunification. ▶ Documentaries on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery to be Featured For the first time in Korea, this year’s festival will also feature documentaries produced in Japan, China and Taiwan about Japanese military sexual slavery. ▶ [PIP] Park Hye-mi / DMZ International Documentary Festival Programmer “This Japanese documentary was made in the 1970s and will be screened for the first time in Korea. This film features a Korean lady who became the first to open up and give testimony.” There will also be special events aimed at promoting documentary viewing among the public. ▶ Specialists in Different Cultural Fields to Participate as Curators This year’s festival will be assisted by specialists in different cultural fields who will introduce films as curators. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs Lee Jae-yul “Gyeonggi Province is proud that the DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival is unique in the world, and will continue to provide utmost support for the festival.” Featuring documentaries at cinemas in three cities and a county of Gyeonggi Province, the eighth DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival will run for eight days from September 22. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.08.19Greetings, 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. Article 1. Wild Animal Rescue Increases in Gyeonggi Province (0808-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In Korea, a growing number of wild animals are being found in human areas including cities. In Gyeonggi Province, the number of wild animals that have been rescued and treated increased 30 percent this year ▶ Animal Clinic, Suwon City A 4-month-old heron arrived at a provincial animal clinic after being found injured on a lake shore. Young birds often fall out of their nests and suffer injuries while learning to fly. This year saw a significant increase in the number of wild animals that were rescued in the province like this bird. ▶ Jeon Byeong-jun / Veterinarian, Wild Animal Rescue Center, Gyeonggi Veterinary Service “We have many young birds that fell and became unconscious while attempting to fly. Approximately one such bird has been brought to us each day by rescuers this month.” The rescued animals are treated at the Wild Animal Rescue Center of Gyeonggi Province. ▶ 725 Animals Treated at Wild Animal Rescue Center, Up 35% from Last Year As of June this year, a total of 725 animals were treated at this center, of which birds accounted for 66 percent. There were also endangered species as well as protected indigenous species. ▶ 64% Returned to Nature This year, the release rate of animals back to nature almost doubled to 64% while the euthanasia rate was at its lowest. ▶ Kim Seong-hwan / Wild Animal Rescue Center Official “This clinic is like a field hospital for wild animals. We give priority treatment to those that can be saved so as to maximize operational efficiency as well as the release rate.” A total of 132 animals were returned to nature this year. More than 300 are still being rehabilitated at the center, waiting to be released. Article 2. Education Correlates with Marriage/Childbirth Rates (160808-3) [Anchor’s Headline] A recent survey conducted by Gyeonggi Province showed interesting results; both marriage and childbirth rates were higher among those who had more education. ▶ Education Correlated with Marriage/Childbirth Rates According to the Population Policy Team of Gyeonggi Province that conducted the survey: [CG-Overlap] The marriage rates of both men and women with higher education were significantly higher than those without; nearly twice, in fact, among men. [CG-Overlap] Those with higher education generally have higher living standards and tend to seek partners from among those with the same educational level. ▶ Bae Jun-hyung / Jeonju City Resident “Considering the life-long processes of family making, wouldn’t it be better to have a partner whose educational level is similar to mine and who speaks the same language?” [CG] The childbirth rate was also lower among those who had an education level of high school or less, below one child per person. ▶ Kim Su-yeon / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Population Policy Team “In Korea, the level of education directly relates to socioeconomic status and earnings. The survey results indicate that economic capabilities are key influencing factors for marriage and childbirth.” Gyeonggi Province will develop differentiated marriage and childbirth promotion policies for different socioeconomic groups based on these results. Article 3. Development Restrictions Lifted in Gwangju City Area (160809-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the lifting of the Natural Green Area designation that was effectuated in 2003 on an area in Gwangju (광주) City in which industrial facilities already existed. The enterprises within the area are now able to realize long-awaited expansions. ▶ Bingrrae Co., Ltd. Gwangju Plant This dairy processing plant suffers from a severe lack of storage space. Workers have to negotiate through piles of boxes even in work areas. However, building expansion has not been