EnglishNews | 2018.12.28Greetings, 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 Expands Online Youth Education to Offline Activities (181217-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is operating an online lifelong education website. This education service platform features a music video production class which involves offline activities. ► FVKN YOUNG by Kim Hui-yeon, Kang Hyeon-su, Kand Tae-gyeong [Sync] "… Through all the harsh words, I’ll get to the future, unknown, a pen and a notebook always in my hands…” In this class, talented high school students produce hip-hop music videos for songs written and sung by themselves. ►vs ME by Cho Hyeon-ju [Sync] "… Never mind the calluses, try and go over, over the wall of ME!” These songs reflect the dreams these young students have and the troubles they experience. ► ‘Hip-hop Therapy’ Class In this music video production class, titled ‘Hip-hop Therapy’, ten high school students write, record and produce hip-hop music videos for eight months under the guidance of a popular Korean hip-hop singer. [Sync] “Do whatever you want. I’ll do the editing for you.” ► Gyeonggi Expands Online Lifelong Education to Offline Classes This provincial online education website, known as GSEEK, has been expanded to include offline educational activities to cultivate creativity and self-confidence among youths. ► Cho Hyeon-ju / Hip-hop Therapy Participant, High School Student, Bucheon City “Until I joined the Hip-hop Therapy, I had been lost, unable to see why I should study. Now I know who I am and have learned how to love myself.” ► Yun Hui-don / Hip-hop Therapy Participant, High School Student, Yongin City “… It has positive effects on me. My relationships with friends improved, and I learned how to make new friends and get to know people.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to improve the educational effects of GSEEK through the inclusion of offline activities. ► Lee Pil-shin / Director, Gyeonggi Province, Lifelong Education Division “There are a wide variety of education programs offered on the GSEEK website. From next year, we will operate more programs that are linked with offline practices and interactions with instructors.” ► Gyeonggi Province Online Lifelong Education Website GSEEK (www.gseek.kr) On Gyeonggi Province’s GSEEK lifelong education website, more than 1,000 classes are available to the public free of charge and the number continues to grow. Article 2. Traditional Market Merchants Workshop Held in Gyeonggi (181218-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 18, the representatives of traditional market merchants in Gyeonggi Province convened to share experiences and discuss ways in which to promote their markets. ► Gold Family Condominium, Yongin City (December 18) 2018 Gyeonggi Province Traditional Market Merchant Workshop Organized in the form of a workshop by the Gyeonggi Merchant Association and supervised by the Gyeonggi provincial administration, this event featured more than 200 owners of businesses in traditional markets of the province. ► Park Deok-soon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Bureau “…in order to promote traditional markets through the improvement of individual and organizational capabilities of merchants and the sharing of provincial policies and success cases.” ► Award Presentations to Individuals with Market Promotion Merits This event included presentations of good market promotion cases as well as award presentations to those who contributed to traditional market promotion. ► Gyeonggi to Strengthen Traditional Market Support There was also a presentation of Gyeonggi Province’s traditional market support polic for next year. ► Lee Chung-hwan / President, Gyeonggi Merchant Association “The primary objective is to promote communication and solidarity among market merchants so as to promote the markets and local economy more effectively through collective efforts…” Gyeonggi Province will implement multifaceted traditional market promotion efforts including market mentality improvement and market tour development. Article 3. National Plan for Large New Town Development in Gyeonggi Announced (181219-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 19, the Korean Government announced the phase-3 capital region housing development locations – referred to as new towns – at sites totaling more than a million square meters in three cities of Gyeonggi Province and in Incheon (인천) Metropolitan City. ► Korean Government Office Complex, Seoul (December 19) Announcement of National Housing Supply Plan in Seoul-Gyeonggi Region This announcement was made by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure & Transport along with the leaders of Gyeonggi Province, Seoul and Incheon, who also announced related housing supply and transportation plans. ► Area-wide Transportation Plans These transportation plans pertain to the construction of area-wide transportation networks including the Great Train Express, or GTX, lines that will enable transit between the announced sites and central Seoul within half an hour. ► Kim Hyeon-mi / Minister of Land, Infrastructure & Transport “They are not simply housing supply projects aimed at stabilizing real estate markets but also encompass living environmental plans, including those for transportation, employment and childcare, which will be pursued in cooperation with local governments …” ► 115,000 Housing Units to be Constructed at 7 Development Sites These new town development plans include construction projects for a total of 115,000 housing units through seven large-scale and four small and medium-scale housing complexes as well as the construction of urban industrial complexes and public kindergartens for locally employed residents. ► Housing Supply to Begin in 2020 Housing supply will begin in 2020 per planned development progession. ► Gyeonggi to Implement Provincial Housing Policies in Phase-3 New Towns For these phase-3 new towns, Gyeonggi Province will implement its own housing policies such as construction cost disclosure and the sale-after-construction tem. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will disclose construction costs for all public housing developed in Gyeonggi Province as a basic rule.” ► Pan Capital City Regional Transportation Policy Announced The transportation policies, which were announced in tandem with these new town development plans, include the GTX lines and the extension of subway lines as well as the operation of more double-decker buses. Article 4. Honey Wine Developed by Gyeonggi Institute Tops Korean Alcoholic Beverage Show (181220-3) [Anchor’s Headline] A Gyeonggi agricultural institute introduced a wine that it developed using honey instead of grapes. With its unique fragrance and mildness, this honey wine can be consumed even by wine novices. Recently, this wine won top prize at the 2018 Korean Sool Festival. ► Local Food Outlet, Yangpyeong County This honey wine is currently one of the most popular items at a local food outlet in Yangpyeong (양평) County, selling as quickly as it hits the shelves. ► Lee Mi-seon / Shopper, Yangpyeong County “I don’t drink much because I am not used to the taste. However, honey wine is sweet and has pleasant aftertaste…” ► Korean Honey Matured with Yeast This sweet, fragrant, golden wine made with locally produced honey and yeast. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “You can immediately smell the sweet aroma when you pour the wine into a glass. The first taste is fresh but progresses to mild sweetness. I think this wine can be enjoyed even by beginners.” Requiring three months of maturing, approximately 3,000 bottles of this wine are produced monthly. ► 100% Natural with No Chemical Additives Produced using 100% natural honey with no chemical additives, moderate consumption of this wine can help improve immunity and heart health. ► Yang Gyeong-yeol / CEO of Honey Wine Brewery “Since the nutrients in honey are absorbed intact without being broken down by enzyme processes, one can sober up quickly without a lasting hangover.” ► Traditional Korean Brewing Methods Used Developed by the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services using a traditional Korean brewing method, the honey wine has received the top prize at the Korean Sool Festival for three consecutive years. ► Won Seon-i / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Agricultural Food Development Team “Primarily targeting young consumers, we are developing alcoholic beverages in addition to honey wine using various agricultural products as ingredients such as ginseng and purple sweet potato in makgeolli.” Traditional beverages made with locally produced ingredients are helping to improve the competitiveness of farmers. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Introduce Fair Competition in Building Site Artwork Installation (1218-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently announced plans to adopt a fair competition tem in the selection and installation of artworks in building structures so as to prevent fraud while providing opportunities to emerging artists. ► Blooming Gree Forest Apartment, Suwon City This apartment complex features large sculptures installed at various locations. ► Lee Gyeong-suk / Apartment Resident “Artistic structures and trees harmonize well with our apartment complex, which used to have a rigid atmosphere.” ► Culture and Art Promotion Act All building structures with areas greater than 100,000 square meters are required to donate certain amounts to the Culture & Art Promotion Fund or to use the money for the installation of artworks within the building area. However, this installation requirement has been marred by various unfair and fraudulent practices. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (December 18) Gyeonggi Province Forum on Improvement of Artwork Installations in Buildings In order to prevent such abuses, Gyeonggi Province is introducing an open competition tem in the selection of artworks to be installed at building sites and organized a forum with artists to hear their opinions. ► Ko Seong-ik / Artist “In a society of unrestricted competition, the voluntary sharing of opportunities can hardly be expected. With public office intervention, fair opportunities may be ensured…” The open invitation tem will be applied initially to building projects of the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation. ► Cho Byeong-hyeon / Director, Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation Urban Regeneration Headquarters “It can be applied to apartment complexes (that we construct) since we own the land for those apartment complexes and have associated rights.” During the forum, various opinions for the promotion of fair competition were offered including the provision of incentives to building owners. ► Operation of Artwork Examiner Team, Disclosure of Artwork Information Gyeonggi Province also plans to operate an artwork examination team and will disclose artwork information to ensure artwork quality and process transparency. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I hope that people can trust fairness as far as compulsory artwork installation at building sites is concerned and that artists can be assured that they will be provided with opportunities in Gyeonggi Province if they work hard with creativity and passion.” Gyeonggi Province plans to make necessary legislative arrangements for the introduction of fair competition for building site artwork installations from next year. Article 6. Gyeonggi’s Apartment Project Cost Disclosure Policy Discussed at National Assembly (1219-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has recently begun disclosing costs for provincial construction projects. On December 19, this construction cost disclosure policy was discussed at a National Assembly forum regarding apartment construction. ► Gyeonggi Discloses Public Construction Project Costs Over KRW 1 Billion Since last September, the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation has been disclosing the costs of its construction projects valued at over KRW 1 billion. ► Costs of Joint Public and Private Apartment Construction Also Disclosed For the first time among second-tier governments, Gyeonggi Province also disclosed the costs of joint public and private apartment construction projects. ► National Assembly (December 19) Apartment Construction Cost Disclosure Forum This National Assembly forum took place after announcements by the central government as well as Seoul to follow Gyeonggi Province’s initiative. ► 22 National Assembly Members Participate During this forum, which featured 22 National Assembly members as well as scholars and specialists, a representative from a citizens’ group urged the implementation of the disclosure policy from the perspective of consumer protection. ► Kim Seong-dal / Manager, National Real Estate Policy Monitoring Team, Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice “Construction cost disclosure can protect consumers in the sale-before-construction tem and promote transparency in sale prices, thereby helping to stabilize real estate market prices.” A professor highlighted structural problems of the real estate market and proposed cost disclosure and the return of development profits to the public as solutions. ► Lee Sang-gyeong / Professor, Urban Planning Department, Gachon University “…to pay dividends to all people of the nation or to local residents, including those who did not purchase apartments, or to construct more rental housing…” Other topics discussed included the effect of construction cost disclosure on real estate market prices, developer sustainability, and construction quality degradation. Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) strongly advocated apartment construction cost disclosure. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I hope that a national consensus on apartment construction cost disclosure will be reached and lead to the formulation of regulations that all people of the nation must observe.” While apartment cost disclosure draws nationwide interest, the question remains as to its effects on the stabilization of real estate markets and housing supply. Article 7. ‘Statue of Peace’ Installed at Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (1220-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 14, the unveiling of a statue took place in front of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly building. This statue, titled ‘Statue of Peace’, was erected with the funds donated by 130 assembly members to convey wishes for the restoration of the dignity and rights of sexual slavery victims of the Japanese military. ► Statue of Peace The first Statue of Peace was installed on December 14, 2011. ► Yu Seung-bae / Gunpo City Resident “Old people like myself remember those days, but young ones know nothing. That statue reminds us as well as young people of what it means…” The statue was installed to commemorate the 1,000th Wednesday meeting demanding the Japanese resolution of the problems regarding military sexual slavery victims in Korea. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (December 14) Unveiling of Statue of Peace The statue in front of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly building is the 29th Statue of Peace in Gyeonggi Province. ► Kim Seo-gyeong / Statue of Peace Sculptor “The installation of this Statue of Peace here today is a historic event and an expression of our will to see the restoration of dignity to these tragic matrons including those who have passed away.” ► 130 Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Members Donated This statue was made possible through funds donated by 130 Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly members. ► Kim Bong-gyun / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Girl of Peace Statue Installation Group Leader “This statue was secured with money donated personally by members of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly.” ► First Statue of Peace Erected by Local Assembly This is the first Statue of Peace in Korea erected by a local assembly. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Song Han-jun “I hope that all local assemblies of the nation will join in Statue of Peace installations. The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will do its utmost to help resolve the issues regarding Japanese military sexual slavery victims.” The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will continue to help the public recognize historic truth while advancing the values of peace and human rights. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.12.21Greetings, 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 Develop North Korean Military Cemetery into Park (181210-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In Paju (파주) City, there is a cemetery of more than 800 North Korean military personnel killed in action during the Korean War. Gyeonggi Province plans to develop this cemetery into a park. ► 440,000+ South & North Korean Soldiers Killed during Korea War During the Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, an estimated 290,000 North Korean military personnel were killed. ► North Korean Military Cemetery, Paju City Of those killed, more than 800 were buried at a cemetery in Paju (파주) City of Gyeonggi Province. This cemetery was established by the Korean Ministry of Defense in 1996 in accordance with the Geneva Convention. ► Choi Geom-su, Local Resident “… always makes me feel sad. They are the sons of people in the north. This place reminds me of our country being in military conflict…” ► Gyeonggi Takes Over Management of North Korean Military Cemetery Gyeonggi Province’s plan follows its takeover of management of this cemetery from the Ministry of Defense. The provincial administration will utilize the park for peace education and tours. ► Ra Ho-ik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Peace Cooperation Division “We believe that, through humanity and peace-based management, this place will help cultivate peace and trust between the two Koreas.” Park development will commence when current exhumation activities are completed followed by the finalization of implementation details. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Launch Special Committee to Tackle Social Injustice (181211-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 11, Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to establish a special committee of representatives of the administration and the public to deal with acts of social injustice such as delinquent taxes and food crimes. ► Delinquent Taxes in Gyeonggi Province Amount to Almost KRW 1 Trillion There are approximately 9,000 habitual tax delinquents with unpaid taxes amounting to almost KRW 1 trillion. There are also dozens of illegal food business practices uncovered every year. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (December 11) Announcement of Social Injustice Special Committee Establishment Plan Consisting of approximately 15 members from civic organizations, this committee will concentrate on the eradication of illegal practices in 24 fields that are closely related to the lives of residents as well as on the investigation and improvement of related administrative tems. ► Lim Jong-cheol / Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “This committee will focus on the prevention of illegal practices through the provision of guidance to residents and businesses in the subject fields including real estate, labor and human rights, food, environment and safety.” [CG] The primary tasks of this committee will be inspections for potential law violations and illegal transactions. Gyeonggi Province will impose strict administrative punishments on violations that are committed despite preventive guidance. ► Job Creation in Publicly Beneficial Services Committee operation is slated to begin in January next year. In addition, Gyeonggi Province will create more publicly beneficial service jobs such as delinquent tax managers and honorary environment wardens. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Expand Student Loan Interest Support to Graduate Students (1210) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly issued prior notice of legislation for an ordinance amendment pertaining to Gyeonggi Province’s student loan interest support. This will enable the expansion of such support to graduate students from next year. Kim (김효정), a graduate student who is preparing for a psychology license, has been dividing her time between work and study to pay her living costs and additional school fees as well as student loan interest. ► Kim Hyo-jeong / Graduate Student, Student Loan User “I need to fulfill graduation requirements and pay related costs while also having to pay living costs and student loan interest. All of this has put me under heavy pressure.” This year, more than 3,000 graduate students took out student loans from Gyeonggi Province. However, provincial student loan interest support has been provided only to undergraduate students who received loans from the Korea Student Aid Foundation. ► Prior Notice of Legislation for Student Loan Interest Support Expansion When the ordinance amendment is effectuated, graduate students will also become eligible for interest support from next year. ► Kim Hyeon-sam / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Though youths are the center of our society, they are experiencing difficulties due to high tuition fees even before facing employment problems. We wanted to give them hope.” This ordinance amendment draft will be reviewed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly during its 332nd regular session which will end on December 21. Article 4. Unhygienic School Meal Food Suppliers Uncovered in Gyeonggi (1212-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police recently conducted a crackdown on unhygienic school meal food suppliers in the province and uncovered a number of businesses that violated food hygiene laws through various unhygienic practices. ► Kimchi Factory In this kimchi factory that supplies schools, the walls and floors are covered with filth. The salted cabbage rinse water is so dirty that it contains worms. [Sync] “You said you use the water in this rinsing tank for three rinses…” “We usually use the water three times before throwing it away” “Then why didn’t you throw that water away?” ► Food Processing Enterprise This food processing enterprise retains red pepper powder long past its expiry date. [Sync] “It says the expiry date is May 17, 2018. It is six months past.” ► Meat Processing and Packaging Enterprise This packaged meat producer indicated the names of other enterprises on its product packages. It was found that seven licensed meat suppliers to schools were using this enterprise to produce meat on their behalf. ► 31 School Meal Food Suppliers Apprehended Through this crackdown, which focused on 220 school meal food suppliers during the period from December 8 until 20, 31 locations were revealed to be committing offenses including unhygienic food handling and fraudulent indication of products. ► First Planned Provincial Investigation of School Meal Food Suppliers This was the first investigation of school food suppliers performed by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police instead of by related government agencies. ► Lee Byeong-wu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police “The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police will do our utmost to eradicate businesses that commit offences so as to protect those that practice fairly.” Gyeonggi Province has sent the apprehended enterprises to prosecution and plans to request that related agencies impose appropriate administrative punishments . Article 5. Gyeonggi to Open More Kids’ Cafés (1212-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, there are provincially supported facilities for children titled ‘Kids Love Playgrounds’ including those for both children and mothers, commonly known as kids’ cafés. The number of Kids Love Playgrounds in the province will increase to 100 by the year 2021. ► I Love Playground, Seongnam City Hall This Kids Love Playground in Seongnam (성남) City Hall is a kids’ café that operates a variety of educational programs for children as well as childcare education programs for mothers. Since this is a public facility, it provides services of guaranteed quality free of charge. ► Hwang In-seon / Kids Love Playground User (Mother) “Here, I can attend personal classes, play with children, learn about childcare and socialize with friends. I don’t know how I could have raised my child without it.” This is another form of Kids Love Playground, a toy library with more than 5,000 toys available for loan through an annual subion of only KRW 10,000. ► Hwang Jin-a / Toy Library User “This toy library is wonderful for mothers since it is economical to use and enables children to experience a wide range of toys.” ► Kids Love Playground – I Love Mom Cafes, Play Rooms, Toy Libraries, Etc. Kids Love Playgrounds include I Love Mom Cafes, play experience facilities and toy libraries. All of these facilities are operated with provincial or local government support. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “There are 78 Kids Love Playgrounds in Gyeonggi Province. The provincial administration plans to increase the number to 100 by the year 2021.” Gyeonggi Province plans to establish 11 such facilities in southern provincial regions and 11 more in northern provincial regions. ► Lee Ho-won / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Childcare Facility Team “Northern provincial regions significantly lack childcare facilities. Of the 22 additional Kids Love Playgrounds, we allocated 11 to these regions.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to provide Kids Love Playgrounds with childcare consultants and play assistant service support to create ideal childcare environments. Article 6. Gyeonggi Designates Monthly Culture Day (181213-2) [Anchor’s Headline] From next year, Gyeonggi Province will designate the last Wednesday of every month as Gyeonggi Province Culture Day. On this day, admission to all public cultural facilities including museums and art centers in the province will be offered at discounted rates. ► Gyeonggi Province Culture Day, Last Wednesday of Every Month from 2019 The designation of the monthly Gyeonggi Province Culture Day is intended to encourage the enjoyment of cultural life by more residents. ► Participating Facilities to be Expanded to 560 by 2022 The number of cultural facilities participating in the Culture Day promotion will be expanded to 560 by the year 2022. ► Park So-min / Suwon City Resident “With a wider range of facilities to choose from, I can access what I want to do, see or enjoy more easily…” Participating facilities will include provincial museums and art centers as well as private facilities such as temples. ► Culture Day Benefits to Include Cultural Programs Culture Day benefits will also include cultural programs such as street performances and diversity movies. ► An Dong-gwang / Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Policy Division “We will expand participation to a wider range of cultural services including performances, temple stays and public camp grounds.” For such expansion, Gyeonggi Province will provide participating services with incentives. ► Gyeonggi Province Culture Day to be Introduced in March 2019 Gyeonggi Province plans to introduce Culture Day in March next year after completing necessary legislative arrangements. Article 7. Gyeonggi Hosts International Social Economy Conference (181213-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been promoting social economy as a means to reduce the gap between rich and poor and to help resolve various social problems. Recently, the provincial administration held an international conference to discuss the present and future of social economy. ► Novotel Ambassador Suwon (December 13) Gyeonggi Province International Social Economy Conference This conference featured more than 500 participants including representatives from related domestic organizations, social economy specialists and provincial residents as well as overseas speakers including Lee (이일청) from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. ► Lee Il-cheong / Research Coordination Officer, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development “In 2015, during the United Nations general meeting, the political leaders of 197 nations agreed on 17 objectives with 169 particulars.” During the conference, social economy-driven local development cases were introduced. ► Portland (USA) Presents Successful Local Government-Community Cooperation Case The City of Portland of the United States presented a case of successful local government and community cooperation and participation in the creation of quality jobs, a clean environment and economic growth. ► Song Gyeong-yong / Director, Social Value Solidarity Fund “I believe that the validity of an alternative must be judged by asking if it is beneficial for mankind and if it can create a world that is more magnanimous.” ► Jang Chong-ik / Professor, Hanshin University “Since the development of our country has been led by the government, it makes us reflect internally that we may have pursued social economy driven primarily by suppliers.” During the conference, Gyeonggi Province declared its vision for the realization of social economy and disclosed its plan to pursue qualitative advancement, instead of the previous quantitative growth, through resident participation in social economy activities. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “… I hope that this will provide us with an opportunity to realize more comprehensive, more ethical and greater dimensional objectives such as an increase in employment and contributions to social benefits. Gyeonggi Province will actively support such endeavors.” This international conference was followed by conferences held in six locations in the province on December 14 to discuss local social economy issues. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week. 편집 : 강윤식
