EnglishNews | 2017.06.22Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Korean Administrative Deputy Leaders’ Meeting (170612-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 9, Gyeonggi Province hosted the 3rd Korean Administrative Deputy Leaders’ Meeting that featured six vice mayors and vice governors from around the nation. ▶ Good Morning House (June 9) 3rd Korean Administrative Deputy Leaders’ Meeting During this informal meeting, participating administrators discussed current administrative issues and shared opinions. In his opening speech, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil introduced coalition policies as a key issue of the province. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The most important issue that we can present is political coalition. We have developed many policies through political coalition…” Participating administrators unanimously supported Gyeonggi Province’s coalition policies. ▶ Seoul Vice Mayor Kim Jongt-wuk “I believe that coalition means survival.” ▶ North Chungcheong Province Vice Governor Seol Moon-sik “We only approach issues in an administrative manner. However, your coalition policy seems to be what we need and should use.” Gyeonggi Province also introduced Ddabok (따복) House and new provincial government complex projects. Other issues discussed during the meeting included the improvement of air quality, the Asia-Pacific Mayors’ Meeting, and ways in which to secure national subsidies for local human rights projects. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Coalition Vice Governor Kang Deuk-ku “I hope that we can open up the future of Korea by sharing our visions.” The next Korean Administrative Deputy Leaders’ Meeting will be held on July 21 in Sejong (세종) City to mark the 5th anniversary of that city’s incorporation. Article 2. The 32nd Gyeonggi Women’s Day (170612-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 8, Gyeonggi Women’s Day, an official ceremony was held at the Gyeonggi Arts Center to promote the social participation and status of women. ▶ Gyeonggi Arts Center (June 8) The 32nd Gyeonggi Women’s Day Ceremony Marking its 32nd occasion, this year’s ceremony saw the participation of more than 1,500 women from women’s organizations as well as multicultural families. During the ceremony, women who contributed to making Gyeonggi Province a better place in which to live through unselfish devotion to local communities and women’s development were presented with commendations by Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필). ▶ Choi Yoon-hui / Recipient of Women Development Award “I believe that women should take the lead if we are to see the world change, society change and our nation change for the better.” ▶ Seo Hye-soon / Recipient of Beautiful Women Award for Volunteer Service “They say that praise can make a whale dance. (After receiving this award,) I think I can work even harder.” During the ceremony, more than fifty women received Beautiful Women Awards for their services. In his speech, Governor Nam offered assurances that he would do his utmost to enable all women to receive the work opportunities they deserve. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “It is the duty of government to provide job to those who need them. I will do my utmost to realize that.” After the ceremony, performances followed to celebrate Gyeonggi women and Gyeonggi Women’s Day. Article 3. Gyeonggi Promotes Investment in Former US Military Bases (170612-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to promote the utilization of former US military bases that have been returned to Gyeonggi Province, the provincial government and the Korean Defense Ministry jointly held a public briefing. ▶ Korea Military Convention Center, Seoul (June 8) Public Briefing on Investment in Returned US Military Bases The aggregate area of returned US military base sites in Gyeonggi Province amounts to 173 square kilometers, comprising a vast majority of such returned sites in Korea. Located primarily in northern regions of the province, these sites have been left idle due to development regulations and a lack of supporting infrastructure. Developers, financial institutes and other potential investors were invited to this public briefing. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Dong-geun “When an expressway between Guri and Pocheon opens in June and the second Seoul Beltway opens in 2022, all these sites will become accessible in an hour from central Seoul. We will promote the utilization of these sites in fields that maximize the growth potential of Gyeonggi Province such as the tourism, logistics and advanced technology industries.” The improvement of transportation and other environments in northern Gyeonggi regions has begun to attract interest in these regions from corporate investors. ▶ Site Locations and Utilization Plans Presented During the briefing, attendees were provided with information on the distribution of the former military sites available for development in northern Gyeonggi regions as well as provincial utilization plans. ▶ Sim Gyo-eon / Professor, Konkuk University “The greatest merit is that land prices are very low. These sites also have high potential since many of them are located within urban centers. With great transportation improvements foreseen in near future, these sites will generate high profits.” Gyeonggi Province will provide administrative support to investors in these sites to help create new jobs and develop local specialty industries. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Increase Support for Housing Non-owners (170613-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to provide housing benefits to 171,000 non-owning households. Livelihood Benefit recipients will even be provided with deposit payment support. ▶ Ddabok House, Anyang City This provincial rental housing, titled Ddabok (따복) House, is available to young couples, college students and career starters at low rental rates. Tenants are also provided with deposit loan interest support. ▶ Jeong Sa-rang / Ddabok House Tenant (Single Career Starter) “The monthly rent is low and facilities are very convenient. There are a lot of convenient features. I like this place.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Expand Rental Housing Support This announcement is part of the province’s working-class housing policy for this year. The primary purpose of this year’s policy is to expand housing support. In the case of Ddabok House, Gyeonggi Province expects that its plan to supply 10,000 units will be realized as planned by the year 2020. ▶ Park Ki-jong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Housing Policy Division “We will implement housing policies including the expansion of rental housing, housing welfare, and Ddabok House projects for the working and middle classes with substantial progress.” For rental housing, Gyeonggi Province plans to supply a total of 41,000 units, an 8 percent increase over last year. These units will consist of 32,000 newly constructed units and 9,000 purchased or leased units, as well as the national supply of 11,000 units. Housing benefits will be increased 2 percent to KRW 131,000 per month. ▶ Rent Deposit Support to be Introduced This Year For the first time this year, interest-free rent deposit financing of up to KRW 2 million will be provided to Livelihood Benefit recipients among the tenants of new housing units. Since this amount is deducted from deposit repayment when the rental contract expires, it is effectively a deposit discount. Gyeonggi Province expects that a total of 171,000 households will benefit from provincial housing support. Article 5. 2017 Gyeonggi Science Festival Held in Anyang (170613-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 10, the 2017 Gyeonggi Science Festival opened in Anyang (안양) City for a two-day run. This is the first of three successive occasions of the same festival to be held for youths in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Anyang Gymnasium (June 10 – 11) 2017 Gyeonggi Science Festival At this festival, children can learn the relationship between weight and buoyancy by creating their own mini submarines with clay and plastic bottles and carefully immersing them in water. [Sync] “One, two, three!” / “Wow, it floats! It floats!” Other children mix purified water and ethanol to make handwashing liquid, while others create LED rubber balls by mixing PVA powder with water, stirring and pouring the mixture into molds. ▶ Kang Hye-bin / Visitor from Ansan City “I made a rubber ball for the first time. It is very soft and feels good. I couldn’t believe I made it.” At the robot mission contest, contestants create their unique robots by assembling parts within the time limit. Robots are then moved to an obstacle course to compete with each other. During the festival, participants lose themselves in the fascinating world of science. ▶ Kim Hyun-hoo, Lee Ji-hyun / Visitors from Anyang City “This event is good for children because it enables them to have various experiences while broadening their scientific knowledge.” This festival took place at the Anyang (안양) Gymnasium during the weekend. ▶ 30 Booths Attracted 25,000 Visitors This festival saw 25,000 visitors during its two-day run; it featured 30 booths that presented various experiential scientific programs such as the 3D printing of popular characters and the creation of rotating carousels using a coding program. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Coalition Vice Governor Kang Deuk-ku “We will work with academia and research institutes in the province to promote this festival so that more children will be inspired by science.” The next venue for this year’s Gyeonggi Science Festival will be Bucheon (부천) City in September and Dongducheon (동두천) City in October. Article 6. 2017 Horseback Riding Festival for Youths (170613-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 10, a horseback riding festival for youths was held in Suwon (수원) City. Gyeonggi Province organized this event to promote horseback riding among children. ▶ New Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Construction Site (June 10) 2017 Horseback Riding Festival for Youths Held on the open site slated for the construction of the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, this festival featured horseracing followed by an awards ceremony. ▶ Lee Ye-jin / 4th Grader, Seoul Sejong Primary School “I didn’t expect to win, but I am glad to win the first prize. There were many good horseback riders, so the race was a very tight.” The purpose of this festival was to generate more public interest in horseback riding as a sport as well as a hobby from early ages. This event attracted more than 20,000 visitors. ▶ Jeong Chang-hyun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Livestock Industry Promotion Center “Construction of the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex will begin at the end of this month. We organized this event to advertise the new provincial government complex while promoting the equestrian industry.” ▶ Free Horseback Riding Experience for Adults Also Featured In addition to horse obstacle courses and a competition among children, this festival also featured entertaining events for parents and spectators of all ages such as a free horseback riding program for adults and a painting contest. Article 7. Gyeonggi Regional Coalition Prevents Trash Crisis (170614-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Last month, a major fire occurred at a large incineration plant that processes trash from five eastern regions of Gyeonggi Province. This caused a serious backlog in trash processing. In order to prevent a trash crisis, ten cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province extended assistance. ▶ East Gyeonggi Incineration Plant, Icheon City On May 21, a fire occurred at this incineration plant in Icheon (이천) City, destroying more than 90 percent of its facilities. Although repair work is underway by numerous workers, it will be more than two months before normal operations resume. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The site of the fire is currently being cleaned up, but there are still a lot of trash and burned debris.” The trash from five regions is being stored in empty spaces around the plant without proper environmental processing, and the amount of trash is increasing rapidly. ▶ Hong Seok-in / Deputy Director, Icheon City Environmental Facility Team “The biggest problems are the generation of foul odors and health hazards that cause inconvenience for local residents.” Without immediate solutions, the situation may escalate to a critical level. ▶ 10 Neighboring Regions to Share Incineration Loads However, Icheon (이천) City was relieved since ten neighboring cities and counties volunteered to share the incineration loads of the damaged plant under a service exchange agreement. ▶ Han Seong-gi / Director, Gyeonggi Province Resource Recirculation Division “It is an agreement for mutual cooperation among 23 localities of the province. For this incident, 10 cities and counties volunteered to participate.” Neighboring regional facilities will undertake the incineration of 4,900 tons of trash while the remainder will be taken up by landfills of Seoul. Gyeonggi Province is currently considering the expansion of area-wide trash processing facilities while negotiating with the Seoul Landfill Management Corporation for flexible trash management. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.06.16Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Youth Dormitory to Open Soon (170605-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Work has been underway to transform a former student dormitory of Seoul National University into accommodations for youths seeking employment or to start businesses. After its transfer to Gyeonggi Province, this site had been left unused for more than ten years until just recently. ▶ Former Dormitory of Seoul National University Collage of Agriculture Gyeonggi Province began receiving applications for occupancy that is slated for September. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Ddabok Dormitory, Suwon Titled Ddabok (따복) Dormitory, this 5-story building is in its final stage of construction for completion in August. The interior of the building has been completely refurbished with its original exterior preserved. ▶ 96 Rooms to Accommodate 278 Persons With a total capacity for 278 persons, this dormitory has 96 3-person rooms and single rooms. ▶ Monthly Accommodation Fees: KRW 130,000 or 190,000 Monthly accommodation fees per person will be KRW 130,000 for 3-person rooms and KRW 190,000 for single rooms. ▶ Employment, Business Startup & Community Programs This dormitory will also operate employment and business startup programs as well as other community programs such as a resident cooperative so as to help resident youths in their career pursuits. ▶ Cafeteria to be Open to Public The separate cafeteria building will feature a café and a restaurant that will also be open to the public. ▶ Kim Chan-beom / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province University “We will provide the Ddabok Dormitory with active support to enable it to function as a space for college students and youths as well as for local residents.” The selection of Ddabok Dormitory residents is based on application document reviews and interviews. ▶ Applications for Occupation in September Received until June 30 Applications for occupancy in September are being received at the Gwangyo (광교) Business Center until June 30. Article 2. Gyeonggi Recycling Idea Contest for Urban Agriculture (170605-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 1, the 6th Korean Urban Agriculture Expo opened in Siheung (시흥) City of Gyeonggi Province. One of the programs featured at the expo was an urban farming idea contest that showcased the utilization of recycled materials through demonstrations. ▶ Baegot Saengmyeong Park, Siheung City (June 1) The 1st Urban Farming Idea Contest Organized by the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services, this contest marked its inaugural occasion. Contestants created various farm designs using discarded materials. ▶ Kim Ki-hun / Urban Farming Idea Contestant “While enjoying the process of creation, we can also show children how waste can be reused.” ▶ Breath of City by Cho Myeong-ok A contestant used discarded jeans, waste bins and milk packs to create a vegetable garden and named it Breath of City, implying its refreshing effect on a city environment. ▶ GTV Reporter Ku-Yeong-seul “This event showcases how farming and urban life can mix together by using waste materials such as these PET bottles that were used as vegetable pots.” ▶ Urban Farming Ideas Using Recycled Wastes The urban farming idea contest was introduced as a component event of the annual national urban agricultural expo for the first time this year. This contest was organized by Gyeonggi Province with the aim of promoting urban farming as well as usable waste recycling. ▶ Kim Yeong-deok / Agricultural Supervisor, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services “We organized the urban farming idea contest with the aim of identifying ideas for the recycling of usable items that are commonly found in our daily lives but discarded after use.” The Korean Urban Agricultural Expo is a national urban farming promotion event consisting of a number of informative and experiential programs. This year’s event ended after a four-day run. There is an estimated urban agricultural population of 1.6 million in Korea and the number is increasing. Through the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services, Gyeonggi Province will continue to develop programs to identify and promote ideas that will make urban farming easier. Article 3. Gyeonggi Convention on Quality Control Circles (170605-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On June 1, the Gyeonggi Province Convention on Quality Control Circles - or GCQCC - was held to select exemplary quality control cases of the province. Winners will represent the province in the national event. ▶ Gyeonggi Institute of Science & Technology Promotion (June 1) 2017 Gyeonggi Province Convention on Quality Control Circles The national convention, in turn, is a preliminary competition for the international event, known as ICQCC, that features eight quality control categories. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Dong-geun “We have seen many enterprises suffer due to inferior quality management. I hope that this competition will promote an awareness of the importance of quality control and serve as an opportunity to share experiences among competitors.” This provincial competition saw more than 500 participants in the eight categories. ▶ Competition Took Place at 2 Related Organizations This two-day event took place at two science and technology organizations in the province. ▶ Lee Chang-min / GCQCC Participant, I-Best QC Group, EWP Co., Ltd. “We participated with the case of our maintenance time reduction that was achieved through process improvement. We will do our utmost to achieve good results in the higher competition. Go, I-Best!” ▶ 28 Award Winners to Represent Gyeonggi Province in National Convention on QCC The four top award winners and the twenty-four award-of-excellence winners of GCQCC will represent the province at the national competition, KCQCC, slated for August. Being the only autonomous body that has an ordinance for quality management, Gyeonggi Province is active in the support of private enterprises in quality improvement. Article 4. Official Land Prices Up 3.71% in Gyeonggi Province (170607-3) [Anchor’s Headline] According to a recent announcement of official land prices, the land price increase in Gyeonggi Province was similar to that of average years at 3.71 percent. The highest increase was seen in Danwon-gu (단원구) in Ansan (안산) City at 8.53 percent. ▶ Danwon-gu of Ansan City Saw Highest Official Land Price Increase Such a high land price increase is attributed to active residential reconstruction and the completion of railroad construction projects in that area. The highest official land price in Gyeonggi Province is that of Hyundai (현대) Department Store in Seongnam (성남) City. ▶ Jwang Seok-jin / Real Estate Agent “Improvement of both transportation and residential environment attracted interest in this area among outside residents. That caused a natural land price increase in the area.” The official land price of this department store is KRW 18.2 million per square meter. ▶ Bundang Hyundai Department Store The price of this location has been the highest in Gyeonggi Province for four consecutive years. ▶Lim Yeo-seon / Director, Gyeonggi Province Land Information Division “The rise and fall of official land prices depends on relative activeness of development in the area of concern compared to previous years.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Land Prices Increased 3.71% The average official land price in Gyeonggi Province is KRW 130,440 per square meter, the sixth highest among the 17 provinces and metropolises of the nation. Land prices in Gyeonggi Province have been stable over the past five years, maintaining an approximate three percent annual increase compared to the national average of 5.34 percent. Official land prices can be referenced via the Gyeonggi Province homepage. Article 5. Medical Complex Construction Resumes in Yongin City (170607-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The construction of Dongbaek (동백) Severance Hospital in Yongin (용인) City will resume. Its construction had been interrupted for three years due to financial and environmental reasons. ▶ Yongin Dongbaek Severance Hospital, Yonsei University Health System This hospital is part of Gyeonggi Province’s large medical complex development project that also encompasses the pharmaceutical, medical equipment and biotech industries. ▶ Jung-dong, Yongin City (June 5) Cooperation Agreement on Yonsei Medical Complex Construction This announcement followed the signing of an agreement between Gyeonggi Province and Yonsei (연세) University Health System on cooperation in the construction of a general hospital with 755 beds as well as eight affiliated medical centers in individual medical fields for completion in 2020. ▶ Yoon Do-heum / President, Yonsei University Health System “All procedures from the arrival of patients to their departure will be controlled via digital processing. This includes the determination and performance of treatment options as well as assistance with artificial intelligence.” ▶ Large State-of-the-Art General Hospital This large state-of-the-art general hospital will become a major medical facility in the Seoul-Gyeonggi region. ▶ Medical Complex with Advanced Medical Industries The medical complex that includes this hospital will also house research and production facilities as well as information and communication facilities relating to medical services, forming a medical industry cluster. Gyeonggi Province will provide investors in this complex with active administrative support. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I hope that you will cooperate with us in realizing tangible results by the year 2020.” ▶ GTV Reporter Choi Chang-soon “The development of a medical complex in Yongin City will have the effect of creating 4,300 new jobs as well as economic ripple effects amounting to more than KRW 548 billion. Gyeonggi GTV, Choi Chang-soon.” Article 6. Gyeonggi Begins Private Wastewater Treatment Inspections (170607-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A prolonged drought combined with the early arrival of hot weather is creating an ideal environment for green algae proliferation, causing water source health hazards in Korea. Gyeonggi Province began taking action so as to prevent potential hazards. ▶ Food Company, Yongin City A food company in Yongin (용인) City has been releasing untreated wastewater directly into the stream behind its factory. Inspectors at the site of the illegal wastewater discharge grimace because of the foul smells emanating from the area. ▶ Sin Jong-gwang / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Wastewater Management Team “To those who practice illegal acts such as wastewater discharge without treatment or bypassing purification facilities will be subject to warnings and, if necessary, fines, administrative penalties and even prosecution according to the law.” [CG] Nearly forty percent of private wastewater treatment facilities in Gyeonggi Province are located in the vicinity of the Paldang (팔당) watershed, a major water source for Seoul and surrounding regions. Wastewater influx to this watershed can accelerate green algae proliferation, especially in hot, dry weather. ▶ GTV Reporter Ku Yeong-seul “Private wastewater treatment facilities purify wastewater by injecting oxygen and filtering microorganisms before discharging the water.” Wastewater needs to undergo such purification processes once or twice to become clean enough to be discharged into watersheds to prevent algae proliferation. ▶ 1,200 Private Wastewater Treatment Facilities Subject to Inspections Inspections will be performed on 1,200 private wastewater treatment facilities in the province by June 22. Gyeonggi Province will continue the monitoring and supervision of these facilities to ensure the safety of the water supply to the Seoul-Gyeonggi region. Article 7. Gyeonggi Installs Air Purifiers in Childcare Centers (170608-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has issued a greater number of fine dust warnings so far this year than during all of last year. In order to protect children from atmospheric fine dust, homes and private childcare centers in the province will be provided with provincial support for air purifier installation. ▶ Childcare Center, Suwon City Until last year, this childcare center in Suwon (수원) City had used air purifiers only in poorly ventilated rooms and infant rooms. This year, however, air purifiers are seen in every room. This center has no other choice than to pay nearly KRW 700,000 in monthly rental fees for 21 air purifiers, since fine dust concentrations have increased to alarming levels. ▶ Song Yeo-ul / Childcare Center Teacher “We must have air purifiers since respiratory tems in children are vulnerable (to fine dust). Children also generate dust themselves since they are active and play a lot.” ▶ GTV Reporter Choi Chang-soon “Air purifiers have now become essential items at childcare centers. From this year, Gyeonggi Province will provide air purifier installation support to homes and childcare centers.” ▶ Air Purifier Support Included in Revised Supplementary Budget Air purifier installation support was initiated by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly through its proposal for the inclusion of KRW 800 million in the revised provincial supplementary budget for such support for private childcare centers as well as small homes. ▶ Air Purifier Installation Support A total of 37,000 children’s rooms will benefit from this provincial support. ▶ Jeong Dae-wun / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Air purifiers may not be ‘the’ solution. However, we proposed this support program to help create a safer environment for children.” The proposed support is currently in the process of detailed policy formulation by Gyeonggi Province. Once the program is finalized, support will be implemented. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.06.09Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Model Audition for Gyeonggi’s ‘Good School Uniforms’ (170529-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On May 27, a school uniform model audition took place in Gyeonggi Province. Selected models will work for the promotion of Good School Uniforms, the products of a provincial project launched with the aim of supplying quality school uniforms at low prices to middle and high school students. ▶ Gyeonggi Textile Marketing Center The Good School Uniforms project was launched by two provincial bodies so as to alleviate the burden of school uniform costs faced borne by parents. ▶ Jeong Da-eun / Best Model Prize Winner “School uniform modeling was a new experience. I will do as much as I can to promote Good School Uniforms.” ▶ Gyeonggi Good School Uniforms Model Audition (May 27) The students selected at this audition will work as models for Good School Uniforms promotion. ▶ GTV Reporter Ku Yeong-seul “On the runway at this audition, students in Good School Uniforms are nurturing their dreams of becoming models.” At this audition, students who passed the initial documentary screening displayed their skills on the runway, showcasing their looks in Good School Uniforms. Judges made assessments based on how well models presented the uniforms as well as on audience reactions. ▶ Cho Woo-sang / President, Asia Model Association “I scored based on the presentation of the goodness of their ages: cuteness for younger students and youthfulness for older students.” There was also an experiential event in the next room for aspiring hair, makeup and fashion designers. ▶ Auditions Held in 4 Gyeonggi Regional Divisions The Good School Uniforms model auditions are scheduled to run until next month in four Gyeonggi regional divisions. ▶ Bae Seong-hun / Textile Business Team Manager, Gyeonggi Textile Industry Association “In addition to model selection, another purpose of this event is to promote the Good School Uniforms made with textiles produced in Gyeonggi Province.” The Good School Uniforms project marks the first case of an educational coalition between the Gyeonggi Provincial Government and the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education. Uniforms are designed by top contemporary designers. Article 2. 319th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Ends (170529-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The 319th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended on May 26 with the fourth general meeting. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (May 26) 4th General Meeting, 319th Extraordinary Session This final general meeting saw the passage of 59 items including a revised supplementary budget. ▶ Cho Gwang-myeong / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The final amount of the budget was increased by KRW 4.1 billion to KRW 19.16 trillion after reductions amounting to KRW 100 million and additions amounting to KRW 4.2 billion.” The revised budget includes a KRW 100 billion reserve for adaptation to the policies of the new Korean central government administration. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will implement projects in earnest to revive the local economy and create more jobs, to create the Gyeonggi Province you want.” ▶ Ordinance for Support of Residents Affected by Airport Noise Another notable item passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly during this extraordinary session was an ordinance supporting residents in areas around airports affected by airport noise. Support will be based on an annual survey of damage in these areas. ▶ Youth Employment Support Ordinance An ordinance support youths in their search for employment also passed as proposed during the extraordinary session. ▶ 59 Items Passed in 4th General Meeting The general meeting of the final day continued with five-minute speeches by assembly members on provincial issues. ▶ Kong Yeong-ae / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “There is a need for preventive intervention and active support for the protection and improvement of children’s health. I hope that the administration will pay more attention to these matters.” ▶ Lee Sang-hui / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I suggest that the administration, if it wishes to win residential confidence, provide more active support to local governments with inferior financial standings.” The next Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly meeting will take place as the 320th regular meeting for a 15-day run from June 13. Article 3. Gyeonggi Increases Anti-drought Budget (170529-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Farmers in Korea are suffering serious damage from the worst drought in years. While the situation is expected to continue until the arrival of monsoons in early June, Gyeonggi Province allocated emergency anti-drought budgets and began taking action to address the situation. ▶ Madun Reservoir, Anseong City Fishing platforms are sitting on the exposed lakebed instead of floating on the water of this reservoir which has almost completely dried up. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The water level here should be above my height, but more than 90 percent of the water has dried up due to a prolonged drought.” Local rice farmers who rely solely on this reservoir for water may have to give up this year’s crops. ▶ Jeopng Seo-yeong / Local Rice Farmer “There is neither rain nor groundwater facilities. We cannot go on farming in a situation like this.” The amount of rainfall in Korea this year is approximately half the annual average. Dry years usually repeat themselves for three years. ▶ Gyeonggi to Release Large Anti-Drought Budgets In order to minimize drought damage, Gyeonggi Province included KRW 5.2 billion in the latest revised supplementary budget in addition to the previous KRW 23.7 billion. More than half of the total amount will be allocated for water loss prevention while the remainder will be used for temporary water supply tem installations. ▶ Basek Seung-hyun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Infrastructure Development Team “Agricultural water supply projects are underway using the Imjin River tem in northern provincial regions and the South Han River tem in eastern provincial regions.” Other provincial anti-drought measures include sewage water recycling and the transfer of residential water supplies for agricultural purposes. Expecting the first ten days of June to be critical, Gyeonggi Province also earmarked KRW 26.6 billion for crop damage prevention. Article 4. Gyeonggi Rental Housing Deposit Loan Interest Support (170601-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the provision of loan interest support for rental housing deposits to the tenants of Ddabok (따복) Houses and Happy Homes. Support will be available until the year 2020. An estimated 60,000 households will benefit from this provincial support program. ▶ Dongtan Happy Homes, Hwaseong City Yu (유환민) is a tenant of a Happy Home, a rental housing unit provided by Gyeonggi Province. For the deposit of KRW 34 million, he drew a loan; this costs him an extra KRW 80,000 in interest monthly. ▶ Yu Hwan-min / Rental Housing Deposit Loan User “Monthly interest payments are a big burden now. When I have a family and move to a bigger house, I will have to pay heavier interest. I am already worried thinking about it.” Although provincial rental housing units are available at low rental rates, deposit loan interest can be a heavy burden for tenants. [CG] The deposit loan interest rate for a Ddabok (따복) House is set at 2.6 percent for a household with annual income of less than KRW40 million, or 2.1 percent for young couples. [CG] Added to rental fees, monthly housing expenses can be higher than those of other housing in the area. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 31) Provincial Rental Housing Deposit Loan Interest Support Agreement In cooperation with related public organizations, Gyeonggi Province launched rental housing deposit loan interest support for tenants of Ddabok (따복) Houses and Happy Homes. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province will continue to launch programs for similar purposes. We seek your continuous cooperation.” This support program has targeted 60,000 households as beneficiaries until 2020. ▶ Support to Cover 40% to 100% of Interest Based on the number of children, support will cover 40 to 100 percent of standard rental housing loan interest. ▶ Kim Gyeong-gi / Director, Korea Land & Housing Corporation Gyeonggi Regional Headquarters “We believe that this rental housing deposit loan interest support will help stabilize the housing problems faced by youths while promoting childbirths among young couples.” ▶ Support to Cover Period from January 2017 The Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation and LH Corporation began receiving applications for this support program. The support period will be applied retroactively from January this year. Article 5. Shared Market Economy Forum Held in Gyeonggi Province (170601-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On May 30, Gyeonggi Province held a public forum to discuss a shared market economy as a solution to economic slowdowns and imbalances characterized by over-proportional large enterprises. Gyeonggi Province has been promoting a shared market economy that combines the resources of the public sector with expertise from the private sector. [CG] To this end, Gyeonggi Province has been offering its assets as open platforms to small and medium-sized enterprises for use in their efforts to improve competitiveness. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (May 30) Public Forum on Shared Market Economy for 4th Industrial Revolution During the forum, scholars who were invited by Gyeonggi Province from various related fields presented their thoughts regarding a shared market economy. ▶ Lim Hyun-jin / Honorary Professor, Seoul National University “What is a shared market economy? Sharing is not simply sharing in the common sense. It combines the values of cooperation, collaboration and coalition.” ▶ Lee Jeong-hun / Director, Gyeonggi Research Institute Research Planning Division “I believe that the success (of a shared market economy) depends on multilayered institutional designs that reflect the needs of a nation and communities.” Presentations were followed by open discussions within the same context. After this forum, Gyeonggi Province will proceed with shared market economy promotion through the establishment of a joint public-private governing body. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Please share your good ideas and opinions with us. Gyeonggi Province will then continue to develop platforms for sharing.” In cooperation with the Gyeonggi Research Institute, Gyeonggi Province plans to organize specialist forums on a regular basis as part of its continuous efforts to promote a shared market economy. Article 6. Gyeonggi Establishes Insect Industry Support Center (170531-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province established the Insect Industry Support Center at the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services as a supervisory organization for the insect industry. ▶ Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services Children gathered around a water tank cheer loudly as diving beetles race in the tank. [Sync] “Go! Go!” Children in another section are intent on catching crickets with feathers at the end of rods. ▶ Kim Min-seol / Visitor from Hwaseong City “It was like fishing with a fishing rod. Only it has a feather at the end.” These children are visitors to this new center that also features an experiential insect food program. ▶ Lee Young-bo / Wanju County, South Cheolla Province “I tasted insects today; they were nice. We were told that insects are food of the future. I think I can eat insects as food if have to.” ▶ Insect Industry Support Center Opens (May 30) This center is the first of its kind in the Seoul-Gyeonggi region. Established with the aim of promoting the insect industry in the province, this center will conduct research and experiments pertaining to the use of insects as food, pets and bio-control agents. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Coalition Vice Governor Kang Deuk-ku “We will provide the Insect Industry Support Center with all the support needed to so that Gyeonggi Province can become a center of the insect industry in Korea.” ▶ Insect Research & Development Projects The primary function of this center is to undertake insect research and development projects. ▶ GTV Reporter Ku Yeong-seul “Let us hope that the Insect Industry Support Center will open up the future of the insect industry. Gyeonggi GTV, Ku Yeong-seul.” Article 7. Gyeonggi Dental Service Center for the Disabled (170531-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Five years ago, Gyeonggi Province established the Dental Service Center for the Disabled. This center has seen a great increase in the number of its users since its establishment. ▶ Gyeonggi Regional Dental Service Center for the Disabled Kim (김윤석), a boy with autism, recently began visiting this center instead of going to the dentist he previously used since this center provides dental services appropriate for patients with sensitivity issues like his. ▶ Kim Yun-seok / Patient of Dental Service Center for Disabled “I suffered a lot of pain at the previous dentist. I feel better here because I don’t feel any pain.” The Dental Service Center for the Disabled provides services adapted to the needs of those with disabilities. ▶ Users Increased 6-Fold in 5 Years Since its establishment in 2012, the number of users of this center has increased six fold. This center has facilities and movement control specialists for patients with severe disabilities. ▶ Kim Dong-hyun / Director, Gyeonggi Regional Dental Service Center for the Disabled “We have a special medical team and sophisticated equipment necessary for the treatment of patients with severe disabilities.” At this center, patients are provided with discounts of up to 50 percent for services not covered by national health insurance. The provincial medical centers in the cities of Suwon (수원) and Uijeongbu (의정부) also operate similar dental services for patients with disabilities. ▶ Gyeonggi to Expand Dental Services for the Disabled This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand dental services for patients with disabilities and increase the number of related specialists. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.06.02Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. French Auto Part Enterprise Opens Korean Operations in Gyeonggi (170522-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On May 1, the French automotive parts conglomerate Faurecia opened its Korea headquarters and an R&D center in Yongin (용인) City of Gyeonggi Province. This company has already engaged enterprises in the province in joint research and development activities. ▶ Faurecia Korea Headquarters, Yongin City Faurecia is a multinational corporation with hundreds of production bases in more than 30 countries. With globally recognized proprietary technologies in eco-friendly automobile tems, this company develops and produces car interiors and emission reduction tems; it recorded more than USD 20 billion in sales last year. ▶ Faurecia Korea Headquarters and R&D Center Opening Ceremony (May 19) For the establishment of its headquarters and research center in Korea, Faurecia invested USD 68 million. ▶ Patrick Koller / CEO of Group Faurecia “Very big technology companies like Samsung, like LG, which are providing electronic components, this place emulates, which are very important for the future in the automobile industry.” Integrating its dispersed operation units in Korea, Faurecia has established a new center for collective R&D efforts. ▶ Joint R&D with Gyeonggi SMEs To develop emission control technologies that will reduce nitrogen oxide concentrations in emissions to half current levels for the first time in the world, Faurecia has launched a joint research project that involves 14 SMEs in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Cho Jung-ah / Director General, Gyeonggi Province International Cooperation Bureau “This is a fluidization of our efforts to realize cooperation with local enterprises that we have pursued since the investment decision stage. We will continue to find ways in which to benefit local SMEs in our investment inducement efforts.” In connection with investment inducement efforts, Gyeonggi Province will, on an ongoing basis, pursue the engagement of local SMEs that have appropriate competency levels for joint operations with foreign companies that invest in the province. Article 2. Covered Urban Stream Reborn as Eco Park (170523-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Thirty-one years after Simkok (심곡) Stream in Bucheon (부천) City was covered during the urbanization of the area, this forgotten waterway was reopened and reborn as an ecological stream park that runs through the city center. ▶ ‘Simgok Citizen’s Park’ Opens After it was covered in 1986, Simgok (심곡) Stream served as a sewer while the ground level was developed as a road. However, this stream has now been completely transformed into a clean stream with a natural streambed. ▶ 2nd Grade Water Channeled from Nearby Sewage Water Treatment Plant The quality of its water is maintained at a 2nd grade level, which means that it is clean enough to support fish. ▶ Promenades with 30,000 Trees on Stream Banks There are also scenic promenades on both stream banks with more than 30,000 trees running alongside the stream. ▶ Vista Point with Glass Deck The glass deck at the vista point offers a refreshing view of water cascading over an artificial waterfall. ▶ Jeong Eun-suk / Bucheon City Resident “Priorities have changed from transportation to human life. I use the passage along the stream instead of open roads, and it feels wonderful.” This stream park runs one kilometer through the city center and features enjoyable elements including the ‘Wall of Hope for Everyone’ upon which citizens can inscribe their wishes. Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) visited the park and promised support for other ecological restoration projects in the province. ▶ Bucheon City Mayor Kim Man-su “People welcome the opening of this park since they haven’t had a decent park nearby.