an option due to development restrictions on the area. ▶ GTV Reporter, Han Seon-ji “The situation is very much the same for a neighboring box-manufacturing plant. This company has to use spaces outside of the factory to store finished products.” ▶ Building-to-Land Ratio Limited in Natural Green Areas The 2003 Natural Green Area designation limited the building-to-land ratio to half of the previous 40 percent in this area, which rendered the large reserved spaces held by most of the enterprises in the area suddenly unusable for expansion. ▶Park Byeong-gu / Bingrrae Gwangju Plant Manager “We couldn’t construct any additional production lines or other facilities. So, we had to use external storage services or transport the products to other company premises. That was causing us enormous costs...” ▶ Site Visit by Gyeonggi Officials in February After visiting the site and recognizing the problems, Gyeonggi officials decided to help resolve the situation. ▶ Building-to-Land Ration Raised to 60% In cooperation with Gwangju City, Gyeonggi Province revised the area designation to that of an industrial area and raised the building-to-land ratio to 60 percent. ▶ Lee Seung-il / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Urban Planning Team “We will continue to help enterprises in similar situations through the modification of restrictions in cooperation with local governments.” Gyeonggi officials will continue to visit industrial areas on a regular basis so as to help resolve industrial site issues and promote the local economy. Article 4. Gyeonggi Farmers Satisfied with Microorganism Applications (160810-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to promote organic farming, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services – or GARES - has introduced microorganism applications. Farmers who have adopted this new technology are expressing general satisfaction. ▶ Chicekn Farm, Hwaseong City This chicken farm has been using microorganisms in chicken feed for five years. The owner says productivity has since increased while mortality rates and foul odors have decreased significantly. ▶ [PIP] Park Rae-young / Chicken Farmer “We have not been using antibiotics or any of the usual chemicals. However, the chickens have been doing very well, and I am very satisfied.” Microorganisms provide additional nutrients and increase the immunity of the animals. ▶ GARES Introduced Microorganisms to 24,000 Farms Since 2007 GARES has introduced microorganism varieties to more than 24,000 farms since 2007. [CG] A recent survey revealed that microorganisms were effective in controlling foul odors, had antibiotic uses on stock farms, and reduced pesticide use on vegetable farms. [CG-Overlap] GARES will increase regional microorganism production capacities since more than half of its users have agreed on expanded applications. ▶ Yoon Jong-cheol / Director, Technology Transfer Division, GARES “We will expand local production facilities and increase the supply.” GARES also plans to transfer the microorganism production technologies and provide subsequent support to larger farms for their independent production. Article 5. Large Sports Theme Park Planned in Gwangju (160809-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the establishment of a large sports theme park, comprised of baseball fields and a soccer field as well as a variety of other sports facilities, in Gwangju (광주) City. Entitled Team-up Campus, this park will benefit both professional and amateur players as well as the general public. ▶ Team-up Campus Planned in Gwangju City This area in Gwangju (광주) City is where the Team-up Campus will be constructed. The expressway nearby will provide excellent access. [CG] This site will house sports facilities that include three baseball fields, a soccer field, a camping ground and a survival game field. ▶ GTV Reporter, Lee Ye-sol “A comprehensive sports theme park, the Team-up Campus, will be constructed on this site which is as large as 26 soccer fields.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 8) Signing of Team-up Campus Establishment Agreement On August 8, an agreement was signed by Gyeonggi Province, the Korea Professional Baseball Player Association and other related organizations for cooperation in the establishment of the Team-up Campus. ▶ Seong Sang-min / Chairman, National Non-professional Baseball Federation “Many baseball fans are playing on odd spaces such as river banks. There is always a high risk of injury, but private fields are expensive. It will be wonderful to have quality facilities …” Professional baseball players will also be present at this sports theme park to share the facilities with amateur players and aspiring young players. ▶ Lee Ho-jun / Chairman, Korea Professional Baseball Player Association “I believe that youths will learn a lot at these baseball facilities by not just simply attending the baseball programs and games but by learning basic rules and how to play fair games as well.” ▶ Programs to be Available Also for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities The Team-up Campus and its programs will play an important part in relieving the lack of sports facilities for members of the general public including seniors, children and individuals with disabilities. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “People can learn basic skills, the spirit of sports and teamwork by playing here…” ▶ Team-up Campus Slated to Open in May 2018 One of four educational theme park projects of Gyeonggi Province, the Team-up Campus will open in 2018 when construction is completed at a cost of KRW 19.7 billion. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Utilize Idle Spaces Created by Expressways (160810-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently announced its plan to utilize the idle land beneath elevated expressways and around expressway ramps for commercial and public purposes. The utilization of this idle land will also benefit its titleholder, the Korea Expressway Corporation, by creating extra revenue. ▶ Distribution Center, Uiwang City This distribution center is one such private facility that has been constructed under the Seoul Beltway. With the expressway nearby, this site provides an ideal location for a distribution business. ▶ Win-win for Enterprises and Korea Expressway Corporation While benefiting the Korea Expressway Corporation, such development will also provide private enterprises with commercial space at a low cost. ▶ GTV Reporter, Lee Ye-sol “A total of 12,000 square meters of land under this expressway was left unused like this.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 8) Signing of MOU for Expressway-created Idle Land Development For the development of such land, Gyeonggi Province secured an agreement from the Korea Expressway Corporation, [CG] There are nearly 150,000 square meters of idle land created by seven expressways in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Distribution Facilities, Offices & Public Facilities This land can be developed for use as distribution facilities, offices, or for public use. Such development will also have the effect of creating new jobs. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “These places can accommodate private enterprises or distribution centers. Development will also prevent these places from becoming slums …” ▶ Available Land to Increase with Introduction of Smart Tolling Systems When smart tolling systems that automatically recognize vehicles are introduced, more space will be made available since wide toll gates will become unnecessary. Article 7. Gyeonggi Opens Kim Yeong-lan Law Inquiry Call Service (160811-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A new solicitation and bribery prohibition law – also known as the Kim Young-lan (김영란) Law – is slated to go into effect this September in Korea. Since this law is applied differently among different cases and public jobs, Gyeonggi Province opened a call center to handle inquiries about the law. ▶ Interpretation of Kim Yeong-lan Law Can be Confusing Gyeonggi Province opened this service since there are still many people including officials who are unsure about the application of this law, ▶ [Sync] “A resident leader sent our office 1 mal (approx. 18 kg) of rice cakes as a gift.” “Since the value of a gift must not exceed KRW 50,000, this gift should be considered excessive.” An inquiry by an official about a gift received from a resident is answered clearly. ▶ No Hyeon-ok / Gwanchoen City Planning & Audit Division Official “There is no reference manual available yet and we often ignore the legal limits when gifts are small. This call center clarified the legality of the case for us. We will use the call center whenever …” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 10) Illegal Soliciting & Bribery Prohibition Law Call Center Opening Gyeonggi Province’s call service exclusively for this law is the first of its kind in Korea. Inquiries can be made by phone or e-mail. This center has already received more than a hundred inquiries in the five days since its opening. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Since the law does not specify provisions universal to all cases, we opened this call service. Please use the service whenever you have questions about the application of the law, and we will provide you with professional consultations.” ▶ On/Offline Education of Officials Planned Gyeonggi Province also plans to provide all provincial officials with online and offline education about this law. ▶ Baek Maeng-gi / General Director, Gyeonggi Province Audit & Inspection Bureau “Gyeonggi Province established the call center in the Audit & Inspection Bureau and assigned three officials to the service.” According to the Act on the Prohibition of Improper Solicitation and Provision/Receipt of Money and Valuables, [CG] the maximum permitted value of a gift is KRW 50,000 for a meal and KRW 100,000 for money for ceremonial or memorial events. ▶ GTV Reporter, Lee Ye-sol “The Illegal Soliciting & Bribery Prohibition Law will come into effect on September 28. Gyeonggi GTV, Lee Ye-sol.” Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.08.12Greetings, 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. Article 1. Gyeonggi Governor’s Residence Opens for Weddings (160801-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The former Gyeonggi gubernatorial residence, which underwent renovation and reopened as a cultural park with a guest house for use by the public, has now become a popular venue for outdoor wedding ceremonies. ▶ Good Morning House (July 30) The elegantly transformed garden of these new facilities, now named Good Morning House, provides an ideal setting for such events with its surrounding natural environment. ▶ [PiP] Lee Dong-min & Ok Chan-ryung / Wedding Couple “Unlike uncharacteristic wedding ceremonies at wedding halls, this makes our wedding more special and gives us a real party atmosphere.” After an approximately three-hour-long wedding ceremony and party, which is unusually relaxing by modern-day Korean standards, this newlywed couple will spend their wedding night in the guest house within the park. Use of the garden is free since the park is open to the public. Their wedding day only cost this couple KRW 5 million for sundry marriage expenses. ▶ Park Available for Wedding Ceremonies on Saturdays Since this past May, Gyeonggi Province has made the Good Morning House available for wedding ceremonies on Saturdays. ▶ Cha Jeong-suk / Director, Gyeonggi Province General Affairs Division “This had been the residence of Gyeonggi Province governors since 1967. We made this beautiful place available for public use including wedding ceremonies free of charge.” Those couples who opt for a small-yet-stylish and memorable outdoor wedding may apply for use of the Good Morning House. Applications can be made by any couple with at least one parent who is a Gyeonggi resident. Article 2. Performance of Gyeonggi Employment Center Increases (160801-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Despite recent unfavorable employment market conditions in Korea, the number of successful employment cases realized via the Gyeonggi Employment Center – or GEC – has increased significantly. The greatest increase was observed among seniors and those seeking regular jobs. ▶ Successful Employment via GEC Increased 29% During the first half of this year, nearly 150,000 job searchers found employment via GEC, a 29 percent increase compared to the same period last year. [CGs-Overlap] Among those were 46,000 seniors, accounting for 30 percent, and women at 56 percent. ▶ Regular Jobs Account for 99.4% Especially notable is the fact that, out of this total, the number of those who found regular jobs accounted for 99.4 percent. ▶ Bae Han-il / Director, Gyeonggi Employment Center “The reason behind such a performance increase is active employment support for seniors and middle aged individuals in cooperation with related organizations as well as joint efforts with local administrations.” GEC’s performance improvement is also attributed to the increased number of employment consultants. During the second half of this year, Gyeonggi Province will focus more on employment support services that have greater success rates such as on-site services. Article 3. Temporary Water Parks Open at City Halls in Gyeonggi (160801-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The temporary water parks installed at city halls in Gyeonggi Province are gaining popularity among local residents. These swimming facilities with water slides offer local children and their families welcome summer retreats within the city free of charge. ▶ Yongin City Plaza Water Park With temperatures remaining continuously above 30 degrees Celsius, the water park in the plaza of Yongin (용인) City Hall is already crowded with frolicking children even though it is a weekday morning. ▶ Kim Jae-beom / Yongin City Resident “Children can play in the water under the watchful care of many lifeguards at very low costs. This is the best way of summering for my family.” All the facilities including the swimming pool, water slides, pedal boats and air balls are offered free of charge ▶ Yongin City Water Park Used by 110,000 Residents Last Year The Yongin (용인) City Water Park, which saw more than 110,000 visitors last year, opened with expanded facilities this year. ▶ Lee Jong-min / Yongin City Child “It was so much fun rolling and sliding inside the air ball like a squirrel. I was very excited and completely forgot the heat.” The water park in the plaza of Pyeongtaek (평택) City Hall is also packed with residents. ▶ Pyeongtaek City Water Park Pyeongtaek (평택) City is particularly concerned about the safety of its users. At this water park, water quality is checked on an hourly basis. Also, a large number of lifeguards stand vigilant among the fun seekers, and medical personnel are constantly ready to respond to emergencies. There are also other temporary, city-run water parks currently open in Gyeonggi Province that are enjoying great popularity among local residents. ▶ [PIP] Doo Eun-seok / Director, Yongin City Sports Promotion Department “This year, we built the facilities larger and more diverse. The swimming pool for young children, for example, was expanded from pervious 150 square meters to 300 square meters …” Article 4. Gyeonggi Implements 7 Urban Waterway Revival Projects (160802-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the implementation of seven urban waterway revival projects this year. These waterways