EnglishNews | 2017.08.18Greetings, 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 to Strengthen Privately Invested Expressway Toll Collection (170807-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Toll expressways in Korea have a quick-pass tem titled Hi-Pass Service for subscribed vehicles equipped with automatic payment devices. This tem, however, is frequently abused by non-subscribed drivers who use the Hi-Pass lanes to dodge toll payments. ▶ Uiwang Tollgate, Gwacheon-Uiwang Expressway At this tollgate, through which more than 130,000 vehicles pass on a daily basis, it does not take long until an alarm is generated, indicating a non-subscribed vehicle sped passed the tollgate via a Hi-Pass lane. There are approximately 2,000 such cases daily at this tollgate alone. Although such vehicles are identified by cameras and billed later for the tolls, one out of every four cases remains unresolved. ▶ Kim Sun-jeong / Sales Chief, Gyeonggi Uiwang Tollgate “There are those who neglect payment since the billed amount is small and those who deliberately used the Hi-Pass lanes to doge payment in the first place.” [CG] Last year, more than KRW 1.5 billion in unpaid expressway tolls were billed, costing Gyeonggi Province more than KRW 500 million in extra collection procedures. However, KRW 390 million still remains unpaid, and the amount is increasing. ▶ Gyeonggi to Strengthen Collection of Unpaid Expressway Tolls To resolve this issue, Gyeonggi Province decided to implement more stringent collection procedures while encouraging payment by reducing the penalty for delinquency from ten times to five times the original tolls. ▶ Lee An-se / Director, Gyeonggi Road Policy Division “The revised collection policies are intended to discourage deliberate nonpayment by applying the same legal procedures as those for the non-payment of local taxes, while encouraging payment by applying reduced penalty fees.” In addition, the provincial government will accelerate procedures for the first billing. These revised unpaid toll collection procedures will be applied from this September. To further facilitate unpaid toll collection, Gyeonggi Province has proposed the adoption of easy payment methods to the central government. Article 2. Gyeonggi Supports SMEs in Work Environment Improvement (170807-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, small and medium-sized enterprises seeking to improve working environments can apply for provincial support of up to 50 percent of the costs. GTV examined the details. ▶ Food Enterprise, Hwaseong City This past March, the resident workers of this food company in Hwaseong (화성) City moved from makeshift container housing to a newly completed employee dormitory. With living conditions greatly improved, the productivity of employees also increased significantly. ▶ Hong Jin-seon / Employee “Living conditions including bathing facilities are wonderful. We can now rest comfortably. That is what helps us improve our work performances most.” This 16-person dormitory cost the company KRW 150 million, of which KRW 30 million was supported by Gyeonggi Province. ▶ An Sang-gyo / CEO “It didn’t seem possible for us to construct fully-equipped housing. Gyeonggi Province’s support was exactly what we needed. Such support is very important for small enterprises.” ▶ Gyeonggi Helps SMEs Improve Working Environments Gyeonggi Province has been providing SMEs with support to help them improve working conditions. ▶ Working Environment Improvement Support Covers up to 50% of Costs Gyeonggi Province’s working environment improvement support covers up to 50 percent of the costs in four improvement categories. ▶ Kim Tae-soo / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Total Business Support Team “A total of 5,700 SMEs benefited from 384 provincial support projects, which also resulted in the creation of more than 300 jobs.” Applications for working environment improvement support are being received by the Total Business Support Team via local governments. Article 3. Nano-Technology Labs Established in Gyeonggi Province (170807-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 3, nano-techology laboratories titled Nano C&D Lab opened in Gyeonggi Province. Sponsored by the Gyeonggi Provincial Government and operated by the Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center, these laboratories will serve as research centers shared by forerunners and new enterprises in the nano-technology industry of the nation. ▶ Min Byeong-seok / Founder of IoT Sensor Manufacturing Enterprise When Min (민병석) established a business based on nano-technology this past March, he was optimistic. However, he soon faced difficulties moving his business forward. After participating in Nano C&D Lab two months ago, he is now well on the way to commercializing his products using the knowhow of predecessors. ▶ Min Byeong-seok / CEO, Memspec “Working with experienced enterprises had positive effects on our image while enabling us to utilize their resources to start mass production.” At Nano C&D Lab, forerunners offer their resources for use by newcomers while newcomers share their ideas. ▶ Nano C&D Labs Opens in Suwon and Uiwang With operating costs borne by Gyeonggi Province, the first two Nano C&D Labs opened in the cities of Suwon and Uiwang. ▶ Lee Dae-hun / President, the Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center “The key advantage is that forerunning enterprises and new enterprises share their ideas and technologies for mutual benefit by participating in the lab.” The principles of the Nano C&D Lab are connection and development among old and new enterprises in nano-technology fields. ▶ 2 Semiconductor Enterprises Work Together with 30 New Enterprises Currently, two semi-conductor enterprises and 30 new enterprises are participating in joint development efforts. ▶ Jeon Jin-guk / CEO, Okins Electronics “We, as a forerunning enterprise, can reduce time and money for development while new enterprises can grow faster by utilizing the resources we provide.” Based on the results of the initial three years of operations, Gyeonggi Province and the Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center will expand the Nano C&D Lab to enable more enterprises to participate. The Nano C&D Lab of Gyeonggi Province is leading the creation of a new growth engine in this field through connection and development. Article 4. Gyeonggi Provides Dental Care Support to Working-class Children (170808-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center has been providing dental treatment support to children and adolescents in low income brackets. Titled ‘Happy Teeth Project’, these dental services were launched in 2012 with support from large enterprises. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Uijeongbu Hospital When 9-year-old Lee’s (이로빈) mother took him to a dentist for a checkup, he was found to have four teeth requiring treatment for decay and two teeth requiring preventive treatment. However, the cost of treatment was beyond the means of his parents. After learning about the Happy Teeth Project, Lee’s mother was able to arrange necessary treatment for her son without having to worry about the cost. ▶ Kim Hyun-jin / Lee’s Mother, Uijeongbu City “I was very pleased that my son could receive treatment thanks to the wonderful welfare policy of Gyeonggi Province.” ▶ Happy Teeth Project, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center The Happy Teeth Project is a free dental service program operated by the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center for children in economically limited families. [CG] Happy Teeth services are available to children of 2 to 18 years of age. These services cover dental treatment costs of up to KRW 1.5 million per child. These free dental services had been funded by private enterprises until the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center took over the service costs last year. ▶ More Than 4,000 Children Benefited To date, more than 4,000 children have received dental treatment under the Happy Teeth Project. More than 1,000 children will be added this year. ▶ Yu Yeong-Wook / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center “The project will cost more when it is expanded to include orthodontic services. However, we are endeavoring to expand the services even though we have to bare material costs and use talent donations.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Medical Cooperation Team (☎031-250-8863) Those wishing to receive dental treatment support may contact one of the six hospitals of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center. Article 5. Trekking Courses along Gyeonggi Rivers (170808-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Along the rivers of Gyeonggi Province, there are a number of recommendable trekking courses that feature cool breezes, tranquil forests and beautiful scenery. ▶ Gangcheon Village, Yeoju County As you walk along this quiet road flanked by tall trees in Yeoju (여주) County, the view suddenly widens to reveal a scenic river. It is part of a 14-kilometer trekking course that runs through peaceful rural villages, forests and rice fields along the South Han River. There are also a museum and a Buddhist temple with a small pavilion in which travelers can rest their feet while overlooking the river. ▶ Gwon Hyuk-jun / Visitor from Seoul “The combination of a river and a Buddhist temple creates rare beautiful scenery. It is cool here. Most of all, the serenity appeals to those who come from the city like myself.” ▶ Paldang Dam A bicycle trail on the north side of the Han River runs through scenes that are regarded as among the most beautiful among those of the four greatest rivers of Korea. This bicycle route features the Paldang (팔당) Dam, as well as narrow passages through forests and an old steel bridge. The beauty of nature peaks where the South and the North Han Rivers meet. ▶ Sim Bok-sun / Visitor from Seoul “I walked along the trekking course and finally arrived here. It was like walking through movie scenes. I feel wonderfully refreshed. There are other riverside trekking courses that are recommended by Gyeonggi Province as ideal summer destinations. These trekking courses feature scenic vistas as well as a variety of geological highlights. ▶ Lee Heung-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Tourism Planning Team “We selected the courses based on the recommendations of a renowned travel writer and released detailed information via the Gyeonggi tourism portal site and a mobile app.” Gyeonggi Province plans to identify recommendable trekking courses, bicycle trails and associated tourist destinations and will promote them on a monthly basis. Article 6. Success of Pangyo Techno Valley (170809-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Pangyo Techno Valley achieved great success as Korea’s advanced industrial center, enjoying over 1500 percent growth within the first five years of its establishment. Last year, the total sales of its resident enterprises were over KRW 77 trillion. ▶ Management Consultation Enterprise, Pangyo Techno Valley Since this management consultation company moved to Pangyo Techno Valley five years ago, it has grown rapidly. The number of its clients increased to more than 500 and annual sales more than doubled to KRW 59 billion. The management of this company attributes such growth to the company’s relocation to Pangyo Techno Valley. ▶ Lim Gak-gyun / CEO “The best thing (about being in Pangyo Techno Valley) was that enterprises in the same fields were in the same location and that we could have exchanges with each other. It also offered great advantages in transportation and manpower sourcing.” ▶ Home to 1,306 Enterprises and 74,000 Employees As of 2016, Pangyo Techno Valley was home to 1,306 enterprises and more than 74,000 employees, of which more than 10,000 were added last year alone. ▶ Total Sales Exceeds KRW 77 Trillion The aggregate sales of its resident enterprises amounted to more than KRW 77 trillion. [CG] This is comparable to the gross regional domestic product of autonomous Korean regions such as Busan (부산) and Incheon (인천). [CG] In 2011, there were only 84 resident enterprises in Pangyo Techo Valley with aggregate annual sales of KRW 5 trillion. Sales have increased more than 15 times since then. Gyeonggi Province will continue its efforts to ensure the continuous growth of this advanced technology industrial complex in Seongnam (성남) City. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will do our utmost to ensure the issues raised by resident enterprises are addressed and reflected in future Pangyo Techno Valleys.” The success of Pangyo Techno Valley is attributed to its location, which attracts enterprises as well as quality manpower. Gyeonggi Province is currently working on the development of additional advanced technology industrial complexes including Pangyo Zero City and techno valleys in the cities of Gwangmyeong (광명) and Goyang (고양). Article 7. Gyeonggi to Finance Charity with Electricity Consumption Reduction (170809-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the launch of charity projects using funds earned by reducing its electricity consumption. These earnings were realized by reselling the amount of the electricity that the provincial government pledged to reduce. ▶ KINTEX. Goyang City KINTEX, a large exhibition center in Goyang (고양) City, uses large amounts of electricity valued at KRW 4.5 billion monthly on average. Last year, KINTEX signed a contract with the Korea Power Exchange in which KINTEX agreed to reduce electricity consumption by 1,000 kW monthly. This contract also entitled KINTEX to resell the amount of electricity it actually saved. Such resale has earned KINTEX more than KRW 32 million in extra profit. ▶ Eom Jae-ho / Deputy Director, KINTEX Facility Management Team “KINTEX is the second largest electricity-consuming facility in Goyang City. We are taking the lead in participating in government policy, and hope that other smaller organizations will follow.” [CG] KINTEX has been reducing energy consumption by powering down facilities when not in use. The amount of energy saved was resold through Electricity Exchanges. ▶ Electricity Resale Proceeds to Be Used for Charity The proceeds of such electricity resales will be used for charity activities through a project titled ‘Energy Save Back’. ▶ Hong Chang-gwang / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Energy Welfare Team “Currently, 66 buildings of 14 organizations have indicated their intent to participate and targeted 5,000 kW in electricity consumption reduction. This will create income amounting to approximately KRW 150 million.” The charity activities will include the supply of gas safety devices and LPG storage tanks to residents in remote regions. The Energy Save Back project will be implemented from this coming October. Based on the results, Gyeonggi Province will encourage local governments and private organizations to participate in electricity savings and charity activities. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.08.10Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1.Gyeonggi to Create More Public Service Jobs for Seniors(170731-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province announced the creation of an additional 2,900 public service jobs for seniors by the end of the year. The provincial government will also increase the salary level for these jobs. ▶Lee Yeongho /Senior Worker Lee (이영호) is one such senior who works at Suwon Hwaseong (수원화성) Fortress as a guide. ▶ [Sync]He was such a devoted son that he was later referred to as the Great King Jeongjo.” In his eighties, Lee is happy that he still can work at his age. ▶Lee Yeong-ho (Aged 81) / Suwon Cultural Asset Guide “I would have been lonely and depressed if I stayed at home, but I smile a lotnow, meeting withpeople and talking with them…” With a salary of KRW 220,000 for 30 hours of work per month, Lee’s position as a cultural asset guide is one of the most sought-afterpublic service jobs offered byGyeonggi Province. ▶Kim Ji-na / Social Worker, Suwon Senior Club “We have 200 to 300 applicants for only about 90 availablejob positions. Most of those who couldn’t get work wait for a long time, even until the next year.” ▶Gyeonggi to Create 2,900 Public Service Jobs for Seniors The creation of these additional jobs follows the ution of the Korean government’s revised supplementary budget for job creation,of which KRW 14.1 billion was allocated to Gyeonggi Province. ▶Monthly Salary to Increase from KRW 220,000 to KRW 270,000 The monthly salary for these senior jobs will also be increased from KRW 220,000 to 270,000. ▶Lee Chang-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Senior Citizens Job Opportunities Team “We will expand employment opportunities for solitary seniors, seniors with limited physical capabilities and individuals with disabilities primarily in services atpublic facilities.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to expand vocational training programs andemployment projects as well as job site creation for economically underprivileged individuals. Article2.Gyeonggi ProvinceHosts 1st Diversity Movie Festival (170731-2) [Anchor’s Headline]On July 28, the first Gyeonggi ProvinceDiversity Movie Festival opened for a two-day run.Gyeonggi Province has been supporting diversity movie production activities that typically face difficulties due to limited funds. ▶Good Morning House (July 28 to 29) The 1st Gyeonggi Province Diversity Movie Festival This relatively modest movie festival was held at Good Morning House, the former Gyeonggigubernatorialresidence remodeled as a guest house. Movies were screened on a large outdoor screen surrounded by nature. ▶[PiP]Ha Ji-yun / Visitor from Suwon City “I am interested in diversity movies. This is a wonderful opportunity to watch these movies in a cool and comfortable outdoor setting.” This movie festival featured five low-cost moviesproduced in Korea and Japan. ▶Five Low-Cost Movies Featured The movies screened included independent movies, experimental movies and documentaries with great artistic value. ▶Lee Chung-ryeol / Director of Movie, ‘Wonangsori’ “There are few opportunities for diversity movies to come closer to the public since these movies have limited access to popular cinemas. I appreciate that Gyeonggi Provinceorganized this festival (for diversity movie promotion)” There were additional features such as open discussions,during which viewers couldtalk with directors and castmembers, as well as musical performances and food trucks. ▶Jeon Bu-yul / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Infrastructure Team “Beginning with this first diversity movie festival, Gyeonggi Provincewill provide low-cost movies of all genres with continuous support.” This movie festival,which was organized by Gyeonggi Province for the first time, was regarded as a meaningful event for the promotion diversity movies. Article 3.Gyeonggi Coasts Abound with SummerHoliday Destinations(170731-3) [Anchor’s Headline]Along the coasts and rivers inGyeonggi Province, there are a number of fishing villages and portsthat offer diverse enjoymentsto summer holiday seekers. ▶Garamae Village, Yeoncheon County On the banks of this quiet reservoir in a mountainous region, children are excited when they cast fishing lines with expectant eyes. ▶“Come and Bite! Bite!” Some children are soanxious to catch a fish that they keep changing their positions. Fish are cooked on sitefor the additional enjoyment of a picnic lunch. ▶Seo Yun-A / Visitor from Yeoncheon County “I thought that fishing villages existed only on the coast. This is the first time I learned that there are fishing villages along the river, too. And there are many fish here as well.” ▶Gungpyeong Port, Hwaseong City A port on the Yellow Sea is crowded with visitors gathering crabs and shellfish. Akayak race held in this coastal area attracts one and half million spectators annually. ▶Seo Dong-ju / Visitor from Hwaseong City “I was scared of falling into the water at first, but soon was overcome by the joy of catching shrimp with friends.” ▶Fishing Villages for Summer Vacation Abound in Gyeonggi Province There are other fishing villages that feature a variety of diversions such as wild flower colonies on an island and summer ecological experience programs offered by provincial institutes. ▶Information Available via Gyeonggi Province Homepage: http://farm.gg.go.kr Gyeonggi Province fishing village and marine tourism information is available from provincial websites. Article 4.Gyeonggito Eradicate Improper Apartment Construction (170801-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province announced measures to eradicatenoncompliance with apartment construction standards. Such measures stem from frequent complaints by apartment owners about defective building componentsand the negligence of constructors in remedying such defects. ▶Apartment Complex, Hwaseong City This apartment complex, which received its first occupantsthis past March, already shows signs of rain water leaking through walls into the underground parking lot. ▶Apartment Resident “When it rains, this place turns into a sauna. Condensationformseverywhere. When we demand correction, theyrespond with vague positive answers without actually taking any action.” The staircaserailings fell off andair vents were located below ground level while paving blocks are placed in a disorderly manner. It took only 24 months to construct these apartments, far shorter than the32 months that it takes for average apartment construction. ▶Rushed Construction Work Results in Defective Buildings Such defects are regarded to have been caused bythe unreasonable rushing of construction work. As a result, a number of new defects were discovered during quality inspections thatthese buildings have alreadyunderwent three times. ▶Gyeonggi Province Announces Improper Apartment ConstructionCountermeasures Gyeonggi Province is determined to eradicate such irresponsible construction practices. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Irresponsible construction is not only a bad practice but also an illegal act. Gyeonggi Province will take every action necessary to eradicate such irresponsible apartment construction.” ▶Administrative Penalties and Fines Considered Gyeonggi Province is considering the imposition of administrative penalties and fines onthe construction and inspection companies for this apartment complex. These companies will be subject to continuous monitoring. ▶Hwaseong City Mayor Chae In-seok “We will do our utmost, even pursue the amendment of related laws, to improve housing for our residents.” Gyeonggi Province plans to conduct special inspections of ten apartment complexes, which are being constructed in the province by the same company, before apartment sales begin. Article 5.Gyeonggi Government Building Listed as Modern Cultural Asset (170801-2) [Anchor’s Headline]This year marks the 50th anniversary of the current Gyeonggi Provincial Governmentcentral building in Suwon (수원) City. With anarchitectural design representative ofa style popular in the mid-20thcentury,this building was recently listed as a modern cultural asset together with the former gubernatorial residence. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, Suwon City Completed in 1967, the central building of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complexis regarded as being representative of modernistarchitecture. This building was designed by two of the first modernist architects of Korea. ▶An Chang-mo / Cultural Heritage Administration Modern Cultural Asset Division Official “Designed by architects who led modernism in Korea in the 1960s, this building was among the first moderniststructures in the nation. That fact alone makes the building significant in architectural history.” On the rooftop of this building is a ship-like structure that aims to suppress excessive fire chifrom a nearby mountain in accordance with the principles of geomancy. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Buildings Listed as Modern Cultural Assets With its historical and architectural value, the central building of the Gyeonggi Provincial GovernmentComplex and the former gubernatorial residence were designated as modern cultural assets by the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea. ▶Do Hyun-seon / Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Heritage Division “These buildings are located in the midstof a number of modern cultural assets that exist in Suwon City.” With the addition of these two provincial government buildings, Gyeonggi Province now hosts a total of 71 modern cultural assets. Article 6.Reshaping of Dilapidated SuwonArea Almost Complete (170802-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Having been slow in development and high in crime, the Ji-dong (지동) area of Suwon City had been held in low regard. However, this area is being reborn as a safe neighborhood with its atmosphere improved by pleasant murals andsafe streets. ▶Ji-dong, Suwon City Ji-dong (지동) is situated in a hilly area and features a maze of narrow streets that wind through dense old housingstructures with rundown walls. These walls are now painted in bright colors. Steep roads were freshlypaved and now feature saline sprayers that prevent accidentalslipsduring the winter.Steps were repaired and wooden decks with strong railings were installed where needed. The area around the primary school at the entrance of thisarea was designated as a school zone. In this zone,blind spots were eliminated and street markings and pedestrian crossings were repainted. ▶Ji-dong Safe Ddabok Village Projects70% Complete In 2015, Gyeonggi Province and Suwon City launched six urban environment improvement projects, titled Safe Ddabok (따복) Village Projects, in the Ji-dong (지동) area. ▶Ji-dong Safe DdabokVillage (August 1) On August 1, Gyeonggi Province held a meeting with Ji-dong (지동) residents to review project progress. ▶Lee Wan-mo / Resident Leader “Fire extinguishersare a compulsory feature in public places. However, I believe there are no fire extinguishers in this area.” With projects being approximately 70 percent complete, Gyeonggi Province will continue to heed residents during the remaining work. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Whatever you want done, we will do our utmost to realize in cooperation with the city government.” Introduced in 2015, the Ddabok(따복) Village Projects are local community initiatives supported by Gyeonggi Province. To date approximately 2,400 projects have been launched and more than 40,000 residents have participated in these projects. Article 7.This Year’s DMZ Documentary Festival Comes Closer tothe Public (170802-3) [Anchor’s Headline]Recently, the organizers ofthe DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival revealed the outline of this year’s event,which is slated to begin on September 25. This year’s festival will see three new features including documentary rooms, an online documentary magazine and a documentary podcast service. ▶DMZKorean International Documentary Festival Office Fans were invited to documentary viewings in rooms opened at the festival organizer’s office in Goyang (고양) City.In these rooms, users will be able to view more than 270 documentaries. ▶Park Seong-hye / Visitor from Goyang City “It is very difficult to find the documentary that one is looking for. However, this place makes it so easy. All you need is time to enjoy what you want.” The online documentary magazine is available to readers via computers and mobile phones. ▶DMZ Scope Webzine Provides Documentary Information Titled DMZ Scope Webzine, this online publication features documentary-related articles written by members of the public. The documentary podcast ‘Dynamite Zone’ featuresfree discussions withdocumentary specialists. ▶DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival Slated for September 25 The 9th DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival will open with its three new features on September 25 for an 8-day run under the theme of ‘Documentaries Coming Closer to Citizens.’ ▶Seo Yong-woo / Executive Director, DMZKorean International Documentary Festival “We plan to run special documentary feature programs as well as documentary production workshops at universities on an ongoing basis.” ▶DMZKorean International Documentary FestivalHomepage: www.dmzdocs.com More Information is available from the DMZKorean International Documentary Festival website. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.08.01Greetings, 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. 