EnglishNews | 2016.03.04Greetings, 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 to Expand Policy Idea Contest 0222-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province held a policy idea contest among working-level officials. Based on the successes some of these ideas achieved, the provincial government plans to expand the scope of the contest this year. [Report] ▶ Gyeonggi Province Construction Headquarters Jang 장현석 currently works in a construction administration team. Seeing provincial vehicles parked unused during weekends, he suggested utilizing the vehicles for the public while they are not in official use. Thus the ‘Happy Car Sharing’ service was born. ▶ `Happy Car Sharing’ Implemented with High User Satisfaction Rate This service has been a great success, achieving a satisfaction rate of 95 percent among the 21 families who used the vehicles during the past Lunar New Year holidays. ▶ [PiP] Jang Hyun-seok / Official, New Government Complex Establishment Task Force “The trial service operations ended without mishap. We are currently working on an ordinance and implementation tem for expanded service that will include all weekends and public holidays.” Revenue management official Lim 임병기 knew that tax notifications sent via post or email often fail to draw the attention of tax payers. ▶ Tax Notification and Payment via Smart Phones He thought that, by using smart phones, tax payers could be more effectively notified of taxes due and could also pay taxes or communicate with tax offices more easily. ▶ [PiP] Lim Byeong-ki / Official, Gyeonggi Province Non-Tax Revenue Collection Team ”I think this tem will provide tax payers with a new opportunity to communicate more closely with tax offices as well as other related offices.” ▶ Policy Idea Contest Expanded This Year Other policy ideas adopted from the contest include the development of a used car export complex in Pyeongtaek 평택 and the promotion of hydro farming in urban agricultural areas. This year, Gyeonggi Province will expand the scope of the policy idea contest to include a wider range of administration categories. ▶ Kim Yang-ho / Director, Gyeonggi Province Inspection Article 2. Home Child Caretaker Education for Mothers 0222-2 [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Women’s Vision Center is offering a home child caretaker education program to experienced mothers who, relieved from motherly duties, are now seeking job opportunities. These professional babysitters are in high demand among working mothers who need help while pursuing their careers. [Report] ▶ Gyeonggi Women’s Vision Center Childcare Education Program The trainees of this program are mostly women in their 50s and 60s who have accrued years of childcare experience and know-how. However, in the classroom, they become humble students listening to the instructor intently and taking notes enthusiastically about how to play with children, handle mischief, and communicate with parents. ▶ [sync] “This is about our Chori. He doesn’t put his toys back after playing. I’d like your counseling.” ▶ [Sync] “Perhaps he has too many toys. He just couldn’t keep all of them in proper places.” ▶ Kim Yeong-hyun / Anyang City Resident “I was bored and wanted to do something. And I like children, so I started this. I am a granny with daughters who said I’d make an excellent babysitter.” While there are an increasing number of working mothers, finding a babysitter with good credentials is not easy. ▶ Promotion of Home Childcare Services and Middle-aged Woman Employment This childcare service education program has the dual purpose of satisfying the needs of working parents while promoting employment among middle-aged women. ▶ 80 Hours of Classes Plus 10 Hours of Practice The education program is comprised of 80 hours of classroom study and 10 hours of practice in actual homes. Some graduates are paired with more experienced graduates. ▶ Lee Jeong-sim / Official, Gyeonggi Province Women’s Activity Support Team “We will invite instructors of high caliber so as to produce quality professionals, and will increase the capacity of the program to produce more graduates next year.” ▶ Education Begins 3-4 Times Annually The education program, which has produced a total of 1,400 graduates to date, runs 3 to 4 times annually. The second group of trainees will start the program in March. ▶ Home Childcare Service Enquiries at Local Public Offices Enquiries and requests for home child caretaker services can made via local public offices. The child caretaker education program benefits both middle-aged women seeking employment and young working mothers who require professional services from experienced and qualified child caretakers. Article 3. Gyeonggi Supports Agricultural Startups by Youths 0223-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced a support program for youths who start agricultural endeavors. This program aims to promote self-employment among unemployed youths in urban areas while supplementing a much-needed young agricultural workforce. [Report] ▶ Mushroom Farm in Yangpyeong County At this mushroom farm, a soon-to-be high school graduate and a graduate student nurture their dreams of becoming agricultural entrepreneurs. Instead of going on to college to satisfy the expectations of others, Park 박 chose to do what he wants. Their initial objective is to learn farming techniques before they become agricultural exporters. ▶ Park Yong-tae / High School Senior Student, Chungnam Province “I didn’t want to go through a difficult job search process. Once I learn the techniques, I hope to have my own mushroom farm in my hometown.” ▶ Jeong Sees Opportunities in Farming Seeing the opportunities in farming where young farmers are scarce, Jeong 정 went on to study agriculture after graduating from college so as to develop his own farming technologies. ▶ Jeong E-eun / Graduate Student, Cheongnam Province “It takes considerable investment from the beginning before you can see tangible outcomes from farming. Provincial support will help me overcome the difficulties.” The current agricultural workforce in Korea consists largely of aged residents and foreign workers. The provincial project will help local youths establish themselves as successful farm owners through long-term support. ▶ Youth Agricultural Startup Support Program This Youth Agricultural Startup Support Project was initiated by Gyeonggi Province so as to resolve agricultural labor shortages and youth employment problems. ▶ Kim Chung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Policy Division ”We devised this program so as to help youths with learning and living while pursuing their agricultural endeavors. This is an on-going program for the promotion of agricultural settlements by youths.” Support will be provided to applicants selected from among qualified candidates. Successful applicants will receive monthly agricultural startup financing of KRW 800,000 for up to 2 years in addition to mentoring and consultation services. Article 4. Green Light for Subway Line 7 Extension Project 0219-2 [Anchor’s Headline] The Subway Line 7 extension project of Gyeonggi Province between Uijeongbu 의정부 and Yangju 양주 received the green light as the Korean Ministry of Strategy 옥정 New Town in Yangju 양주 City. ▶ Lee Gyeong-soon / Yangju City Resident “It takes too long to go to Seoul. My husband wakes up very early to make this almost two-hour journey every day. The Subway Line 7 extension is wonderful news.” ▶ Subway Line 7 Extension Project This subway line extension project had been vetoed by the central government twice, once in 2010 and again in 2012. The reason was a lack of economic merits as determined by feasibility studies. However, in its third attempt, the economically modified project finally received preliminary ministry approval. ▶ Shin Yong-seok / Gyeonggi Province Metropolitan Rail Team “With the preliminary feasibility study having been approved, we will submit the main feasibility study and basic plans so as to begin full-fledged efforts with the project.” ▶ 15 km Section between Dobongsan Okjeong to Be Extended The extension of Subway Line 7 will occur on a 15 kilometer-section between Dobongsan 도봉산 Station in Uijeongbu 의정부 City and Okjeong 옥정 in Yangju 양주 City. Travelers in these areas will then be able to reach Gangnam 강남 in Seoul within 50 minutes. This subway line extension will also positively influence development projects in northern Gyeonggi regions. Article 5. Gyeonggi Industry-Academia Agricultural Cooperation 0219-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province’s joint industry-academia agricultural counseling teams have been operating in the province so as to help farmers with the development and marketing of local agricultural specialty products. [Report] ▶ Succulent Plant Farm, Paju City Succulent plants such as cacti produced in Gyeonggi Province are gaining popularity in Korea as well as in China, Vietnam and Indonesia. These plants are easy to grow since they do not require constant tending. When Lee began seeking overseas markets two years ago, he met with great difficulties due to a lack of information. However, thanks to assistance provided through joint industry-academia counseling support, he became a successful plant exporter and enjoys average annual sales of KRW 1 billion. ▶ [PIP] Lee Gil-jae / Succulent Plant Farm Owner “I learned a lot, such as those about quarantine, from the joint counselors when I first started export.” ▶ Joint Industry-Academia Counseling Teams from Different Fields Each joint industry-academia counseling team is comprised of specialists in different fields who understand problems and provide advice on farm operations. ▶ Hong Seung-min / Official, GARES Cacti Article 6. Gyeonggi Textile Marketing Center Opens European Offices 0223-2 [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Textile Marketing Center announced plans to establish branches in Europe. Gyeonggi Province is home to the majority of Korean textile enterprises. Most of these enterprises are small or medium-sized and usually have limited international marketing resources. [Report] ▶ Textile Manufacturer, Yangju City This 20-year-old textile manufacturer needs to expand its markets overseas. Its initial export attempts were not successful due to a lack of information and capabilities. ▶ [PIP] Kim Tae-seong / Company Director “We knew our products would sell, but we didn’t know how to find buyers overseas. That was most difficult.” ▶ Gyeonggi Textile Marketing Center Provides International Marketing Support The Gyeonggi Textile Marketing Center has been providing textile enterprises in the province with international marketing support through various endeavors. These include overseas market information services and clothing design support as well as textile exhibitions and fashion shows. ▶ Export marketing Support Using In-house Facilities For individual enquiries, the center also connects enterprises with potential buyers or, if necessary, recommends them through overseas branches. ▶ Nam Sang-woo / Director, Gyeonggi Textile Marketing Center “We conducted expert strategic marketing events through three overseas branches including those in Los Angeles, New York and Shanghai. We will expand our overseas operations in Europe so as to help our industries with European marketing.” Last year, this center helped 41 enterprises achieve export sales of USD 8.8 million. It is playing an important role in international market development for the domestic textile industry. Article 7. Exhibition of Gyeonggi’s Freedom Fighters 0225-3 [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, there are more than a thousand registered Persons of Merit for National Independence. In Imjingak 임진각 of Paju 파주 City, an exhibition opened featuring five of the most prominent patriots. [Report] These patriots fought for national freedom from Japanese occupation in the early 20th century. ▶ Park Chan-ik 1884-1949, Paju Park 박 was a diplomat of the Korean government in exile in Shanghai. ▶ Eom Hang-seop 1884-1949, Yeoju Eom 엄 was one of the leaders of the resistance who safeguarded the government in exile. There are also displays about a prominent political leader, a social leader who defended equality, and a politician and journalist. ▶ Kim Tae-eun / Visitor from Seoul “I learned that Yeo Wun-hyeong was from Gyeonggi Province through this exhibition. It was a meaningful experience to see all those pictures of that time.” ▶ Gyeonggi Peace Center / Imjingak, Paju City ~May 30 ‘National Freedom Fighters from Gyeonggi Province’ Although the individuals featured in this exhibition represent only a fraction of those who devoted their lives to national independence, the past images of their activities inspire patriotic sentiments among viewers. ▶ Eo Won-seon / Curator, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum “We tried to portray the persons as closely to their actual images as possible. In addition to the March 1st Movement commemoration event currently being featured at Imjingak, this exhibition will offer a memorable experience.” This free exhibition, which features more than 70 images and deions of the lives of these five patriots from Gyeonggi Province, will continue until May 30. