Weekly English news | 2019.01.25Article 1. Gyeonggi Opens Direct Farm Product Outlets in Large Supermarkets (190115-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been promoting the convergence and integration of agricultural production, processing and related services among farms so as to help increase farmer income. Such endeavors also include the opening of sales outlets for these products, known as ‘Antenna Shops’, at large supermarkets. ► Quality Farm Product Sales Outlet ‘Antenna Shop’ at e-Mart Suwon The purpose of opening these separate shops in supermarkets is to promote as well as to test the marketability of a variety of regional specialty products of participating farmers. All the items featured at these shops are quality products certified by Gyeonggi Province. ► Park Gyeong-su / Shopper at e-Mart Suwon “I bought these items since I trust Gyeonggi Province certification.” ► Gyeonggi Operates ‘Antenna Shops’ at Large Supermarkets for Marketability Testing Featuring processed seasonal fruit and vegetable products, the Antenna Shops act as test beds for the possible launch of these products at large supermarkets. ► Choi Seong-woo / Supplier to Antenna Shop “Through sales in large supermarkets, which we cannot easily access, we can monitor consumer responses and adjust our production based on results…” ► Gyeonggi-certified Quality Products from 30 Farms The Antenna Shops currently feature more than 160 carefully selected and low-priced items produced and supplied directly by 30 farms participating in Gyeonggi Province’s agricultural process convergence and integration policies. ► Kim Yun-su / Marketing Support Manager, Gyeonggi Agrofood Institute “We apply strict product selection criteria so as to ensure the quality of the products featured and to assist participating farmers in finding their markets…” There are currently two Antenna Shops operating in large supermarkets in the province. These shops will feature their own Lunar New Year holiday items. Article 2. Indirect Smoking Problem Proven Serious in Gyeonggi (190111-1) [Anchor’s Headline] According to a survey by the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the smoking rate among adult males has decreased to a record low at 38.1 percent. However, indirect smoking has become a growing social issue with 80 percent of Gyeonggi residents rating related problems as being ‘serious’. Hong (홍경수), an apartment resident, seldom opens his windows for fear that cigarette smoke from his neighbors may enter and harm his 6-year-old grandson. ► Hong Gyeong-su / Suwon City Resident “If someone smoke at lower floors, we can smell it. Since it’s awful and can be harmful to the health of the kid, ...” ► 80% of Gyeonggi Residents Experience Indirect Smoking between Floors In another survey of 1,000 Gyeonggi residents, approximately 80 percent responded that they frequently experience indirect smoking between floors. Apartment verandas and toilets as well as front entrances and stairs were mostly frequently cited as indirect smoking spots. ► 91% Experience Indirect Smoking in Public Places The situation is more serious in public places such as bus stops and crowded streets with 91 percent of respondents having experienced indirect smoking in these places. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The most frequent indirect smoking spots according to respondents are road crossings, accounting for 76 percent, followed by public transportation stations including bus stops.” More than three quarters of the respondents viewed indirect smoking as a serious issue that needs to be addressed urgently. ► Lee Seung-il / Suwon City Resident “When a smoker is close, I almost feel suffocated and cough. It is not a problem that can be regarded as trivial.” Of survey respondents, 57 percent agreed on the necessity for behavioral changes among smokers such as observing non-smoking area designations and being considerate of non-smokers. Based on survey results, Gyeonggi Province plans to devise measures to reduce indirect smoking. Also, from February, indirect smoking may be reported to apartment management which can warn the inflicting households according to the revised Communal Housing Management Act. Article 3. Gyeonggi Intensifies Control of Large Vehicle Emissions (190116-1) [Anchor’s Headline] For three days from January 13, emergency microdust reduction was ordered by Gyeonggi Province. With microdust from China being expected to rise, intensive preventive measures including control of large vehicle emissions have also been undertaken throughout the province. ► Exhaust Gas Inspection at Industrial Complex Entrance, Seongnam City At the entrance to this industrial complex in Seongnam (성남) City, a temporary exhaust inspection station was in operation. ► “We inspect exhaust emission status per emergency microdust reduction orders…” At this station, passing cargo trucks as well as passenger cars were randomly picked and subjected to an emissions analysis test. ► Bus Terminal in Gunpo City Similar inspections were also performed at bus terminals. Any vehicle that emitted contaminants beyond permitted levels received orders to have its exhaust filters replaced within 15 days ► Gyeonggi Begins Emission Inspection of Large Aged Vehicles These inspections were performed on large old vehicles in all 31 cities and counties of the province. ► Yang Jae-hyeon / Head of Environment Inspection Team I, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office "… control of public transportation vehicle exhaust emissions, which account for 20 percent of microdust generation in the province, are being performed provincewide so as to maximize the effects of emission control…” In addition, vehicle emissions were monitored through video cameras on uphill road sides. This vehicle emission control tem was implemented provincewide until January 18. Those vehicles that do not comply with emission improvement orders will be subjected to a 10-day suspension of operation. Violation of suspension orders will result in a fine of up to KRW 3 million. Article 4. Godeok International City Development to Commence Early (0114) [Anchor’s Headline] The Godeok (고덕) International City development project in Pyeongtaek (평택) City of Gyeonggi Province is expected to commence early through the recent removal of military protection zone designation of adjacent areas by the Korean government. ► Godeok International City Development Site, Pyeongtaek City This regulatory removal covers a total area of 1.43 million square meters north of the project site. ► Military Protection Zone Designation of 1.43 Million Square Meters Lifted The removal of military protection zone designation, which had been originally slated for 2021, was realized by the central government’s acceptance of a request made by Gyeonggi Province. Of the deregulated area, approximately 530,000 square meters are privately owned. ► Nam Gi-taek / Head of Danghyeon-1-Ri “We are very pleased that our request for early deregulation led to the enabling of local residents to realize their own construction and development projects.” ► Lim Chang-muk / Head of Dangyeon-3-Ri “This removal (of military protection zone designation) will provide urban residents in surrounding areas with opportunities.” Without such restrictions, development can now commence earlier than projected. ► Construction of Infrastructure to be Completed Early The construction of infrastructure, such as water supply and communication tems, can now be completed early. ► Housing Construction Period Reduced by 2 Years Housing construction will also be completed two years earlier than originally planned. ► Park Sang-il / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Mixed Use Development Team “We will create a truly international city complete with foreign schools. We will do out utmost to make it happen.” The Godeok (고덕) International City will be home to almost 60,000 families with first resident occupation of more than 3,200 housing units slated to begin in June. The first stage of main road construction is also slated for completion in June. Article 5. Gyeonggi Assumes Approval Authority within Banwon Industrial Complex (0115) [Anchor’s Headline] Approval authority for changes in the Banwol (반월) Industrial Complex was recently transferred to the Governor of Gyeonggi Province by the central government. ► Banwol National Industrial Complex, Ansan City The development of the Banwol Industrial Complex began as a national project in 1977. ► Licenses & Permits Were Handled by National Government Agents More than 30 years after the completion of its development, approval authority for changes within this industrial complex was still held by the central government. ► Development Changes Required 1-2 Years Accordingly, any change in development plans takes more than a year to implement. ► Oh Hyeon-gap / Deputy Director, Ansan City Regeneration & Innovation Team “Government approval procedures include consultation with related agencies followed by their reports and various assessments. These require prolonged periods of time.” ► Gyeonggi Governor Assumes Authority for Licenses and Permits With the Governor of Gyeonggi Province assuming approval authority, such changes can now be expedited through the elimination of red tape. ► Administrative Processing Period Reduced to 3-Month Maximum The previous 1-to-2-year period required for development changes has now been reduced to only 3 months at maximum. Such simplification prevents the waste of administrative resources while facilitating convenience for resident enterprises and improving investment conditions for private investors. ► Gyeonggi Province and Ansan City to Continue Procedural Improvements This administrative authority transfer was realized through a request made to the central government by Gyeonggi Province and Ansan (안산) City. ► No Tae-jong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Policy Division “We will fully exercise approval authority and provide proactive support to help enterprises in the Banwol Industrial Complex to prosper.” This approval authority transfer will have an estimated production promotion effect of KRW 460 billion while also creating more than 3,800 jobs. Article 6. Gyeonggi Arts Center Features All Provincial Arts Companies (0116) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 18, the Gyeonggi Arts Center became the scene of a rare event by simultaneously featuring all Gyeonggi provincial arts companies at a single venue. ► Gyeonggi Arts Center The Gyeonggi Arts Company was the first and will be the last group performing at the Gyeonggi Arts Center this year. ► Taepyeongmu by Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Troupe The Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Troupe performed dances of peace to celebrate the new year. ► Kim Jeong-hak / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Troupe “It was a performance of dances that convey wishes for the peace and prosperity of the country and the comfort of people in it…” ► Concert Grieg – Holberg Suite by Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra The Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra staged a string music concert, a medley of Norwegian folk music written by Edvard Grieg and Ludvig Holberg. ► Jeong Na-ra / Associate Conductor, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra “Each movement of the music produces a mood that inspires dancing.” ► Uptown Punk by Gyeonggi Pops Ensemble A fusion music group, the Gyeonggi Pops Ensemble, presented a sweet yet powerful performance titled Uptown Punk. ► Sing Sing Sing by Gyeonggi Provincial Drama Company Gyeonggi Folk Music by Gyeonggi Provincial Korean Classical Music Company The Gyeonggi Provincial Drama Company staged a musical while the Gyeonggi Provincial Korean Classical Music Company presented folk music of Gyeonggi Province. ► Gyeonggi Arts Center Features Donghaeng as New Year’s Performances These performances were presented as a new year performance of Gyeonggi provincial arts companies under the title of Donghaeng (동행), or Journey Together ► Yun Jun-o / Acting Performance Planning Manager, Gyeonggi Arts Center “As the title Donghaeng conveys, these performances symbolize the togetherness of Gyeonggi residents, the Gyeonggi Arts Center, and the provincial arts companies in their journey.” Tickets for these performances, which were offered free of charge via online reservation, sold out in four days. Article 7. Real Time Atmospheric Heavy Metal Content Information Provided in Gyeonggi (0117) [Anchor’s Headline] When atmospheric microdust concentrations are high, the damaging effects on human health increase, especially since the heavy metal content of microdust also increases. Information about microdust and its heavy metal content is now available in real time via the air pollution information website of Gyeonggi Province. Although people are annoyed by microdust in terms of vision and breathing, few are aware of the dangerous levels of substances in microdust. ► Lee Dae-gyu / Pyeongtaek City Resident “It’s hard to breathe and to keep one’s eyes open without feeling irritation.” Microdust contains hazardous heavy metals. [CG] Lead, for example, can cause paralysis of muscles as well as mental disorders when it enters the human body through the respiratory tem. Calcium in soil and in yellow dust from China, on the other hand, is not harmful to the human body. ► Real Time Information about Microdust Heavy Metal Content in Air Provided Online For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province is providing real time information about the heavy metal content of microdust online. ► Website, Air Gyeonggi-Do’ (air.gg.go.kr) On this website, the hourly and average 24-hour concentrations of each heavy metal in microdust can be found. The average lead content of the air in Gyeonggi Province is approximately one tenth of the standard limit, while the calcium content increased 3.5 times during the onset of yellow dust. ► Yun Mi-hye / Director, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment “When microdust levels increase, the heavy metal content can also increase up to five times. The information provided will be useful for health protection…” ► Gyeonggi to Establish 2 Additional Airborne Particulate Measurement Stations There are two airborne particulate measurement stations in the southern and northern regions of Gyeonggi Province. The province plans to establish two more in its western and eastern regions while establishing a microdust monitoring and forecasting tem. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.01.18Greetings, 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 Increases SME Promotion Fund for Small Businesses (190107-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the increase of the SME Promotion Fund this year to KRW 1.8 trillion. This increase stems from the intensification of operational support for small businesses and those self-employed as well as for businesses in northern provincial regions. ► Restaurant in Suwon City After most of the local companies left this area, the daily lunch hour at this restaurant in Suwon City became quiet. With sales plummeting, its proprietor had to reduce the number of employees to half. ► Gwon Hyeong-mok / Restaurant Proprietor “All costs including labor costs and material costs have risen almost 50 percent in addition to fixed costs. We have no hope for making any profit.” ► Gyeonggi to Expand Financial Support for Small Businesses & SMEs This Year Gyeonggi Province had increased the SME Promotion Fund up to KRW 1.5 trillion last year. This year, however, the provincial administration made a significant increase in the release of funds. ► Lee So-chun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Enterprise Support Division “There are several indications that the economy is slowing. We decided to increase the fund aggressively so as to address the situation from the early stages of the year.” ► Financing Limits Increased for Small Businesses and Business Relaunches This fund will be used for small business financing up to KRW 150 million, a 50 percent increase over the previous limit, and up to KRW 50 million for business relaunches. In addition, KRW 40 billion was allocated for youth startups. ► Additional Support to be Provided to Businesses in 16 Development Restricted Regions This year’s SME Promotion Fund also includes financial support for businesses in 10 cities and counties in northern