13 New ‘Best Restaurants’ Certified in Gyeonggi Province (170724-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, there is an annual provincial ‘Best Restaurant’ certification tem that officially recognizes restaurants with exemplary operation and service standards. ▶ Gohyang Maeuntang, Gwangju City Recently, 13 more restaurants in the province received Best Restaurant certification. With its excellent fish pots prepared with fresh, wholesome ingredients, this restaurant in Gwangju (광주) City has been enjoying faithful patronage for the past 30 years. ▶ Yu Hyung-suyn / Owner, Gohyang Maeuntang “We use freshwater fish and fresh ingredients delivered daily and maintain high hygiene standards.” This restaurant also features a panoramic view of nature. ▶ Choi Seong-hui / Customer from Seoul “I was suffering from work stress before coming here today with my favorite companions. I now feel refreshed and happier.” ▶ Yumyeong Galmaegi, Seoingnam City This 28-year-old restaurant in Seongnam (성남) City, the first of its kind in Korea, specializes in skirt steak wrapped in green vegetables from its own garden. ▶ Kim Seong-ung / Owner, Yumyeong Galmaegi “We treat our customers as we do our families and will do our best to serve them superlative food and so that they return home with happy memories.” ▶ Gyeonggi Designates 13 New Best Restaurants This year, out of 21 applications, Gyeonggi Province designated 13 restaurants as Best Restaurants based on food excellence, hygiene management and service. ▶ Seo Dal-yeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Food Culture Team “The selected restaurants will be provided with Best Restaurant certification and the related logo as well as annual incentives worth KRW 500,000.” Best Restaurants are subject to reassessments every three years. Gyeonggi Province will continue to promote exemplary restaurants through the Best Restaurant designation tem. Article 2. Gyeonggi Uncovers Illegal Meat Dealers and Users (170724-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police uncovered a number of meat dealers and users committing illegal practices such as selling meat under false country-of-origin labeling or past the expiration dates. ▶ Restaurant in Yongin City The menu at this restaurant in Yongin (용인) City indicates that the pork it uses comes from black pigs of Jeju Province. However, inspectors find the meat stored in its freezer has no indication of either its origin or expiration date. ▶ [Sync] “There are no indications here. Why?” “It’s because we cut them into pieces. It’s imported meat…” “From Germany?” “……” ▶ Meat Enterprise, Paju City A meat enterprise was found to have pocketed more than KRW 400 million in illegal profits by falsely selling approximately 50,000 kilograms of imported pork as a local product over the past three years. ▶ 91 Meat Distributors and Sellers Uncovered for Illegal Practices A total of 91 meat distributors and sellers were revealed to have committed similar illegal practices. They account for almost 20 percent of the 464 businesses inspected by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police during the crackdown. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Kim Jong-gu “Selling imported meat as a local product can bring in two to three times more profit. Such an illegal practice is more common during the summer when meat consumption increases.” Among those uncovered, 78 were sent to prosecution while the others were subject to fines and administrative penalties. Article 3. Gyeonggi Museum Holds Farm Resort Promotion Event (170724-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Provincial Museum in Yongin (용인) City recently held a farm resort promotion event that featured a simulated on-site farm village with a variety of features that enabled visitors to experience and enjoy country life. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, Yongin City In a large blue plastic pool on the museum’s grounds, children are busy tracking mudfish, scooping them up with nets while the fish flee through water plants. ▶ [Sync] “I got them! I got many” “Wow!” Many of these children have never seen mudfish before, let alone attempted to catch them. ▶ [pip] Chae Ji-in, Choi Wan-seok / Visitors from Pyeongtaek City “I grew up in the country and had mudfish-catching experiences. This is the first time I have had that experience since I was a child.” At another section of the event, children intently create colorful boats with twigs and leaves, a popular pastime for children in rural areas. ▶ [pip] Sin Ye-cheol / Visitor from Cheongju City “I got to make my own boat and float it on the water. I could never have done such thing if I hadn’t come here. It was a great fun.” ▶ Farm Resort Promotion Event This event was organized with the aim of promoting farm resorts in Gyeonggi Province among urban residents by enabling them to experience the activities they can enjoy at farm resorts. ▶ Jin Hak-hun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Rural Area Industry Team “Farm resorts have been experiencing difficulties due to a decrease in the number of tourists. Gyeonggi Province organized this event to promote farm resorts among urban residents by providing them with farm resort information.” There are 89 farm resorts supported by Gyeonggi Province. These farms are located in rural areas with exceptional natural environments. Article 4. Job Site Childcare Facilities to Open in Industrial Complexes (170726-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 25, groundbreaking for a common childcare facility took place at an industrial complex in Pyeongtaek (평택) City. This is the first facility of its kind to be established in a foreign industrial complex. Common childcare facilities are popular among SMEs since participating enterprises can share their operating costs. ▶ Hyungok Industrial Complex, Pyeongtaek City Reserved for foreign enterprises, this industrial complex is home to 31 enterprises and approximately 3,000 workers. However, there were previously no job site childcare facilities in this industrial complex. Those workers with young children had to use childcare facilities more than 30 minutes away. ▶ Lee Myeong-hui / Working Mother “Since private childcare facilities operate for shorter hours, I often become extremely nervous when I have to work extended hours.” Although the popularity of job site childcare facilities is high due to their close proximity, establishing such facilities is frequently beyond the means of most SMEs. ▶ Groundbreaking of Common Childcare Facility in Foreign Industrial Complex (July 25)3 Such a problem can be overcome by jointly establishing common childcare facilities for which operating costs are shared by participating enterprises. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I believe that this case will inspire many enterprises in industrial complexes in Korea to establish common childcare facilities.” For the creation of this common childcare facility, one enterprise invested in the land while all participating enterprises share its operating costs. Construction of this childcare facility is slated for completion by March next year. ▶ Lim Yeong-hun / Representative of Participating Enterprise “It wasn’t easy when seven enterprises began talking about this project. However, we were able to reach consensus and now expect to see the creation of a fine childcare facility.” There are five job site childcare facilities currently operating in Gyeonggi Province. The provincial government plans to increase that number to 13 by the end of next year. Article 5. Gyeonggi Promotes Cancer Screening (170727-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is currently promoting cancer screening through various channels. Most cancers are known to be curable 90 percent of the time if diagnosed at an early stage. Thus cancer screening is recommended during summer holidays or weekends when wait times are relatively short. ▶ Lee Hwa-seop / Stomach Cancer Patient Three years ago, Lee (이화섭) was diagnosed with stomach cancer at an early stage and had it quickly treated. She has now recovered completely, only requiring checks every 6 months. ▶ Lee Hwa-seop / Goyang City Resident “Instead of avoiding cancer screening because of a fear of bad results, it is wiser to deal with any problem in advance.” In Korea, the success rate of treating stomach, liver, colon, breast and cervix cancer – known as the ‘big five cancers’ – is over 90 percent when the cancer is caught at an early stage. ▶ Lee Chan-hwa / Director, Center for Cancer Prevention & Detection, National Cancer Center “The greatest benefit of early diagnosis and treatment is that surgical treatment is relatively simple and the patient can return to normal life quickly.” The National Health Insurance Corporation of Korea provides free cancer screening services for these five types of cancer. ▶ Weekend Cancer Screening Services Available Cancer screening services are also provided during weekends. More details are available from local public health centers. [CG] This year, cancer screening services are provided free of charge to those born in odd-numbered years. The age range for free screening is over 20 for cervix cancer, over 40 for breast cancer and over 50 for colon cancer. ▶ Yun Deok-hui / Director, Gyeonggi Province Health Promotion Division “The current screening rate is slightly above 40 percent. We plan to increase this rate to more than 50 percent…” To encourage more residents to take cancer screening tests, Gyeonggi Province is currently promoting screening through various means including mail, telephone, and street campaigns. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Establish Emergency Shelters for Disabled (170727-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to establish emergency shelters for individuals with severe disabilities. These facilities will function as an alternative aid to family members in emergency situations. ▶ Lee Myeong-jin / Mother with Disabled Son Lee (이명진) is the mother of a 20-year-old son who has severe disabilities. A thyroid cancer patient herself, she had to return home after surgery before recovering fully to take care of her son. ▶ Lee Myeong-jin / Seongnam City Resident “I shouldn’t fall ill or suffer any injury. After the surgery, all I wanted was to recover (to return to my son).” Another woman who has a daughter with a developmental disorder could not be with her father when he passed away. She had asked a short-term shelter to temporarily admit her daughter, but was denied due to assessment requirements. ▶ Mun Hyun-suk / Mother with Disabled Daughter “It would be nice if they accept children on one-day notice based on information provided by parents before formal assessments…” There has been a necessity among parents for alternative facilities to use for their children in emergency situations like these. ▶ Gyeonggi to Establish Emergency Shelters for Disabled These emergency shelters will be operated 365 days a year by Gyeonggi Province. The maximum period of use will be 30 days at daily fees of KRW 20,000. These shelters will be usable immediately without complex admission procedures. ▶ Lee Byeong-woo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Disabled Welfare Division “We plan to operate four emergency shelters to cover four areas individually. We will remodel closed facilities as new facilities.” In cooperation with local governments, Gyeonggi Province plans to select sites by 2018 and to begin operations by September of that year. These shelters will provide the parents of children with disabilities with much needed short-term care services. Article 7. Futuristic Art Exhibition Held in Gyeonggi Province (170727-3) [Anchor’s Headline] An exhibition that showcases cybernetic fantasy relationships opened at an art center that was established to commemorate a Korean artist who pioneered this genre of art and acquired international fame in the late 20th century. Our reporter was there. ▶ Gaia, A God in Evolution by No Jin-a This art work features an artificial human with eyes that focus on the person with whom it converses as well as eyelashes, a mouth and even fine wrinkles that are realistic in detail. When spoken to, it responds with clever answers. ▶ [Sync] “What is your name?” “I am tired of people asking me who I am. I don’t have any name. If you have to address me, just call me ‘you’.” This is Gaia, an artificially intelligent robot named after the mythological Greek goddess who was the ancestral mother of all life as well as the embodiment of the Earth. ▶ Heart!=Heart by Hwang Ju-seon This device is another art work that transforms the image of a person into a mosaic on a computer screen and begins measurement of attention capabilities. ▶ Gwon Ha-min / Visitor from Yongin City “When it began measuring my brain, the screen became fuzzy and I felt as if I was drifting into a dreamy state.” ▶ Our Bright Future-Cybernetic Fantasy, Nam June Paik Art Center (until November 5) Titled Our Bright Future-Cybernetic Fantasy, this exhibition features more than twenty art pieces created by local and overseas artists under the theme of robots, connections and post-humanism. ▶ Viewer-Participation Type Art Works The showcased art works incorporate technological devices such as computers and mobile phones that enable viewers to communicate with them. ▶ Lee Su-yeong / Curator, Baek Nam-jun Art Center “This exhibition is the first of its kind to showcase cybernetics and post-humanism concepts. It is very easy to access and makes us think about the relationship between our future and machines.” This exhibition conveys an indirect message that we should overcome our fear of a future society in which humans coexist with machines, and instead live with and communicate with machines. This exhibition, which helps us find answers to questions about the future, runs until November 5. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.07.26Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. New Gyeonggi Government Complex Construction Begins (170717-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 15, after 22 years of delay, construction work on the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex finally began with a groundbreaking ceremony that took place in the presence of more than 400 provincial residents. ▶ New Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Site, Suwon City The new provincial government complex is located in Suwon City on a site of approximately 10 hectares. ▶ 10 Public Organizations in Vicinity With a number of other public organizations in the vicinity, the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government site will be the center of a large public office complex. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “A number of public organizations will be open to the public and form a communication-based public office complex that can only be seen in Gyeonggi Province…” ▶ Groundbreaking for Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (July 15) The Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex construction plan had been delayed since its establishment in 1995 due to financial reasons including the national financial crises of the late 1990s. During the groundbreaking ceremony, ginko trees were planted at the site to commemorate the occasion using soil and water delivered from the 31 cities and counties of the province. ▶ Lee Su-hun / Yongin City Resident “I hope that the new provincial government complex will be more publically accessible with lots of spaces for use by the public including children.” ▶ Han Chae-ryung / Suwon City Resident “I have been waiting to see this happen, and I am glad everything went well for the groundbreaking to be realized. I now hope to see the new provincial government complex become the central point of the province.” In addition to provincial administration offices, the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex will also feature a wide yard, the Central Gyeonggi Library and an underground transportation center. The entire complex will be completed by the end of the year 2020. Article 2. Gyeonggi School Meal Ingredients Proven Free of Radioactivity (170717-2) [Anchor’s Headline] As part of its efforts to ensure school meal safety, Gyeonggi Province recently conducted radioactivity tests on school meal ingredients used in the province. The results showed that all the tested ingredients were free of radioactivity. ▶ Woonsan High School, Gwangmyeong City When our reporter visited a high school in Gwangmyeong (광명) City, the kitchen staff were busy preparing dishes in orderly chaos. With meal preparation completed on time, students arrive to enjoy their lunches. ▶ Jeon Si-hyun / Senior Student, Woonsan High School “I cannot say I am not worried about school meal food safety because we eat school meals everyday.” ▶ All 550 School Meal Ingredients Found Free of Radioactivity Radioactivity tests were performed by the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment on 550 agricultural and marine products as well as processed foods used at primary schools, middle schools and high schools in the province. None of these ingredients were found to have any traces of radioactivity. Gyeonggi Province will confiscate and dispose of any ingredients that contain radioactive materials such as cesium or iodine. ▶ Park Yong-bae / Director, Suwon Agro-Marine Product Inspection Office “We will strengthen precision tests of all food ingredients used in school meals so as to protect the health of our youths.” The school meal safety tests will continue until the end of the year. Radioactivity test results can be viewed on the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment homepage. Article 3. Gyeonggi Uses Talent Donations for Lifelong Education (170717-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province operates online lifelong education services titled G-Seek that feature specialists in a variety of fields who serve as instructors through talent donations. Recently, two former Korean national judo team members, the Cho brothers, joined G-Seek. These new Gyeonggi Province online lifelong education instructors are well-known twin judo athletes. ▶ [Sync] “Grab the triceps of your opponent with your right hand, use the opponent’s pushing force, and flip him over while kicking his belly.” The Cho brothers provide customized physical education that ranges from simple techniques such as good posture for youths to self defense for women. ▶ Cho Jun-ho & Cjo Jun-hyun / Former Korean National Judo Athletes “We want to teach many people how to protect their bodies and see them teach others.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Online Lifelong Education Website “G-Seek”: www.gseek.kr Education contents like this can be accessed via the Gyeonggi Province online lifelong education website. ▶ Talent Donation Program “Give-Learn” Since 2014, Gyeonggi Province has been operating this talent donation program, titled “Give-Learn”, through which specialists, bloggers and residents can participate in online lifelong education as volunteer instructors. A number of renowned sports celebrities and specialists have joined the Give-Learn program. ▶ Kim Dong-cheol / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province G-Seek Project Team “We will continuously develop education contents based on the needs of residents as identified through the G-Seek platform.” Currently, G-Seek runs more than 800 free online education courses in 14 categories including foreign languages, certificates, hobbies, health, and humanities. Article 4. Gyeonggi Public Medical Services Development Seminar (170718-1) [[Anchor’s Headline] On July 17, Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly jointly held a seminar to discuss the development of public medical services and the role of local governments in related endeavors. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (Juloy 17) Gyeonggi Public Medical Service Development Seminar This was the first such seminar held after the launch of the public medical service development task force this past May. More than 150 seminar participants voiced solidarity regarding the importance of local governments in public health and medical services. ▶ Baek So-yeong / Director, Health & Medical Service Labor Union Gyeonggi Regional Office “There is a need for a network through which public health and medical services can grow and local public hospitals and public health centers can be linked together.” Regarding current public medical service issues, the provision of a new paradigm was suggested as a solution. ▶ Lim Jun / Professor, Gachon University Medical College “The current public health system has been criticized for decades for its inappropriateness. The fact that it has reached its limits and requires fundamental reorganization is evident in many respects.” In addition to the topics of public medical service development and the role of local governments in such development, this seminar also saw in-depth discussions on public-private cooperation models. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Decentralization of public medical service administration is a major change that has been proposed.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Hold Workshops on 3 Public Medical Service Areas On July 25, Gyeonggi Province plans to hold workshops on three public medical service areas: provincial medical centers, public health centers and senior hospitals. The provincial government will also endeavor to realize the decentralization of public medical service systems. Article 5. DMZ Photo Contest Top Prize Winner Visits DMZ (170718-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The top prize winner of the DMZ Half-Half Photo Contest, Anastasia Polonsky, arrived in Gyeonggi Province from Israel to visit the Demilitarized Zone in person. Polonsky was joined by an overseas student group on a 4-day DMZ promotional tour organized by Gyeonggi Province. These students were recruited by the Korea Tourism Organization as DMZ reporters. ▶ Anastasia Polonsky on Train to DMZ Polonsky won the top prize with a photograph that depicts peace and war in an image of plants growing under a rusted bomb casing caught in a barbed wire fence. The DMZ tour started with a trip to northern Gyeonggi Province on a train titled Peace Train. Although Polonsky comes from a region of high military tension herself, she was captivated by the scenes outside the train window and busied herself taking photographs. ▶ Jeongok Prehistory Museum, Yeoncheon County The first destination was the Jeongok (전곡) Prehistory Museum which showcases prehistoric stone axes, the first of their kind found in East Asia. ▶ Anastasia Polonsky / DMZ Half-Half Photo Contest Top Prize Winner "[In] Gyeonggi Province, everything is so amazing, the nature is beautiful, people are so warm and welcoming. And I feel very very grateful and lucky to be here and I want to thank...” Untouched since the Korean War but still carrying the scars of war, the far northern regions of Gyeonggi Province abound with natural treasures that include scenic mountains, waterfalls and rivers. ▶ Caris / Overseas Student Reporter “We don’t have natural waterfalls like this in Singapore. This is really beautiful.” ▶ DMZ Tour Organized by Gyeonggi Province This DMZ tour was organized by Gyeonggi Province to promote the DMZ as an international tourist destination. ▶ DMZ Visit Combined with Tourism Promotion via SNS This tour program consists of a 4-day visit to the DMZ during which overseas student reporters promote the DMZ internationally via SNS. ▶ Lee Heung-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Tourism Planning Team “We will address any inconvenience (experienced by DMZ tourists) and increase tour values through linkage with other tourism resources.” Gyeonggi Province plans to introduce a variety of tourism programs aimed at promoting the DMZ and northern provincial regions. Article 6. 321st Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Ends (170719-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 18, the 321st extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended with the passing of 63 items including a proposal pertaining to microdust-related natural disasters. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (July 18) 2nd General Meeting of 321st Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session All 63 items passed without discord during the second general meeting of the extraordinary session. Among the notable items was a resolution for the establishment of a special committee for the protection of residents from natural disasters. This committee will oversee safety analyses and inspections as well as the establishment of preventive systems ▶ Park Ok-bun / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The resolution for the establishment of a special committee for the protection of residents from natural disasters, which passed the general meeting as proposed, pertains to the improvement of disaster response procedures.” This resolution passed unanimously. The proposal for the national designation of natural disaster for microdust also passed the general meeting. ▶ Kim Ji-hwan / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The purpose of the proposal for the national designation of natural disaster for microdust is to promote the amendment of the law to include microdust in the natural disaster category that requires management at a national level.” This proposal seeks the establishment of a microdust safety management system at a national level. The general meeting was followed by 5-minute speeches by provincial assembly members. ▶ Lee Yeong-hui / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “It is essential for the improvement of emergency rescue services and for the safety of rescuers to introduce 3-shift systems and ambulances with 3-person crews.” ▶ Seo Hyung-yeol / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “There are not enough road connections with the Bukbu Expressway. I believe it was not designed properly. This issue has to be looked into…” The next extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly is slated for August 19 for a 15-day run and will see discussions regarding a revised supplementary budget among others. Article 7. Gyeonggi Province & 31 Localities Coexistence & Cooperation Meeting (170720-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 19, the heads of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government and the 31 local governments of the province convened and selected three items as the subjects of joint efforts: the realization of a semi-public bus management system, the expansion of public and job-site childcare facilities, and political coalition for budget. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (July 19) Gyeonggi Province-Localities Coexistence & Cooperation Meeting This meeting was the fourth coexistence-and-cooperation meeting of provincial and local government heads. ▶ Anyang City Mayor Lee Pil-wun “What would happen to bus routes other than the 33 major routes and to the taxis (if a semi-public bus management system was introduced)?”” ▶ Gimpo City Mayor Yu Yeong-rok “I would like to ask the provincial government to introduce a semi-public bus management system in 12 localities initially on a trial basis and decide the next step based on the results.” The semi-public bus management issue was concluded with the decision to establish an executive committee this month that will oversee the implementation of this system and to introduce a semi-public management system for 33 inter-city bus routes in 12 localities at the end of the year. ▶ Ansan City Mayor Je Jong-gil “Old housing in residential areas around industrial areas would be a good purchase choice for transforming into childcare facilities.” Responding positively to the suggestion of opening job-site childcare facilities in industrial areas and areas with high SME concentrations, all government heads agreed to provide active administrative support to enterprises that wish to establish childcare facilities. Government heads also agreed to pursue political coalition in budget matters such as local projects that receive provincial subsidies. The fourth coexistence-and-cooperation meeting of Gyeonggi Province and local governments ended with the adoption of a resolution. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “With all mayors, county governors and provincial assembly leaders discussing with open minds in the spirit of coalition and cooperation, we could resolve a number of issues. We will continue to address challenging problems in this way.” The atmosphere of the meeting that saw the participation of the representatives of Gyeonggi Province and its 31 local governments was cooperative throughout. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.07.19Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Aids Provincial Entrprises in US Marketing (170710-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A provincial delegation led by Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) returned from its 5-day visit to the United States. One of the delegation’s primary missions was to seek ways in which to assist enterprises of the province with their US market development. ▶ Gyeonggi Business Center, Los Angeles, USA (July 6) Meeting on US Market Development of Gyeonggi Industries Korean enterprises that have relied heavily on exports to China are being affected seriously by China’s anti-THAAD economic retaliation. In order to help such enterprises in the province diversify their markets, the Gyeonggi delegation met with marketing firms in Los Angeles and engaged them in US marketing for Gyeonggi SMEs. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “For the Korean enterprises, market diversification, especially in the US market, has become more important than ever. I ask for your positive assistance with their US market launches.” ▶ US Market Development Agreement The engagement of US marketing partners was realized by agreements with two marketing enterprises, Sellable and Uri Global in Los Angeles. ▶ US Market Development through Korea-Gyeonggido Incorporated These American marketing companies were even invited to suggest ideas on marketable goods such as disaster safety products that Korea-Gyeonggido Incorporated can develop and supply. ▶ Solomon Brown / Representative, ‘Sellable’ “…even more so than maybe you guys have ascertained at this point. The timing is impeccable, and there’s a big opportunity if we seize it.” ▶ Hwang Hae-yeon / Representative, ‘Uri Global’ “I would like be clear about Gyeonggi Province’s ‘brand-making’ in more detail.” SMEs in Gyeonggi Province for which Korea-Gyeonggido Incorporated is currently pursuing international market launches will benefit from the utilization of these US marketing partners. ▶ Hotel in Los Angeles (July 6) Meeting with Korean Community Members On the same day, the Gyeonggi delegation moved to an informal meeting with local Korean community members and asked for their cooperation in Gyeonggi Province’s US marketing efforts. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We are creating business platforms on which to base our international trade promotion for Gyeonggi SMEs, and we have just created one in Los Angeles.” During its 5-day stay in the United States, the Gyeonggi delegation realized tangible results by securing a positive intention for a large investment in the province from Hewlett Packard and establishing a US marketing foundation for SMEs of the province. Article 2. Gimpo and Incheon Airport Bus Fares Reduced (170710-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province reduced airport bus fares. The fare reductions are primarily for adolescents and children with a minor reduction for adults. The reduced fares apply to routes that connect the international airports of Gimpo (김포) and Incheon (인천) with twelve destinations in the province. ▶ Gyeonggi Reduces Airport Bus Fares from July 11 Reduced fares were applied from July 11. [CG] The fares for adolescents, which were same as adult fares, have now been reduced by up to 30 percent. Children’s fares were reduced from 30 percent to 50 percent of adult fares, a reduction of up to KRW 2,400. Adult fares were also reduced by KRW 1,000 on routes to six destinations including the cities of Seongnam (성남), Yongin (용인) and Ansan (안산). ▶ [PiP] Lee Joeng-hun / Seongnam City Resident “I travel abroad with my child often, so I am glad that my child’s bus fare was reduced.” ▶ Airport Bus Fare Reduction Realized in Cooperation with Bus Operators After successfully negotiating with urban bus operators for the reduction of adolescent fares this past May, Gyeonggi Province realized the reduction of airport bus fares through negotiation with three airport bus operators. ▶ Bae Sang-taek / Director, Gyeonggi Province Bus Policy Division “There will be further reduction of bus fares for adolescents from July 29 on short-distance buses. Gyeonggi Province will continue to implement bus policies that will benefit the working class.” In addition to fare reductions, Gyeonggi Province plans to improve airport bus services further by adding 30 buses and reducing bus departure intervals. Article 3. Urban Forest Trails Popular in Gyeonggi Province (170710-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Urban trails are becoming popular features around cities in Korea, and there are new trails being opened in Gyeonggi Province. GTV visited some of these trails. ▶ Sangsin Forest Trail, Hwaseong City Urban trails are popular among city dwellers since these trails enable strolling in a natural environment without having to leave the city. This urban forest trail in Hwaseong (화성) City features resting log houses along unpaved paths on gentle slopes that run through a tall dense forest. ▶ Choi Gyeong-su / Sangsin Forest Trail Visitor “I like coming here because I can be part of the forest and listen to bird songs.” ▶ Moraksan Trail, Uiwang City The trail around Uiwang (의왕) City was formed with more than 20 kilometers of paths that run through mountain and rural villages. Attracting more than 400,000 visitors annually, this trail features a variety of wild flowers along its route. ▶ [PiP] Yu Jin-yeong, Lim Yeong-suk / Moraksan Trail Visitor “There are many shady trees along the trail. It is cool in here and offers refreshing views.” ▶ Urban Trails Abound in Gyeonggi Province There are also urban trails around mountains in Gunpo (군포) City and Anyang (안양) City. These urban trails are emerging as popular day resorts among urban residents since they are easily accessible while offering relaxing experiences in nature. Article 4. 321st Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session (170711-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 11, the 321st extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began. In his opening speech, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol (정기열) reflected on the past year of the assembly and suggested the primary agenda for its remaining term. ▶ [Sync] “I hereby declare the commencement of the first general meeting of the 321st extraordinary session.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (July 11) 321st Extraordinary Session of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Begins Citing political coalition as the most notable achievement of the provincial assembly last year, Chairman Jeong (정기열) urged assembly members to remain devoted to political cooperation. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol “It was political coalition and cooperation for the betterment of public life that made it possible for the revised supplementary provincial budget to be finalized on time. I hope that the central government will show us the same efforts.” Assembly Chairman Jeong (정기열) revealed the improvement of employment issues and South-North Korean relations as pressing tasks of the provincial assembly. ▶ 58 Items to Be Reviewed during Extraordinary Session During its extraordinary session, the provincial assembly will review a total of 58 items including regulations pertaining to school personnel background checks for the prevention of child abuse. The general meeting saw 5-minute speeches by assembly members. ▶ Park Sun-ja / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Disabled employment policies should not simply be based on compassion but on the rights of the disabled.” ▶ Kim Sang-don / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I believe that we should find ways in which to improve labor conditions for sports-for-all coaches who are in employment blind spots.” The second general meeting of the extraordinary session is slated for July 18. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Expand Ddabok Bus Services (170711-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating purple Ddabok (따복) buses to serve those in remote regions and industrial complexes. Recently, Ddabok bus service areas were expanded and now include the cities of Suwon (수원) and Gunpo (군포). ▶ Suwon Station Transfer Center It’s 8 o’clock in the morning. A long line of workers are waiting for Ddabok (따복) buses that began operation this month to go to work at a nearby industrial complex. ▶ Ddabok Bus Route 123A: Suwon Station-Suwon Industrial Complex Ddabok buses operate between Suwon (수원) Station and Suwon (수원) Industrial Complex sections during commuting hours. ▶ Choi Yu-rim / Ddabok Bus User “Buses ran only to Complex 3. Commuters in the Complexes 1 and 2 can now use buses, too.” The operation schedules of these Ddabok buses were customized based on the needs of industrial complex workers. Departure intervals were reduced to 15 minutes. ▶ Ddabok Bus Route 123B: Suwong Station-Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Other Ddabok bus services began at 30-minute intervals between Suwon Station and the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex for provincial officials and provincial office visitors. ▶ Kim Seung-hyun, Kang Su-jeong / Ddabok Bus Users “It provides me with really convenient transportation to Suwon Station. It will be equally convenient for others who travel to and from the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex.” Ddabok buses operate based on transportation needs to supplement other public transportation means. ▶ Ddabok Buses Operate on 15 Routes in 9 Gyeonggi Localities Beginning with route 77 in Paju (파주) City that opened in 2015, Ddabok bus services have now expanded to 15 routes in nine localities of the province. ▶ Cho Jang-hui / Gyeonggi Province Good Morning Bus Policy Team Official “Ddabok buses were introduced as a supplementary means of transportation in areas not covered by other public transportation means. We will continue to expand Ddabok bus service areas.” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand Ddabok bus services to 20 routes in 20 localities by the end of the year. Article 6. Business Idea Contest Held in Gyeonggi Province (170711-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 6, the 11th ‘Up’ Creative Audition, an idea contest among new businesses, took place at the Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (July 6) Gyeonggi Province Up Creative Audition With a time limit of seven minutes, each representative of a fledgling enterprise does their best to convince the judging panel of the merits of their new business ideas. ▶ [Sync] We are a venture enterprise specializing in digital cut-out animation technologies.” After each presentation, questions are asked by the judges. ▶ [Sync] “I want to know how this business can be differentiated from public data businesses if it is not ...” “We are developing marketing strategies to address this issue on a regional basis.” ▶ Assessment Graded in the Form of Virtual Investments During the question-and-answer session, potential investors and judges made their assessments in the form of virtual investments via smart phones. This business idea contest was organized in an audition format by Gyeonggi Province to identify new enterprises with excellent business ideas and technological capabilities but lacking in financial means. This contest provides them with an opportunity to realize their growth potential by connecting them with investors. Among the five contestant enterprises featured in today’s contest, two enterprises won the virtual investment award and the award of the judges, respectively. ▶ [PiP] Cho Gyu-seok / Representative of Animation Production Enterprise “I am very glad to be able to win an award at this Up Creative Audition, especially because it means our two years of hard work were finally recognized.” The two enterprises that won today’s contest will receive investments through participation in cloud funding. ▶ Lee Seok-beom / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Policy Planning & Budget Bureau “We will continue to identify new businesses with high potential and help them grow by connecting them with investors.” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand administrative and financial support for new businesses with high growth potential. Article 7. Gyeonggi Ups Care for Underprivileged during Summer (170712-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With the Korean Peninsula entering mid-summer, Gyeonggi Province announced special measures for solitary seniors and economically underprivileged individuals to help them overcome seasonal heat. ▶ Kim Sun-ja / Seongnam City Resident Living alone in hot and humid semi-basement housing, Kim (김순자) relies only on an electric fan and a hand-held fan to fight the heat throughout the summer. Constant fanning by hand leaves her even more tired. However, her situation recently improved when a disaster aide, a nurse and a senior care assistant began visiting to help her overcome heat and provide health and dietary care services. ▶ [PiP] Kim Sun-ja / Disaster Aide User “I did not know what to do until the disaster aide taught me how to fight the heat. When I am short of breath, I now know what to do since I remember what she told me.” Solitary seniors and economically underprivileged individuals are more vulnerable to heat. ▶ Gyeonggi Operates Disaster Aides, Heat Shelters, Call-n-Cool Ambulances Gyeonggi Province designated a heat wave period until the end of September and began operating disaster aides, heat shelters and Call-n-Cool ambulances. ▶ Jeong Ju-yeong / Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety Headquarters Emergency Aid Team Official “We will increase support for individuals in difficult situations and protect them from heat-related illnesses.” Approximately 6,700 heat shelters will help Gyeonggi residents escape from summer heat. Call-n-Cool ambulances will be ready 24-7 to provide emergency medical treatment to those affected by heat-related illnesses. ▶ GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “The Call-n-Cool ambulances are equipped with cool vests and saline solution to help those who suffer from heat-related illnesses to recover.” Gyeonggi Province’s emergency medical services for heat-affected patients will be provided in cooperation with related organizations. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.07.14Greetings, 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 In-house TV Broadcasts Employment Statistics (0703-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province saw the largest number of new jobs created in Korea. Recently, at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, a new office broadcast began that provides provincial employment statistics in real time via an in-house TV channel. ▶ Employment Policy Division Office, Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Gyeonggi Province officials frequently monitor the current employment status of the province via the TV screens in their offices. ▶ [PiP] Lee Yu-young / Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Division Official “This employment channel has made our work much easier; it enables us to check annual changes in the employment rates of the province as well as the results of provincial business startup support programs.” The Gyeonggi provincial administration has targeted the creation of 700,000 jobs during its current term. ▶ 44% of Job Creation Target Achieved as of Last Year As of last year, Gyeonggi Province achieved 44 percent of this target. Such statistics are now readily available from the TVs in provincial offices without having to aggregate relative data from different office divisions. ▶ Analytical and Comparative Employment Data In addition to statistical data, this TV channel also provides detailed analytical and comparative employment data. ▶ Song Bo-ra / Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Bureau Economic Analysis Team Official “We will update all employment indices individually on a regular basis and make this channel available to local administrations for their employment policies.” Gyeonggi Province plans to diversify the contents of the employment TV channel so that related officials can monitor the current employment status, identify issues more readily, and develop more effective employment policies. Article 2. Gyeonggi Economic Delegation Visits North America (0704-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A provincial delegation led by Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) returned from its investment-inducement mission to the United States. During its 5-day visit, the delegation met with a number of US corporate leaders as well as Korean community members. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Economic Delegation Visits US (July 4 to 8) With investment inducement and US market development as its primary missions, the Gyeonggi provincial economic delegation visited San Francisco and Los Angeles. During its visit, the delegation was able to secure the positive intention of an American IT giant for a large investment in Gyeonggi Province, possibly within this year,. ▶ Park No-keuk / Director, Gyeonggi Province Foreign Policy Division “Under current trade difficulties caused by Chinese counter-THAAD measures and American trade protectionism, Gyeonggi Province will continue to find ways in which to diversify international markets.” The Gyeonggi delegation also met with an American marketing enterprise to discuss the establishment of Gyeonggi Business Centers and the promotion of Korea-Gyeonggido Incorporated. The marketing efforts of the delegation focused on export market diversification in areas less susceptible to U.S. trade protectionism. ▶ Meeting with Korean Community Members in Los Angeles On July 6, the last day of its stay in the United States, the delegation had an informal meeting with local Korean community members in Los Angeles. Article 3. Gyeonggi Promotes Employment of Athletes with Disabilities (0704-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province launched an employment support program for athletes with disabilities that connects these athletes with corporate sponsors. This program has since received positive responses both from participating enterprises and the athletes who could realize economic stability while pursuing their sports. ▶ Cho Deuk-hwa Practicing Table Tennis Cho (조득화), a table tennis player with a 1st-degree disability, has been struggling to make ends meet while playing at sports-for-all competitions for Gyeonggi Province. However, he found a sponsor thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s support, and can now focus on his sport free from economic pressures. ▶ Cho Deuk-hwa / Table Tennis Player with Disabilities “I hope that this program will be expanded so that many other colleagues with disabilities can benefit from corporate sponsorship.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Gymnasium (July 3) Gyeonggi Province Employment Promotion Meeting for Athletes with Disabilities This employment support program is the first of its kind in Korea; it was initiated by the Gyeonggi Province Sports Association for the Disabled in cooperation with the Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled and the Korea Association for Disabled Sports Promotion. This program is especially welcome by those enterprises that seek employees with disabilities to meet the requirements for such employment. ▶ Hong Hyung-pyo / CEO, Sponsoring Enterprise of Athletes with Disabilities “We will continue to employ personnel with disabilities in the future. I believe that more enterprises will participate in this program if promoted widely.” ▶ 164 Gyeonggi Athletes with Disabilities Found Employment in One Year Over the past year, 164 out of 2,076 registered athletes in Gyeonggi Province found employment through this program. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will do our part by providing all possible assistance. But I must express our gratitude for the positive efforts you have shown to help those with disabilities find employment, and I hope to see your continuous support.” The Gyeonggi Province Sports Association for the Disabled will endeavor to improve the results of the employment support program for athletes with disabilities. Article 4. 2017 2nd-Half Gyeonggi Youth Internship Program Begins (0704-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 3, Gyeonggi Province’s youth internship program for the second half of this year began with 183 youths attending an orientation session that took place at the National Human Resources Development Institute. These new interns were selected from among 12 times their number of applicants. ▶ National Human Resources Development Institute (July 3) 2017 2nd-Half Gyeonggi Province Youth Internship Orientation Gyeonggi Province internships are open to youths less than 34 years of age who are residents or college students in the province and seeking employment at public offices. ▶ Jeopng Ji-won / Gyeonggi Province Intern, Kyungdong University Student “With my graduation coming next year, I am increasingly nervous about finding employment. I applied for this internship to have work experience in advance.” ▶ Ph Beom-seok / Gyeonggi Province Intern, Gimpo City Resident “This internship provides me with an opportunity to experience working in an organizational environment. I hope that such experience will improve my competence and help me with my job search.” ▶ Interns Participate in Actual Administrative Work Instead of simple office jobs, these interns will be provided with opportunities to participate in actual administrative work under the guidance of individual mentors, receive employment education, and suggest their own ideas through presentations. ▶ Jeong Seong-chan / Director, Gyeonggi Employment Foundation Employment & Growth Office “The youth internship program of Gyeonggi Province enables youths to experience administrative work and improve their employment capabilities.” ▶ 6-Month Youth Internship Ends in December Internships for the second-half of the year will run for six months until the end of December. Article 5. Changes to Be Seen in Gyeonggi during 2nd Half of 2017 (0705-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With first half of the year now passed, GTV reviewed administrative and political changes expected in Gyeonggi Province during the second half of the year. These changes include those pertaining to an administrative trial committee, double-decker bus operations and tax billing services. ▶ Administrative Trial Cost Compensation to Be Introduced For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province will introduce an administrative trial cost compensation system. The purpose of this system is to recover legal expenses borne by those who appealed to the administrative trial committee regarding administrative penalties imposed by Gyeonggi Province and received favorable decisions from the committee. ▶ Kim Seong-won / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Administrative Trial Planning Team “Since administrative trials require complainants to pay large amounts of legal professional fees as well as other expenses, this system helps them recover their costs through justifiable compensation.” ▶ Intelligent Local Tax Billing Services via Smart Phones Intelligent local tax billing services via smart phones have already begun in Gyeonggi Province. These services also enable tax payers to review and pay local taxes easily and conveniently using smart phones. ▶ Double-decker Bus Services to Be Expanded The number of double-decker buses will be increased to 118 and their service areas will be expanded from five to twelve cities in the province. ▶ Ddabok Bus and Ddabok Taxi Services to Be Expanded The service areas of Dabok (따복) buses Ddabok (따복) taxis will also be expanded. ▶ Bus Usage Information Service to Be Introduced For urban bus users, a bus usage information service will be introduced to give notice of the ridership capacities of individual buses in real time. ▶ Yoon Yeo-cheon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Bus Information Team “The bus usage information service will operate in Suwon City for three months on a trial basis. Based on the results, this service will be introduced in all 31 localities of the province by October.” ▶ Lease Deposit Loan Interest Support to Be Introduced Beginning from July, Gyeonggi Province will provide lease deposit loan interest support to 10,000 Ddabok (따복) House tenants and 50,000 Happy Home tenants. ▶ Incentives for Green Architecture From September, building construction permit applications that adopt green design standards will be provided with benefits including tax exemptions. Article 6. Gyeonggi Social Economy Business Startup Audition (0705-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 4, Gyeonggi Province held a competition for social economy startup projects among community enterprises, cooperatives and social enterprises. The winners will be provided with extensive business startup support by Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (July 4) 2017 Gyeonggi Province Audition for Social Economy Business Startup Support A group of community volunteers presented a childcare business project for unmarried mothers. [Sync] “While we provide childcare services, unmarried mothers will be able to work or pursue new careers.” There was another heartwarming business startup project that aims to help individuals in employment blind spots. This project was about a special attire manufacturing business to be operated by women with severe disabilities to produce clothes that are customized for special needs. The presenter, who is severely disabled herself, introduced this project while in a wheelchair. ▶ Kang Seok-mun / Audition Participant from Yongin City “Women with severe disabilities like us face extreme difficulties finding employment. We conceived this business project to allow many such women to work, and we are very hopeful that we can win provincial support for our project.” This audition was organized in order to promote the establishment of social economy enterprises. ▶ 30 Teams fro 14 Gyeonggi Localities Participated All the competitors were graduates of the Social Economy Business Startup Academy operated by Gyeonggi Province. Out of 30 business startup teams from 14 localities of Gyeonggi Province, 21 teams were selected for provincial support. ▶ Winners to Receive KRW 10 Million and Additional Business Startup Support Winners will be provided with business startup support of KRW10 million as well as other related support. ▶ In Chi-gwon / Director, Gyeonggi Province Ddabok Community Support Division “We selected 21 teams for support this year. However, we will increase the number of support recipients next year.” Gyeonggi Province has been providing active support for the establishment and operation of social economy enterprises so as to promote the local economy and the employment of local community members. Article 7. Country Life Tour Program for Aspiring Farmers (0705-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently introduced a 5-day country life tour program for aspiring farmers. This program provides those who intend to return to agricultural careers or begin farming as a new career with an opportunity to experience farm life in rural villages with well-organized communities. ▶ Yeomulli Village, Yangpyeong County A farm village in Yangpyeong (양평) County is visited by twenty aspiring farmers who include a married couple as well as a mother in her fifties and her daughter in her twenties. Following the instructions of their predecessor, who is also a returned farmer, these visitors harvest potatoes. ▶ Wu Jeong-yun / Country Life Tour Participant from Yongin City “This program gives me an opportunity to learn about farm life first hand and to think about my future career more sincerely. So I came as soon as school vacation started,” ▶ Mokkoji Village, Yangpyeong County Participants who already have farming experience listen intently to the instructors telling stories of their successes and failures while re-establishing themselves in farm lives. ▶ Kim Gwang-jung / Country Life Tour Participant from Guri City “I received very helpful information. The stories of failure reminded me of how reckless I could have been. I now understand why I should start in a smaller scale.” ▶ Country Life Tour Program of Gyeonggi Province Gyeonggi Province organized this country life tour program for aspiring farmers to help them better understand and prepare for their intended farming careers through advance experiences in farming and farm life. ▶ Kim Chung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Policy Division “We will keep monitoring and providing support to returned farmers from their career transition phase to their adaptation to farm life.” Gyeonggi Province will develop diverse customized programs for aspiring farmers such as weekend tours for working individuals and longer-term farm stays. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.07.07Greetings, 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. Gyeonggi to Establish Freshwater Fish Genetic Maps (170626-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With environmental threats to freshwater fish causing their numbers to dwindle in Korea, Gyeonggi Province announced an indigenous freshwater fish genetic map development project so as to better manage and preserve fish species in inland waters. This dark brown catfish with long barbels and a horny structure on its back is indigenous to Korea, Living only in clean upstream waters, this catfish species – Miyugi (미유기) in Korean – was listed as a protected species in Gyeonggi Province in 2012. Another indigenous freshwater fish species that lives amongst pebbles, the Gguguri (꾸꾸리), has completely disappeared from the province. ▶ 1/3 of Korean Indigenous Freshwater Fish Species under Threat of Extinction Out more than 60 indigenous Korean freshwater fish species, 25 are currently classified as endangered, primarily due to the contamination of their habitats. ▶ Kim Geun-yeong / Professor, Pukyong National University “Populations of indigenous Korean freshwater fish species are decreasing rapidly. Research and analysis for the preservation of their genetic diversity is more necessary than ever before if we are to bequeath these valuable natural assets to our future generations.” ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The present prolonged drought is endangering these indigenous freshwater fish even more seriously.” ▶ Korea’s First Freshwater Fish Genetic Maps These freshwater fish genetic maps will be the first of their kind in Korea. These maps will help delineate the genetic distribution of each species and identify and preserve endangered species with genetic integrity. Map development will be based on extensive surveys of rivers and streams. ▶ Kim Seong-gon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Maritime & Fisheries Research Institute “We look forward to using these maps as valuable data in a wide range of freshwater research activities such as the establishment of endangered species recovery strategies.” The Gyeonggi Maritime & Fisheries Research Institute spokesperson stated that surveys will be completed and resulting maps made available to the public by the year 2021. Article 2. Gyeonggi Recommends Summer Holiday Farm Experiences (170626-2) [Anchor’s Headline] There are a number of provincially designated Rural Life Learning Farms that offer farm experiences to children. Among these, Gyeonggi Province selected five that operate educational and entertaining programs ideal for families during the summer holidays. ▶ Ocher Dyeing Experience Program, Rural Life Learning Farm, Namyangju City In an ocher-dyeing class offered at a farmhouse in Namyangju (남양주) City, participating children and their mothers are all smiles while diligently working on handkerchiefs in an ocher soil and water mixture and hanging them on clothes lines while anticipating the final results. ▶ [PiP] Lee Yeon-A / Visitor from Namyangju City “It wasn’t easy to use annual leave from work today. However, I am glad we came. My child had a wonderful time. Ocher soil is good for my skin, too.” Visitors can experience traditional dyeing culture through this ocher-dyeing program. ▶ Mushroom Learning Program, Rural Life Learning Farm, Hwaseong City At this mushroom farm in Hwaseong (화성) City, children are fascinated by an array of bizarrely shaped mushrooms they have never before seen. They are eager to feel the mushrooms with their fingers while learning how to distinguish edible mushrooms from toxic ones. This mushroom education program also includes a mushroom-cooking class. ▶ Yoon Ju-hyang / Child Visitor from Hwaseong City “I cooked mushrooms-on-skewers for the first time. It was fun, especially because the mushrooms were slippery.” ▶ Agricultural Education Programs Offered at 120+ Farms in Gyeonggi Province There are more than 120 Agricultural Education Farms in Gyeonggi Province. These private farms operate a range of experience-based agricultural education programs from livestock farming to freshwater fishing. ▶ Kim Yeong-tak / Agricultural Supervisor, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services “We will increase the number of Rural Life Learning Farms to more than 200 by 2010 to enable more children to experience and learn rural life.” The programs offered at the Rural Life Learning Farms were devised based on school textbook topics so as to enhance their educational effects. ▶ GTV Reporter Ku Yeong-seul “At the Rural Life Learning Farms, children can study farm life through experience while making happy memories.” Article 3. Forest Resorts Abound in Gyeonggi Province (170626-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With a large part of its area covered in green, Gyeonggi Province abounds with forest resorts, especially in its northern and eastern regions. These resorts offer a variety of supplementary healing programs for tired souls. ▶ Yongin Natural Forest Resort, Yongin City In a natural forest resort in Yongin (용인) City, visitors inhale fresh air laden with phytoncide and others feel the earth with their bare feet. The faces of meditation program attendees reflect how relaxed they feel both physically and mentally. ▶ Choi Seong-hun / Visitor from Seoul “I started mountain hiking for health last year, but have been seeking mental healing. I came here and found this place by chance today. I feel happier now.” The Yongin (용인) Natural Forest Resort is very popular among urban residents since it is within easy reach and offers a variety of enjoyable features. ▶ Kim Hyun-gu / Forest Healing Instructor “What makes the Yongin Natural Forest Resort different is the fact that we offer customized programs for individuals that will resolve stress, induce relaxation and harmonize with the outside world.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Offers Free Healing Programs in Forest Resorts Gyeonggi Province currently operates free healing programs in forest resorts. ▶ Variety of Healing and Entertaining Programs Available for All Ages The provincial healing programs are offered at forest resorts in the cities of Uiwang (의왕), Paju (파주) and Yangju (양주). These forest resorts also feature experiential programs for expectant mothers and children as well as woodcrafting classes. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Establish Central Provincial Library (170627-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing the establishment of a central provincial library and taking preliminary steps including a benchmarking visit to the Kanagawa Central Prefectural Library. Recently, the provincial government convened a public meeting of library specialists ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (June 23) Public Meeting on Gyeonggi Central Provincial Library Establishment This meeting took place on June 23 at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex with librarians and architects. During the meeting, a professor who was on the commission for initial planning presented the basic concept of this library. ▶ Nam Yeong-jun / Professor, Chung-Ang University “As a vision for the Gyeonggi Central Provincial Library, I propose ‘The Next Gyeonggi That Serves the Future with Books, Good Morning Gyeonggi That Serves People with Knowledge’.” To be located within the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex site, the Gyeonggi Central Provincial Library will play a central role in public library operations, policy formation and service development. ▶ Sufficient Budget Required for Effective Functional Performances A professor of architecture emphasized the necessity for a sufficient budget to create spaces that will ensure the effective functioning of this library. ▶ Library to Be Endowed with Strong Library Political Functions There was also a suggestion that this library be given strong functional power to lead the improvement of public library operations and management. ▶ Yun Myeong-hui / Director, Paju City Central Library “I hope that this library will have extended functional power to enable it to make suggestions to local public libraries, collect opinions from them and provide necessary support to them.” Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil promised that he would do his utmost to accommodate worthwhile opinions from local librarians. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will listen to those who have experience in the field. Base on that, we will finalize plans and designs, prepare budgets…” The construction of the Gyeonggi Central Provincial Library is slated to begin in September of 2019 for completion by July of 2021. Article 5. Gyeonggi Font Available in Korean Word Processing Software (170627-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has commissioned the development of an official Gyeonggi Province font and released it for free download via the provincial homepage. This font will now be available to all users of Hancom (한컴) Office, a word processing software suite popular in Korea. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 2017) ‘Gyeonggi Millennium Font’ Presentation Titled ‘Gyeonggi Cheonnyeonche (천년체)’ and translated as Gyeonggi Millennium Font, this official Gyeonggi Province font was announced this past February and publicly released in April. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (June 26) Gyeonggi-Hancom Gyeonggi Cheonnyeonche Licensing Agreement Without royalties, Gyeonggi Province licensed Hancom for the inclusion of Gyeonggi Millennium Font in Hancom Office, which is used by almost all Korean computer users. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “It is a remarkable achievement that Gyeonggi Cheonnyeonche has become available in Hancom Office. This also means that Gyeonggi Cheonnyeonche has found a strong foundation on which to become a popular font.” Instead of having to visit the Gyeonggi Province homepage to download and use the Gyeonggi Millennium Font, users simply need to update their Hancom Office program. ▶ Kim Sang-cheol / Hancom Group Chairman “There are twenty five million Hancom Office users in Korea. We will make Gyeonggi Cheonnyeonche available with it for the convenience of these users.” ▶ Hancom Office Update to Be Available in July The Hancom Office update patch for the inclusion of the Gyeonggi Millennium Font will be made available in July. This will be the first time that a public font will be used in a commercial word processing software suite. Article 6. 320th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session Ends (170627-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 27, the 320th regular session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended with its second general meeting. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (June 27) 2nd General Meeting of 320th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session The second general meeting of the 320th regular session saw the passage of 42 items. ▶ Ordinance for Social Adaptation Support for Mental Disease Patients One of the items passed was an ordinance for social adaptation support for mental illness patients. This support includes customized mental rehabilitation services and vocational training. ▶ Choi Jung-seong / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The objective of this ordinance is to promote organizations and facilities that help mental illness patients adapt to society and protect their rights…” An ordinance for microdust prevention was also passed in the second general meeting. ▶ Ordinance for Microdust Prevention and Anti-microdust Support This ordinance pertains to continuous measures for the reduction and prevention of microdust with the aim of protecting health and property and improving air quality. ▶ Ordinance for Game Industry Promotion The second general meeting also saw the passage of ordinance for game industry promotion. The game industry is regarded as a new growth engine with high potential for contributing to the local economy and job creation. The final part of the general meeting saw 5-minute speeches by a number of assembly members. ▶ Ji Mi-yeon / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I ask the administration to address dementia issues proactively by using ideas and practical efforts to improve dementia management tems and propose related policies to the central government…” ▶ Park Geun-cheol / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “There should not be any distinction of rights based on employment status differences between regular employees and temporary employees.” The next Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Session will be an 8-day extraordinary session beginning on July 11. Article 7. Gyeonggi Local Government Project Competition Finals (170628-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 29, the Next Gyeonggi Creative Audition, the finals of an administrative project competition amongst local administrations of Gyeonggi Province for provincial support totaling KRW 44 billion, was held at KINTEX in Goyang (고양) City and featured projects that reflect local characteristics. ▶ Finalists Evenly Distributed over Gyeonggi Regions The ten finalists were evenly distributed over Gyeonggi regions: two from northern regions, three from eastern regions and five from southern regions. With 70 percent of its area being zoned for military protection and thus undisturbed, Yeoncheon (연천) County presented a project relating to camping. ▶ Han Tae-hyun / Lifelong Educator, Yeoncfheon County “We decided that tourism is the only means of economic development for Yoncheon Country, and developed a project that utilizes its excellent natural environments.” This campground development project adopts the Old Stone Age as its theme. The campsite will be located near the Jeongok (전곡) Prehistory Museum and be the central part of a tour course that connects the Hantan (한탄) River and Jaein (재인) Falls. Gunpo (군포) City in central Gyeonggi presented a picture book museum project that combines displays of picture books from around the world with related performances. ▶ Park Chan-eung / Director, Gunpo Cultural Foundation Cultural Education Division “With a collection of exemplary picture books from all over the world, this museum will provide a new type of cultural space that is different from libraries and art museums.” The cultural project of Anseong (안성) City in eastern Gyeonggi combines its intangible cultural heritage with modern technologies. Other finalist projects include those relating to the redevelopment of a riverside forest and the establishment of a young artist support center. Culture and tourism projects led this year’s entries in the finals. ▶ Yu Tae-il / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Administration Budget Team “Since these projects are the results of intensive development efforts that lasted for a half year, they generally show improvement in their quality.” ▶ Next Gyeonggi Creative Audition (June 29) During the Next Gyeonggi Creative Audition, ten local governments in the finals vied for Gyeonggi provincial support for their projects in front of a judging panel of 1,000 residents and specialists. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.06.30Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Seeks Drought Countermeasures (170619-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A prolonged drought is threatening to cause serious crop damage in Korea, and the agricultural reservoirs in Gyeonggi Province are also drying out at alarming rates. Gyeonggi Province is seeking ways in which to help farmers overcome this situation while also mobilizing emergency reserve funds. ▶ Deokwoo Reservoir, Hwaseong City This reservoir in southern Gyeonggi Province supports more than 500 hectares of farmland consisting of more than 1,200 farm households. However, this reservoir has almost dried out, exposing a muddy bottom that is hardened and cracked in most places. This situation is widespread throughout the province. ▶ Water Reserves in Gyeonggi Reservoirs Half Normal Levels The amount of water currently kept in the 341 reservoirs of the province is only half the levels of average years. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (June 19) Gyeonggi Province Anti-drought Emergency Meeting On June 19, an emergency meeting was held in Gyeonggi Province to devise short- and long-term measures to address residential, industrial and agricultural water shortages. For agricultural water shortages, an emergency water supply of 32,000 tons is already in motion. ▶ Ryu In-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural & Maritime Administration Bureau “We are delivering water with water trucks and water bags. If the situation continues until the end of June, we will have to use emergency funds…” The short-term measures set at the meeting include the emergency installation of water pumps and tube wells as well as support for the transition of rice farms to alternative crops. It was also noted during the meeting that, where necessary, the public portions of cost-bearing should be clarified in advance. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will primarily focus on short- to mid-term measures when developing provincial countermeasures (to address the drought).” This meeting also saw the decision to improve related legislation such as that regarding special disaster zone designation which had been deemed impractical. Article 2. Joint Public-Private Fire Drill Held on Gyeonggi Island (170619-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, a joint public and private fire drill was held on a small island in Gyeonggi Province so as to better prepare its residents since they are more vulnerable to such disasters due to difficulties in immediate response from mainland fire departments. ▶ Yuk-do, Ansan City On this island that does not even have ferry services, smoke suddenly rises from its local generator station. [Sync] “Hello, 119? We have a fire at the generator station on Yuk-do. Please come quickly.” As soon as the fire was reported, a community broadcast resounds over the entire island announcing the incident. While the resident fire team attempts to contain the fire at the scene, a Gyeonggi Province special rescue team is mobilized via helicopter. ▶ GTV Reporter Ku Yeong-seul “Rescuers are moving an injured person on a stretcher to the helicopter to transport him to the nearest hospital on the mainland.” The fire is extinguished by the rescue team and firefighters from the Ansan (안산) Fire Station. ▶ Fire Drill on Inhabited Small Gyeonggi Island (June 14) This joint public-private fire drill was organized for the safety of residents on a small island that has no fire station. Through this special fire drill, the island residents were able to learn how to effectively respond to fire. ▶ Cha Jun-yeong / Yuk-do Island Resident “My job was to connect the fire hoses. It was a learning experience which will help me better cope with possible fires in the future.” ▶ Emergency Care Education and Fire Equipment Provided In addition to the fire drill, residents were also provided with a first aid course as well as fire extinguishers and alarm tems. ▶ Ahn Gyewong-wuk / Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety HQ, Special Rescue Team Leader “We will continue to help provincial residents better prepare for disasters through the provision of customized joint training that will ensure effective rescues and initial responses.” On small islands where there are no fire stations, any small fire can grow into disaster without immediate control. Gyeonggi Province plans to organize fire drills for such islands on a regular basis. Article 3. Gyeonggi Provides Disabled with IC Aid Support (170621-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Information and communication aids for individuals with disabilities have become more diverse and advanced. Since these devices are still too costly for most users, however, Gyeonggi Province has been providing more than 5,700 users of such devices with cost support since 2009. ▶ Shin Jin-hui / University Student with Visual Impairment While Shin (신진희), a university student with a visual impairment, studies, she uses two visual aids provided almost free of charge by Gyeonggi Province. Costing more than KRW 6 million, one of these devices reads a code that is linked to a book and transforms its text into audible content, and the other transforms sentences into braille. ▶ Shin Jin-hui / Korea National University of Welfare Student “It was very cumbersome to use braille books. However, these information terminal devices made studying much easier.” Song (송기우) has hearing impairment. He uses a special phone with a large screen instead of an ordinary smart phone. ▶ Seong Ki-woo / Individual with Hearing Impairment “I couldn’t afford this device myself, nor could I ask my parents to buy it for me. I am very glad that I could use this device thanks to provincial support.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s IC Aid Support for Individuals with Disabilities Gyeonggi Province’s information and communication aid support for individuals with disabilities covers 98 types of aids for up to 90 percent of their cost. To date, 5,700 individuals have benefited from this support program; 540 more devices will be supplied under this program this year. ▶ Application Received until Jun 23 Applications for information and communication aid support are being received at city and county offices until June 23. Article 4. Game Development Camp for Talented Youths (170620-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a game development education program for talented children and adolescents. On June 17, the graduates of this program presented the games they created that surprised even their parents. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center, Pangyo, Seongnam City Ranging from battles to adventures, these new games quickly attracted interest from visiting children and adults alike. They tried out the games on their smart phones while being guided by their developers. [Sync] “Press the ‘J’ key to go down, then you can shift the gravity direction using the ‘K’ key.” All five games that were presented at the event were developed by participants of this education program. ▶ Ahn Beom-yeol / Developer’s Parent “I don’t usually play games. However, when I began to play the game that my son developed, I felt drawn to it.” ▶ The 2nd ‘Game Development Camp for Talented Youths’ Graduation Ceremony (June 17) This game development education program is aimed at nurturing quality game professionals and providing them with an opportunity to experience their future careers. ▶ Jeong Hyun-a / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Support Team “This program is aimed at nurturing game professionals and enabling them to have first-hand experience in their future career. It also helps youths and their parents change their views of games” Launched last year, this education program consisted of a six-week course during which its participants worked with Seoul National University students. Participants expressed greater confidence in realizing their dreams after the course. ▶ Hong Seong-won / ‘Game Development Camp for Talented Youths’ Participant “I am now more inspired to become a programmer than before, and, at the same time, I am one step closer to realizing that dream.” A related Gyeonggi official stated that the games presented at this event will be released via mobile markets and game platforms. Article 5. Gyeonggi Uncovers Illegal Egg Dealers (170622-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently in Gyeonggi Province, a number of businesses were discovered to have sold or used eggs far past expiration dates or even broken eggs during the egg shortage caused by bird flu outbreaks. ▶ Food Processing Enterprise, Gwangju City At a cookie dough company, Gyeonggi Province’s judicial police found that the expiration date of the eggs being used was February. Considering the recommended one-month storage limit, those eggs were three months past their expiration date. [Sync] “The expiration date is February, then how many months since these eggs expired?” “We didn’t notice… Eh… We weren’t aware of the expiration date having passed.” The cookie dough produced with these eggs was delivered to 30 cookie manufacturers around the nation. ▶ Egg Wholesaler, Yangju City An egg wholesaler was uncovered selling broken eggs. [Sync] “More than ten eggs in this packet are broken with their contents leaking out.” ▶ Cookie Shop, Uijeongbu City Some cookie shops knowingly used unusable eggs simply because they were cheaper. ▶ 87 Businesses Uncovered for Defective Eggs A total of 87 businesses were uncovered by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police for dealing with or using defective eggs. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Special Judicial Police Superintendent Kim Man-won “The number of egg-laying hens decreased 25 percent and egg prices have almost doubled over the last year due to AI outbreaks. In such a situation, defective eggs began to appear in the market…” Of the businesses caught, 83 were prosecuted while four were subject to administrative penalties and fines. The Gyeonggi judicial police suspect that there are more violators, especially those who sell imported eggs disguised as local products. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Add More Double-decker Buses (170622-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Two years ago, for the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province introduced double-decker buses on 14 routes to help resolve intercity bus service deficiencies. This year, the provincial government will increase the number of these buses and their routes. ▶ Double-decker Bus, Ansan City A double-decker bus runs between Ansan (안산) City and Seoul on the first day of the opening of this route. It is the fifth double-decker bus route opened in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Kim Do-pung / Ansan City Resident ”Compared to ordinary buses with sagging seats, this bus makes me feel better with wide refreshing views and new seats.” ▶ 28 Double-decker Buses Run on 14 Routes There are 28 double-decker buses currently operating on 14 routes, the first route having opened in 2015 between the city halls of Gimpo (김포) and Seoul. With almost twice as many seats as an ordinary bus, double-decker buses help reduce travel difficulties for commuters between Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Jeong Hoi-yong / Suwon City Resident “I use double-decker buses when I go to music practice. I like them better because I can travel seated even during the evening.” [CG] According to a public survey, the number of standing passengers on intercity buses has dropped by almost half after the introduction of double-decker buses ▶ Gyeonggi to Increase Number of Double-decker Buses to 143 Based on such positive results, Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of double-decker buses to 143 as well as the number of related routes by early next year. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will expand double-decker bus services so that until everyone can travel comfortably and safely during commuting hours.” Double-decker buses will soon become a fixture on the roads between Gyeonggi Province and Seoul. Article 7. Farm Restaurants in Gyeonggi Province (170622-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Farm Restaurants in Korea are officially designated rural restaurants that offer traditional local cuisine prepared with locally produced ingredients. There are a number of excellent Farm Restaurants recommendable to summer holiday seekers in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Maehwadang, Yangju City At this Farm Restaurant in Yangju (양주) City of Gyeonggi Province, visitors can taste traditional Korean cuisine prepared with home-made fermented sauces and local produce as well as traditional drinks and bean curd. ▶ Gwon Su-yeong / Visitor from Seoul “Compared to chic but rigid restaurants, the atmosphere here is comfortable like country homes," In addition to palatable dishes, these restaurants also offer healing experiences in traditional Korean country houses. ▶ Cho Jeong-hui / Owner of Maehwadang “It is quiet here. One can relax away from it all. Some even stay a whole day doing whatever they want including taking a nap.” ▶ Ahn Ok-hwa Food Gallery, Icheon City When visitors enter this seemingly ordinary family home, they encounter jars lined up neatly in the corner of its courtyard. These jars are a treasure trove for gourmets; they contain fermented preparations of hundreds of different wild edible greens and medicinal plants favored by Koreans as health foods since ancient times. These fermented preparations are used in meals for those who need to recover from fatigue after a long summer day. ▶ An Ok-hwa / Owner of Ahn Ok-hwa Food Gallery “I use only the fermented brews that are three to five years old, because that is when they taste best and deepest. I also want to make food that revives people…” [CG] There are also Farm Restaurants in other Gyeonggi regions that offer a variety of traditional local cuisines such as broiled chickens and spicy fish pots as well as Korean set menus. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.