EnglishNews | 2018.12.14Greetings, 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’s On-site Education Program Benefits 110,000 Children (181203-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province introduced an on-site education program for children, known as Visiting Study Room, utilizing qualified-yet-unemployed youths and career-discontinued women. To date, more than 100,000 children in the province have benefited from this program. ► Ggumnarae Childcare Center, Paju City Children at a childcare center sing along merrily with a teacher who is dressed in traditional Japanese attire. [Sync] “I am your Japanese teacher, Japanese teacher!” Suzuki Akemi, a Japanese woman who relocated to Korea more than 10 years ago, recently started a new life as a multicultural teacher for children. ► Suzuki Akemi / Visiting Study Room Teacher “This job gave me confidence in becoming an active member of Korean society.” ► Visiting Study Room Services Provided to Children in Low-income Brackets Visiting Study Room teachers provide children of economically underprivileged families with necessary education through visits to local childcare centers and children’s centers. Teachers are recruited from among unemployed provincial residents, thus providing them with work opportunities. ► Kang Byeong-jin / Parent of Visiting Study Room Service User, Ansan City “You don’t need to use paid education institutes. You can have your children receive free education from qualified teachers here where you can ensure your children’s safety.” ► Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology (November 29) Gyeonggi Visiting Study Room Program Results Meeting Launched in 2017 as means to create jobs and improve education welfare, the Visiting Study Room has so far provided more than 900 jobs to provincial residents. ► Lee Pil-sin / Director, Gyeonggi Province Lifelong Education Division “This program has provided jobs to more than 900 teachers while benefiting 110,000 children in 31 cities and counties with education welfare services…” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the Visiting Study Room program through the inclusion of small libraries and multicultural schools as educational service locations. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Support Border Area Farmers through Supply to Military (181205-1) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in Korea, beginning with Pocheon (포천) City, Gyeonggi Province will supply eco-friendly agricultural products produced by farmers in border areas to military bases. ► Eco-friendly Mushroom Farm, Pocheon City This mushroom farm uses eco-friendly farming methods and supplies most of its products to primary and middle schools. ► Lee Dae-sun / Eco-friendly Mushroom Farmer “We primarily supply our products to schools and the eco-friendly produce sections of markets.” ► Border Area Eco-friendly Farm Products to be Supplied to Military This eco-friendly agricultural product military supply program aims to support farmers in border areas while providing the military with healthy food items. ► Supply to Begin Next Year in Pocheon On Trial Basis Beginning on a trial basis in Pocheon (포천) City next year, this program will provide farmers in border areas, who have suffered disadvantages due to defense-related regulations, with substantial returns. ► Gyeonggi to Increase Military Supply of Border Area Eco-friendly Agricultural Products Gyeonggi Province plans to increase local agricultural product use by border area military bases from the current 33 percent up to 70 percent. ► Kim Seong-nyeon / Director, Gyeonggi Province Eco-friendly Meal Support Center “This program will create a virtuous circle of using good local agricultural products within the locality while helping border area farmers, who are disadvantaged by various regulations, substantially increase their income…” Based on the results of trial operation, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand this program, which provides farmers with stable markets while providing good food to military personnel, to other border areas. Article 3. High Levels of Iron Powder Found in Herb Tea Products in Gyeonggi (181204-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment recently conducted inspections of 17 herb tea powder products in the province and uncovered a number of items that contained amounts of iron powder that exceeded acceptable levels. Fish mint is a popular tea material in Korea due to its reputed blood-purifying effects. Fish mint tea is easily purchased online and comes in many varieties. ► Kim Yun-seo / Fish Mint Tea User “Everyone is conscious about health. So am I. I search online shopping malls for good tea powder products. I drink a lot of fish mint tea because they say it is good for immunity.” ► Inspections of Powdered Tea Products for Foreign Material Contents The inspections were performed on herb tea powder products to check for foreign metallic material contents. ► 6 Herb Tea Products Contained Excessive Levels of Iron Powder Results showed that, of the 17 items inspected, 6 contained excessive levels of iron powder. ► Noni Powder Contained 18 Times More Iron Powder than Standard One powdered noni product, also known as Indian mulberry, was found to contain eighteen times more iron powder than standard levels. Such high levels of iron powder typically originate from machine components during grinding processes. ► Iron Powder May Contain Hazardous Heavy Metals Iron powder is regarded as a harmful substance since it can contain hazardous heavy metals. ► Kim Jae-gwan / Researcher, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment “Test results show that a product contained metallic foreign materials at up to 18.6 times standard levels. We prohibited the sale of that product. We will continue to perform foreign metallic material tests of ground products so as to prevent harmful substances from entering consumer products.” ► 6 Products with Excessive Iron Powder Contents Subjected to Administrative Actions The six products that contained excessive iron powder were dealt with through administrative actions including orders for complete recalls, while those with information on labels that differed from registered information were ordered to undertake corrective measures. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Pursue Sale-after-Construction System for Apartments (1203) [Anchor’s Headline] While the current tem of selling apartments before construction can lead to defective construction practices and speculative purchases, Gyeonggi Province is pursuing a sale-after-construction tem so as to fundamentally resolve such problems. Under the sale-before-construction tem, home buyers sign contracts based on model houses and structural drawings. ► Sale-before-Construction: Defective Construction Practices, Speculative Transactions Home buyers often face conflicts with developers over defective construction after apartment occupation. This sales tem is also an instigating factor in speculative ownership transactions. ► Hwang Tae-hyeon / Uiwang City Resident “I believe that buying after viewing completed homes, just like buying ordinary products, is a normal approach.” ► Sale-after-Construction: Increased Buyer Choice, Speculative Transaction Prevention The sale-after-construction tem provides home buyers with more choices while preventing speculative ownership transactions. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (December 3) Apartment Sale-after-Construction System Public Forum During a public forum organized by Gyeonggi Province, the provincial administration disclosed its plan to apply the sale-after-construction tem to provincial construction projects. ► Seon Dae-in / Director, Seondaein Economy Research Institute “Consumer complaints over defects and the loose quality control standards of developers have been enduring issues. It is now time for us to adopt a sale-after-construction tem…” Gyeonggi Province is considering appropriate timing for the implementation of a sale-after-construction tem with options for 60, 80 and 100 percent of construction completion. During the forum, various implementation methods were discussed. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will study the implementation timing of a sale-after-construction tem and apply the tem beginning with Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation projects.” Based on this plan, the sale-after-construction tem will be applied to two provincial new town projects in the cities of Suwon (수원) and Hwaseong (화성) that will see groundbreaking in 2020. Article 5. Gyeonggi Launches Public Hero Compensation Program (1204) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the launch of a public hero support program for members of the public who perished or were injured while attempting to save the lives of others. Those qualifying for support will be granted a special condolence payment as well as monthly benefits. ► Kim Jong-wuk / Suwon City Resident Kim (김종욱), a Suwon (수원) City resident, was stabbed several times and also suffered broken teeth and ribs while attempting to rescue a elderly man in 1999. He still bears scars from that incident, but has never regretted his action that day. ► Kim Jong-wuk / Certified Public Hero “It is everyone’s duty. That is how we eliminate crime. I believe that we will be able to create a happy society by taking actions that start with small things.” Public heroes are those who suffer injury or death regardless of their normal obligations. ► Gyeonggi to Provide Support to Public Heroes Gyeonggi Province’s support will be provided to public heroes in the province. [CG] Support recipients will include those individuals who have been certified as public heroes by the Ministry of Health and Welfare since April 11. In addition to national support, the family of the deceased will be paid a special condolence payment of KRW 30 million, while those who were injured will be paid between KRW 1 million to 15 million. There will also be monthly payments and traditional holiday payments of symbolic amounts. ► Han In-gyo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Welfare Policy Division “We expect that this support program will help establish social justice through respect and support for those who sacrificed and by learning from their noble spirit.” Applications for support are being received at local public offices until December 7. Article 6. Gyeonggi, Seoul & Incheon Cooperate in Fair Trade Management (1205) [Anchor’s Headline] From next year, mediation authority for franchise-related fair trade disputes will be transferred from the national agency to autonomous bodies. Representatives of Gyeonggi Province, Seoul and Incheon convened in order to ensure the effective administration of such authority. ► Capital Area Accounts for 70% of Franchisees, 88% of Franchise Disputes These three regions, commonly denoted as the Korean capital region, account for 70 percent of franchisees in Korea and 88 percent of related disputes handled by the Korea Fair Trade Mediation Agency. ► Decentralization of Mediation Authority for Franchise-related Disputes Such decentralization of the authority for fair trade dispute mediation aims to more effectively address the increasing number of disputes. ► Seoul City Hall (December 5) Capital Regions Meeting on Decentralization of Fair Trade Authorities During the meeting, participants from the three local governments as well as from the Korea Franchise Industry Association and the National Franchisee Association shared various opinions for efficient dispute handling. ► Lim Yeong-tae / Secretary General, Korea Franchise Industry Association “… so that franchise business standards will improve after the decentralization of fair trade management authorities through various cooperative endeavors with autonomous bodies…” ► Regional Franchise Dispute Mediation Committees After decentralization, franchise dispute mediation committee meetings will take place separately in Gyeonggi Province, Seoul and Incheon. ► Decentralization of Franchiser Information Disclosure Registration The registration of franchiser information disclosure will also be handled separately by the three authorities. Gyeonggi Province expects that direct handling of franchise disputes will facilitate relief of affected small businesses. ► Lee Sin-hye / Director, Gyeonggi Province Fair Economy Division “We expect that the role of autonomous bodies will be upgraded through fair economy realization over which autonomous bodies have had limited authority.” Gyeonggi Province will establish a cooperative tem with Seoul and Incheon to facilitate regional franchiser information disclosure registration and franchise dispute mediation. Gyeonggi Province will also continue to work with these neighboring authorities for the eradication of unfair trade practices. Article 7. Community Guard Office Opens in Pocheon City (181206-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is operating Happy Town Guard Offices, community service centers in old urban areas. Following the opening of the first guard house in Gunpo (군포) City last month, a second opened recently in Pocheon (포천) City. ► Happy Town Guards, Pocheon City The services performed by Happy Town Guards include visiting the homes of solitary senior members of the community to see if they require any assistance. ► Kim Chang-ho / Happy Town Guard Service Recipient “Helping neighbors is a wonderful thing. They said that they will provide me with home repair services. That will be a great help.” The Happy Town Guards regularly patrol the area to ensure that the surroundings are appropriate for residents. ► Shineup-dong, Pocheon City (December 5) Happy Town Guard Office Opening Ceremony Opened on December 5, this Happy Town Guard Office will undertake various community services including safety patrols, the escort of solitary women, receiving deliveries and loaning household tools. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This guard office will play a role similar to that of apartment management offices. Guards will perform various duties such as helping residents with household tasks including repairs as well as ensuring safety within the community through daily patrols.” ► Improvement of Residential Environments and Creation of Jobs With ten guards and office workers working in shifts, the Happy Town Guard Office program also provides jobs for the unemployed. ► Lee Wu-chang / Happy Town Guard “My application for a Happy Town Guard job was based on the idea that community problems must be resolved by the community members. I believe that our work really improves quality of life.” ► Gyeonggi to Establish 5 Happy Town Guard Offices by End of Year Gyeonggi Province plans to establish a total of five Happy Town Guard Offices by the end of this year with three planned in the cities of Ansan (안산), Siheung (시흥) and Uijeongbu (의정부). Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.12.07Greetings, 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. Marine Product Consumption Guide Published by Gyeonggi (181126-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A Gyeonggi health institute recently published a marine product consumption guide on its website. The first of its kind in Korea, this guide provides information about the danger levels of each marine product, such as fish and shellfish, based on hazardous substance contents and the maximum quantity that can be consumed safely. ► Ansan Marine Food Market Although consumers are aware of the possible existence and danger of heavy metals in marine products, they purchase such items without knowledge of the contents. ► Lee Seung-ja / Shopper, Ansan City “I don’t know exactly what food items contain heavy metals. I simply buy them because I have to. I try to buy fresh food instead of frozen as a precaution, though.” The average lead content in mackerel, for example, is 0.063 milligrams per kilogram. However, consumers do not know how harmful that level is to humans. ► Seafood Consumer Guide The Marine Product Consumer Guide contains danger level information for more than 100 marine products sold in Gyeonggi Province. The danger level is indicated as a percentage based on average daily consumption of a food item. ► Gang Seok-ho / Researcher, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment "From this percentage, you can tell how harmful the amount of a food item that you ate can be.” Based on this information, the maximum safe consumption amount of popular fish including mackerel is 250 grams for children 7 to 10 years of age and 400 grams for breastfeeding or expecting mothers. According to specialists, it is safer to eat a variety of foods than a large quantity of a single item. ► Kim Ha-na M.D. / College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea “Eating a broad variety of foods helps reduce the amount of heavy metals that accumulate within our body as well as their harmful effects.” ► Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment Website (www.gg.go.kr/gg_health) The Marine Product Consumption Guide can be viewed on the website of the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment. A printed version of this guide will also be distributed to libraries. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Operate 24-Hour Medical Emergency Helicopter (181127-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 27, Gyeonggi Province and the South Gyeonggi Trauma Center entered an agreement on the establishment of an emergency trauma patient transportation tem including the 24-hour operation of a medical emergency helicopter. ► Medical Emergency Helicopter ‘Helicopter Doctor’ There are six medical emergency helicopters, known as Helicopter Doctors, currently operating in Korea. ► Gyeonggi to Purchase ‘Helicopter Doctor’ Gyeonggi Province also plans to acquire a Helicopter Doctor from next year. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 17) Emergency Trauma Patient Transportation System Establishment Agreement According to this agreement, Gyeonggi Province and the South Gyeonggi Trauma Center will cooperate in severe trauma patient treatment using an emergency medical helicopter. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “It must run without delays or interference. We will acquire the helicopter as early as possible.” Gyeonggi Province’s emergency medical helicopter will be the first in Korea to operate 24 hours a day. The two authorities also agreed on the creation of guidelines for the safe landing of the helicopter at all possible locations. ► Lee Kuk-jong / Director, South Gyeonggi Trauma Center “Instead of limiting the landing spots to fixed locations, the helicopter should be allowed to approach close to the location of patients …” ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Let’s allow it to land as close to the patient as possible within a range of safe landing …” The Helicopter Doctor can transport emergency patients to hospitals anywhere in Gyeonggi Province within one hour and will also have onboard surgical facilities. Gyeonggi Province has already set aside KRW 5.1 billion for the operation of the emergency medical helicopter and plans to begin trial operation in February next year. Article 3. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Begins Provincial Budget Review (1126) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 26, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began reviewing provincial budget plans for next year that contain important new items introduced by the current administration. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (November 26) 4th General Meeting of 332nd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session The review of provincial budgets for next year by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began after two weeks of provincial administration audits. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Song Han-jun “The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will do its utmost to ensure the final budgets contain policies and plans that can help Gyeonggi residents.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Budgets for 2019 Amount to KRW 24.3 Trillion Gyeonggi Province’s budgets for next year total KRW 24.3 trillion, a 10.9 percent increase over the current year with significant increases in the welfare segment including three free welfare support policies. The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will also review the second revised supplementary budget plans. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “The second revised supplementary budget plans wrap up the Gyeonggi provincial administration’s finances for 2018 using funds generated from the alteration and cancellation of some nationally subsidized and provincial projects.” After a preliminary review by standing committees that ended on November 30, the main review of the provincial budgets plans will be performed by the Budget and Accounting Committee from December 3 to 13. The finalization of the provincial budgets is slated for December 14 at the 5th general meeting. Article 4. Indoor Gymnasiums to Be Constructed at 136 Gyeonggi Schools [Anchor’s Headline] With the outdoor physical education classes of schools being affected by increasing microdust levels, Gyeonggi education authorities agreed to construct indoor gymnasiums at 136 schools in the province. ► Sukji Primary School, Suwon City The playground of this primary school is empty because of microdust and yellow dust. However, its indoor gymnasium is filled with students taking part in their physical education classes. With heating and cooling tems, this gymnasium is weather-free and is also ideal for events involving the whole student body. ► Gwon Yeong-ji / 6th Grader, Sukji Primary School “We can have PE classes in here when microdust levels are high. We like having big school events here as well instead of in the auditorium since this is larger.” ► 29% of Gyeonggi Primary, Middle, High Schools Lack Indoor Gymnasiums In Gyeonggi Province, there are 704 primary, middle and high schools that lack indoor gymnasiums. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (November 26) Gyeonggi School Indoor Gymnasium Construction Project Progress Report The authorities involved in this project include the provincial administration, the provincial assembly and the provincial office of education as well as regional administrations and local councils. ► Indoor Gymnasiums to be Constructed at 136 Schools by 2020 One hundred and thirty-six schools were selected for initial construction projects that are slated for completion by early 2020. ► Construction to Cost KRW 340 Billion The construction costs, which will amount to KRW 340 billion, will be shared among related authorities. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Together with the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education, the Gyeonggi provincial administration will do its utmost to ensure that our children can receive an education and grow in healthy environments.” Indoor gymnasium construction at the remaining 470 schools, except those that use joint facilities, is slated for completion by the year 2022. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Song Han-jun “I think that now is time that we do not do everything alone. We should do it together through cooperative governance to open an age of coexistence. I hope that this project will be followed by another until all schools have indoor gymnasiums.” Cooperative governance, one of the visions proposed by the current Gyeonggi provincial administration, is now creating indoor gymnasiums at schools. Article 5. Yangpyeong County Secures Provincial Help for Child Nursing (1129) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 28, Gyeonggi Province and Yangpyeong (양평) County signed an agreement to cooperate in the establishment and management of childcare facilities in the county. ► Yangseo Environment-friendly Library, Yangpyeong County (November 28) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Childcare Policy The purpose of this agreement is to establish a stable childcare and child-nursing environment in Yangpyeong (양평) County. There are 55 childcare centers and 1 café for children and mothers in Yangpyeong, far too few to accommodate the more than 5,000 young children in the county. Five of these childcare centers are in family homes while children in Yangseo-myeon (양서면) are using childcare centers in neighboring Namyangju (남양주) City. ► Yangpyeong County Mayor Jeong Dong-gyun “Yangpyeong County is also the only region in Gyeonggi Province that has no child-nursing support center. The county administration is doing everything it can to enable our children to grow to become well educated children …” ▶ Establishment of Public Childcare Center ▶ Establishment of Yangopyeong County Child-nursing Support Center ▶ Introduction of Gyeonggi Province Childcare Center Management System This agreement covers the establishment of more public childcare and child-nursing support centers as well as the introduction of the Gyeonggi Province childcare center management tem. Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명), who attended the signing of the agreement, promised provincial support. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Providing our future generations with fair opportunities to receive childcare services and education to enable them to pursue their dreams and hopes is an important task of the Gyeonggi provincial administration…” Governor Lee also stated that this agreement reflects the special attention being paid by Gyeonggi Province to the needs of isolated regions. Article 6. Basic Farmer Income Policy Forum Held in Gyeonggi (181129-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In November, Gyeonggi Province held a public forum on basic farmer income in Yangpyeong (양평) County. During the forum, farmers presented various practical opinions. ► Yangpyeong Resident Hall (November 28) Basic Farmer Income Public Forum More than 400 farmers and merchants from Yangpyeong (양평) County and Yeoju (여주) City attended the forum and discussed ways in which to raise the basic income of farmers. ► Definition of Basic Farmer Income: Equal Payments to Farmers as Basic Income The basic farmer income policy of Gyeonggi Province refers to the payment of equal amounts to all farmers so as to mitigate income inequality relative to urban residents. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I am going to expand agricultural support in such a way that will actually improve the lives of farmers instead of implementing conventional methods of investing in facilities and hardware.” Baek (백승배), a farmer with 20 years of eco-friendly farming experience, stated that farmers need special compensation since the public benefits from agriculture. ► Baek Seung-bae / Farmer, Yangpyeong County “I have been farming in eco-friendly ways to avoid polluting water. However, compensation for my efforts has been disappointing. I hope that this will provide eco-friendly farming with opportunities to grow…” There was also an opinion put forward that basic farmer income must come with responsibilities and liabilities. ► Seo Gyu-seop / Farmer, Yangpyeong County “…(responsibilities such as) maintaining clean environments and improving livestock farming environments. Only then will non-farmers approve of basic farmer income …” There were also opinions voiced regarding similar overseas policies and the necessity for public and private cooperation in the implementation of this policy. Article 7. Large Road Accident Drill Performed in Gyeonggi (181128-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently held a disaster response drill that involved a provincial medical center and a bus with passengers in an expressway accident. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Anseong Hospital A loud siren sounds in a hospital followed by an influx of people with injuries. The hospital soon becomes a scene of chaos. Medical personnel at the entrance check each arriving individual. Those with minor injuries are sent to an infirmary set up in the lobby while those with severe injuries are sent to the emergency room. [Sync] “How do you feel here? It’s bleeding.” The arrivals also include family members of patients as well as deceased. ► 100+ Individuals Participate in Disaster Drill More than 100 personnel participated in this drill that integrated all possible disaster elements. ► Large Road Accident Response Drill Today’s drill was designed to replicate road accidents that cause a large number of casualties, requiring an emergency disaster headquarters. ► Kim In-byeong / Director, Gyeonggi Emergency Medical Support Center “Small and medium-sized hospitals cannot cope with such incidents alone. The purpose of this drill is to improve their response capabilities to large-scale accidents.” This drill provided local medical facilities with an opportunity to evaluate their emergency response tems. ► Lim Seong-gwan / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Anseng Hospital “(Through this drill,) we were able to identify what we should improve, what we are lacking, and what needs to be supplemented…” Gyeonggi Province has been organizing annual disaster drills that involve provincial hospitals as well as medical facilities in areas with limited emergency medical services. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.11.30Greetings, 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. Community Guard Houses Established in Gunpo City (181119-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 19 in an old residential area of Gunpo (군포) City, a community guard house known as Happy Town Guard House opened to undertake tasks similar to those of apartment complex guards for local residents. ► Sanbon-1-Dong, Gunpo City This neighborhood in Gunpo (군포) City is densely packed with multi-family dwellings with only one permanently stationed police officer. Developed in the 1980s, one fourth of its residents are seniors and foreign workers. ► Happy Town Guard House Opens (November 19) The Happy Town Guard Office opened by Gyeonggi Province will provide community services that are sorely needed in this area. ► Cha Jeong-suk / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Bureau “We opened this guard house to help with the daily lives of residents. Residents can rely on its services when any service is needed urgently.” ► Convenient Services for Daily Life Ten assigned guards will perform regular safety patrols of the area and respond to any urgent service request from residents such as receiving deliveries and loaning household tools. ► Escorting Children and Women They will also escort children to and from school as well as women coming home at night. ► Lee Jang-ho / Happy Town Guard “I volunteered since I have lived in this area for 20 years and the residents are familiar to me. They will feel comfortable asking me for help.” Gyeonggi Province plans to establish four more Happy Town Guard Houses in the province before the end of the year so as to create more jobs while improving residential environments. Article 2. Gyeonggi Sets Next Year’s Welfare Budgets at KRW 770,000 per Person (181120-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, Gyeonggi Province disclosed provincial budget plans for next year that amount to KRW 24 trillion with significant welfare funding increases. ► Next Year’s Total Welfare Budgets Set at KRW 10.4 Trillion Next year’s welfare budgets amount to a total of KRW 10.4 trillion, representing a 20 percent increase over the current year and accounting for 41 percent of all annual budgets. ► Welfare Budget Plans Increase 19.7% to KRW 8.9 Trillion The total welfare budget amount is KRW 8.9 trillion, which is equivalent to KRW 770,000 per person and KRW 120,000 more than the current year. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We drafted our budget plans to keep promises to residents and to protect their rights and interests as the foremost priority.” The largest increases among welfare budgets are seen in those allocated to youths. These youth welfare programs include Youth Dividends of KRW 1 million paid to each youth at the age of 24, the Youth National Pension that includes those aged 18 as beneficiaries of annuity insurance, and Military Injury Insurance for military personnel. ► KRW 193 Billion Allocated for 7 New Welfare Programs There are seven additional welfare programs including postnatal care support, a primary school student dental service, and emergency helicopter operation for which a total of KRW 193 billion was allocated. ► Hong Yeon-hui / Chairperson, Resident Participating Budget Committee “Since welfare budgets have direct effects on the lives of residents, we hope that quality of life for residents will be improved significantly next year…” The livelihood support amounts for Japanese military exploitation victims and meal support for underfed children have also been increased significantly. Gyeonggi Province’s annual budget plans for next year will be reviewed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly in the middle of next month. Article 3. Number of Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus Users Exceeds 400,000 (1119) [Anchor’s Headline] The cumulative number of visitors to the Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus has recently exceeded 400,000. Opened in 2016, the Sangsang Campus has been used as a life cultural activity center by Gyeonggi residents and youths. ► Established on Former Seoul National University Campus Site It was established on the site of the former College of Agriculture and Life Science campus of Seoul National University. ► Opened in 2016 Six former university buildings that are surrounded by a natural environment have been remodeled to accommodate various life culture programs. Popular programs include classes in skills such as cooking, handicrafts, and tiling with instructors drawn from among local residents. ► Bae Su-ho / Sangsang Campus User, Suwon City “I have been regularly participating in a variety of handicraft workshops and enjoying them a lot.” ► 153+ Life Cultural Programs Held Since opening, more than 150 life culture programs have been held in addition to resident club activities at these facilities. Currently, 44 clubs, including those for musical instruments and dancing, meet here regularly. The Sangsang Campus also creates income through the provision of space, equipment and education services for external programs. ► 29 Youth Startup Teams There are also 29 business startup teams comprised of 66 youths currently working at this campus. The Sangsang Campus has also become a popular retreat for local residents. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “The number of visitors to the Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus has been increasing continuously and recently surpassed 400,000.” Before this campus was remodeled, the site had been unused for several years. ► Ahn Dong-gwang / Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Policy Division “Providing space for youth activities, the Sangsang Campus has firmly established itself as a life cultural center. This is due to the versatility of its facilities for use in a wide variety of programs.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to promote life culture activities so as to enable residents to experience and enjoy such pursuits through easily accessible programs. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Support Electronic Voting System in Apartments (1120) [Anchor’s Headline] An ordinance draft that promotes the use of mobile electronic voting tems in resident representative elections was recently passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. Those apartments that adopt this tem will be provided with provincial support for related costs. ► Daewoo Prugio Apartment Complex, Hwaseong City Residents of this apartment complex are preparing for a resident representative election using an electronic voting tem. Using this tem, more residents can participate in the election since they can vote without having to participate in person. This tem also ensures the transparency of the election process. ► Ju Geon-ro / Manager, Dae Prugio Apartment Complex Management Office “Electronic voting does not have time constraints. One can vote via smart phones anytime during the election period.” Voting can also be done via desktop PCs. ► Voter Authorization Required At the beginning of an election period, a text message with a link to the election website is sent to each voter. Voters can cast a vote after verifying their personal identity and reviewing candidate information. The poll status can also be viewed in real time. ► Gyeonggi Province Provides Election Cost Support Apartment complexes that utilize electronic voting tems are eligible for provincial support for part of the election costs. ► Ordinance Draft for Apartment Management and Support Passes Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Such support is provided based on a related ordinance amendment that was recently passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. ► Gwon Rak-yong / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The greatest advantage is that this tem can be used for apartment management status reviews as well as for elections. Apartment management cost and election information becomes transparent to residents.” The electronic voting tem is expected to help prevent disputes regarding election results among apartment residents. Article 5. Regional Specialty Agricultural Product Nutritional Information Website Opens (1121) [Anchor’s Headline] Nutritional information for 165 regional specialty agricultural products recently became available online based on data provided by regional institutes including the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services. ► Suwon Agricultural and Marine Product Market Agricultural and marine product markets such as this one in Suwon City feature a variety of regional specialty products. However, without knowing nutritional information, shoppers can rely only on visual judgement when selecting goods. ► Suh In-sun / Shopper from Suwon City “I bought spinach simply because I knew it is good for health. It would be nice if I can tell my children why it is good.” ► Rural Development Administration Agricultural Product Information (koreanfood.rda.go.kr) This information can be found easily on the Rural Development Administration website. This website lists detailed nutritional information for regional specialty agricultural products such as Yeoju (여주) sweet potatoes and Anseong (안성) pears. ► Regional Agricultural Product Nutritional Information Database Since 2015, in cooperation with the Rural Development Administration, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services has been participating in nutritional information database development for regional agricultural products which can be used by residents as well as by school meal dieticians and processed food developers. ► Won Seon-i / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Agricultural Product Development Team “Consumers can use proper amounts based on nutritional information and thus maintain healthy dietary habits.” The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services will continue nutritional studies and the development of good agricultural products. Article 6. Gyeonggi Policy & Law Makers Discuss Land Occupation Tax (181121-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi provincial administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly held a joint forum to discuss ‘land occupation tax’ as a basic public income source and as a means to address real estate speculation as well as income inequality. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 21) ‘Land Occupation Tax as a Basic Income Source’ Forum More than 100 specialists in related fields as well as Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Planning and Finance Committee Chairman attended the forum. ► Land Occupation Tax to be Returned to Public as Basic Income Conceived as a solution to income inequality, the concept of the land occupation tax is to levy a tax on land ownership and return the revenue to the public equitably as basic income. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “…income inequality can be reduced while the social evil of extorting of hard-earned money from others through unearned real estate gains can be corrected…” During the forum, the small-scale implementation of this tax by regional governments before its nationwide expansion was proposed. ► Jeong Dae-wun / Chairperson, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Planning and Finance Committee “I wish that, through such good open discussions as this forum, Gyeonggi Province will be able to set a good example in successfully developing and implementing this tax policy.” The forum featured related presentations followed by a discussion session during which various opinions were shared. ► Resistance to Tax Expected to be Reduced through Returning Tax Revenue to Public The general consensus was that public resistance to this tax can be reduced by returning the tax revenue to the public. ► Kang Nam-hun / Professor, Hansin Universwity “Implementation of this tax will not be easy since strong resistance to the tax will come from those who have large real estate holdings. However, use of the revenue as a basic public income source will help overcome such resistance.” ► KRW 15.5 Trillion Revenue Increase Expected According to a presenter from the Institute of Land and Liberty, the land occupation tax will have the effect of increasing total tax revenue by KRW 15.5 trillion, equivalent to KRW 300,000 in additional annual income per person. ► Kim Gyu-sik / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Policy Planning Bureau “We will organize a Basic Income Dream Team that will guide local governments on how to develop the tax and how to customize the tax for each locality.” During the forum, Gyeonggi Province revealed that the province currently plans to form a task force to develop a land occupation tax plan for cities and counties. Article 7. World’s Largest Artificial Surf Park to Be Established in Gyeonggi (1122) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 22, Gyeonggi Province, Siheung (시흥) City, K-Water and the Daewon (대원) Plus Construction Company signed an MOU for the construction of the world’s largest artificial surf park on Turtle Island in Sihwa (시화) Multi-Techno Valley. ► Sihwa Multi-Techno Valley Sihwa (시화) Bay, where Sihwa Multi-Techno Valley is located, is a popular habitat for a large number of migratory birds. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “The first artificial surf park in East Asia will be constructed on Turtle Island in Sihwa Multi-Techno Valley.” With surfing designated as an event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, this surf park will serve many local and overseas users. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 22) Siheung Artificial Surf Park Investment MOU Signing According to this MOU, the three participating authorities and the construction enterprise will cooperate in the development of an artificial surf park on a 320,000 square-meter site on Turtle Island. ► Completion Slated for 2020 With construction work scheduled to begin in the middle of next year, the surf park is slated to open by the year 2020 ► Hotel, Convention Center, Marina, Ferris Wheel to be Added by 2023 A hotel, convention center, marina and Ferris wheel will also be added by the year 2023. ► Choi Sam-seop / Chairman, Daewon Plus Construction Co. “I promise that we will do our utmost to create a Sihwa Multi-Techno Valley Surfing Park that will become representative of such facilities of Gyeonggi Province as well as of Korea.” Gyeonggi Province expects that this park will improve the local economy while creating more than 1,400 new jobs in tourism and sports fields. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I believe that this is a very important project that will provide enterprises with investment opportunities, the local economy with development opportunities, and local residents with new living environments.” With an artificial surf park and related amenities, Sihwa (시화) Multi-Techno Valley and Turtle Island will become a major marine leisure and sports center on the west coast of Korea. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.11.23Greetings, 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. Large Food Enterprises Apprehended for Fraud in Gyeonggi (181113-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police recently uncovered fraudulent practices among large food enterprises including the misrepresentation of purchased products as their own as well as production in unhygienic conditions. ► Food Sauce Enterprise The storage room floors of this sauce company are covered with filth that even includes dead rats. [Sync] “I saw two dead rats.” ► Unhygienic Facilities The room is filled with food tanks covered with mold. These tanks are left unattended for months on end during the fermentation process. [Sync] “These are ingredients for your products, aren’t they?” “Yes, they are food ingredients.” Some enterprises were discovered to have been misrepresenting purchased products as their own. ► 22 Food Enterprises Apprehended for Food Hygiene Law Violations During a crackdown, a total of 22 food enterprises in the province were uncovered for violations of food hygiene laws. Most of these enterprises are regular suppliers to large supermarkets. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-woo “Retailers usually pay more attention to large quantity products, often neglecting to ensure the hygiene of the products they purchase in small quantities. That was the area that we looked into.” Of the 22 enterprises that were apprehended, 20 were charged with criminal offenses while the remaining two received administrative punishments. Gyeonggi Province will continue its efforts to eradicate unlawful food industry practices. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Help Working Mothers with Home Organization (1114-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Next year, Gyeonggi Province will begin trial operation of a home organization service program for working mothers so as to help their families improve quality of life by relieving them of housekeeping burdens. ► A Working Mother’s Home A busy working mother, Yeon (연보라) faces difficulties organizing her home. Closets are a chaotic jumble of clothes of all family members and of all seasons. Cupboards are in complete disarray. The situation grew worse since new items were continuously being purchased simply because the ones that they have could not be found. She finally called a home organizer for help. ► Yeon Bo-ra / Home Organizer Service User “It is so wonderful that everything is now properly organized and labelled so that anyone can find anything easily.” ► Home Diagnosis, Space Usage Improvement, Follow-up Services Gyeonggi Province’s home organization program utilizes services by such home organizers. They help improve living conditions by reorganizing household goods and disposing of unnecessary items. Home organizers are certified specialists who also provide home diagnosis and space usage improvement as well as follow-up services. ► Kim Yeong-mi / Certified Home Organizer “Home organization also enables the minds of family members to be well organized. It changes their living patterns.” ► Home Organization Services to Be Provided to Working Mothers The home organization services will be provided to working mothers from next year on a trial basis. ► Families in Low to Middle Income Brackets These services will be available to families in low- to middle-income brackets with priority given to families with young children. ► Lee Jin-gyeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Career-Discontinued Women Support Team “This is a program that aims to prevent career discontinuation among women by relieving them of housekeeping burdens through the services provided by trained home organizers” This program, which will benefit more than 350 households at any given time, is expected to have the effect of creating more than 2,000 jobs annually. Article 3. Gyeonggi Institute Develops Meal-in-a-Pocket with Rice (1115-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A rice bakery in Pyeongtaek (평택) City is developing seasoned rice balls using a recipe it received last year from the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services. ► Nonjigi Rice Bakery, Pyeongtaek City Known as Meal-in-a-Pocket Seasoned Rice Balls, these rice balls are a convenient meal option since they can be consumed anytime and anywhere. This bakery is well known for its successful rice bread. ► Jeon Dae-gyeong / President, Mideum Agricultural Cooperative “Seasoned rice balls were developed based on the concept of using rice balls as convenient meals.” These rice balls are made by wrapping seasoned rice, vegetables and meat with rice bread dough and baking after letting the preparation mature. ► Meal-in-a-Pocket Seasoned Rice Balls This recipe can also be applied to a variety of ingredients such as fish cakes and dried sea weed. This bakery is currently developing new rice bread varieties using this recipe with pork cutlets and wild greens. The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services has been developing processed rice foods so as to promote rice consumption. ► Won Seon-i / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Agricultural Food Development Team “Through the introduction of convenient meal products, we hope to be able to increase rice consumption…” These convenient Meal-in-a-Pocket Seasoned Rice Balls are also expected to help increase farmer income through the increased consumption of rice. Article 4. Gyeonggi Governor Visits Traditional Market (181115-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 13, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) visited a traditional market in northern Gyeonggi. During his visit, Governor Lee promised active policies to promote small businesses. ► Geumchon Market, Paju City (November 13) This is a small old market with a little more than 100 shops and aging facilities. A new public parking lot will open in December with support from Gyeonggi Province. ► Lee Bun-im / Geumchon Market Merchant “Conditions here are poor with leaking roofs during the summer and cold temperatures during the winter. We hope that things will get better starting with the new parking lot. Without the parking lot, we have had a hard time.” ► Governor Lee Meets with Merchants During his visit to this market, Governor Lee met with the representative of the market merchants who voiced their difficulties and needs for facility improvement to the governor. ► Yang Cheol-yong / Chairman, Wondang Market, Goyang City “I would like to ask you to let us have a parking lot, even if it is a small one.” They also expressed their difficulties competing with large supermarkets. ► Nam Il-wu / Chairman, Yeokgok Sangsang Market, Bucheon City “e-Traders is opening the largest outlet in Korea in Bucheon City. The 30,000 shop owners and employees in traditional markets in the city are facing starvation.” During the meeting, market representatives offered a wide range of opinions regarding traditional market promotion. ► “Suppress the Stronger, Support the Weaker” Governor Lee responded with the promise to pursue his policy of “Suppress the Stronger, Support the Weaker”. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “When we use the money we collect in taxes for welfare payments, it will flow into the market and increase demand, ultimately reviving consumer markets and creating investment opportunities.” Governor Lee also emphasized the importance of the collective power of merchants. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I ask you to form activist groups, raise your voices and state your demands with confidence…” Gyeonggi Province’s small business promotion policies include the introduction of regional vouchers, the designation of commercial promotion zones, and the establishment of a market commerce promotion institute. Article 5. Gyeonggi Hosts Marine Leisure Forum (1113-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing the promotion of the marine leisure industry through various initiatives. Hosting an annual marine leisure forum of related stakeholders to identify future opportunities for the industry is one such initiative. Also hosting the annual Korea International Boat Show, Gyeonggi Province is the largest marine leisure equipment producer and user in the nation. ► National Assembly Members Hall (November 12) 2018 Gyeonggi Marine Leisure Forum Marking its third occasion this year, the marine leisure forum featured more than 100 participants from the domestic industry as well as related public and private organizations. Marine leisure specialists presented various topics including the results and future of marine leisure promotion projects as well as the competitiveness Gimpo Ara Marina. ► Kim Chung-hwan / Gyeonggi Province Specialist “Our education program was nominated for the most prestigious award in marine leisure fields.” A presenter offered the view that the high sales and employment effects of the marine leisure industry has great ripple effects in other industries. ► Panel Discussion on Opportunities and Constraints There was also a panel discussion on opportunities and constraints of the present marine leisure industry. ► Park Shin-whoan / Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Economy & Labor Office “Gyeonggi Province has been promoting the marine leisure industry for the past ten years. Today’s forum can been seen as a place where the promotion policies and vision for the marine leisure industry are shared and where Gyeonggi Province and Gimpo City discuss how to lead the industry as a marine leisure industry center.” Gyeonggi Province will continue its support for the marine leisure industry through various endeavors. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Introduce Post-Childbirth Care Benefits Next Year (1112-1) [Anchor’s Headline] From next year, Gyeonggi Province will provide the mothers of newborn babies with postnatal care support of KRW 500,000 in the form of regional vouchers. ► Postnatal Care Center, Suwon City Postnatal care centers are popular among new mothers in Korea. Mothers and newborns usually stay at such centers for two weeks before returning home, usually at a cost in excess of KRW 2 million. ► Kim Ju-i / Suwon City Resident "Postnatal care is very expensive and can be a big burden for some mothers. Provincial support will certainly be a substantial help.” The postnatal care support will be provided to all families with newborns who have lived in Gyeonggi Province for more than a year. The regional vouchers, which are provided as support payments, can be used for the payment of postnatal center fees, purchases of baby goods, and the postnatal care of mothers. Applications for support can be submitted to local resident centers within one year of childbirth. ► Jeon Yeon-pyo / Gyeonggi Province Health Policy Team Official “The purpose (of the postnatal care support) is to increase the birth rate and to alleviate postnatal care cost burdens for families with newborns.” In order to expand the usage of postnatal care support payments, Gyeonggi Province will increase the number of regional voucher and support program affiliates. Article 7. 2nd Autonomous Motor Show Held in Gyeonggi (181116-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 15, the second autonomous motor show was held for a 3-day run at Pangyo (판교) Techno Valley in Seongnam (성남) City. This globally unique event featured a number of new autonomous vehicles developed in Gyeonggi Province. ► Autonomous Vehicle Riding During the event, autonomous vehicle ride services were provided to members of the public. The Zero Shuttle, which was developed jointly by Gyeonggi Province and the Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, ran without a driver for 20 minutes at 20 kilometers an hour with five members of the public as passengers. ► Choi Seong-wung / Zero Shuttle Demo Run Passengers “It was the first time I rode the (autonomous) vehicle, and it was a quiet and comfortable ride. I believe that these cars can operate safely without accidents when they are commercially available.” ► 2nd Autonomous Motor Show / Pangyo Techno Valley II (November 15-17) Experiential rides were also provided for other autonomous vehicles featured in the show. The event that most interested attendees was a choreographed show of four driverless cars running in harmony. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I am certain that Pangyo will lead the autonomous vehicle industry of the nation. I look forward to the day when we can produce world-leading autonomous vehicles and export them around the globe.” ► International Future Transportation Forum and Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo This 3-day motor show also featured an international forum for autonomous vehicles and future transportation, an autonomous vehicle technology expo, and an autonomous vehicle contest among college students as well as races between human drivers and autonomous vehicles. This show provided the public with an ideal opportunity to become acquainted with autonomous vehicles through various programs. ► Won Beom-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province High-Tech Industrial Complex Team “Autonomous vehicle testing infrastructure is being developed in Pangyo Techno Valley. When development is completed, this site will also house related research, development and startup centers as well as an autonomous vehicle operation center.