provincial regions that are subject to various regulations as well as 6 other regions with development restrictions. Enterprises in these regions will be eligible for financial support of up to KRW 6 billion. ► Priority Treatment for Financing The repayment terms for financing are 4 years for small businesses and up to 8 years for SMEs. ► Applications Received Online (g-money.gg.go.kr) or at Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation (☎1577-5900) Applications for financing are being received online or directly at branches of the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation. Article 2. VR Games for Brain Rehabilitation Developed in Gyeonggi (190109-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province and Gachon (가천) University jointly developed virtual reality games that can be used for the rehabilitation of dementia patients. With long-term use, these games are believed to be effective in restoring memory and reflex functions of the brain. ► Gachon University At a VR game clinic at Gachon (가천) University, seniors wearing goggles practice simple puzzle games that require them to concentrate and solve puzzles within prescribed time limits. ► Kim Ho-jae (Aged 79) / Brain Rehabilitation VR Game User from Seoul “It is a great fun since it requires use of my memory function.” There are other more physically demanding games such as a mole-catching game designed to improve reflexes as well as physical movement. ► Shin Byeong-hyeon (Aged 61) / Brain Rehabilitation VR Game User from Seongnam City “At first, I thought these games were for children. However, they require agility of hands and color recognition capability. They also help physically.” Specially developed for dementia treatment, these VR games progress slowly to avoid causing dizziness or headaches. ► Effective for Reflex Improvement and Stress Relief A clinical study of 10 seniors using these games indicated their positive effects on reflex restoration and stress reduction. ► Oh Seok-hui, Ph.D. / Brain Rehabilitation VR Game Developer, Gachon University “Playing games only once or twice, users showed improvement in cognitive capabilities as well as in attention.” The rehabilitation effects of these games are achieved as they stimulate the brain and expose it to new experiences. ► Award in Medical Content Category at VR Expo At a recent VR expo, these VR games for dementia patients received an award in a medical content category. ► Hwangbo Taek-seun / Director, AI Healthcare Research Center, Gyeonggi Regional Research Center and Vice Chancellor, Gacheon University “Through efficaciousness verification, we will continue to develop new contents that are more effective in the reduction of brain disease symptoms.” Noting that these games induce concentration more effectively, Gyeonggi Province plans to promote the utilization of these games at dementia centers. Article 3. Gyeonggi Identifies 30 Policy Ideas through Resident Communication Website (190109-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently selected 30 policies for implementation from among ideas suggested by the private sector. One such idea is the development of an app that provides information about facilities for individuals with disabilities. For Kim (김경원), a disabled individual and the user of an electric wheelchair, finding a toilet for the disabled while outside of home is extremely difficult. ► Kim Gyeong-won / Individual with Disabilities “Failing to find one there, I went to the next building but was unable to enter. I simply cannot keep asking, especially in unfamiliar areas…” ► Convenience Facility Information App for Disabled Individuals to be Launched In order to address difficulties such as those faced by Kim, Gyeonggi Province will develop a mobile app that provides information about facilities for individuals with disabilities in cooperation with related associations. ► Lee Gi-pyo / Convenience Improvement Director, Gyeonggi-do Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities “We received a lot of complaints and suggestions about convenience facilities. I am pleased to hear about this app, and I think Gyeonggi Province is ahead of others in welfare for individuals with disabilities…” ► 30 Policy Ideas Identified through Communication with Residents Including this app project, Gyeonggi Province plans to implement 19 policies this year among the 30 policies adopted from suggestions received from the private sector. ► 19 Policies to be Implemented in 2019 These policies include multicultural library section establishment and indoor air quality improvement projects. ► Park Geun-gyun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Policy Coordination Team “We visit residents and private institutions to listen to their opinions. The policies adopted through such communication will expedite the communication-based administration of Gyeonggi Province…” Other policies to be implemented this year include the mitigation of license renewal conditions for community gardeners and the simplification of interest support for Happy Home loan users. These communication-based administrative policies will also improve satisfaction levels among residents. Article 4. Gyeonggi Provides Indonesia with Emergency Disaster Relief (0117) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently sent food and water valued at KRW 50 million as emergency relief to the victims of an earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi in Indonesia last year. ► Sulawesi, Indonesia Last September, Sulawesi was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 and a subsequent tsunami. ► Earthquake and Tsunami Caused 1,700 Fatalities and Left 70,000 Homeless These disasters caused more than 1,700 fatalities and left more than 70,000 people homeless. ► Tsunami Victim, Indonesia “When the tsunami came, we ran for our lives. I am still wearing the clothes I was wearing then. We ran up the hill and had to sleep on the dirt without a mat or anything.” ► Gyeonggi Dispatches Emergency Aid Sulawesi is adjacent to South Sulawesi, a region that entered a friendship and cooperation agreement with Gyeonggi Province in 2002. Gyeonggi Province sent emergency relief through the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management. ► Food Packages and Water Delivered to 5,600 Disaster Victims The emergency relief, consisting of more than 1,400 packages including food items such as rice, cooking oil, biscuits, salt and canned fish as well as bottled water, was delivered primarily to those who needed aid most urgently. ► Tsunami Victim, Indonesia “We need emergency aid to stay alive. These items give us relief. I thank your government and those who extended aid to us.” Having delivered emergency aid to Indonesia in 2005 and to Nepal in 2015, Gyeonggi Province has been sharing in the efforts of the international community. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yung “We hope that our emergency aid will deliver the friendly spirit of Gyeonggi residents to many disaster victims including children and women.” For international emergency aid this year, Gyeonggi Province has set a budget of KRW 120 million, more than double the amount last year. Article 5. Gyeonggi Sells Surplus Energy from Emergency Generators (0110) [Anchor’s Headline] Although large buildings house power generation tems for emergency purposes, these tems generally operate in an idle mode, wasting energy. At the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, this surplus energy is sold to generate extra revenue. ► Emergency Generator System at Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Over the past three years, these electricity sales have generated revenue of KRW 120 million. ► Maintenance Requires Regular Operation Although there has been no power outage incident at the provincial government complex in the past five years, these generators have been operating in an idle mode in preparation for emergency use. Since 2015, Gyeonggi Province has sold this surplus electricity to the Korea Power Exchange. ► Surplus Electricity from Emergency Generator System Purchased by Korea Power Exchange This sale of surplus power is based on agreements between the Korea Power Exchange and power users regarding