will be transformed into ecologically clean environments. ▶ Gyeongancheon, Yongin City Stream banks will also be landscaped to provide scenic retreats with promenades and flower gardens for the enjoyment of local residents. ▶ Song Gi-seon / Yongin City Resident “There used to be a lot of parking lots along the banks, and the water was filthy. However, the water has become much cleaner and the environment has completely changed. I often come out here to play with my children now.” The water has become clean enough to readily support native flora and fauna. Fish, plants and animals that had disappeared from this stream in Anyang (안양) City have now returned after the completion of a waterway revival project in 2013. ▶ 7 Urban Stream to be Restored This Year Out of Gyeonggi Province’s 25 urban waterway revival project areas, seven will be transformed into ecological river parks this year. ▶ [PiP] Kim Yun-gi / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Water Ecology Team “We will also install facilities that help visitors enjoy the stream so as to develop the areas into favorite destinations for local residents.” [CG] The seven urban waterways that will undergo revival work this year are indicated on this map. Urban waterway revival work involves a variety of related efforts including development control, water rerouting and landscaping. The result will be the revival of waterways with lively eco-tems that can also be enjoyed by residents. Article 5. Gyeonggi Governor Moves to Secure National Subsidies (160802-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil began active efforts to secure national subsidies for next year’s provincial budget. He invited related politicians to a meeting for a discussion of provincial budgetary requirements for next year. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 1) Gyeonggi Province Political Meeting with Saenuri Party The meeting was attended by Saenuri (새누리) Party Political Committee members as well as members of the National Assembly’s Special Committee on Budget and Accounts. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Requests National Subsidies of KRW 1.7 Trillion for 12 Projects Gyeonggi Province requires national subsidies totaling KRW 1.7 trillion for 12 projects. ▶ KRW 15 Billion Required for Double-decker Bus Imports One of the 12 projects that requires a national subsidy is the import of 141 double-decker buses this year to help alleviate transportation problems faced by commuters to Seoul. There are 9 double-decker buses currently operating in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Park Sun-ja / National Assembly Member “I believe that the operation of double-decker buses has several tangible and intangible effects on quality of life for Gyeonggi residents ...” A pet animal theme park development project, the first of its kind in Korea, also received positive responses from the participating politicians. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “These will be the very first comprehensive pet animal facilities in the world that include animal shelters, graves and a hospital ...” Other provincial projects that require national subsidies include those for social overhead capital such as roads and railways. ▶ Kim Gwang-lim / Saenuri Party Political Committee Chairman “I think it is very important for Gyeonggi Province to have as much supporting data as possible with which to negotiate with the central government. What is good for Gyeonggi Province is good for Korea, so …” Governor Nam, whose foremost mission during his remaining time in office is to realize the targeted creation of 700,000 jobs, also stated that he will do his utmost to secure sufficient funds for this purpose. Article 6. Gyeonggi Libraries Promote Multicultural Resident Reading Groups (160803-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has the largest number of foreign residents in Korea. In order to help them overcome cultural barriers and better adapt to Korean society, provincial libraries began promoting reading groups comprised of Koreans and non-Koreans. ▶ Jipyeong Library, Yangpyeong County A children’s reading group has gathered at this library to attend a story-telling session. ▶ [Sync] “The earthworms crawled through the soil here and there. So, what happened? They created tunnels through which water could seep into the soil. Did that make plants happy? Or sad?” Inspired by the realistic story-telling, children began asking questions. The story-telling session is followed by various experiential programs related to the story. ▶ [PIP] Choi Eun-seo (Aged 7) / Love Tree Childcare Home “The teacher told us an earthworm story and it was really interesting.” Among these children are those from multicultural families. ▶ Park Gyeong-hui / Teacher, Reading Therapist “I focus on conveying the stories to children as realistically as possible.” There are also reading groups of adult foreign residents of diverse nationalities who work with locals and instructors within the group. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Supports 17 Multicultural Reading Groups In addition to the existing 6 reading groups that will receive continuous provincial guidance, 11 more groups were organized recently throughout the province. ▶ Park Gyeong-suk / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Library Support Team “We began organizing and supporting multicultural reading groups so as to create a joint society of local and foreign residents since Gyeonggi Province is becoming a multicultural society.” There are approximately 360,000 registered foreign nationals living in Gyeonggi Province. The province will introduce expanded support programs to ensure their comfortable adaptation. Article 7. Farm Experience Programs Abound in Gyeonggi Province (160803-2) [Anchor’s Headline] While many Koreans are leaving for popular summer destinations domestically and overseas, there are a number of locations in the countryside of Gyeonggi Province that provide excellent opportunities for escaping from the heat. ▶ Yeoncheon Aeshim Stock Farm They are private farms that offer various entertaining programs to visitors during the summer. This stock farm is one such place where children can participate in cheese making. Outside, others attempt to feed milk to calves for the first time. ▶ Cho Dong-sin / Visitor from Bucheon City “It was a meaningful time for my family. We could experience things that we couldn’t in the city.” After the farm experiences, children took to the local river for freshwater fishing. For the children and their families, there seems to be no better way to enjoy a refreshing summer than fishing in the cool waters of a river valley. ▶ 113 Farm Experience Facilities in Gyeonggi Province The number of visitors to farm experience facilities is growing rapidly each year. Some distinguished facilities were designated as excellent farm experience facilities by Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Lim Yeong-chun / Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Official “A variety of farm experience programs will provide children with valuable opportunities to foster emotional development and understand the values of nature and farming.” For parents seeking an excellent and economic way for their children to enjoy summer vacation, farm experiences in a quiet natural environment away from crowds can be an ideal alternative. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.08.05Greetings, 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. Article 1. Gyeonggi Mobilizes Special Ambulances for Heat Wave Victims (160725-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Under the continuing heat wave, the number of heat-related casualties is increasing in Korea. In order to help heatstroke victims receive emergency medical aid, the Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters is mobilizing special ambulances. With temperatures hovering above 30 degrees Celsius, [CG-Overlap] there have already been 460 heat-related casualties in Gyeonggi Province - more than double last year’s figure - and the number is increasing rapidly. ▶ Special Ambulances for Heat Wave Victims Equipped with body-cooling devices, these ambulances are staffed with medics trained in heatstroke treatment. [Sync] The body temperatures of heatstroke victims can rise dangerously to more than 40 degrees Celsius. Without immediate medical attention, this can lead to a coma or even death. ▶ Choi Ji-in / Emergency Rescuer, 119 Fire House “The primary objective is to transport patients to hospitals as quickly as possible. While doing so, we use various means to revive patients and lower their body temperatures…” A total of 225 ambulances were allocated for this temporary assignment so as to ensure that victims anywhere in the province receive emergency treatment within 10 minutes. ▶ [PiP] Kim Tae-gyeong / Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters Official “In addition to the operation of special ambulance services, we are working with related organizations to ensure fast and effective responses” The Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters is also working with local health centers on summer emergency programs for seniors and children who are more vulnerable to heat. Article 2. Medical Tourists from Central Asia Doubled This Year (160726-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The number of foreign patients seeking medical treatment in Korea has been increasing continuously. Gyeonggi Province’s medical exchange programs that target Central Asian regions have proven effective since the number of medical tourists from these regions has increased significantly. ▶ Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital Bucheon Ellena Kim, a breast cancer patient from Kazakhstan, required immediate treatment and opted to come to Gyeonggi Province for surgery. ▶ Ellena Kim / Patient from Kazakhstan “I chose to come here because the standards of the medical services and professionals are more advanced and the diagnosis more accurate in Korea than in Kazakhstan.” Last year, a total of 290,000 medical tourists came to Korea. [CG-Overlap] Those from Central Asia accounted for 15 percent, and their number has doubled this year. ▶ Choi Jun-hwan / International Medical Cooperation Team Leader, CHU Hospital “We received an approximate monthly average of 100 patients (from Central