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to support autonomous vehicle technology development and related urban development. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.11.16Greetings, 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 and Gangwon Assemblies Forge Ties for Inter-Korean Exchanges (181105-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The provincial assemblies of Gyeonggi Province and Gangwon Province, the two provinces that border North Korea, signed a cooperation agreement for the pursuit of inter-Korean exchange and cooperation as well as DMZ development. ► Dorasan Station, Paju City Dorasan (도라산) Station in Paju (파주) City, the last railroad station in South Korea on a line that used to run through North Korea, symbolizes suspended inter-Korean exchanges. ► ‘MOU for Cooperation for Peace’ This agreement, officially termed ‘MOU for Cooperation for Peace’, aims to reopen such exchanges. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I believe that, if successfully implemented, this memorandum will help secure related budgets, establish autonomous authorities and realize exchanges. • Reconnection of South-North Railroad • Humanitarian Aid and Cultural Exchanges • Tourism Development and DMZ Ecological Preservation The subjects of cooperation detailed in this agreement include the pursuit of South-North railroad reconnections and inter-Korean exchanges as well as tourism development and ecological preservation in the DMZ. The two provincial assemblies also agreed to hold regular joint meetings for the advancement of these purposes. ► Gangwon Provincial Assembly Chairperson Han Geum-seok “… to work together to help the central government to implement the related policies more effectively…” Recently, Gyeonggi Province announced the investment of KRW 10.8 billion in 31 inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects including humanitarian aid. Article 2. 332nd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session Begins (181106-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 6, the 332nd regular session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly opened for a 46-day that will end on December 21. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (November 6) 1st General Meeting of 332nd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session During this session, 38 items including drafts for next year’s provincial budgets, which amount to KRW 24.3 trillion, will be reviewed. ► 2019 Gyeonggi Budgets and 2018 Supplementary Budgets In addition, this year’s revised supplementary budgets will also be reviewed during the session. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I ask you to conduct your review in a careful and meticulous manner so as to ensure that tax payer money is properly used.” The first audit of the current provincial administration is also scheduled during this regular session. The items to be reviewed during the session include employment support for individuals with disabilities and the formation of construction inspectors from among residents. The first day of the session saw a general meeting followed by 5-minute speeches by assembly members. ► Han Mi-rim / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Promotion of local commerce for the improvement of competitiveness is most important. Restrictions on the entry of large retailers are also necessary …” ► Park Gwan-yeol / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “We need to develop guidelines based on general inspections of patriot benefits and war veteran benefits as well as on similar cases in other autonomous bodies.” ► Gwon Jeong-seon / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I strongly urge the administration to provide children and seniors in the province with free quadrivalent influenza vaccines.” The second and third days of the regular session saw questions and answers regarding provincial administrative affairs. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Conduct Provincial Employment Case General Investigation (181106-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to investigate all employment cases among administration offices and provincial organizations so as to identify employment fraud. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 6) Gyeonggi Provincial Organization General Employment Investigation Briefing The investigation subjects will include more than 180 administration offices and more than 20 provincial organizations. ► Identify Irregular Employment and Regular Employment Transfer Cases All employment cases that have not followed regular employment procedures for the past five years will be subject to further investigation. ► Employment Frauds These cases include nepotism and fraudulent applicant assessments. ► Kim Yong / Gyeonggi Province Spokesperson “We will perform a thorough investigation of administration offices as well as provincial organizations and handle misconduct cases with zero tolerance.” This investigation is in line with the central government’s public organization employment fraud eradication initiatives but covers a wider range of subject cases. Starting on January 31 next year, the investigation will run for 85 days. During this period, Gyeonggi Province will also open an employment fraud desk for related reports. Article 4. Gyeonggi’s 2019 Budgets Focus on Fairness, Peace & Welfare (1105-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 5, Gyeonggi Province announced budget plans for next year. These budget plans reflect the province’s declared pursuit of three values: fairness, peace and welfare. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 5) Announcement of 2019 Gyeonggi Province Budget Plans The total budget amount exceeds KRW 24 trillion. ► 10.9% Increase from 2018 This is the largest amount in history and 10.9% higher than the current year’s budget. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Our budget for 2019 will provide an important stepping stone for the creation of a fair Gyeonggi Province. It will also enable us to realize the three values, which, in addition to fairness, include welfare and peace through substantial projects.” The most notable feature of next year’s provincial budget plans is an increase in welfare budgets. ► KRW 154 Billion for 3 New Welfare Benefits These plans include three new welfare budgets, which total KRW 154 billion, for youth benefits, post-childbirth care benefits and school uniform cost support, with an increase in provincial subsidies for the two welfare benefits. ► Welfare Budget Plans for 2019 Increased KRW 1.7 Trillion The total welfare budget for next year’s budget plans includes a year-on-year increase of KRW 1.7 trillion to KRW 8.9 trillion. ► Regional Voucher Operation & Support / Delinquent Local Tax Collection Support KRW 8 billion was allocated to regional voucher operation and support and a further KRW 15 billion to delinquent local tax collection support. ► Reinforcement of Special Judicial Police Activities KRW 2.3 billion was allocated to the reinforcement of special judicial police activities. ► Projects Proposed by Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Adopted Next year’s budget plans also include projects proposed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly such as small business cooperative subion support, support for Japanese military exploitation victims and the expansion of youth cafés. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Since these are the first annual budget plans prepared by the current administration, they reflect the new administrative philosophy. Using these budgets, we will create a fair Gyeonggi Province, a new Gyeonggi Province.” The Gyeonggi provincial budget for next year will be reviewed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly during its 332nd regular session which opened on November 6. Article 5. 2nd General Meeting of 332nd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session (1107-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 7, a general meeting of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly was held in which assembly members asked administration representatives about administrative affairs. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (November 7) 2nd General Meeting of 332nd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session The release of sky lanterns at social events was one of the issues discussed during the meeting. ► Park Chang-sun / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Sky lanterns and hot air balloons are still used, though the number used at individual events seems to have been reduced. Such practices caused the Goyang City fire.” In his response, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) agreed that sky lanterns pose a danger, promising to implement relevant regulations and to intensify preventive measures. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I believe that we should inspect as many cases as possible to eliminate the causes of fire.” There were also questions about local roads without sidewalks for pedestrians. ► Kim Gyu-chang / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Residents in combined urban and rural regions face dangerous situations everyday using roads that have no sidewalks. Governor Lee responded that, through provincial support, he would see that sidewalks are constructed on roads used by many residents. ► Shim Soon-kyu / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “There are youths who suffered injuries while serving the nation who receive support less than minimum livelihood payments and who are now bedridden.” Governor Lee stated that he would expand employment support for individuals of national merit. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “We will see if the compulsory hiring requirements for individuals of national merit are being observed. Not just that, we will also endeavor to enable more individuals with national merit to find employment.” There were a number of other issues raised including welfare improvement for welfare workers, the reduction of fire response times, and abandoned buildings. Questions and answers on administrative affairs continued the following day during the third general meeting. Article 6. Gyeonggi Hosts Public Presentation of Regional Vouchers (1108-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province held a public regional voucher presentation so as to help residents better understand these alternative forms of payment and to hear the opinions of people from different segments of society. ► Gyeonggi to Issue First Regional Vouchers in Korea Regional vouchers, the first such initiative in Korea, have cash values that can only be used for purchases in traditional markets and at small businesses in associated cities and counties. ► Regional Voucher Use to Be Expanded Throughout Gyeonggi Province Next Year Currently used in four regions of Gyeonggi Province, the use of regional vouchers will be expanded to all 31 localities of the province from next year. ► Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, Suwon City (November 5) Public Presentation of Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers During the presentation, an official from the Gyeonggi Research Institute emphasized the local economic promotional effects of regional vouchers. ► Choi Jun-kyu / Research Officiaql, Gyeonggi Research Institute “Regional vouchers have the characteristic of preserving the economic effects of their use within their locality.” The public presentation was followed by a forum that featured representatives of consumer groups, traditional markets and small businesses as well as local public offices. During the forum, the market representatives asked the province to ensure the effective management of the voucher tem. ► Won Cheol-jae / Managing Director, Gyeonggi Province Merchant Association “What about their use by unlicensed shops such as those in 1-in-5-day markets of which there are a large number in Gyeonggi Province alone. How will they be allowed to participate…?” Consumer opinions focused on the display of signs at affiliated shops and their expanded availability. ► Shin Hui-won / President, Consumer Association Gyeonggi Branch “As a consumer, I am willing to use them and recommend them to others. However, it would be nice to have many affiliated shops that seniors can use.” Opinions were also shared about the unified benefits of regional vouchers over multiple regions, various supplementary measures, and suggestions for successful voucher introduction. ► Shin Hyeon-ju / Yongin City Resident “Regional division by cities and counties may not be ideal. I personally prefer a wider regional division of the service.” Gyeonggi Province hosted another regional voucher presentation event at the Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex on November 9. Article 7. Gyeonggi Contemplates Rural Basic Income Guarantee Grants (181108-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is contemplating the introduction of basic income guarantee grants to all rural households regardless of their income levels as a means to narrow the gap between the rich and poor in rural society. ► Gyeonggi Contemplates Expansion of Basic Income Policy to Rural Households Part of Gyeonggi Province’s basic income policy, the rural basic income guarantee grants aim to ensure income of a defined minimum through provincial supplementary payments. ► Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung (November 6) 23rd Gyeonggi Province Farmers’ Day Ceremony This concept was revealed on November 6 by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) at a Farmers’ Day ceremony. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Although provincial agricultural support amounts are relatively large, they are far below international standards. In order to provide rural households, most of which are poorer and in difficult situations, with substantial benefits …” Gyeonggi Province is considering paying these rural basic income supplements with regional vouchers so as to also aid the local economy. • Expansion of Agricultural Loss Compensation Payments • Use of Local Agricultural Products in Meals in Public Organizations In his speech, Governor Lee also presented his ideas for expanding agricultural loss compensation payments and the use of local agricultural products in public organization meals. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2018.11.09Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Announces Comprehensive Microdust Policies (181030-1) [Anchor’s Headline] While microdust levels are rising again and expected to remain high until next spring, Gyeonggi Province announced comprehensive microdust policies including the expanded use of electric vehicles and more stringent control of pollutant-generating facilities. ► Announcement of New Microdust Measures Through these policies, which were announced on October 30, Gyeonggi Province targets a one-third reduction of current microdust concentrations by the year 2022. ► Total Implementation Cost of KRW 1.8 Trillion The implementation of these policies is estimated to cost KRW 1.8 trillion in total. ► Gyeonggi Targets 33% Microdust Reduction by 2022 Consisting of 20 components, these policies, in aggregate, are geared to achieve the targeted microdust reduction. ► Han Hyeon-hui / Director, Gyeonggi Province Microdust Measure Division “Environmental conditions have changed with microdust becoming an important social issue. Recognizing such changes, we will create a clean Gyeonggi Province in which to live…” ► Expansion of Electric Vehicle Supply Gyeonggi Province will increase the number of electric vehicles in the province from the current 4,600 to 30,000 while reducing the number of aging diesel vehicles. ► Intensification of Dust-generating Activity Control Unlawful incineration will be strictly controlled while the management of large dust-generating activities such as building and road construction will be intensified. Rewards for reporting such activities will also be raised. ► Provision of Pollutant Treatment Support to Small Businesses Small businesses that generate air pollutants will be provided with treatment facility support. ► Expansion of Public Microdust Information Services Microdust policies will also include the expansion of public microdust information services as well as the strengthening of microdust response capabilities through networks with local governments, North Korea and China. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Collect Delinquent Taxes through Stock Seizures (181031-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the development and implementation of a stock-seizing tem as a means to collect delinquent taxes. This tem will be able to identify stocks owned by tax delinquents and collect overdue taxes through seizure of those stocks. Recently, Gyeonggi Province was able to collect KRW 2.3 billion in delinquent taxes from an individual through the forced sale of stocks he owned. In most cases, however, it is difficult to identify the cashable assets – such as stocks - of tax delinquents due to the shielded nature of such information. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (October 31) Announcement of Tax Delinquents’ Stock Seizing System Development However, this tem, which is already patent-registered, will help collect delinquent taxes effectively. ► Cha Jeong-suk / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Bureau “This tem can perform the entire process from the seizure of stocks or funds owned by tax delinquents to their forced sale and collection as a single procedure...” [CG] The collection of delinquent taxes through the forced sale of securities normally involves time-consuming procedures handled through securities companies. With this tem, however, taxes can be collected electronically within five days. ► 9,000+ Delinquents in Gyeonggi with Large Cashable Assets There are more than 9,000 large-scale tax dodgers in Gyeonggi Province who own large amounts of securities. ► Delinquent Taxes of KRW 370 Billion Collectable Using Stock Seizing System Unpaid taxes owed by these individuals amount to KRW 370 billion in total, accounting for a third of all delinquent taxes in the province. Using this tem, Gyeonggi Province will be able to collect a considerable portion of the overdue taxes. ► Choi Su-hyeon / Gyeonggi Province Tax Arrears Recovery Team I Official “The short processing time prevents seized securities from becoming removed through rushed sale.” Gyeonggi Province plans to propose the adoption of this tem to the central government for nationwide application. Article 3. Release of Sky Lanterns at Public Events Requires Permission in Gyeonggi (1029-1) [Anchor’s Headline] From this past October, the release of sky lanterns has been banned at all outdoor public festivals and events in Gyeonggi Province unless permitted in advance and supervised by safety personnel. ► Oil Storage Facility Fire Caused by Sky Lantern These safety measures were enforced by a directive issued by Gyeonggi Province to local governments following a large fire that occurred at an oil storage facility in Goyang (고양) City on October 7. This fire is suspected to have been ignited by a sky lantern that fell near the facility. ► 8 Sky Lantern-related Fires Occurred in Gyeonggi in Past 5 Years Sky lanterns are often used to convey wishes for good fortune, especially during New Year celebrations. However, these lanterns are fire hazards and have been the cause of eight fires that occurred in Gyeonggi Province over the past five years. ► Use of Small Fire-carrying Items Banned at all Festivals and Public Events The subjects of the ban include all small fire-carrying airborne items. ► LED Sky Lanterns Excluded Sky lanterns with safe LED lights may still be used. ► Prior Permission and Safety Personnel Required The use of sky lanterns with live fire requires prior permission from related public offices as well as on-site supervision by safety personnel. ► Gyeonggi Fire & Disaster Headquarters Guidelines The Gyeonggi Fire & Disaster Headquarters has released guidelines for lantern-flying events including requirements for such events to be suspended when wind velocity exceeds 2 meters per second. ► Gil Yeong-gwan / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Fire & Disaster Headquarters Fire Prevention Team “We expect that (through these safety measures) event organizers can better implement self-established safety measures, receive safety assistance from local fire offices, and have events in safer environments.” According to revised fire laws, those who fail to observe fire prevention directives will be subject to fines of up to KRW 2 million. Article 4. Gyeonggi Youths Provided with Free Military Injury Insurance Coverage (1030-2) [Anchor’s Headline] From this month, all youths who live in Gyeonggi Province and enlisted in the military will receive free insurance coverage of up to KRW 50 million for injuries sustained while performing military service. ► Gyeongin Regional Military Manpower Administration Office Our reporter met with youths who were taking physical screening examinations at the Military Manpower Administration Office. ► Song Han-geol (Aged 20) / Military Screening Physical Exam Recipient “No matter how careful you are, you may still suffer injuries in accidents caused by others…” ► Park Jeong-woo (Aged 25) / Military Screening Physical Exam Recipient “I heard someone say that he would remain in the military even after the scheduled discharge date until insurance-covered treatment is completed, if such insurance exists.” Youths in Gyeonggi Province no longer have to worry about the treatment of injuries sustained while serving in the military. ► Military Injury Insurance Provided to All Military Personnel from Gyeonggi From November this year, all military personnel from Gyeonggi Province, including more than 100,000 active service members and those in the future, will receive 100 percent military injury insurance coverage. [CG] Coverage, which will automatically renew annually, includes payment of up to KRW 50 million for injuries, aftereffects of injuries, and deaths caused by accidents or diseases as well as KRW 300,000 for each bone fracture or burn diagnosis. ► Jeon Eun-gyeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Youth Policy Team “We hope that this insurance will help youths who service in the military and their families overcome psychological, economic, and physical difficulties.” Gyeonggi Province’s military injury insurance is one way of repaying youths for their service to the nation. Article 5. Gyeonggi’s Policies Draw Interest at Korea Local Autonomy Expo (1031-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 29, the 6th Korea Local Autonomy Expo was held for a 30-day run in Gyeongju (경주) City of North Gyeongsang (경상) Province. During this expo, Gyeonggi Province introduced a variety of provincial policies. ► Gyeongju Hwabaek Convention Center (October 28-31) The 6th Korea Local Autonomy Expo Among Gyeonggi provincial policies, three welfare policies drew particular interest from attendees. ► 3 Welfare Policies of Gyeonggi Province These welfare policies include youth benefits, post-childbirth care benefits, and school uniform cost support. ► Welfare Policy Quiz The introduction of these welfare policies was aided by a quiz in which winners received regional vouchers. ► Oh Gyeong-jin / Daejeon Metropolitan City “No other local autonomies have such policies yet. I think these policies are very apt to have been initiated by Gyeonggi Province.” During the expo, Gyeonggi residents were proud that attendees from around the country learned about the policies of the province. ► Lee Yong-ju / Yeoju City “I could see that Gyeonggi Province is ahead of others, and I am proud to be a resident of Gyeonggi Province.” At the expo, Gyeonggi Province held a presentation event to help attendees better understand provincial policies. ► Gwon Geum-seon / Director, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Division “These three welfare policies of Gyeonggi Province were first introduced in our province. I hope that these policies are recognized and many similar policies are introduced nationwide.” ► Gyeonggi Regional Government Policies During the expo, policies of the regional autonomies of Gyeonggi Province were also introduced. In a separate hall for cities, counties and boroughs, Suwon (수원) City introduced various employment policies. Other regional governments shared their successful policies such as community garden and community broadcasting programs. Article 6. Sharing Culture Spreads in Gyeonggi (181101-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been promoting sharing culture through various initiatives as shared economy policies. The number of individuals who benefit from such initiatives has doubled over the past two years. ► Kim Seong-dae / Suwon City Resident Kim (김성대), a company employee in his 30s, uses a smart phone application to locate a high-end bicycle that he wants to rent for a day. He finds one for KRW 20,000. ► Kim Seong-dae / Bicycle Sharing Service User “It is a very high-priced bicycle that I can’t afford to buy. However, I am able to experience riding it through this wonderful service program…” The bicycle sharing service is one such sharing program operated in Gyeonggi Province. ► Bicycle Shops Participate in Sharing Program This program enables users to rent bicycles from bicycle shops with available inventory at low rates. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “You can rent a variety of bicycles including mountain bikes and electric bikes for as briefly as one hour, in which case the rate would be KRW 5,000.” ► Baby Product Sharing This baby product sharing business enjoys popularity affirmed by an increase in the number of its customers to more than 3,000 within only one year of its establishment. ► Kim Seong-hyeon / Baby Product Sharing Business Founder “We provide product sharing services, collect shared products, and maintain the returned products in good condition. That is how we earn customer trust…” ► Number of Sharing Service Users Doubled in 2 Years The number of sharing service users has nearly doubled in the two years since being introduced. The most frequently used services were vehicle, bicycle and accommodation sharing services. The advancement of positioning and information technologies also contributed to such an increase. ► Seong Yeong-jo / Research Official, Gyeonggi Research Institute “Sharing is a worldwide trend and we cannot afford to ignore it. The one obstacle that we should overcome is conflicting interests between existing services and those of new technologies. We should coordinate services in such way that can benefit everyone…” While the advent of new technologies is a natural progression that makes our lives more convenient, we need to find ways in which to use these technologies to supplement to existing services Article 7. 2nd Gyeonggi Public Administrative Idea Contest of 2018 (181101-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On October 30, the second public administrative idea contest of the year took place at the Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. On this occasion, the contest focused on ideas for balanced regional development. ► Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (October 30) 2nd 2018 Gyeonggi Province Suggestion & Creation Audition The top prize went to the idea of utilizing a closed mine in Hwaseong (화성) City as an underground cultural center. ► Park Woo-chan / Hwaseong Closed Mine Project Team Member “If the underground spaces in the closed mines in northern Gyeonggi Province can be utilized, we can develop facilities for local residents for a wide variety of purposes including cultural and sports activities.” ► Residents Participate in Idea Proposal, Assessment and Selection Organized in an audition format, this contest is operated by residents in its entirety from idea proposal to assessment and selection. Selected ideas will be used by Gyeonggi Province in policy development. ► Lee Jin-chan / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Balanced Development Planning Office “Our ultimate goal is to create a society in which quality of life of certain standards are guaranteed. What people need after all is a local environment that enables them to live happily.” ► 7 out of 161 Ideas Selected for Finals Out of a total of 161 balanced regional development ideas, 7 were selected for finals. These ideas included a tourism industry development concept utilizing the geological and ecological resources of Yeoncheon (연천) County. ► Shin Jeong-hyeon / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The fact that the provincial administration, the provincial assembly and residents work together to develop good policies is what is important. It was a meaningful event in that regional development ideas that can only be conceived by residents of those regions can be adopted as actual policies by the provincial administration and reflected in provincial budgets by the provincial assembly.” The final contest of the year will take place this month among finalists of this year’s events. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.