compensation for power usage reduction. ► Surplus Electricity Valued KRW 120 Million Sold Over 3 Years Including sales of more than KRW 43 million last year, electricity sales by Gyeonggi Province for the past three years exceeded KRW 120 million. ► Kim Min-gyeong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Properties Management Division “The primary purpose of generator operation is to ensure stable power supply to the entire provincial government complex. The generation of extra revenue is an added benefit.” In addition to ensuring stable power supply, Gyeonggi Province expects to create extra income of approximately KRW 48 million annually through the operation of its emergency generators. Article 6. Multicultural Library Sections Established throughout Gyeonggi (190110-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The multicultural population of Gyeonggi Province now exceeds 570,000. In order to address the needs of residents of foreign origins, Gyeonggi Province plans to establish multicultural sections with multilingual books in libraries throughout the province this year. ► Ansan Multicultural Small Library This library with the international flags is a multicultural library located in Ansan (안산) City. Although small, this library has more than 9,000 books in 24 languages and attracts more than 100 foreign visitors daily. ► Park Yeong-suk / Chinese Immigrant in Ansan City “It is difficult to find books in Chinese. However, at this library, there are lots of good books in Chinese including the most recent magazines.” ► Gyeonggi to Expand Establishment of Multicultural Sections in Libraries Gyeonggi Province’s multicultural library project will establish foreign book sections at selected public libraries throughout the province. Costing an estimated KRW 2.7 billion for the purchase of bestsellers, new books and reference books, this project will also include the operation of book reading programs. ► Park Gyeong-suk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Library Support Team “Gyeonggi Province is home to the largest number of foreign residents in Korea, accounting for 32 percent of the national total. However, it lacks services for those residents. This multicultural library project is geared to improve such services…” Of more than 260 public libraries in Gyeonggi Province, there are only 17 that have foreign book sections. The number will increase significantly this year. Article 7. Special Exhibition of 18th Century Politician Held in Gyeonggi (0111) [Anchor’s Headline] At the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, a special exhibition is being held that showcases an 18th century politician of the Joseon Dynasty, Shim Hwan-ji (심환지). Exhibits include his collection of paintings as well as secret notes he received from the king. ► Portrait of Shim Hwan-ji, Treasure No. 1480 Shim was a late bloomer who entered officialdom in his forties and ascended to the highest minister position at nearly seventy years of age. His pen name, Manpo (만포), also means a slow-starting farmer. ► 300+ Secrete Notes from King Jeong-jo to Shim Hwan-ji The head of an opposition party, Shim was also a favorite of King Jeongjo (정조) who communicated with him via more than 300 secret notes, the highlight of this exhibition. ► Royal Letter to Shim Hwan-ji, Treasure No. 1923 The exhibits also include a royal letter from King Jeongjo (정조) written just before his death. ► Nam Gyeong-Wuk / Senior, Seocheon High School, Yongin City “… tell us how close he was to the king and how he cared for the king and sought to guide him in the right direction.” ► Shim’s Writings on His Collection of Paintings by Famous Artists Like many scholars in the later Joseon Dynasty, Shim also loved calligraphy and paintings and collected the works of s. He often wrote poems on these paintings. ► Special Shim Hwan-ji Exhibition / Gyeonggi Provincial Museum (Until January 27) This special exhibition was made possible by more than 500 items left by Shim and handed down to his descendent who donated the items to the museum in 2004. ► Kim Yeong-mi / Curator, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum “I hope that this exhibition will be an opportunity for our residents to recognize an exemplary politician who worked for the people but lived a humble life himself.” This Gyeonggi Provincial Museum exhibition will run until January 27. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2019.01.11Greetings, 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. Changes Expected in Gyeonggi in 2019 (181231-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This week, GTV examined the changes that are expected in Gyeonggi Province this year in the fields of economy, transportation, safety and culture. Regional Voucher System Operation to Begin in 2nd Half of 2019 During the first half of this year, Gyeonggi Province will introduce regional vouchers, an alternative currency exclusively for use at small businesses in the province. These vouchers will also be used by the provincial government for some welfare payments. ► Park Deok-sun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Employment & Labor Policy Bureau “This year’s regional voucher issuance of approximately KRW 500 billion will have significant beneficial effects for small businesses …” Comprehensive Labor Service Center to Open in February In February, the Gyeonggi Province Labor Rights Center will be established at the Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. Its mission is to protect labor rights, eradicate unfair trade, and provide comprehensive labor-related services through efforts ranging from consultations to education. Gyeonggi Province Dispute Mediation Council to Begin Operation in January In addition, the Dispute Mediation Council will begin operation in January, assuming the trade-related dispute mediation function of the national Fair Trade Commission. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung at Fair Trade Agreement Signing (October 2018) “We will do our utmost to create a Gyeonggi Province in which fair competition is possible.” Free Fruit Supply to Childcare Centers to be Expanded Provincewide The ‘Fruit Snack’ program will be expanded to all childcare centers in the province. This will increase the number of children who receive free fruit to 370,000 while providing fruit producers with stable markets. Free Public Parking Lots to be Developed Utilizing Unused Spaces In the transportation field, Gyeonggi Province will establish free public parking lots utilizing abandoned private land through purchases as well as through space shared with schools and religious institutions. Public Transportation Services to be Expanded in Rural Regions The Gyeonggi Welfare Taxi and Customized Bus services in rural regions will be expanded and made available at low costs. ► Kim Sang-sub / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Public Transportation Bus Team “We will designate four additional (Customized Bus) service routes in four regions so as to enable more residents in remote areas to benefit from public transportation services….” First 24/7 Medical Emergency Helicopter in Korea to Begin Operation The greatest change in the safety field will be the introduction of the Helicopter Doctor. This will be the first exclusive medical service helicopter in Korea to operate 24/7 for emergency patient transportation as well as for on-board treatment including surgery. Monthly Culture Day Introduced from January Gyeonggi Province designated the last Wednesday of every month as Culture Day. Starting this year, on these days, public cultural facilities including museums and art centers in the province will open free of charge or at discounted rates. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Adopt Call Center Personnel as Regular Employees (0102) [Anchor’s Headline] Last week, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) visited the Gyeonggi Province Call Center. During his visit, Governor Lee experienced the call reception job himself and conversed with call center personnel. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung Visits Provincial Call Center (January 2) For 10 minutes, Governor Lee received calls as a day consultant. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung at Call Reception Desk “Hello, this is Governor Lee Jae-myung… Are you enquiring about media organization addresses?” During the informal meeting with the phone consultants that followed, Governor Lee expressed the appreciation he felt for their hard work. In response, the consultants expressed their wish to become regular provincial employees. ► Lee Jeong-hwa / Gyeonggi Province Call Center Consultant “There has been a sense of uncertainty among us about our employer and wages. We hope to be able to work as regular employees…” ► Gyeonggi Province Call Center Personnel Outsourced since Opening in 2007 Launched in 2007, the Gyeonggi Province Call Center has been hiring consultants – who currently number 66 - through private subcontractors. These subcontracted employees had been excluded from the direct contract-based employees who will become regular employees. ► Governor Lee Promises Transfer of Call Center Personnel to Regular Provincial Employee Status However, Governor Lee promised the transfer of the call center consultants to regular employee status despite central government guidelines. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “With long-term employment security, consultation expertise will improve and service quality can be ensured. I believe it is wrong to outsource phone consultants through subcontracts.” ► Call Center Working Conditions to be Improved Governor Lee also took action to improve the call center working environment by instructing the attending officials to install air conditioning, heating and filtering tems as necessary. Article 3. Gyeonggi Administration-Assembly Policy Council Launched (0103-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 3, the Gyeonggi provincial administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly launched a joint policy council for collaboration on important administrative issues and policies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (January 3) Launching of Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council This council consists of nine members each from the provincial administration and provincial assembly. ► Council Chairpersons Appointed The council is chaired jointly by the Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace and the Democratic Party of Korea leader in the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly with the remaining members forming an utive body. ► Yeom Jong-hyeon / Democratic Party of Korea Representative in Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “It is true that the control and criticism functions of the provincial assembly can be harsh on the administration while a lack of communication from the administration inconveniences the provincial assembly. This council will help resolve …” ► Policy Council to Preview Important Provincial Issues, Plans & Projects This council will undertake the review of important administrative issues while also engaging in regular discussions on budgets, ordinances and strategic projects. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I believe that the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly and the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration must now go beyond political coalition, beyond cooperative governance to open an age of coexistence.” When required, standing committee chairpersons of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly can also participate in the council meetings. Governor Lee asked these chairpersons to serve the role of local ministers. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I ask standing committee chairpersons to consider yourselves as ministers of related provincial offices and feel free to provide these offices with instructions, review and cooperation.” The policy council meeting will take place prior to every Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly session, its first being slated for February 11 before the 333rd extraordinary session. Article 4. Gyeonggi Opens Online Resident Petition Channel (0103-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The resident petition tem, one of the pledges of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration, began full operation via a recently opened provincial website titled Voice of Gyeonggi, or VOG. In addition to petitions, this website also receives resident suggestions, proposals and various applications. ► Resident Participation and Communication Channel, ‘Voice of Gyeonggi’ (vog.gg.go.kr) The first petition received via this website was a request for the provincial administration’s special attention to agricultural plant breed development and ownership. Other petitions include those demanding the exclusion of foreign workers from construction worker wage increases and the strengthening of welfare policies for individuals with disabilities. ► Top Officials to Respond Directly to Petitions Endorsed by 50,000+ Residents Those petitions that are endorsed by more than 50,000 residents within a month will be answered directly by the governor or other senior officials. ► Resident Proposals, Petitions and Applications via Single Website This website is also available for administrative policy suggestions and proposals as well as for various resident applications. ► Ahn Dong-gwang / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Policy Planning & Budget Bureau “The Voice of Gyeonggi is a convenient and economical communication channel that can be used easily via PCs or mobile devices.” The VOG website combines 15 previous tems for resident petitions, suggestions and applications into a single channel. ► Legislation Support Function with Ordinance Proposals Possible Even by Single Proposer Through this website, ordinance proposals, which previously required endorsements by more than 100,000 residents, now become valid even with an endorsement by just one person. The single-channel operation also accelerates the processing of resident ideas for administrative improvement as well as for various reports and suggestions. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Provide Rural Students with Transportation Cost Support (190102-1) [Anchor’s Headline] From this year, Gyeonggi Province will provide middle and high school students who live far from schools with transportation cost support ► Kang Eun-bi / Student in Rural Region Commuting by Bus Every morning, Kang (강은비) waits for a bus for the 40-minute ride to her school 10 kilometers away. A bus is the only means of transportation she can use to travel to and from school. ► Kang Eun-bi / Middle School Student, Gapyeong County “My friends arrive at school earlier than I even though I leave home earlier. Long travel by bus is itself very inconvenient…” The problem experienced by Kang is common among many students who live in remote rural areas. This is also one reason why rural families move to cities. ► Chae Seon-mi / Parent, Gapyeong County “I am forced to consider moving close to school since I cannot take my children to and from school.” ► Gyeonggi to Support Students in Rural Regions with Transportation Costs This student transportation cost support was realized by the recent passage of a related ordinance by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. According to this ordinance, all middle and high school students who commute more than 3 kilometers will be provided with travel cost support. ► Kim Kyeong-ho / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Students who live far from their schools have their right-to-learn impacted by long commute times. This support is a way of addressing this issue…” Through arrangements with local administrations, Gyeonggi Province will provide more than 2,500 students in the province with school commuting cost support this year. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Accelerate Transportation Project Implementation in 2019 (190104-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its transportation projects for this year. Projected to cost a total of KRW 670 billion, the projects include those that aim to improve transportation safety and convenience as well as bus driver training programs. ► Bus Route, Gapyeong County For students and other residents of this remote village, travelling to downtown areas is a difficult task that requires long waiting times for buses that visit their village only six times daily since the number of passengers do not justify frequent runs. ► Kang Eun-bi / Middle School Student in Rural Region Commuting by Bus “I often had to wait for the bus for half an hour. There were also times I had to give up going to school since bus operation was cancelled due to snowfall.” ► Gyeonggi to Focus This Year’s Transportation Policies on Transportation Welfare Improvement This year’s transportation projects, which will amount to an estimated KRW 670 billion, are geared to expand public transportation services to remote regions. ► Expansion of Customized Bus Services in Remote Districts These projects include the expansion of customized bus services in remote regions and an increase in the number of low-floor buses for individuals with limited mobility, as well as more double decker buses and night buses. ► Semi-public Bus Management with Bid-based Route Assignment System under Review A new semi-public bus management tem that combines bid-based route assignment is also being reviewed. ► Kim Jun-tae / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Transportation Bureau “The bus routes that are critical for the convenience of residents in some areas will be assigned to bus operators through bidding. These will be publicly owned routes.” ► Gyeonggi to Train 2,000 Bus Drivers to Address Driver Shortage Gyeonggi Province plans to train 2,000 bus drivers so as to address the driver shortage that is expected due to the reduction of working hours. Other transportation projects include the installation of automatic braking tems on buses as well as the establishment of free parking lots utilizing unused spaces. Article 7. Gyeonggi Clears Anti-Flooding Project Obstruction for Dongducheon City (190104-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Last month, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) received a plaque of appreciation from the residents of Dongducheon (동두천) City for his contribution to the launch of the city’s anti-flooding project. ► Flood-prone Area, Dongducheon City The area in Dongducheon (동두천) City where two streams merge is prone to flooding during rainy seasons. The ideal solution is to build a dyke at a strategic // However, this project has been hindered since this location is within Camp Mobile of the US military. ► Kim Jong-gwon / Director, Strategic Project Department, Dongducheon City “We need to complete the dyke by August latest. However, we have had difficulties clearing the way to start the work.” ► Site Visit by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (August 2018) After visiting the site, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) formed a task force of senior officials and began taking action to resolve the problem. ► Gyeonggi Secures Anti-flooding Project ‘Go Ahead’ from Korea-US SOFA Agreement Committee Governor Lee also personally discussed the matter with the President of Korea. At a subsequent SOFA meeting, the US military gave approval for the commencement of work within Camp Mobile before they vacate the camp. ► Ko Jong-bin / Local Resident “During the flood that occurred in 2011, the water level rose as high as 1.2 meters. I am relieved that our anti-flood project can finally proceed and that we will no long have to worry about floods.” The city administration now plans begin anti-flooding work in January for completion in June. ► Lee Sang-gu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Budget Division “It is almost a miracle that the matter could be resolved within only three months. I think this is an exemplary success case of a task force that we can use in other similar situations that involve military protection zones, US military bases and green belts.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to resolve ongoing problems through active administration initiatives. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. 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Weekly English news | 2019.01.04Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Offices Administrative Policy Contest Held (181224-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 24, ten cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province vied for provincial support totaling KRW 60 billion for autonomous projects at the finals of an administration policy contest titled ‘New Gyeonggi Policy Contest’. The top prize went to Paju (파주) City, which secured provincial support of KRW 10 billion for its project. [Sync] “Go! Go! Uijeongbu!” / “Go! Go! Gunpo!” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (December 24) Finals of 2018 New Gyeonggi Policy Contest The competition site was packed with supporters for ten administrations that had qualified for the finals through a 3-to-1 competition rate. During the contest, the finalists were each given 7 minutes to present their policies in front of 20 judges. In between presentations, the venue was filled with excitement and cheers from supporters using various cheering methods including illuminated balloon sticks and placards. [Sync] “This project will attract more than 15 million tourists and create more than 20,000 jobs over the first three years…” This competition, which was divided into large and general-scale project categories, was organized with the objectives of identifying effective local projects while utilizing provincial budgets more efficiently. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “It is our duty to use the money and authority endowed on us by tax payers more effectively. This event was organized as a way in which to fulfill such duty.” ► Paju City Wins Top Prize of KRW 10 Billion The top prize of KRW 10 billion went to a Paju (파주) City project for the development of a former US military base into a culture and art complex. ► Paju City Mayor Choi Jong-hwan “…through development of a returned US military base, which has been left unused for a long period of time, into a peaceful and healing place that can be used by the public for relaxation…” The second prize of KRW 8 billion went to Siheung (시흥) City for its ‘Gyeonggi Marine Science Museum’ project. The third prize winner, Goyang (고양) City, secured KRW 6 billion for its ecological, historic and tourism belt development project on the Han River estuary. Project selection was based on consistency with the core values of fairness, peace and welfare as pursued by the Gyeonggi provincial administration. Article 2. Gyeonggi Announces Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policies (1224) [Anchor’s Headline] With pet ownership increasing, Gyeonggi Province announced comprehensive animal welfare policies consisting of twelve programs in four fields—including communication, coexistence, respect for life, and animal industry management and promotion—for implementation by the year 2022. ► Duri Veterinary Clinic, Suwon City Do (도봉순), the owner of a three-month old dog, visited a veterinary clinic to register her dog. She chose a microchip implant instead of wearable items for dog identification and proof of registration. ► Do Bong-sun / Ansan City Resident “…in order to prevent the loss of the dog I love and to be able to find him easily even if he becomes lost…” • Communication Field: Microchip Implant Cost Support For two years from 2019, Gyeonggi Province will provide microchip implant cost support for 50,000 dogs annually. This is geared to prevent the straying of dogs through communication. • Coexistence Field: Pet Dog Playground Establishment To promote a public sense of coexistence with animals, Gyeonggi Province will increase the number of dog playgrounds. • Coexistence Field: Stray Cat Neutering Support, Wild Animal Service Expansion Gyeonggi will also launch a stray cat neutering cost support program and establish the Northern Gyeonggi Wild Animal Rescue & Management Center. • Respect for Life Field: Animal Adoption Cost Support To promote respect for life, Gyeonggi Province will provide adoption cost support of up to KRW 200,000 for 7,000 animals annually. • Industry Management Field: Designation of Happy Livestock Farms In the pet industry management and promotion field, the province will designate 30 additional Happy Livestock Farms. ► Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex December 20) Announcement of Gyeonggi Province Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policies Gyeonggi Province will implement a total of twelve animal welfare programs by the year 2022. ► Seo Sang-gyo / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Livestock & Forestry Bureau “... to establish animal welfare policy that benefits both humans and animals based on the principle of respect for life, to cultivate animal welfare culture through understanding between those who own pets and those who don’t, and to promote pet industry growth and related job creation through industry promotion and management…” Other animal welfare programs include the formation of a pet theme park in Yeoju (여주) City and the establishment of animal shelters and hospitals as well as animal-related cultural centers. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Enhance Fire Helicopter Safety (1226) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province revealed its 3-year plan to enhance fire helicopter safety through the addition of related devices. Fire helicopters are being used for firefighting, rescue operations and emergency medical assistance. ► 3-Vehicle Accident Occurs on National Route 75 in Gapyeong County (August) When a 3-vehicle accident recently occurred on a steep road in Gapyeong (가평) County, the swift transportation of the injured individuals to a hospital was made possible by a fire helicopter. Fire helicopters are mobilized in a range of situations such as fires, accidents and disasters as well as related education. ► 3 Gyeonggi Fire Helicopters Mobilized 2,700 Times for 3 Years There are three fire helicopters currently operating in Gyeonggi Province. With fire helicopter demand increasing, their safety has also become an issue. ► Kim Jeong-hyeon / Gyeonggi Fire Helicopter Pilot “We rely on aviation information provided by air traffic control centers. However, we often face difficulties since we need more readily available information due to the emergency nature of our operations.” ► Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 2.7 Billion in Fire Helicopter Safety Upgrade Gyeonggi Province has set aside KRW 2.7 billion to equip its three fire helicopters with autonomous safety devices by the year 2021. ► 3 High-tech Safety Devices to be Installed These devices include a radar that provides real-time weather information, low altitude alarms and midair collision prevention tems. The helicopter that is most frequently used in medical emergencies will be the first to have these devices installed. ► Lee Sang-min / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Fire & Disaster Headquarters Aviation Team “Fire helicopter operation is often required in emergency situations. With additional devices, these helicopters can autonomously choose the shortest and safest air routes, making their operations more effective.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to purchase an emergency medical helicopter, known as Helicopter Doctor, already equipped with such safety devices. Article 4. Review of 2018 Gyeonggi Administration in Fairness, Innovation (1227-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With only half a year having passed since the launch of the new Gyeonggi provincial administration, its administrative principles, often referred to as ‘core values’, have already deeply permeated all administrative affairs. GTV reviewed the results of the current administration in the pursuit of these values in seven categories. First, we looked at results in fairness and innovation. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (July) First Provincial Officials Monthly Morning Assembly of 7th Gyeonggi Administration From the beginning of his term, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) had a strong grip on the rudder of Gyeonggi Province. ► New Gyeonggi Governor’s First Message: ‘Suppress the Stronger, Support the Weaker’ His first message to provincial officials was ‘Suppress the Stronger and Support the Weaker”. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung at First Provincial Officials Monthly Morning Assembly (July) “I gave officials the authority to create a fair society, to suppress the stronger and support the weaker.” With ‘Suppress the Stronger and Support the Weaker’ as its foremost value, the Gyeonggi provincial administration began making changes. • Fairness: Improvement of Working Conditions for Manual Labor The first such change was the improvement of working conditions for garbage collectors and firefighters. • Fairness: Increase in Female Officials Promoted to Level 5 Positions Next was an increase in the proportion of female officials promoted to level-5 positions to an unprecedented 35.4 percent. ► Cha Jeong-suk / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Bureau “It is all of us who are creating a foundation for personal development and growth of female officials…” • Fairness: Eradication of Special Favors and Unfair Trades In addition to audits of public office employment cases, there are movements to eradicate deep-rooted illegal activities such as favors and unfair trade. Strong measures have also been taken to prevent collusive tenders. • Fairness: Reinforcement of Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police Through the reinforcement of the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police, more than 500 fraudulent real estate acquisition tax reports by habitual tax delinquents were uncovered, while long unpaid taxes totaling more than KRW 21 billion could be collected from concealed deposits. The initiatives undertaken by Gyeonggi Province—such as public construction project cost disclosure and CCTV camera installation in surgical rooms at a provincial hospital in Anseong (안성) City—quickly drew national interest. • Innovation: Establishment of CCTVs at Surgery Rooms of Provincial Medical Center Following the CCTV camera installation at this hospital, Gyeonggi Province plans to install cameras in the surgical rooms of all remaining provincial medical center hospitals. ► Kim Cheol-seok / Surgery Patient, Anseong City “The entire surgical process was recorded. During the operation, my family and I could watch the video. That significantly relieved them of anxiety.” • Innovation: Introduction of Innovative Policies in Construction Innovation in construction fields included the introduction of standard market prices and a sale-after-construction tem as well as the rationalization of wages. Construction cost disclosure was undertaken with public projects valued at more than KRW 1 billion as well as joint public and private projects. • Innovation: Introduction of Land Occupation Tax as Public Basic Income Source The Gyeonggi provincial administration also took the first step toward the realization of an innovative tax policy, a land occupation tax as a public basic income source. Gyeonggi Province has already established a Basic Income Committee for this purpose and plans to propagate the basic income concept nationwide through various endeavors. Article 5. Review of 2018 Gyeonggi Administration in Economy & Employment, Labor, Safety (181227-2) [Anchor’s Headline] GTV’s second report about the results of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration in 2018 focuses on the improvement of the livelihood of individuals in low income brackets as well as on safety. The categories, or ‘core values’, in these contexts include economy, employment, labor and safety. During the first calendar year of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration, a large number of new policies were undertaken, especially in these categories, including the planned introduction of regional vouchers and the Helicopter Doctor. • Economy: Regional Vouchers for Small Business Trades to Be Introduced This coming March, regional vouchers will be introduced as an alternative to currency for use exclusively at small businesses and traditional markets throughout the province. These vouchers will also be used by the province for certain welfare payments. ► Regional Vouchers of KRW 1.6 Trillion to be Issued over 