Asia) until 2012. However, the number has grown to over 200 since 2014.” ▶ Medical Training and Exchanges with Central Asian Nations Attributed Such a large increase in the number of medical tourists from Central Asia is regarded as the result of Gyeonggi Province’s training and exchange programs for medical professionals from these regions. ▶ Choi Gui-nam / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province International Medical Service Team “We are operating a variety of medical programs for foreign professionals such as training, presentations and experiential tours. We believe that such initiatives are coming to fruition in the form of increased medical tourism from Central Asia …” Gyeonggi Province will expand medical Korean Wave promotion activities in Central Asia through more active programs and the broader coverage of regions. Article 3. Sales of Direct Local Food Outlets Increase (160725-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The number of local food outlets through which fresh local produce is directly supplied to consumers by farmers is growing steadily in Korea. The sales of these outlets in Gyeonggi Province also increased significantly this year. ▶ Local Food Outlets Increased to 21 There are 21 local food outlets in Gyeonggi Province, 4 more than last year ▶ No Intermediary Distribution Processes Since consumers can purchase goods directly from producers at local food outlets, they are gaining popularity among consumers for better product integrity as well as low prices. ▶ Foods Undergo Strict Safety Inspections Consumers can rely on the safety of food items offered at the outlets since all items undergo strict safety inspections. ▶ Moon Je-yeol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Products Distribution Division “As of the end of June, the total sales were KRW 28.7 billion, which is 50% or KRW 9 billion more than the same period last year. We will continue to promote local food trades through various promotion programs.” ▶ This Year’s Sales Expected to Exceed Target If the sales trend continues throughout the year, this year’s targeted sales total of KRW 60 billion is expected to be easily surpassed by the end of the year. ▶ Income of Participating Farmers to Increase 12% The income of participating farmers is also expected to increase by 12 percent this year. ▶ Number to Local Food Outlets to Increase to 50 by 2018 Gyeonggi Province will continue to promote local food trades by establishing seven more local food outlets this year, and will increase the number to 50 by the year 2018. Article 4. Ecology Experience Day School Opens in Gyeonggi Province (160726-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Marine & Fisheries Research Institute of Gyeonggi Province has been operating the Ecology Experience Day School for children every summer. School programs include a visit to a sturgeon pond and stream fishing. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Marine & Fisheries Research Institute, Yangpyeong County At this school, children learn about various fish that they have only seen in books and are provided with an opportunity to personally encounter them. ▶ [sync] “These fish are carnivorous. They live on other fish … by eating them alive.” During the fish-feeding session at the outdoor aquarium, children are fascinated when many fish swarm around them to be fed. Children then move to the sturgeon pond where they can touch this large exotic freshwater fish, which is a protected species. ▶ Choi Jae-woo / Student from Goyang City “I touched them and got something sticky on my hands. They are very strong.” The final session of the school program is fishing in a local river. Working together with their families, children catch the fish they learned about in the morning. ▶ [PiP] Jang Ji-soon / Student from Seoul “It was fun to catch fish by ourselves. My child and I got to hold a sturgeon that we had only heard about. The water was extremely clear here in Yangpyeong and there were many fish.” ▶ Free Summer Ecology Experience Programs This ecology school provides children and their families with opportunities to experience freshwater ecology free of charge during the children’s summer vacation. ▶ Lee Yeon-jae / Administration Team Manager, Marine and Fisheries Research Institute “The objective of this school, which began in 2006, is to provide children with family time and the opportunity to learn about the importance of ecological environments.” The Ecology Experience Day School, which has received good responses from both children and adults, is open every Friday during the months of July and August annually. Article 5. Gyeonggi Offices Adopt Modified Dress Code for Summer (160727-3) [Anchor’s Headline] While the average global temperatures have continued to break records over the past 14 months, Gyeonggi Province has adopted a modified dress code known as ‘Cool Look’ along with energy-saving guidelines so as to improve working conditions for its officials while also saving energy during the summer. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Before the introduction of the Cool Look dress code, the offices of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex were too warm for comfort and many officials had to resort to using fans while working with only one hand. ▶ [PiP] Lee Sang-gyu / Gyeonggi Province Climate Change Team “Work efficiency had to be compromised when working in warm temperatures in formal attire with a necktie. With the adoption of the Cool Look code, I feel much better and work more efficiently. I also feel that I am helping to save the Earth.” ▶ Tieless Long-sleeve shirts and neckties were replaced by… ▶ Short Sleeves … short-sleeved shirts in cool colors without neckties. ▶ First Button Off The first shirt button is left undone, which reduces sensory temperature by 2 degrees Celsius. ▶ Idle Computers in Energy-saving Mode Computers are switched to energy-saving mode while not in use and... ▶ Idle Computers Unplugged … power sources are disconnected. ▶ Personal Cups instead of Paper Cups Disposable paper cups are replaced by personal cups. This dress code and the behavioral guidelines have resulted in a sensory temperature decrease of 3 degrees Celsius without the need for powering up air conditioning systems. ▶ Oh Jae-yeong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Climate and Air Quality Management Division “The Cool Look has the same effect as lowering the indoor temperature by 2 degrees Celsius, so every official is observing this new dress code voluntarily.” The modified dress code and guidelines are helping Gyeonggi officials overcome the summer heat that is expected to last longer this year. Article 6. Gyeonggi Province’s Apartment Inspection Services (160727-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been providing pre-occupation housing inspection services on behalf of the owners of new apartments. Such inspections are especially important in Korea since apartment transactions usually occur before construction begins. ▶ New Apartment Building, Suwon City At this new apartment building, the owners are assisted by specialists in housing inspections in the presence of the constructor. These specialists are inspectors who provide the services introduced by Gyeonggi Province in 2007. ▶ Specialists in Housing-related Fields Perform Detailed Inspections Every housing aspect including underground parking lots and illumination are examined by the professional eyes of the specialists. ▶ [PIP] Kim Jun-hui / Owner of New Apartment “This is a commendable idea since professionals from Gyeonggi Province perform inspections even regarding matters about which we are normally ignorant.” ▶ Continuous Follow-ups after Occupation Up to last year, approximately 390,000 new home owners received provincial inspection services with a 94 percent resolution rate for defects identified. The services continue even after occupation until all issues are addressed. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will continue to respond to your calls to address any unresolved issues even after occupation. Please keep contact with us. I will organize a meeting with residents at the provincial office complex.” Gyeonggi Province’s communal housing inspection services are improving quality of life for residents by ensuring the quality of apartments. Article 7. Public Distribution Center for SMEs Opens in Gyeonggi Province (160728-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been working on the establishment of a large public distribution center exclusively for SMEs so as to provide smaller enterprises with access to distribution facilities at low costs. On July 26, part of the center became ready for use and was opened. ▶ First Gyeonggi Province Public Distribution Center Opens This public distribution center is located within the Gunpo (군포) Distribution Complex owned by CJ Korea Express. ▶ Rental Rates at Half Market Levels The facilities of the center are available at rental rates that are nearly half current market rates. ▶ Existing Distribution Facilities Available at Low Costs0 CJ will make part of its space and facilities available to the center for use by SMEs in the province. This is regarded as an example of autonomous body-level shared market economy. ▶ [PiP] Noh Man-eung / Representative of Public Distribution Center Resident Enterprise “We are realizing significant savings in distribution costs while delivery leads become much shorter. We can therefore provide better service to our customers. In this respect, this center provides SMEs with great opportunities.” The section of the center that opened covers almost 2,000 square meters of the 14,000-square-meter project site and already houses 57 enterprises. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “In the future, Gyeonggi Province will independently establish public distribution centers in the province for SMEs and enterprises in their startup stages.” ▶ Distribution Poses Challenges to Small & Medium Manufacturing Enterprises According to recent a survey, 11 percent of manufacturing SMEs are experiencing distribution difficulties due to a lack of facilities and 44 percent due to cost burdens. Gyeonggi Province also has another public distribution center project in Hwaseong (화성) City that is slated to open in 2018 on a 66,000 square-meter site. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.