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.02.26Greetings, 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 Enterprise SOS Service Achieves Great Success 160217-3 [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, there is a special team that addresses industrial site issues upon request. GTV examined the results of its operations last year and found that the team has had an amazing success rate. [Report] ▶ Food Processing Enterprise in Namyangju City A food processing enterprise that borders a creek in Namyangju 남양주 City had to abandon its expansion work midway due to anti-flood requirements. However, when the company filed a complaint, Gyeonggi provincial officials visited the site and found that these requirements were not relevant and that the company’s expansion plan would not negatively affect flood management. ▶ Expansion Work Continues The expansion work was then permitted, and the company is now on its way to increasing production and sales. This will also create 23 new jobs. ▶ Go Hwas-sun / CEO, Onskyfarm Ltd. “We couldn’t proceed with our expansion plan. Thanks to emergency assistance from Gyeonggi Province, we could finish the work.” ▶ Gym Equipment Manufacturer in Paju City A gym equipment manufacturer on the outskirts of Paju 파주 City faced difficulties with the construction of an entry road in an area under the jurisdiction of a neighboring city. In response to a complaint filed by the company, Gyeonggi Province intervened and mediated the jurisdiction issue and even provided construction support. The new road now benefits 19 enterprises in the area. ▶ Lee Geun-sik / Manager, Kaesun Sprts “We’ve had to negotiate around restricted areas, often driving backwards. There was even an accident in which a trailer was damaged. The situation is now much better.” ▶ 99.2% of 9.731 Complaints Resolved in 2015 Last year alone, Gyeonggi Province’s Total Business Support Team, commonly known as the enterprise SOS team, resolved 99.2% of 9,731 reported complaints. Many of these actions also benefited local residents and other industries. ▶ Kim Jang-eung / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Total Business Support Team “Gyeonggi Province has been listening to the voices of industrial sites. We will continue to assist enterprises in their operations through the resolution of site issues.” Enterprise site-related complaints can be filed online via the Enterprise SOS homepage. The cases filed will receive immediate attention including visits by related officials. Article 2. Gyeonggi Dietary Education Center for Children 160216-2 [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, there are four dietary education centers for children that seek to teach good dietary habits and prevent diet-related diseases such as obesity. Education is provided through experiential and entertaining programs. One of these centers is located in Anyang 안양 City. [Report] ▶ Dietary Education Center for Children, Anyang City At this center, children experience inconvenience in their movements when they wear heavily padded vests that simulate obesity. They also learn the importance of washing their hands before meals by watching images that show microorganisms on their hands. ▶ Yoon Ha-yeon aged 8 from Ansan City “I learned about washing hands. I will wash my hands completely when I get home.” Correcting children’s dietary habits is one of the biggest challenges faced by many parents. At this center, children learn the import ance good dietary habits through sensory experiences and practices. ▶ Kim Da-yeon / Kindergarten Teacher “Children don’t usually wash their hands thoroughly and have a strong tendency to eat only what they like. I think this program can correct such habits effectively.” ▶ Healthy Diet and Food Safety Promotion Project for Children These dietary education centers are operated by Gyeonggi Province as part of the Healthy Diet and Food Safety Promotion Project for Children. Last year, more than 68,000 children visited the centers and received dietary education. ▶ KRW 15.6 Billion Required for Project Operations in 2016 This year, a total of KRW 15.6 billion including provincial support of KRW 2.4 billion will be required for an additional center and the operation of an educational musical. ▶ Kang Bong-won / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Food Culture Team “We will establish an additional experiential center as well as school meal support centers so as to improve children’s diets.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to assign 412 dieticians to areas more vulnerable to food safety problems, and to increase the number of children under provincial dietary management to 150,000. Article 3. Gyeonggi Province’s Energy Vision 2030 160212-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province declared its Energy Vision 2030 so as to reduce energy dependence on neighboring provinces, which account for approximately 70 percent of the total energy consumption of the province. GTV investigated the progress realized to date in this initiative. [Report] ▶ Energy-Saving Village, Ansan City In this Energy-Saving Village in Ansan 안산 City, residents use solar powered and energy-efficient LED lights in apartments and underground parking lots as well as on streets. ▶ Energy Consumption Significantly Reduced LED lights have reduced energy consumption to nearly a third of previous levels, and solar power now accounts for more than a third of residential electrical supply. ▶ Ansan City Hall February 4 Ansan City Energy Vision 2030 Declaration Ceremony For the first time among the cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province, Ansan 안산 City declared its own Energy Vision 2030 that includes the creation of the energy-saving villages for a targeted 100,000 households. ▶ Kim Yeong-im / Energy-Saving Village resident “Our electricity bill was reduced from KRW 45,000 to KRW 30,000, so we saved KRW 15,000 a month.” ▶ [PIP] Kim Yang-jin / Energy-Saving Village Resident Representative “Our next move is to expand the use of LED lights in every home.” After the Energy Vision declaration, Gyeonggi Province established a special team to work with local governments to reduce energy consumption. ▶ Gong Jeong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Energy Division “Energy Vision means changes in our lifestyles. There is a growing awareness of it among residents and businesses. We will lead energy independence through various living environmental projects.” Under Energy Vision 2030, Gyeonggi Province targets the creation of a new energy market of KRW 20 trillion as well as 150,000 related jobs by the year 2030. Article 4. Gyeonggi Governor Visits Unsafe Building 160217-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil visited an old and unsafe building at high risk of collapse. This building could potentially cause tragic accidents for those within and without. Such buildings are classified as ‘disaster risk structures’. [Report] ▶ Apartment Buildings in Gwangmyeong City These 30-year-old apartment buildings have cracks everywhere and their foundations show significant erosion. Standing precariously on a steep hillside, these buildings pose a grave danger for local residents. ▶ 12 Households Remain Despite the municipal evacuation order, twelve households still remain in these buildings that have been given the worst rating of Disaster Risk ‘E’ Structures. The situation is even more serious since these buildings stand on a hill only a few meters directly above a densely populated area. ▶ Seoul Yeonlip Apartment February 16 Disaster Risk Structure Site Governor Nam was accompanied on this visit by Vice Governor Lee Gi-woo 이기우 and the Budget Committee members of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Jeong Dae-wun “At the least, building ‘Da’ must be demolished as soon as possible for the safety of people downhill.” Governor Nam personally inspected the structures and conversed with residents who still live in the buildings. He promised support for the resolution of the situation. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Please trust your city and provincial governments. The safety of your lives must come first.” A decision was made on-site to begin demolishing the buildings, starting from the highest risk building at the end of this month. There are 160 disaster risk structures in Gyeonggi Province, most of which are private buildings. Article 5. Gyeonggi Orchard Farmers Receive Fire Blight Education 160216-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Last spring, orchards in Gyeonggi Province suffered massive damage due to fire blight, a contagious disease that affects fruit trees. A Gyeonggi agricultural institute opened a fire blight education program so as to prevent this lingering disease that can recur up to five years once it has hit an orchard. [Report] ▶ Orchard in Anseong City The leaves and branches of trees in this orchard are blackened as if they were burnt. It is the fire blight that has returned from last year. Fire blight is extremely contagious; all trees within a radius of 100 meters must be eliminated to prevent its spread. ▶ Paju City Agricultural Technology Center February 15 Fire Blight Prevention Education The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services organized this education program for orchard farmers so as to minimize and prevent fire blight damage. ▶ Fire Blight Affects Fruit Trees Once affected by fire blight, trees have little chance to survive since their leaves and branches dry out and turn black year after year. ▶ Lee Soo-yeong / Chief Official, Technology Transfer Division, GARES “We opened this education program since most farmers do not understand fire blight well. Education will include visits to the affected orchards.” ▶ Education in Fire Blight Prevention and Treatment The education program includes indoor and outdoor classes about the cause and symptoms of the disease as well as prevention and treatment methods, especially pruning techniques. Specialists advise the use pesticides at the end of March before the flowering season. ▶ Eum Mun-il / Orchard Farmer “I learned much about fire blight and about how to prevent the disease. Today’s education was very helpful.” The fire blight education program has begun a provincial tour of ten cities and counties, beginning with Paju 파주 City. Article 6. Gyeonggi Province to Further Develop Gwangmyeong Cave 160217-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently entered an agreement with Gwangmyeong 광명 City and the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization for the development of the existing Gwangmyeong 광명 Cave into a representative tourist destination of the province. [Report] ▶ Gwangmyeong Cave Formerly an abandoned mine, Gwangmyeong 광명 Cave is already an established tourism site that features high-tech cultural performances as well as historic displays. ▶ Cultural, Artistic 광명 Cave is the first cultural, artistic and historic site developed in a cave setting. ▶ Noh Hwa-yeong / Seoul Resident “Unlike other caves that feature little else other than the cave, there are many other things to enjoy here. I will bring my nephews and nieces next time.” ▶ Average 30,000 Visitors per Month Since it opened in 2011 as a unique tourism site, Gwangmyeong 광명 Cave has attracted more than 30,000 visitors each month on average. ▶ Gwangmyeong Cave Tourism Promotion Agreement February 16 Under the agreement, Gyeonggi Province will provide support for the promotion of the cave through further tourism development. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Working together with Gwangmyeong City, we will secure a budget for the development of Gwangmyeong Cave into a world-class tourist destination.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Participate in Tourism Content Development and Promotion The secured budget will be used for the development and promotion of tourism contents at the cave. Gyeonggi Province will also participate in the linking of the site with other tourist destinations in the area so as to enhance the value of the cave as a major tourist attraction. Article 7. Gyeonggi Business Environment Support in 2015 160216-01 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a business environment improvement program annually for small and medium enterprises. Last year, more than 2,600 enterprises benefited from this program. [Report] ▶ Young Tex Inc., Yangju City This textile processing company recently suffered a fire that destroyed its employee residence. Resident employees have since been living in temporary container accommodations. However, with support from Gyeonggi Province, the employee residence and other facilities will be completely restored this year. ▶ Kim Beom-yeop / Manager, Yopung Tex Inc. “Container homes are very cold during the winter and very warm during the summer. We will have greatly improved accommodations and amenities thanks to provincial support.” Gyeonggi Province’s business environment support program aims to assist small and medium enterprises with the improvement of basic facilities and working environments. More than 34,000 workers benefited from this support last year alone. [CG] From this year, the improvement self-contribution rate of enterprises with less than 10 employees was reduced to 10 percent. Also, subject facilities for support include parking lots and walkways as well as work area expansions. ▶ Kim Jang-eung / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Enterprise SOS Team “We are providing support to those enterprises that have inferior working and living conditions as well as basic facilities such as entry roads, sewers and water supplies.” Each year, more small enterprises with environmental issues benefit from this provincial support program. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.02.19Greetings, 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. Gyeonggi PSE Requirements for 2016 Announced 160204-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the requirements for preliminary social enterprises in 2016. The enterprises selected will be provided with provincial support for growth into ministry-recognized social enterprises. [Report] ▶ ‘Friends of Togetherness Co-op’, Suwon This juvenile educational cooperative is a preliminary social enterprise certified by Gyeonggi Province. At this institute, students spend their afterschool time reviewing school subjects and doing assignments, sharing their thoughts with other students, and consulting with instructors about personal problems. ▶ Jeong Han-ju / Founder of ‘Friends of Togetherness Co-op’ “There is project development and job creation support available in 2016. With such support, we will be able to provide better educational services to more students.” Project development support and job creation support are the two major categories of Gyeonggi Province’s preliminary social enterprise support. Last year, Gyeonggi Province designated 65 preliminary social enterprises and provided 165 enterprises with project development support of KRW 2.16 billion while helping them create 610 jobs. The application requirements for preliminary social enterprises in 2016 have been modified to exclude non-profit organizations and to include the requirement of employing at least five paid employees. This year, Gyeonggi Province has earmarked KRW 10.1 billion for job creation support and KRW 2.7 billion for project development support. ▶ Lee Gi-taek / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Social Enterprise Team “Our selection will be based on the potential of the enterprises for contributing to local community problem resolution, qualifying for social enterprises, and creating jobs as well as for continuity in maintaining social purposes.” The annual provincial selection and support of preliminary social enterprises will ultimately be beneficial for the lives of provincial residents. Article 2. Gyeonggi Expands Joint Library Card Issuance 160204-3 [Anchor’s Headline] This year, all public libraries in Gyeonggi Province are included in the ‘book link service’ network that uses common library membership cards. [Report] ▶ Ansan Central Library The membership cards issued by this public library in Ansan 안산 City are different from those previously issued. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Introduced ‘Book Link Service’ Membership in 2014 Known as the ‘Book Link Service’ membership cards, they were introduced in 2014. ▶ GTV Reporter Jeong Yeon-woo “By 2018, all libraries in Gyeonggi Province will use common membership cards.” ▶ 216 Libraries in Book Link Service Network Card members can now borrow up to 20 books for 15 days from any of the 216 public libraries in the province. ▶ Jeon Seon-mi / Librarian, Ansan Central Library “The common membership card system draws even those who were not frequent library users. I hope that this system will help more people become familiar with books.” The ‘book link service’ membership cards can be obtained by completing a simple application form at the nearest public library. Gyeonggi Province will continue to expand this common library card system to include privately operated libraries in the province. Article 3. Foreign Investor Joins Gyeonggi Youth Business Support 160211-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province created Superman Fund 1, a long-term financing instrument for business startups by youths using external investments, and has helped new businesses create more than 70 jobs. This year, a foreign enterprise joined in the creation of Superman Fund 2. [Report] KRW 20 billion of the secured Superman Fund 1 has so far been released to five enterprises established by youths including a mobile game developer. With potentially lucrative business items, these enterprises are expected to grow and eventually create more than 300 jobs. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex February 4 Superman Fund 2 Investment Intention Presentation On February 4, a US-based multinational enterprise, Eugene Cryogenic, which has already committed to production facility investment in Gyeonggi Province, presented its Intention to Invest so as to participate in Superman Fund 2. ▶ Yang Won-don / CEO, Eugene Cryogenic “We decided to invest in Superman Fund 2 so as to contribute to the local economy and participate in helping business startups by youths.” This is the first time a foreign enterprise has invested in the nurturing of local small businesses. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We believe this investment will be helpful to us in business startup support as well as in resolving unemployment issues. It will also be a good starting point in implementing our new common economic policy. You are a real superman.” Nurturing new growth engines through business startup support, especially for youths with ideas, has been one of the major economic policies of Gyeonggi Province. Article 4. Gyeonggi Trains Fire Officials before Spring Thaw 160212-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Fire officials in northern Gyeonggi Province received special training so as to prepare for thaw-related accidents that occur more than five times each year when frozen rivers and lakes begin to thaw. [Report] ▶ Hantan River, Yeoncheon County Fire officials of northern Gyeonggi are preparing to enter ice-cold water. When exposed to such water, the human body will experience the same coldness as in an atmosphere of minus 30 degrees Celsius. Visibility of less than 1 meter will also restrict movement in the water. Nevertheless, officials jump into water that is more than 7 meters deep. ▶ Lee Hyeon-jong / Fire Official, Gyeonggi Province Northern Fire Mid-February to Early April Twenty-nine fire officials from the Northern Fire 연천 County Fire Station participated in this training session that ran for three days. During training, fire officials practiced equipment use and performed underwater rescue operations. ▶ Jeong Sang-gwon / Chief Official, Special Response Team, NFDH “Through this training, our rescue squad members are prepared to save the lives and property of residents in the event of meting ice accidents.” In addition to the training, the Northern Fire 160211-1 [Anchor’s Headline] During the Lunar New Year holidays, Gyeonggi Province provided a free car rental service using provincial vehicles so as to help residents visit their hometowns. [Report] ▶ ‘Happy Car Sharing Service’ This service, entitled ‘Happy Car Sharing’, was provided to families in low income brackets in a trial run that will be expanded to include all regular holidays. Our reporter met with residents who benefited from the service. ▶ [PiP] Happy Car Sharing Service User “Visiting our hometown during the holiday season was always beyond what we could afford. Car rental is too expensive for us and, being a five-person family, so is public transportation.” ▶ Free Use of Public Vehicles This service was offered free of charge. Users only had to pay for fuel and toll fees. At the pickup site, officials explained vehicle usage and even performed preliminary inspections on behalf of the users. ▶[PiP] Kim Chi-yeong / Volunteer Official, Gyeonggi Province Vehicle Support Team “We performed basic inspections before the vehicles were released, and also provided information required by the users.” ▶ Positive Responses from Users The users of this service were unanimously positive about its high practicality. ▶ Happy Car Sharing Service User “Our grandmother was very pleased and grateful because she seldom ventures outside of home.” ▶ Happy Car Sharing Service User “We couldn’t afford public transportation, but we were able to travel thanks to the free rental service. Letting the public use public office vehicles is, I believe, going beyond convention.” ▶ Service to Expand to 31 Gyeonggi Localities With the success of the trial operation, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the service to all 31 cities and counties of the province. Vehicles will be available for public use during national holidays and weekends, and can be picked up at the nearest local public offices. It will also be possible to make online applications for vehicle use. Article 6. Northern Gyeonggi to House 4 Industrial Complexes 160204-01 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the development of four industrial complexes. These complexes will be located in northern provincial regions and house modern industrial facilities. [Report] ▶ New Concept Industrial Complex Site in Yeoncheon County One of these industrial complexes will be developed in Yeoncheon 연천 County on a site 80 times larger than a football field. Home to 60 enterprises with approximately 1,500 new jobs, this complex will boost the local economy. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex February 2 Yeoncheon Industrial Complex Development Cooperation Agreement On February 2, a cooperation agreement was signed by related public organizations for the development of this industrial complex. ▶ Yeoncheon County Magistrate Kim Gyu-seon “Local economic development through production activities is a privilege that our regions seriously lack. Now we see things are changing…” ▶ 4 Industrial Complexes in Northern Gyeonggi Regions Gyeonggi Province has selected four locations in northern regions for industrial complex development. The first one in Yeoncheon 연천 County is slated for completion in three years’ time. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “It will be also helpful for the general industrial development of the province. Northern Gyeonggi regions will join in leading economic growth…” Industrial facilities in Gyeonggi Province are heavily concentrated in southern regions with 7 out of 10 industrial complexes in the province being located in these regions. With these four advanced industrial complexes, northern regions will see a substantial economic boost. Article 7. Job Interview Training Service for Women 160212-02 [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center is offering a variety of vocational education programs for women. These programs include online interview training services via simulated job interviews and feedback. Our reporter examined the details. [Report] ▶ Simulated Job Interview During an online job interview, a trainee answers questions asked by the interviewer ▶ Interviewer “Can you expand on that, stating its relevance to the job” ▶ Interviewee “I often heard that I was very thorough in recording my daily interviews, so I think my strength is thoroughness.” The interview lasted approximately 10 minutes, during which the job applicant calmly answered questions. ▶ Online Job Interview Training Service / GWDC This was a mock job interview performed by a trainee with an instructor who posed as an interviewer. ▶ Lee Ji-seong / Job Interview Trainee “Today, I learned about where to look during an interview and was told that I have a habit of saying ‘Umm’, which I wasn’t aware of. This training helped me overcome nervousness and improve my confidence and interview performance.” This online interview training service is provided to women as part of their job application preparations. ▶ Interview Exercises and 1:1 Coaching Service Trainees can choose interview types appropriate for the recruiting organizations and job types they are pursuing. After each mock interview, a specialist who posed as an interviewer provides the trainee with detailed feedback on how to improve performance. ▶ Cho Jeong-ok / Director, Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center “The purpose of this program is to assist job searchers in their employment applications by providing diagnostic services and education. It also helps them develop confidence and better prepare for job-related questions.” The job interview training service can be accessed online and even via mobile phones by subscribing to the Online Career Development Center of Gyeonggi Province through its homepage. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.02.12Greetings, 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 Cuts Regional Development Support 0202-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Despite the continued efforts of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government to geographically balance economic development, some local development projects may have to be abolished this year due to cuts in provincial support. Our reporter examined the details. [Report] ▶ Special Tourism District Development Project, Dongducheon City This area in Dongducheon 동두천 City near US military bases was designated as a specialized tourism district in 1997. However, since the relocation of the bases, local commerce has shrunk to one fifth of its previous level. ▶ K-Rock Village Project In order to revive the local economy, the city government launched the ‘K-Rock Village Project’ last year, taking advantage of regional rock culture resources. This project, which includes the construction of theaters and cultural streets, now faces scrapping due to provincial support cuts. ▶ Go Jong-bin / Chairman, Dongducheon Tourism District Merchants Association “We are struggling to survive by attracting local clients. With this project coming to an end even in its first year, we just do not know how we can…” ▶ Expressway Interchange Project, Yangpyeong County An expressway interchange project of Yangpyeong 양평 County, which recently began after long years of lobbying so as to provide tourists with easy access to the region, also faces abrupt suspension as provincial support was denied. ▶ Son Chun-ja / Resident Chief, Songhak-1-ri, Yangpyeong County “Residents put tremendous effort into this. It is not right to tell us it’s over after leading us to the project.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Cuts Local Project Support Budgets Such project suspension followed recent budget cuts by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly in provincial support for the projects of six local governments. ▶ Lee Sang-gu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Balanced Development Division “The abandoned construction sites pose a danger, especially for the coming summer. Most of all, project suspension will have damaging effects on the local economy…” Since these local projects are geared for balanced regional development and have long been pursued by local residents, alternative funds will be necessary. Article 2. Gyeonggi Launches Livestock Disease Prevention 160125-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Foot-and-mouth disease has hit Korean livestock farms again this year. Following the outbreak of the disease in the southern regions of Korea, Gyeonggi Province immediately began implementing extensive measures to prevent this highly infectious disease. [Report] [CG] First reported at pig farms in early January, foot-and-mouth disease has already resulted in the culling of approximately 800 pigs to date. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Veterinary Service Center Gyeonggi Province also designated the period through to May, during which many migrating birds arrive, for bird flu prevention. ▶ Gyeonggi Monitors 16 Migrating Bird Habitats Provincial authorities have already begun monitoring 16 migrating bird habitats in the province through weekly site inspections and the testing of droppings. A ‘migrating bird alert’ system has also been put into operation so as to warn farmers of migrating birds at different stages via text messages. Currently, an arrival stage-alert has been issued for the areas around seven locations. ▶ Lee Eun-gyeong / Chief Official, Foreign Contagious Disease Team, GPVSC “Foot-and-mouth disease vaccination must be administered twice so as to maximize immunity. Bird flue can be prevented by keeping henhouses and feed troughs clean and sterilized and by always wearing sterile boots when entering henhouses.” Animal diseases can only be prevented through the collective effort of farmers and authorities. Article 3. Gyeonggi Ties with Chinese Union Pay Credit Card 160126-1 [Anchor’s Headline] On January 25, Gyeonggi Province entered an agreement with a major Chinese credit card company, UnionPay International. The purpose of this initiative is to promote consumption among Chinese tourists, who are avid shoppers and credit card users, during their stay in the province. [Report] Last year, the number of Chinese tourists in Korea topped 6 million, accounting for more than 40 percent of all foreign tourists. Of these, nearly a million visited Gyeonggi Province and spent KRW 2.6 million per person on average. [CG] For more than 70 percent of Chinese tourists, shopping is the major purpose for visiting Korea. Most Chinese use UnionPay cards. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex January 25 Cooperation Agreement Signed by Gyeonggi Province, UnionPay 제주 Province, with usage in Gyeonggi Province accounting for less than 1 percent. UnionPay promotion will be carried out in phases starting from cities with larger commercial establishments. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This will serve as part of tourism infrastructure for Chinese tourists. It will also help the economy of Gyeonggi Province.” The agreement for Chinese credit card promotion is expected to have positive effects on tourism in Gyeonggi Province. Article 4. Gyeonggi Pursues Common Market Economy 160127-1 [Anchor’s Headline] On January 26, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil met with the heads of the 31 local governments of the province. During the meeting, participants discussed a wide variety of provincial and local issues. [Report] ▶ Good Morning House January 26 2016 Gyeonggi Mayors the provincial government for more positive actions…” ▶ Icheon City Mayor Cho Byeong-don “Our residents in natural conservation areas have been raising their voices over the past twenty years, and there is still no sign of mitigation.” Governor Nam promised to establish a special team to address issues related to the natural preservation areas. ▶ Some Proposals Agreed During the meeting, participants proposed various ideas. Some, including those related to childcare and preschool education budgets, were agreed upon unanimously. ▶ Gwangmyeong City Mayor Yang Gi-tae “Governor Nam expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of local governments, but it was only what we thought was necessary for our residents…” Governor Nam asserted that Gyeonggi Province will do its utmost to resolve major issues through fundamental approaches. Governor Nam also stressed that he will continue to work closely with local governments to resolve provincial and local issues. Article 5. Gyeonggi Begins Wastewater Treatment Facility Inspections 0201-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province began wastewater treatment facility inspections at industrial complexes so as to prevent negligent management during Lunar New Year holidays. [Report] ▶ Banwol Sihwa Industrial Complex At this wastewater treatment facility in an industrial complex in Siheung 시흥 City, inspectors collect wastewater samples to test water quality. Treated wastewater is discharged to a river after strict water quality verifications. ▶ Special Wastewater Treatment Facility Inspections These inspections were performed to ensure normal operations of water treatment facilities during the five-day Lunar New Year holidays including the weekend. ▶ Yang Jae-heon / Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office “There are many wastewater generating facilities in the Ansan and Sihwa industrial complexes. We are conducting inspections so as to protect the environment and residents.” ▶ Inspections to be Performed in 3 Stages until February 12 Gyeonggi Province designated the period until February 12 for special wastewater treatment facility inspections. These inspections will be performed in three stages on environmental management and contaminant treatment operations. ▶ Water Contamination Monitoring There will also be nightly patrols along rivers for water quality measurement and illegal discharge prevention. ▶ GTV Reporter Jeong Yeon-woo “We will look more closely at locations and facilities that are prone to environmental contamination. Gyeonggi GTV, Jeong Yeon-woo.” Article 6. One-Person Household Increase in Gyeonggi Province 0202-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Over the past ten years, the number of one-person households in Gyeonggi Province increased two-fold with individuals in their 20s and 30s and seniors being the largest groups. [Report] ▶ Number of 1-Person Households in Gyeonggi Province: 770.000 The number of one-person households in Gyeonggi Province increased from approximately 330,000 in 2000 to approximately 770,000 in 2010. [CG] The largest age groups among one-person families are youths in their 20s and 30s, accounting for 42 percent, and senior women, accounting 24 percent. ▶ Job Problems Increase 1-Person Households among Youths Job-related problems are regarded as the major cause for the increase in the number of one-person households among youths. ▶ Lee Seok-hwan / Researcher, Gyeonggi Welfare Foundation “One-person households of unmarried persons are concentrated in industrial districts while those of seniors are more concentrated in rural areas.” ▶ 1-Person Households Face Housing Expenses 0203-3 [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Human Resources Development Institute announced public official education programs and, for the first time, included social welfare education in its programs this year. [Report] This institute is responsible for the education of Gyeonggi provincial officials. ▶ Social Welfare Education of Gyeonggi Officials The inclusion of social welfare education is aimed at providing more effective customized welfare services. ▶ Voluntary Services and On-site Education Social welfare education will be geared to prepare officials for social welfare services and will be comprised of related classes as well as voluntary services and on-site service experiences. ▶ Subjects Include CPTED and Conflict Management Skills Class education subjects were designed to meet the social welfare demands and will include living environment safety and ‘crime prevention through environmental design’ CPTED as well as conflict management skills. ▶ Choi Hong-gyu / Chief Official, Education Planning Team, Gyeonggi EDU We will provide safety education and social welfare education this year so as to create safe and comfortable living environment for residents.” ▶ 69 Subjects in 2016 Education Programs The education programs for 2016 are comprised of 69 subjects including those for new officials. These education subjects were designed to strengthen the competence of provincial officials and will be provided as necessary for the different functions of officials. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.02.05Greetings, 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. Mid-20th Century Narrow-Track Railroad Story Published 0125-3 [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Cyber Library is currently working on the investigation and recording of interesting stories of Gyeonggi Province that are being lost from public memory. One such nostalgic story about a narrow-track railroad line was recently published. [Report] ▶ Railroad Museum, Uiwang City At this railroad museum stands a train that used to run on the narrow-track Suyeo 수여 Railroad Line in eastern Gyeonggi during mid-20th century. ▶ [PIP] Kim Seon-hui / Hwaseong City Resident “We can no longer see old trains like this. It was an interesting experience for my children.” ▶ Suyeo Railroad Line Constructed during Japanese Occupation The Suyeo 수여 Line was constructed in the 1930s during the Japanese occupation of Korea. ▶ Served as Important East-West Gyeonggi Transportation Connection This railroad line ran in the eastern regions of Gyeonggi Province between Suwon 수원 and Jeoju 여주 and continued its service until 1972. There are hardly any traces left of this railroad line except for the train at the museum. ▶ Suyeo Line Published by Gyeonggi Cyber Library This book contains a number of photographs of the trains and railroad scenes as well as interviews with locomotive engineers and the people who used the rail line. The Gyeonggi Cyber Library will continue to immortalize province’s past through such publications. ▶ [PiP] Kim Han-chun aged 83 / Yongin City Resident “They were small things, those trains. Everyone in Yongin used them. School kids and all.” ▶ Electronic Version Available at Library Homepage memory.library.kr The publicized memories of Gyeonggi Province, such as the book Suyeo 수여 Line, are also available in electronic versions from the library’s homepage. ▶ Shin Jeong-ah / Librarian, Gyeonggi Cyber Library “Many historic locations and facts are quicky being lost from our memories through our rapidly changing lifestyles. We have been collecting and recording information about such historical items” The Gyeonggi Cyber Library also plans to hold an exhibition of the photographs and memorabilia featured in the book during Library Week in April. Article 2. Gyeonggi Expands Public Welfare Facility Remodeling 0121-3 [Anchor’s Headline] After the successful trial implementation of a public welfare facility improvement project that began in 2014, Gyeonggi Province announced expansion of the project this year. [Report] ▶ Senior Hall, Yongin City This senior hall in Yongin 용인 City was one of the welfare facilities that underwent major repair work through the provincial improvement initiative known as the ‘Green Remodeling Project’. ▶ Waterproof Features Added In order to resolve issues that arose from dampness due to water leaks, sewage pipes were replaced and awnings were installed over the windows. ▶ Choi Gyeong-su / Resident Leader, 8, 9-tong, Pungdeokcheon-dong, Yongin City “There were a lot of cockroaches that couldn’t be controlled. They simply disappeared after the repair work.” ▶ Heating Costs Reduced 30% With the installation of additional insulation and a new door, heating costs are expected to be reduced by 30 percent. ▶ Green Remodeling: Over 90% Satisfaction Rate According to a survey of the users of public welfare facilities that have received ‘Green Remodeling’ services, the satisfaction rate for improved facilities exceeds 90 percent. ▶ Jeong San-hun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Architecture 0122-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province began hygiene inspections of poultry production and sale processes. This time, inspections will be carried out directly by provincial officials instead of by hired inspectors. [Report] ▶ Jeil Market, Uijeongbu City Inspection items will include the hygienic condition of poultry shops as well as compliance with expiry dates and country of origin indications. ▶ Moon Moo-soon / Uijeongbu City Resident “I have no choice but to trust them. I know that inspectors come from time to time, so how can I not trust them” ▶ Hygiene Inspections by Hired Inspectors May Be Ineffective Hygiene inspections performed by hired inspectors may have limitations in ensuring hygiene in the poultry industry. In fact, hygiene issues often arise even with large producers. ▶ Provincial Officials to Conduct Inspections From this year, Gyeonggi Province will dispatch hygiene inspection officials to all poultry butcheries in the province. ▶ Kim Seong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Animal Quarantine Division “We have already allocated inspection officials for ten poultry butcheries in the province.” ▶ International Standard Hygiene Inspections These officials will conduct poultry food safety inspections based on international hygiene standards. ▶ [PIP] Lee Yeon-suk / Inspector, Gyeonggi Northern Livestock 0125-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently announced its land administration policies for 2016. These policies are largely the continuation of the previous year’s resident-orientated policies that primarily focus on resolving inconveniences experienced by residents. [Report] ▶ 2016 Land Administration Policies of Gyeonggi Province. Land administration policies are reformed annually based on circumstantial requirements. ▶ Land Transaction Approval Requirement Zone Designation One principal policy is the designation of land transaction approval requirement zones. The objective of such designations is to prevent speculative investments in certain areas which may disrupt realty transaction orders. ▶ Realtor Management 160119-3 [Anchor’s Headline] A GTV reporter examined a charity program of Gyeonggi Province that has been in operation since 2012. It involves a major internet shopping mall in Korea, Interpark. In this program, Gyeonggi Province donates the same amount of points as donated by shoppers. [Report] Chae 채 is one of the Interpark users who regularly donate the points offered by the mall as rewards for their purchases. Our reporter met with him at his home. ▶ Chae Gyu-min / Ansan City resident “This charity program is very convenient since we can join while shopping at home without having to visit charity organizations.” ▶ Online Charity Program Operated by Gyeonggi Province since 2012 This joint charity program was launched in cooperation with Interpark under title of Charity Point Donation Campaign. ▶ Rodem’s House, Yangpyeong County Housing facilities for individuals with disabilities are the beneficiaries of the donations comprised of the collected points donated by Interpark users and an equal amount donated by Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Donations from Gyeonggi Province 160120-2 [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center announced the scope of this year’s business startup support and began receiving applications for support that include residence at the center. [Report] ▶ Purume Tea Co. / GWDC Residential Enterprise A devoted tea developer for the past ten years, Seok 석 had struggled to establish her own business until she was accepted by the Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center three years ago. She now enjoys annual sales of KRW 250 million. ▶ Seok Bo-young / Founder of Furume Tea Co. “I needed a space for business. That was why I initially turned to the center. However, I was provided with support in more areas such as product certification, promotion via trade exhibitions and ...” ▶ Gyeonggi Calligraphy Design Center / GWDC Residential Enterprise Kim, the founder of the Gyeonggi Calligraphy Design Center, also enjoys her thriving business thanks to support from the center that includes the provision of business space and consultation services. ▶ Applications for Residence Received at GWDC The Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center is currently receiving applications for residence at its business incubation facilities. ▶ Comprehensive Business Support Provided to Resident Enterprises The center will then select six enterprises this year and provide them with comprehensive business startup support. Out of 180 women who have been admitted to the facilities to date, approximately 50 percent are currently active in their business operations. ▶ Kim Jeong-rye / Administration Team Manager, GWDC “Our business startup support has expanded this year to include the provision of annual operational support of KRW 2 million to each graduate of our business incubation center.” Applications will be received until February 14. Detailed application information is available from the Gyeonggi Women’s Development Center homepage. Article 7. Waste-to-Energy Incineration Plant in Gyeonggi Province 160122-2 [Anchor’s Headline] There are waste incineration plants in Gyeonggi Province that double as power plants and are generating profits by selling electricity made with renewable heat energy from the incinerators. Our reporter examined the details. [Report] ▶ Anyang Waste Incineration Plant At this waste incineration plant, 200 tons of waste is burned daily on average. Like other waste incineration plants, it used to emit large amounts of carbon as well as foul odors. However, this plant is now environmentally much cleaner thanks to modern waste management and power generation facilities that transform waste into electric energy. ▶ Kim Chang-gon / Manager, Anyang Waste Incineration Plant “We produce electricity using the heat generated from the incinerators. We use part of the electricity in our plant and sell the remainder to KEPCO. This process also entitles us to RECs that we can sell to other power generation plants.” ▶ RECs Renewable Energy Certificates: ▶ Tradable proof of electricity generation from renewable energy sources Since RECs can be traded, power plants may purchase these certificates and use them to fulfill their renewable energy generation quotas. Those power plants unable to fulfill these requirements pay penalties. However, by purchasing RECs, they can resolve the situation economically without having to invest in renewable energy generation facilities. ▶ Gyeonggi Province to Sell RECs from February Gyeonggi Province installed turbine generators at incineration plants in Anyang 안양 and Ansan 안산 two years ago, and has since earned 3,351 RECs, which will be sold to 17 power plant operators from February. ▶ Kim Soo-hyung / Gyeonggi Province Environmental Facilities Team Official “Since renewable energy generation has multiple benefits including reduced environmental contamination, energy production and profit generation, we will expand power generation facilities at other waste incineration plants in the province.” Gyeonggi Province plans to use the profits from this energy production for other environment projects. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.01.29Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi to Bill and Collect Taxes via Smart Phones 160113-1 [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province will introduce a new tax billing tem that will enable residents to receive and pay provincial tax bills via smart phones so as to prevent non-payment due to the misplacement of bills delivered by post. [Report] ▶ Yoon Hae-jeong, Restaurateur Yoon receives all local tax bills by post. She makes it a habit to check each bill to ensure that it is correctly addressed to her. ▶ Yoon Hae-jeong, Maetan-dong, Suwon City “Sometimes there are bills addressed to other persons in my mailbox. I once went to the bank to pay a bill and found that it wasn’t mine. I was embarrassed.” Printed bills comprise a large portion of the paper waste of every household. [CG] Approximately 98 percent of all local tax bills in Korea are currently being delivered in printed format, costing an average of KRW 130 billion annually. ▶ Gyeonggi Province to Develop Smart Tax Billing and Collection System In order to address issues regarding the delivery and cost of printed bills, Gyeonggi Province will introduce a ‘smart tax billing and collection tem’ by adopting a proposal made during an idea contest held last year among public officials. ▶ Tax Payers Can Receive and Pay Tax Bills via Smart Phones This new tem will enable tax payers to receive and pay local tax bills conveniently via smart phones without having to visit banks or internet sites. ▶ Yim Byeong-gi / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Tax Administration Team “We will send tax bills via the messenger service of the tax payer’s choice. Residents can pay the bills anytime, anywhere.” Gyeonggi Province will introduce the smart tax billing tem initially on a trial basis in July after coordination with the central and local governments. Article 2. Integrity of Gyeonggi Organizations Assessed 160114-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently conducted an assessment of integrity among officials in 26 affiliated public organizations. The objective of this provincial government survey was to eradicate potential corruption and negligence in organizational management. [Report] ▶ Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation In this assessment, the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation received the highest honor. At this foundation, all officials are constantly reminded of integrity requirements on a daily basis. Such reminders include the 31 compliance guidelines displayed on the standby screens of monitors, integrity alarm notifications delivered via computer every morning, and reminders on mouse pads and business cards. ▶ Choi Min-ho / Manager, Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation Audit Office “Such honorable recognition is attributed to the commitment of management to integrity and effective integrity education as well as to the loyalty of all employees” Anonymous online and offline corruption-reporting tems also enhance the transparency of the foundation’s officials. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Family among smaller organizations, the Gyeonggi Province Family 160115-1 [Anchor’s Headline] The priority credit guarantee limit for social economic enterprises in Gyeonggi Province will be increased up to 100 percent so as to better facilitate the financing of these enterprises, which usually have limited security capabilities. [Report] ▶ Sunflower Medial Social Cooperative This medical enterprise is a social cooperative operated by local residents. Opened in 2011 as an oriental medicine clinic, this cooperative has endured financial difficulties but is now thriving thanks to provincial guarantee support. ▶ [PiP] Oh Yeong-hui / Executive Director, Sunflower Medical Cooperative “We obtained an operational loan through Gyeonggi Province’s credit guarantee support last year, and were even able to expand our business.” This cooperative uses its profits to provide free medical services to families in low income brackets, solitary seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The priority credit guarantee support is provided to social economic enterprises with limited security capabilities for loan applications. ▶ Guarantee Limit Increased 100% with 2% Interest Support [CG] The provincial guarantee limit is now increased up to KRW 200 million for social enterprises and social cooperatives, and up to KRW 50 million for preliminary social enterprises and village enterprises. There is additional interest support of 2%. ▶ Ryu In-gwon / Director, Gyeonggi Province Ddabok Community Support Division “The modified program also permits expanded use of loans to include rent instead being limited to operational expenses.” With expanded provincial credit guarantee support, the 1,930 social economical enterprises of Gyeonggi Province can now increase their competitiveness. Article 4. Gyeonggi Discloses Northern Regional Development Plans 0118-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced 10-year development plans for its northern regions. Projected to cost a total of KRW 8.5 trillion, this initiative consists of four regional plans for four geographic zones. Our reporter examined the details. [Report] ▶ Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex January 14 Northern Gyeonggi Development Strategy Committee Disclosed at the Northern Gyeonggi Development Strategy Committee meeting on January 14, these 10-year northern regional development plans include four zone plans geared to optimize the characteristics of each zone. ▶ New Growth Foundation Zone Mid North Regions Including Uijeongbu and Yangju The mid-northern regions were designated as the ‘new growth foundation zone’. The existing fashion, textile and furniture industries in this zone will be further promoted while new development projects incorporating former US military bases will be developed. ▶ National Reunification Industrial Development Zone Northwest Regions Including Goyang and Paju Western regional development will focus on tourism and the Korean Wave in preparation for national reunification. Detailed projects will include the development of a techno valley and a support center for the Kaeseong 개 Industrial Complex in North Korea. ▶ National Reunification, Ecology 160115-3 [Anchor’s Headline] A scientific institute in Gyeonggi Province announced the development of a new cancer cell culturing technology. This development is expected to help identify the most effective medications for individual cancer patients and potentially improve their treatment. [Report] [CG] Approximately 37 percent of Koreans, or two out of five people, have a chance of developing cancer during their lives. ▶ Each Cancer Patient Has Different Causes Cancer treatment development is difficult due to the diversity of causes and treatment requirements among individual patients. ▶ More Than 100 Cancer Cell Types Exist There are more than 100 different cancer cell types, each with different genetic characteristics [CG] Developed by the Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, this new technology uses culturing environments similar to the in situ cancer cells of four basic types. ▶ GTV Reporter Jeong Yeon-woo “One of the important findings of this study was that spherical cancer cells are especially resistant to conventional treatments.” ▶ Identification of Best Medicines for Individual Patients Using a 3-dimensional culturing method, this technology enables doctors to predict medicinal resistance and identify the most effective medicines for individual cancer patients. ▶ [PiP] Kim Seong-hoon / Professor, Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology “Cancer cell cultures have been prepared in a completely different environment from where they occurred in patients. With this new technology, we can identify the most effective medicines.” The institute will continue to develop this cancer cell culturing technology so as to transfer it to other research institutes and pharmaceutical enterprises. Article 6. New Business Startup Support Center Opened in Gyeonggi Province 160118-3 [Anchor’s Headline] A leading nano technology institute in Korea opened a business startup support center in Gyeonggi Province for new businesses in related fields so as to help them enter markets in their startup stages. [Report] ▶ WIT Co., Ltd., Suwon Choi has developed an ultra-thin, transparent ceramic plate manufacturing technology for heat radiators and established his company last May. However, he still has complicated registration processes to complete. ▶ Choi Jae-wan / Founder of WIT Co., Ltd. “We prepared patent applications by ourselves through searching the internet and investigating similar patents. We had to cover all constraints in our patent briefings.” ▶ Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center Established by the Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center, this business startup support center will provide customized support to new businesses that possess related technologies with high potential. ▶ 20 Enterprises in Startup Stages Initially Selected as Support Candidates After an assessment of technical and commercial potential, 20 new enterprises have been initially selected as candidates for support. ▶ 5 Enterprises Selected Finally Of these enterprises, five were finally selected. These enterprises will be provided with free usage of office space as well as financial support and mentoring services by specialists. ▶ Jeon Yeong-jin / Director, Nano Enterprise Center, Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center “We will provide comprehensive support to new enterprises established less than 3 years prior with excellent business potential so as to facilitate the early launch of their items.” ▶ Nano Center to Contribute to Job Creation and Local Economic Development By supporting new businesses in their growth, the nano center in Gyeonggi Province will contribute to job creation and local economic development. Article 7. Gyeonggi Province to Release Its Vehicles for Public Use 160119-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced that it will release its registered vehicles for use by the public free of charge during weekends when the vehicles are not in use. [Report] ▶ Kim Seok-wan / Suwon City Resuident After his retirement due to health problems five years ago, Gwon 권 has been living on national basic livelihood benefits without a car. Whenever major holidays come, he finds it difficult to visit family members in his hometown. ▶ Kim Seok Wan / Gwonseon-gu, Suwon City “I have difficulty using a car to go to my hometown since I can hardly afford a rental car. It is also difficult to borrow a car during such holidays.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Operates 128 Vehicles There are 128 official vehicles used by Gyeonggi Province. ▶ ‘Happy Car Sharing’ to Be Introduced on Lunar New Year Holiday Adopting an idea proposed in an idea contest among officials held last year, Gyeonggi Province will open its official vehicles for use by the public free of charge for 10 days from February 6 on a trial basis. ▶ Families in Low Income Brackets and with More than One Child. This free public car usage service will be available to families in low income brackets and to those with more than one child. ▶ No Rental Fees Since these cars can be borrowed free of charge, users will only have to pay for fuel and toll fees. ▶ Public Car Sharing Program to be Expanded Province-wide After trial operation, the free rental service will be expanded to public holidays and weekends. An online application method will also be made available. The ‘Happy Car Sharing’ program will then be expanded to all the 31 cities and counties of the province, enabling residents to pick up cars at the nearest public centers. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.01.22Greetings, 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. Private Enterprise joins Gyeonggi’s Epidemic Control 160106-2 [Anchor’s Headline] During the MERS outbreak last year, a number of social enterprises played an important role in creating an epidemic control model for the province through areal disinfection services. These enterprises have since formed a public quarantine service cooperative. [Report] Recently, this cooperative signed a collaboration agreement with Gyeonggi Province for future epidemic control. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex January 5 Infectious Disease Control Cooperation Agreement This cooperative became part of the epidemic control network of the province, which consists of public and private institutes, and will provide public quarantine services during infectious disease outbreaks. ▶ Lee Gwang-hun / President, Areal Cooperative “We will do our utmost to protect the health of provincial residents using advanced technologies and equipment.” ▶ Yoo Byeong-ok / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center The six Gyeonggi provincial medical center hospitals are at the forefront and serve as the final defense in relieving our residents from diseases.” ▶ Areal Cooperative to Provide Free Disinfection 160107-3 [Anchor’s Headline] This year marks the Year of the M// in the Korean zodiac. This time, it’s a red m// year. In the orient, m//s represent, among other things, guardianship and maternal love. Our reporter visited an exhibition commemorating the Year of the M// held at the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum. [Report] The m// is the subject of this exhibition titled ‘M//s in Our Culture’. There are ceramic figurines of one of the most enduring Chinese literary characters, the M// King in Journey to the West, also known as Sun Wukong 손오공. Another m// figurine made during the ancient Goryo 고려 Dynasty depicts a baby m// in a motherly embrace. ▶ M//s Symbolize Guardianship and Maternal Love An ancient bronze mirror and a writing brush case feature twelve zodiac animals including dancing m//s. M//s are regarded as tricky and mischievous creatures. In the past, pet m//s were highly valued and frequently used as gift items by envoys and diplomats. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Museum until June ‘M//s in Our Culture’ Exhibition M//s are featured in all artworks and artifacts displayed at this exhibition ▶ [PiP] Min Ji-yeon 160108-1 [Anchor’s Headline] There are a number of local taxes applied with modifications from this year. Since these modified tax systems are directly related to the lives of residents, our reporter examined the details. [Report] ▶ Suwon Vehicle Registration Office After long hesitation, Oh has finally decided to purchase a new car. She could make her decision since the vehicle procurement tax exemption program for parents with more than one child was extended for another three years. ▶ [PiP] Oh Gyong-sun / Suwon City Resident “I was exempted from the procurement tax of KRW 2.1 million since I am a parent with more than one child. I hope that many residents benefit from such exemption programs.” ▶ Procurement Tax Exemption Program Extended until 2018 Until 2018, parents with more than one child can purchase vehicles tax free. The procurement tax is also reduced for the purchasers of small cars and electric cars, as well as for the purchasers of former rental housing. The local education tax will continue to be applied as part of the cigarette tax over the next three years to prevent financial losses for local education. [CG] For the resident tax, which was 0.5 percent of salaries, employers are no longer required to make deductions from employee wages or to report if the salary amount is low. For higher salaries, variable exemption rates are applied based on average wages. For purchasers of buildings that have been left unused for more than two years, the procurement tax is reduced by 4 percent. Local tax reporting procedures for multi-location enterprises were also simplified. Such enterprises may now report local taxes to a single tax office in the jurisdiction of their head offices. ▶ Park Dong-gyun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Tax Administration Division “We adopted the opinions of tax payers and changed the imposer-orientated taxation procedures to payer-orientated ones.” Gyeonggi Province extended a total of 178 local taxation programs for three more years, which is equivalent to tax support of KRW 2.4 trillion over the same period. Article 4. Results of 3-Year Operations of G-Cinemas 160111-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Three years ago, Gyeonggi Province introduced G-Cinemas so as to support the production of diversity movies by independent and artistic movie makers. Since their introduction, more than 100 diversity movies have been screened at the G-Cinemas. [Report] ▶Suwon Megabox In 2013, Gyeonggi Province designated the first provincially-operated G-Cinema so as to provide screening opportunities to independent movies, artistic movies and documentaries of high standards produced by movie makers with limited budgets. ▶G-Cinemas Operate in 11 Gyeonggi Localities Operating in eleven localities in Gyeonggi Province, G-Cinemas have featured more than 100 movies and have attracted approximately 54,000 viewers over the past three years. ▶[PIP] Lee Yeong-sil / Viewer “I only learned of the existence of such movies when I arrived at the cinema. I hope that I can watch more of these movies.” ▶”Don’t Cross That River, Darling” Attracted Most Viewers The most popular G-Cinema movie was Don’t Cross That River, Darling, a heart-warming romance about a senior couple. This movie was seen by more than 13,000 viewers. G-Cinemas offer valuable connections with the public for such high-quality, low-commercial movies. ▶ [PiP] Jang Bong-su / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Contents Infrastructure Team “I believe that G-Cinemas have contributed significantly to the advancement of diverse movies in Korea while serving the varied cultural needs of Gyeonggi residents.” ▶Gyeonggi to Increase G-Cinemas Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of G-Cinemas from the current 16 to 19, and also plans to hold screening events at provincial organizations. Article 5. New Sex Education Facilities in Gyeonggi Province 160112-3 [Anchor’s Headline] New sex education facilities for children using walk-through indoor structures with various informative materials are gaining popularity in Gyeonggi Province. Our reporter visited one such facility. [Report] ▶ North Gyeonggi Youth Center, Paju City Located at the North Gyeonggi Youth Center in Paju City, this facility consists of a simulated tunnel of female genitals and a womb complete with a large fertilized egg on a wall. ▶Model Embryos and Baby Dolls Used as Education Materials Inside the womb, which doubles as a classroom, are various model structures that depict the childbirth process. There are even special jackets that children can wear to simulate pregnancy. This experiential education method developed by Gyeonggi Province is regarded as an effective sex education tool. ▶An A-reum / Sex Education Instructor, North Gyeonggi Youth Center “Experiential education is a more effective means of sex education than instruction-based education since it draws greater interest from children.” ▶Suitable for Children, Adolescents 160114-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been designating local communities that exhibit active lifelong education participation as ‘lifelong learning villages’. One such village in Yangpyeong 양평 County goes even further with participants sharing their earnings from their newly acquired skills with others. [Report] ▶’88 Nolgong School’, Gangha-myeon, Yangpyeong County These colorful ceramics, aroma products and beautiful bead handicrafts are the products of lifelong education school students in this village. ▶ Lifelong Learning Village Designated in 2015 Last year, this village was designated by Gyeonggi Province as a lifelong learning village for the active participation of residents in various education programs offered at the school. ▶ Park Chang-ok / Principal, Yangpyeong 88 Nolgong School “With learning opportunities available within the village, residents became much more active and are receiving lots of pleasure.” ▶ Specialty Product Sales Proceeds Donated to Underprivileged Individuals Since last autumn, villagers began selling sesame tea and cakes, specialty products of their school, and donated all proceeds to those who were unable to attend the school. ▶Lifelong Education Villages Help Create Jobs The lifelong learning villages not only share their earnings, they also help create jobs through their assistance in the nurturing of program instructors and lifelong education coordinators. ▶ [PIP] Park Seon-gyeong / Official, Gyeonggi Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning “Lifelong learning leads to self development, self development leads to earnings, and earnings lead to sharing. The spread of this sharing culture is the most valuable outcome of lifelong learning.” ▶57 Lifelong Learning Villages Designated in 20 Localities There are currently 57 ‘lifelong learning villages’ designated in Gyeonggi Province. ▶Gyeonggi to Expand Lifelong Learning Village Designation Gyeonggi Province will expand lifelong learning village designation so as to promote skill donation at a community level as well as sharing culture at large. Article 7. Gyeonggi Develops Simulation Program for Safety Education 0112-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province developed a computer simulation program for safety education that features fire in virtual duplicates of major buildings in the province. Users can train themselves in how to react and evacuate safely from these buildings. [Report] ▶ Gwangju Fire Station Public Service Office In this fire station, residents experience a fire via a computer simulation program. ▶ Game-type Simulation of Disaster Situation Users are tasked with finding an escape route from a fire in a virtual Suwon Station that exactly duplicates the actual structure. Some react calmly and succeed in leaving the station. However, most run around aimlessly and eventually succumb to smoke and fire. In a real-life situation, it could have been a tragedy. ▶Ju Jae-hun / Gwangju City Resident “It was fun and very realistic. It made me think about what I should do in real fire situation.” This disaster simulation experience is available at local fire stations in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Popular Public Facilities in Gyeonggi Province Simulated This program produces simulated 3D images of the interiors of popular public facilities in the province, such as subway stations and hospitals, for more realistic experiences. ▶ [PIP] Cho Jun-hyeong / Fire Official, Gwangju Fire Station “Your escape is successful if you can reach the exit within five minutes using various fire equipment and things in various situations. You can also customize your experience by setting the program to your age and gender.” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the program by adding more disaster types and location models. ▶ [PiP] Yu Ji-yeong / Fire Official, Gyeonggi Disaster Safety Headquarters Safety Culture Team “We will distribute this disaster simulation program to other facilities and schools so that more people can experience the program.” Major disasters tend to occur when the previous disaster is almost forgotten. Gyeonggi Province will remain alert through continuous safety education. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2016.01.15Greetings, 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 Helps Renovate Old Villages 151230-3 [Anchor’s Headline] Since 2012, Gyeonggi Province has been providing renovation support to old villages of historical value. Our reporter visited two such villages that have recently been transformed with new fixtures and improved community facilities. [Report] ▶ Wanglim Village, Uiwang City This once-rundown village, whose name stems from a king’s visit, now has an information board for visitors at its entrance that describes its historic significance. Streets have been cleaned and public buildings refurbished. ▶ [PIP] Park Yong-ae, Uiwang City Resident “There had been no proper management of the village environment. However, as you can see, everything has changed. We now have places where residents can chat in pleasant surroundings and…” A common trash collection site was established and old house walls were renovated and painted with pleasant murals. ▶ Seori Village, Gwangju City This village in Gwangju 광주 City is the birth place of a revered patriot who fought against Japanese occupation. This village also saw a complete refurbishment. The foul-smelling public toilet site was replaced with communal resting areas. Walls were painted with artistic depictions of tomatoes, a local specialty product. The village environment improvement support program of Gyeonggi Province has been targeting old villages and transforming them into new towns while restoring their local characteristics. ▶ Architectural Design Improvement Program Provided Support of KRW 58 Million to 2 Villages in 2015 Officially termed Architectural Design Improvement Projects, this program provided support of KRW 58 million to these two villages last year. ▶ Kang Hyo-seok / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Landscape Team “Gyeonggi Province will continue working with residents and specialists to create beautiful village environment.” Gyeonggi Province plans to adopt a storytelling concept in future village environment improvement projects so as to enhance convenience for residents as well as the image of villages. Article 2. Gyeonggi Opens North Creative Business Support Center 151231-2 [Anchor’s Headline] This past December 30, the North Gyeonggi Cultural Creativity Hub marked the beginning of its full-fledged operations with a ceremony. Our reporter was there. [Report] ▶ North Gyeonggi Cultural Creativity Hub December 30, 2015 Inauguration Ceremony Since its tentative opening last year, this center has been providing business startup support to youths with ideas in manufacturing and cultural contents. ▶ [Sync] “This is a message from Gayeong. ‘Hello.’ Do you want to answer” Through this provincial support, IPL developed smart robots that act as control platforms for household appliances. In just the eleven months since its establishment, this company has secured overseas investments of more than USD 6 million. ▶ [PIP] Kim Gyeong-wook / Representative, IPL “The age of smart phones is being overtaken by the emerging ‘Internet of Things’. The core of the Internet of Things is a hub that connects all network components. This robot is just that.” This vehicle safety device is one of the items selected for this year’s business startup support. This device connects a vehicle to its owner without the necessity for leaving a personal telephone number with the vehicle. ▶ [PiP] Yang Na-ri / Vehicle Safety Device Developer “This product protects telephone numbers from being exposed to misuse through voice phishing, stalking and spam.” During the ceremony held at the North Gyeonggi Cultural Creativity Hub, awards were presented to five exemplary enterprises that had been successfully established. Among the five award recipients, IPL, with its smart robot platform, received the top award as well as prize money of KRW 10 million. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Jae-yul “We will actively provide young aspiring entrepreneurs with educational opportunities, financial support and work spaces as well as overseas marketing support.” Last year, the North Gyeonggi Cultural Creativity Hub assisted 40 startups that created 80 jobs, and provided startup support in 390 cases. This center will be the leading youth business support center in these fields in northern Gyeonggi Province. Article 3. Gyeonggi’s Construction Administrative Rationalization 160105-2 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has a policy that aims to enhance administrative procedures pertaining to private construction. Recently, the provincial government conducted assessments of local governments in the realization of this policy for the year 2015. [Report] ▶ Bucheon City In these annual assessments, Bucheon 부천 City won the highest award. This policy includes free consultation provision by certified architects regarding construction regulations, approval procedures and requirements that, depending on the circumstances, can be complicated. ▶ Kim San-su / Bucheon City Resident “I have a 230-square-meter open land lot that I want to build a house on. I wanted to know the floor area limit, costs and possible designs, and I received much of the information I needed.” Even when business owners wish to install temporary structures, officials provide on-site assistance from applications to the preparation of layout drawings free of charge, saving the applicants from having to hire professional services. ▶ Small Multi-dwelling Residences Supported by a provincial ordinance, Bucheon 부천 City also provides financial assistance for repair work for small multi-dwelling residences. ▶ Park Jong-hak / Director, Bucheon City Construction Division “Our small multi-dwelling residence support program Korea’s first and the operation of construction counseling by certified architects received high scores.” Gyeonggi Province conducts these construction administration assessments among its 31 cities and counties on a regular basis. ▶ Grand Prize Winner: Bucheon City 1st Prize Winners: Hwaseong City and Yongin City 2nd Prize Winners: Yeoju City and Suwon City Last year, the annual awards were presented to individuals including officials in 13 cities and counties and architects employed by 5 local administrations. ▶ Song Hae-chung / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Architectural Management Team “We will continuously identify and resolve construction regulatory issues this year so as to provide reliable construction administrative services and realize safe and sound living environments.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to mitigate those regulations that cause unreasonable inconvenience among residents this year. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Establish Major Used Car Complex 151231-1 [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced that Suwon 수원 City will house Korea’s largest used car trade center in 2018. Our reporter examined the details. [Report] ▶ Jeil Buksuwon Car Trade Center This 20-year-old used car center in Suwon 수원 City is home to 16 used car dealerships. However its aging facilities hinder used car market growth. ▶ [PiP] Kim Si-chang / Chairman, Jeil Buksuwon Car Trade Association “There is a huge lack of parking space. Even current spaces are open to the elements. We really need improvement.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex December 30, 2015 Automobile Complex Construction Agreement To resolve this issue, Gyeonggi Province, Suwon City and Deutsch Motors, a major automobile importer, agreed to construct a new automobile trade complex. ▶ New Space for Car Display, Sale, Repair and More Requiring an investment of KRW 350 billion, this new used car complex will feature car-displaying spaces with modern facilities as well as spaces for trade and repair services. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This will be a premium used car center. It will be a new model for such facilities at which reliable cars can be purchased at reasonable process.” ▶ 595,000 Square Meter Site This complex will be constructed on a large site of nearly 600,000 square meters. ▶ New Jobs Created and Urban Scenes Improved The construction of these new facilities will have the effect of creating approximately 7,000 new jobs while improving the surrounding urban environment. ▶ GTV Reporter Jeong Yeon-woo “After the necessary procedures for approvals and permits, the construction of the new automobile complex will be completed in 2018.” Article 5. Winter Blight Hits Greenhouse Farms 160104-3 [Anchor’s Headline] With continuously higher-than-average temperatures coupled with more precipitation and less sunlight, an increasing number of greenhouse farms are being impacted by diseases and insects this winter. [Report] ▶ Flower Farm A growing number of flowering plants have turned black in this greenhouse due to blight. ▶ Ham Hun-sik / Flower Farm Owner “We didn’t have blight before. It hit us this year, and I am very worried.” ▶ Increased Rainfall and Temperatures Cause Blight Damage Increased rainfall and abnormally high temperatures are affecting plants while inviting diseases and insects this winter. ▶ Humidity Control Essential The most important factors in preventing winter blight are humidity control and the provision of supplementary light and carbon dioxide. ▶ Provision of Supplementary Light and Carbon Dioxide also Important Installation of lighting and supplying carbon dioxide gas in greenhouses will help plants grow while preventing blights caused by diseases and insects. ▶ Sticky Traps Used to Check Vermin The use of sticky traps will also help identify vermin. ▶ Gennadius 160106-3 [Anchor’s Headline] In 2013, Gyeonggi Province designated the World Design Center site in Guri 구리 City as a land transaction restriction zone. However, part of the designated zone was recently relieved from the restrictions. Our reporter examined the details. [Report] ▶ Guri World Design Center Construction Site The restriction zone includes this World Design Center construction site. ▶ Approx. 1.7 Million Square Meters It covers approximately 1.7 million square meters, 200 times larger than a football field. ▶ Land Transaction Restriction Zone Designated in 2013 Land transactions in this zone were restricted in 2013 so as to prevent speculative transactions. However, such restrictions also prevented local residents from exercising some of their property rights. ▶ Ham Yeong-hwa / Guri City Resident “Without such restrictions, you can build your house whenever you want, can’t you Not only that, you can also sell your house and move out whenever you want.” ▶ Part of Land Transaction Restriction Zone Relieved Responding to local resident complaints, Gyeonggi Province released restrictions for approximately 53 percent of the site where speculative transaction potential is low. ▶ [PIP] Min Cheon-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Division “Such a release of transaction restrictions will enable land owners to reasonably exercise their property rights.” ▶ 6 Land Transaction Restriction Zones in Gyeonggi Province To date, six land transaction restriction zones have been designated in Gyeonggi Province including the second Pangyo 판교 Techno Valley construction site. ▶ Gyeonggi to Consider Releasing Restrictions Based on Local Situations Gyeonggi Province will investigate land transaction trends in these zones and partially release the designations based on the results. Article 7. 2016 Gyeonggi Administrative Objectives 160108-3 [Anchor’s Headline] While attending year-opening ceremonies at regional chambers of commerce, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil disclosed the objectives of his administration for the year 2016. It seems the economy will be the major focus of the Gyeonggi provincial administration this year. [Report] ▶ Suwon Hotel Castle January 4 Suwon Chamber of Commerce Year Opening Ceremony Returning from his New Year’s holiday, Governor Nam attended the year-opening ceremony at the Suwon Chamber of Commerce. ▶ Gyeonggi Administration Objectives This Year: Job Creation and Economic Growth During the ceremony, Governor Nam mentioned job creation and economic growth as this year’s objectives. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We focused our major efforts on coalition last year. This year, we will focus more on the establishment of economic foundations.” [CG] The key words of the Gyeonggi administration for 2016 will be economy, welfare, northern development and coalition. Governor Nam revealed a plan to promote a ‘shared market economy’. Its main components will be projects that reduce the gap between large enterprises and small and medium enterprises. For welfare policies, ‘target-based welfare’ will be pursued to provide customized welfare services where they are needed, instead of providing conventional, generalized welfare support. ▶ [PIP] Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Welfare demand is increasing. However, we cannot simply expand welfare programs for the general population. We have started target-based welfare in Gyeonggi Province.” The acceleration of northern provincial development is another area upon which Gyeonggi Province will focus this year. Related projects will include the designation of special reunification zones and the promotion of DMZ tourism as well as the expansion of infrastructure. Gyeonggi Province will also cultivate new ideas so as to continue its coalition policy that produced significant results last year. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.