4 Years Gyeonggi Province plans the issuance of regional vouchers amounting to almost KRW 1.6 trillion over four years beginning with almost KRW 500 billion issued this year alone. • Employment: Happy Town Guard Offices Established Last year, Happy Town Guard Offices opened at five locations in the province. Recruited from among local residents, the guards perform community services such as regular patrols, the escorting of women, and receiving deliveries. When expanded to the entire province, these community guard offices will provide more than 2,000 jobs. ► Park Deok-sun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Bureau “This means that an employment administration outline has been established. During its term, the current administration plans to create a total of 448,000 jobs in six fields including public service jobs…” Gyeonggi Province is ready to introduce a number of new labor policies this year. • Labor: Gyeonggi Province Center for Labor Rights and Interests to be Established In February, the Gyeonggi Province Center for Labor Rights and Interests will be established in the Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex to undertake labor policy development, education and related services. • Labor: Labor Director System to be Implemented With the passage of the related ordinance, the labor director tem, in which provincial organization employees participate in organization management as members of boards of directors, will be implemented in 11 out of 25 provincial organizations from January. This tem will help management transparency to improve while ensuring the rights of employees. • Safety: Firefighter Employment Conditions Improved The first task that the Gyeonggi provincial administration undertook in the safety field was the improvement of working conditions for firefighters. • Safety: 24-Hour Medical Emergency Helicopter to be Operated Gyeonggi Province also plans to begin the 24/7 operation of an exclusive medical emergency helicopter, titled Helicopter Doctor, this year. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This helicopter can land close to patients within a safe range. It will operate 24 hours a day throughout the year with minimal delays and interruptions.” • Safety: Fire Alarms to be Installed at 2,500 Private Residential Study Rooms By March, fire alarms will be installed at more than 2,500 private residential study rooms. Gyeonggi Province will strengthen its control over illegal food and environmental business practices. • Safety: Inspection Fields of Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police to be Expanded The inspection fields of the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police will be expanded from the current 6 to 15 to eradicate illegal practices that negatively affect the lives of residents. Article 6. Gyeonggi Announces Administrative Slogan (181226-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the advent of the new year, Gyeonggi Province announced a new administrative slogan—‘New Gyeonggi, Fair World’—that represents the core values pursued by the current administration. ► Announcement of Gyeonggi Administrative Slogan Signs bearing this slogan have already been installed on the exteriors of Gyeonggi Provincial Government buildings. [CG] ‘New Gyeonggi’ denotes the determination of the administration to create a Gyeonggi Province desired by residents while ‘Fair World’ represents the core values pursued by the administration. ► Shim Ui-seop / Director, Gyeonggi Province Public Relations Contents Division “… represents the vision for a fair world that people of the nation seek to create through the advancement of the core values of fairness, peace and welfare during the ‘candle revolution’.” The design for the slogan incorporates elements that can be understood easily. ► Solidarity and Peace Symbolized by Joining of Letters in Slogan The joining of two letters at the center of the slogan symbolizes solidarity and peace. ► Sky Blue and Earth Brown Colors Denote Realization of Dreams The sky blue and earth brown colors represent the realization of people’s dreams. ► Shim Ui-seop / Director, Gyeonggi Province Public Relations Contents Division “… to enable residents to familiarize themselves with this slogan, which carries the philosophy of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration, through promotional prints and events…” The new Gyeonggi provincial administration slogan will be used in a variety of formats as a provincial policy brand image. Article 7. Review of 2018 Gyeonggi Administration in Welfare, Housing, Peace (181227-3) [Anchor’s Headline] To wrap up the review of the results of the Gyeonggi provincial administration in 2018, GTV will now focus on the remaining elements of key administration fields: welfare, housing, and peace. ► 3 Free Welfare Payment Policies to be Implemented from 2019 Gyeonggi Province has introduced a number of new customized welfare programs. The most notable are three free welfare payment programs that will be implemented from this year. • Welfare: Youth Basic Income Payments: KRW 1 Million to be Paid to Youths at Age 24 Youths who have resided in Gyeonggi Province for more than three years and reach the age of 24 will receive regional vouchers valued KRW 1 million as a youth dividend. • Welfare: Postnatal Care Cost Support: KRW 500,000 to be Paid to Mothers of Newborns For each newborn baby, free post natal care support of KRW 500,000 will be paid to families through regional vouchers • Welfare: School Uniform Cost Support: Paid for Students Entering Middle School The first-year students of middle schools, approximately 120,000 students annually, will be receive free school uniform cost support. ► Record High of Approx. KRW 10 Trillion Allocated to Welfare Including free military injury insurance coverage, the welfare budgets of Gyeonggi Province for this year will amount to approximately KRW 10 trillion. ► Hong Yeon-hui / Member of Gyeonggi Province Participatory Resident Budget Committee “Since welfare budgets are directly related to the lives of residents, the quality of resident life is expected to improve significantly this year…” ► Elimination of Housing Problems for All Residents The housing policies of Gyeonggi Province aim to eliminate housing problems for all residents. • Housing: Resolution of Residential Environment Issues in Yeonhyeon Town, Anyang City Gyeonggi Province has resolved air pollution issues regarding an asphalt-concrete plant in Anyang (안양) City. • Housing Supply of 200,000 Public Rental Housing Units Planned The provincial administration will supply 200,000 public rental housing units by the year 2022. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “… so that housing is not the subject of investment but becomes a space for daily life…” ► Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Projects to be Pursued In the peace category, Gyeonggi Province initiated the resumption of inter-Korean exchange projects that had been suspended for eight years. • Peace: Establishment of Oknyugwan in Gyeonggi, Pursuit of Joint Agricultural & Forestry Projects Gyeonggi Province and North Korean authorities agreed on the establishment of a famous North Korean restaurant in the province. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “Inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation efforts are choices for peace and prosperity as well as obligations of the time that we cannot refuse. Through the realization of what was agreed upon, Gyeonggi Province will lead the way to peace and prosperity.” ► Support for Northern Gyeonggi Regions to be Strengthened Gyeonggi Province also plans to provide northern provincial regions with special support for balanced development. To this end, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government has entered cooperation agreements with 10 cities and counties in northern provincial regions. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 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.
Weekly English news | 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
Weekly English news | 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.
Weekly English news | 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.