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province will support any local project that transforms cement structures to restore nature as we supported Bucheon City for this park.” The restored stream park in Bucheon (부천) City is regarded as beneficial for local residents as well as for the local economy. Article 3. Gyeonggi Governor Meets University Students (170523-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) visited Bucheon (부천) University and encouraged students to pursue creative ideas. To this end, Governor Nam promised to provide active support. ▶ Bucheon University (May 22) Meeting with Gyeonggi Governor Speaking with more than a hundred students, Governor Nam discussed employment strategies for the fourth industrial revolution. ▶ Virtual Reality Demonstration Using Google Carard At this meeting, the process of creating a Google Board, headgear that conveys virtual reality images, was demonstrated so as to help students understand the fourth industrial revolution first hand. Gyeonggi Employment Foundation President Kim Hwa-su (김화수) then explained changes in the employment environment of the future. ▶ New Needs to Create New Jobs Addressing worries about robots replacing humans and reducing job opportunities, Kim offered assurances that new types of human needs will trigger the creation of new jobs. ▶ Gyeonggi Employment Foundation President Kim Hwa-su “People only see what they have experienced in the past, and are concerned that what existed in the past will disappear.” Governor Nam’s free conversation with students followed. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We have 3D printers now. Then, what about 4D printers? Why not?” ▶ Kim Dong-bin / Bucheon University Student “We can not only create 3D objects, but perhaps also something we cannot even touch.” This meeting also featured specialists who answered questions via Facebook from those who could not attend the meeting in person. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province will do its utmost to create a society in which anyone who has passion for working for society will be able to do just that.” During the meeting, Governor Nam told students about the Gyeonggi Employment Foundation and the Startup Campus, mentioning that these facilities are open to any youths with ideas. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Honor Lifesaving Rescuers of Cardiac Arrest Patients (170523-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the introduction of the ‘Heart Saver’ certification tem to honor emergency rescuers who revived or helped revive cardiac arrest patients. There are more than 1,600 rescue officers who deserve Heart Saver certification in the province. ▶ Scene of Heart Failure Patient Rescue Park (박기영), age 69, suffered cardiac arrest while in a moving car. His companion quickly called 119 and performed CPR as instructed calmly by the rescue officer on the way. Park survived. ▶ Park Ki-young / Cardiac Arrest Patient “I am very grateful for providing life-saving instructions while he was coming…” ▶ Cardiac Arrest Requires Treatment within 4-Minute Golden Time One who suffers cardiac arrest can survive if treatment is provided within four minutes of onset, a period that is also known as the ‘golden time’. Park received CPR in time and could return to his family thanks to the quick actions of the rescue officers. ▶ Lee Ji-hun / 119 Rescue Officer, Pocheon Fire Station “I was there and, as a rescue officer, my body responded automatically.” In Guri (구리) City on January 29, another citizen was able to save the life of her husband with help from rescuers. ▶ Gyeonggi Introduces ‘Heart Saver’ Certification System Gyeonggi Province’s Heart Saver certification will be presented to emergency rescue officers who save the lives of patients facing death. Such patients need initial emergency treatment such as CPR to survive until they can receive proper medical care. ▶ GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “CPR is performed in steps. First, check the patient’s condition, then check the pulse. If there is no pulse, repeat ten chest compressions three times.” After 30 chest compressions, secure the airway and perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation twice. Repeat the entire process until the patient revives. ▶ Jeopng Ju-yeong / Fire Sergeant, Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety Headquarters “The purpose of the Heart Saver certification tem is to promote CPR and respect for life among the public.” In Gyeonggi Province, there are 1,649 emergency rescue officers who have saved the lives of 509 residents on the verge of death through timely responses and effective emergency treatments. Article 5. Gyeonggi Establishes Medical Support Team (170524-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province established a medical support team that provides regional public hospitals with support to help them improve medical service quality so as to minimize imbalances in regional medical service availability. ▶ Seoul National University Bundang Hospital When Seong (성미경) suffered a myocardial infarction, she was able to receive treatment in time at a nearby general hospital. ▶ Seong Mi-gyeong / Myocardial Infarction Patient “This type of heart disease can cause brain damage if not treated soon. However, I was lucky since the hospital was nearby.” ▶ Village in Gapyeong County The situation, however, differs greatly in regions far from any hospital. Yu (유영원) barely survived blood poisoning after having been transported a long distance to the nearest emergency center. ▶ Yu Yeong-won / Septicemia Patient “There are no hospitals in this region, only small clinics without beds for in-patients. There must be emergency services for urgent medical care.” Home to a quarter of the national population, Gyeonggi Province encompasses large rural areas that suffer a serious lack of high-level medical institutes. Half of provincial areas lie more than a 90-minute distance from the nearest emergency medical services. ▶ Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (May 23) Gyeonggi Province Public Health & Medical Support Team Inauguration Ceremony Titled Gyeonggi Province Public Health & Medical Support Team, this medical support group will provide rural public hospitals with educational and technical support so as to elevate their service quality to the average provincial level. ▶ Kang Cheol-hwan / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Public Health & Medical Support Team “For areas that lack medical service facilities, we will help develop quality hospitals. We will also provide support for the establishment intensive care and delivery facilities in areas where they are needed.” The primary purpose of this team is to promote qualitative improvements in regional medical services. This will also include responding to infectious disease outbreaks and other public health threats. Article 6. Gyeonggi Holds Public Meeting on Apartment Policies (170524-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province held a public meeting to discuss effective apartment management so as to address the housing issues that often cause discord among apartment residents. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Human Resource Development Institute (May 23) Gyeonggi Province Public Meeting on Apartment Management Improvement In Gyeonggi Province, more than 70 percent of residents live in apartments. Housing-related resident discord often stems from inadequate repairs which, in turn, stem from repair reserve charge rates being set too low. According to a specialist, repair reserve charge rates are often set too low so as to avoid opposition from residents and should be rationalized. ▶ Lim Sang-ho / Consultation Manager, Central Apartment Management Support Center “Instead of case-by-case payments of long-term repair reserves, exceptional permission for monthly payments based on actual contracts may be an alternative...” ▶ Selection of Management Contractors Based on Lump Sum Contracting Another specialist proposed improvement of management contractor selection methods based on lump sum contracting. This means that management quality can be maintained by avoiding the contracting of low bidders and that management contractors set the number of required management personnel as well as the scope of management themselves. ▶ Kim Jeong-dae / Chief of Korea Apartment Resident Representative Association Gyeonggi Branch “Although apartment resident representatives have great responsibilites and handle large amounts of funds, they are not compensated properly…” This public meeting featured more than 500 housing specialists and related organization personnel. The meeting was broadcast online to allow open participation. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will apply your good opinions and questionnaire results to provincial policies in cooperation with the provincial assembly.” At the meeting, Gyeonggi Province disclosed its plans to undertake commissioned apartment management when requested by apartment complexes in dispute from October. Article 7. Trial Cultivation of Indigenous Vegetable Breeds (170524-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services performed trial cultivations of more than 600 native vegetables. These vegetables have original Korean names. Excellent in taste as well as nutritional value, some of these vegetables will soon be seen at local food markets. ▶ Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services These vegetable breeds include thorn spinach, which has a unique appearance with thorny leaves. There is also curled mallow with wrinkled and curled leaf ends. ▶ Native Vegetables: Local Vegetable Breeds for 30+ Years Native vegetables are those that have been growing in a particular region for more than thirty years. These vegetables usually remain fresh for longer periods of time. ▶ GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “This is dog’s tongue lettuce since the shape of its leaves resembles that of a dog’s tongue. This lettuce has sturdy leaves that do not break as easily as those of other lettuces.” ▶ Trial Cultivation of Native Vegetable Breeds The trial cultivations of native vegetables of superior quality are being performed by residents around Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Kim Gyu-sik / Trial Cultivation Participant “I cultivated native vegetables in my garden. They are stronger in taste and aroma and have good texture.” ▶ 630+ Breeds Collected and Tested Since 2015, the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services has been testing more than 600 native vegetable breeds collected from vegetable farms around the province ▶ Kim Jin-yeong / Deputy Director, Urban Horticulture Team, GARES “This program helps preserve native vegetable breeds while discovering unknown functional values and promoting their cultivation among urban residents.” ▶ First 20+ Breeds to Be Introduced in June Beginning from June, this provincial agricultural institute will introduce more than twenty native vegetables, selected from among more than 300 breeds based on trial cultivation results, to local food markets as well as to the public. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.05.26Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1.Gyeonggi to Expand Marine Call CenterOperations (170515-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating the GyeonggiMarine Call Center, a seagoing vesselthatprovides comprehensive servicesto island residents. This year, the provincial government plans to add more such vessels to cover more islands. ▶Poong Island, Ansan City Poong Island is a quiet island off the coast of Ansan (안산) City with 120 residents; it is famous for wild flowers. This island is bustling with noise since today sees the monthly visit by young social workers. It also means that residents can enjoy food, music and exercise with their visitors. ▶Yang Chun-nan / Poong Island Resident “They brought us food that we haven’t heard of or tasted before and cooked for us. They made us feel great, and I feel as if I have had an endorphin surge.” Poong Island is connected to themain land via a ferry that runs only once a day. The Gyeonggi Marine Call Center is truly a welcome guest. ▶Free Transportation for Remote Island Residents The GyeonggiMarine Call Center provides free transportation, medical and cultural services as well as local development support services and even safety inspection services to residents of remote islands. ▶Park Dae-dong / Local Marketing Team, Gyeonggi Tourism Organization “This island with its beautiful natural environment has excellent economic potential. We are thereforegoing to launcha tour program on a trial basis to attract more tourists to this island.” ▶Gyeonggi to Add More Marine Call Centers Gyeonggi Province will invest KRW 4 billion this year to add more marine call centers so as to include more islands in the destinations of these service vessels. ▶Park Yeong-il / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Fishery Policy Team “We plan to extend marine call center vesseloperations from 30 days to more than 160 days this year so as to provide more diverse services including emergency patient transportation and volunteer service activities.” Launched in 2010, the Gyeonggi Marine Call Center has made nearly 1,000 visits to more than 12,000 island residents. ▶Gyeonggi Province Fishery Division (☎ 031-8008-4527) Those wishing to request the marine call center service may contact the Fishery Division of Gyeonggi Province. Article 2.Mobile Virtual/Augmented Reality Showroom (170515-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province is operating a mobile showroom on wheels that provides users with opportunities to experience virtual reality and augmented reality and to enjoy games that feature these technologies. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex In a virtual and augmented reality showroom installedat the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex, youths wearing special gear are making joyful noises. [Sync]Something suddenly appears out of nowhere! ▶Virtual Reality with 360° Vision Virtual reality technology creates realistic scenes in a 360-degree field of vision. In virtual reality, users can feel as if they are actually moving in a scene;in this case,an abandoned mine. ▶Nam Tea-hyun / 5th Grader, YonginSinil Primary School “I never imagined I would collide with a train or a rock, but I could in a virtual reality. It was an enjoyable experience.” ▶Augmented Reality Experience Booth At another booth featuring augmented reality technology, a user in special headgear suddenly finds himself in space as soon as he touches a book. He then travelsthrough space,experiencing various situations such as being sucked into a star. ▶Lee Hong-hwa / Suwon City Resident “I could see the Moon and Sun just as if I am in space.” ▶VR/AR Showroom, ‘WOW Space’ Titled ‘WOW Space’, this mobile showroom was developed by Gyeonggi Province to promote the virtual and augmented reality industry. ▶4 Reality Scenarios Offered This showroom providesusers with opportunities to experience virtual reality and augmented realityin four different scenarios. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This mobile showroom will circulate within the province for seven months to providevirtual and augmented reality experiences.” ▶‘WOW Space’ to Visit Paju &Ilsan This Year This year, ‘WOW Space’will visit locations in Paju (파주) City and Ilsan (일산) City in northern regions of the province. Its visiting schedule is available via the Gyeonggi Contents Agency homepage. Article 3.Gyeonggi’sCompany SOS Wins National Brand Award (170515-3) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province’s Total Business Support Program, more commonly known as the‘Company SOSProgram’, received the National Brand Award this year for the fifth consecutive year. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April) Weekly Provincial Policy Meeting Last month, a Gyeonggi provincial weekly policy meeting hosted a representative of a manufacturer of 3D LCDs for smart phones. He was there to present how he benefited from the province’s Company SOS Program in his application for factory expansion permission, which was initially denied due to regulations. ▶Kim Seong-hwan / CEO, JNTC “All six of our operations are located in Gyeonggi Province. We will continue to operate in the province and grow with the province.” ▶Company SOS Program for Industrial On-site Issues Launched in 2007, the Company SOS Program has been providing enterprises facing financial, technical and regulatory issues with customized consultation and administrative assistance on-site through official visits. [CG] In addition to the Company SOS Program, which is supported by a network of 94 organizations, Gyeonggi Province has also been operating three other on-site industrial support programs. ▶10,873 Issues Resolved In 2016 Last year, Gyeonggi Province’s Industrial SOS Program helped resolve 10,873 of 10,926 industrial issue cases. Such excellentresults wererecognized by this year’s National Brand Award in the Enterprise Support category. ▶Industrial SOS Wins National Brand Award for 5 Consecutive Years This marks the receipt of the same award for five consecutive years since 2013. ▶Kim Tae-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Total Business Support Team “We will go wherever we are wanted by industrial enterprises. Next year, we will also expand the industrial support programs that we pursue this year as well as other support programs.” Those enterprises wishing to requestCompany SOS services may do so via the Total Business Support Team of the local government office. Article 4.Groundbreaking for Sports Theme Park In GwangjuCity (170516-2) [Anchor’s Headline]On May 15, groundbreaking took place in Gyeonggi Provincefor a sports theme park titled ‘Team Up Campus’. Slated to open in March next year, this park will featurevarious sports facilities as well as baseball training programs conducted by professional players. This is an image of the completed Team Up Campus. There will be three baseball fields, a soccer field, a futsal ground and a campground as well as a two-story building that will house facilities for horseback riding, shooting, children’s sports and survival sports. ▶Comprehensive Sports Theme Park on 207,000 m2Site This will be a large sports theme park on a 200,000 square-meter site in Gonjiam (곤지암) in Gwangju (광주) City. ▶Lim No-byeong / Gwangju City Little Baseball Team Coach “We have been using any empty space that we could find to practice. I am very pleased that our children can now play on a proper ground.” The baseball training programs will feature well-known former and present professional players who will teach children and juveniles. ▶Lee Man-su / Former SK Wyverns Baseball Team Coach “This theme park itself is helping children have dreams. I hope that this park will produce many excellent national players in the future.” The Team Up Campus will have dual functions as sports-for-all facilities as well as a sports education campus. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I hope that this place will become a place in which children plays fair and learn from great players.” Once completed next March, the Team Up Campus with facilities for both sports and education will become the largest complex of its kind in Korea. Article 5.Rental Rice Paddies Introduced in Gyeonggi Province(170516-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province introduced rental rice paddies for urban consumersso as to promote rice consumption while helping rice farmers earn extra income. Users may rent small rice paddies for an annual fee of KRW 100,000 per unit and harvest their own rice for their families. ▶Jilulgoraesil Village, YangpyeongCounty In this rice field in Yangpyeong (양평) County, a farmer is busy plowing rice paddies for planting. Although the field is empty now, he is already picturing the field covered with golden plants heavy with ripened rice grains and enjoying rice he grew himself during a meal with his family. ▶GTV Reporter, Ku Yeong-seul “One rice paddy unit is available for an annual fee of KRW 100,000” ▶Gyeonggi Promotes Eco-friendly Farming on Rental Rice Paddies Devised by Gyeonggi Province to promote the consumption of rice among urban residents, this rice paddy rental program is open to urban users. Rice paddies can be rented in units of 66 square meters from farmers. Farmers provide instructions on eco-friendly rice farming and help with more professional tasks. ▶JeongYeong-ki /Eco-friendly Rental Rice Paddy Operator “I plan to have 30 urban families on my rental paddies and work togetherwith them planting, weeding and harvesting.” ▶Various Farm Experiences Also Available In addition to farming in the fields, users from the city can also experience other things that rice farmers do. ▶20 to 30 kg of Rice Harvested per 66 Square-Meter Unit A single rice paddy unit will produce 20 to 30 kilograms of rice, the amount a four-person family can consume in one or two months. ▶Song Ji-seon/ Director, Gyeonggi Agrofood Institute Agricultural Food Consulting Division “Urban users will participate in all harvesting processes. We will expand the program based this year’s results.” This year, the rental rice paddy program, which enables urban consumers to grow their own rice,is being operated on a trial base. Based on the results, Gyeonggi Province will expand the program to include more farmers. Article 6.Diseased Pine Nut Trees Reborn as Wood Composites (170516-3) [Anchor’s Headline]AGyeonggi institute developed a method of recycling pine nut trees killed by nematode infections into eco-friendly wood composites.Nematodes are parasites that inflict fatal damage on pine trees. Those pine nut trees killed by nematode infections are usually cut down and disposed of. ▶Fumigation Prevents Utilization of Wood Trees infected with nematodes are fumigated for several years to prevent spread of the disease. However, fumigation prevents the trees from being used as wood. ▶Gyeonggi Institute Develops Nematode-infected Pine Nut Tree Recycling Method For the first time in Korea, the Gyeonggi Forestry Environment Research Center developed a method of recycling nematode-infected pine nut trees. Instead of fumigation that renders the trees unusable, this method grinds the trees finely to eliminate the nematodes in the wood. ▶Hong Seung-hui / CEO, Jeyoung Industry Co., Ltd. “We thought we might be able to salvage the trees by grinding them down to 100 to 200 mesh. When we did that and made composites with the resulting powder and additives. The final products were satisfactory.” Since the pine nut tree powder is fine and dry, nematodes can no longer survive in it. ▶Eco-friendly Wood Composite Produced This institute found that this nematode-free pine nut tree powder could then be used to produce eco-friendly wood composites by addingpolyethyleneand pine nut byproducts that also used to be discarded. ▶Chae-jeong-woo / Research Official, Gyeonggi Forestry Environment Research Center “Producing eco-friendly wood compositesmakes this the first time thatdisposed trees were used to generate income.” ▶Eco-friendly Wood Composites Used to Build Decks in Gyeonggi Forest Park To test the wood composites made withrecycledpine nut trees, the research team that devised therecycling method built a trial strolling deck in a forest park in the province. The research institute now plans to apply for a patent for this method while working on aproposal for the promotion of the method. Article 7.Pyeongtaek Brain City to Host University Campus (170517-1) [Anchor’s Headline]On May 16, Gyeonggi Province, Pyeongtaek (평택) City andSungkyunkwan (성균관) University signed an agreement on the construction of a university campus in Pyeongtaek (평택) Brain City. ▶Doil-dong, Pyeongteak City The construction of this campus has been delayed for the past ten years due to financial reasons. However, development will finally take place on a 5 million square-meter site after the developer revises project plans as requested by Gyeonggi Province. ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 16) Signing of Sungkyunkwan University Construction Agreement The signing of this agreement between the university and related authorities finally took place seven years after the conferral of provincial approval for the construction project in 2010. ▶JeongGyu-sang / Chancellor, Sungkyunkwan University “We will realize our plan to cultivate human resources for the advanced industries of the future and help promote such industries that generate high added values.” The science section of the campus, which will occupy more than a half million square meters, will house seven strategic projects that will lead the industrial revolution of the future. ▶Education and R&D Complex In addition to education facilities, the Brain City will also hostan R&D complex that will cost a total of KRW 2.4 trillion to construct. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province will provide active administrative supportso that Sungkyunkwan University can participate in this project with positive efforts.” The signing of this construction agreement is also welcome news forlocal residents. ▶Lee Sang-gak / Local Resident “This project will create a good environment for our children. We all welcome the project and are optimistic.” The construction of the Brain City with a university campus to lead future technologies is slated forcompletion in the year 2021. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.05.18Greetings, 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 Improve Transportation Convenience forDisabled (170508-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province announced the investment of KRW 22.8 billion in the improvement of transportation convenience this year in four categories of facilities and supporting temsfor individuals with limited mobility. ▶Call Taxi for Individuals with Severe Disabilities Call taxis for individuals with severe disabilities are equipped with special devices to accommodate special needs. ▶Lee Bok-hui / Individual with Severe Disabilities “There are many elements in the subway tem that makestravel for thosewho have severe disabilities unsafe. That is why I use these call taxis” Currently, there is one such call taxi for every 200 individuals with severe disabilities. ▶Gyeonggi to Double Call Taxi vs User Ratio GyeonggiProvince will spend KRW 10.7 billion this yearto double this ratio. ▶Investment Planned in 4 Facility Categories This is one of four improvement plans for individuals with limited mobility. ▶MoreCall Taxis for Individuals with Severe Disabilities and More Low-floor Buses ▶Establishment of Transportation Support System and Technical Support Center Other categories include morelow-floorbuses and the establishment of an area-wide transportation support tem as well asthe expansion of a technical support center. ▶KRW 11.2 Billion Earmarked for Low Floor Bus Operations For expanded low-floor bus operations,KRW 11.2billion was earmarked. ▶Area-wide Transportation Support System for Integrated Transportation Information Services The area-wide transportation support tem, in which KRW 700 million will be invested, will provide integrated transportation information services for individuals with limited mobility. ▶Technical Support Center for Continuous Improvement of Transportation Convenience Established in 2015, the technical support center will expand service conveniences such as Braille information and audio traffic signals. ▶Lee Gi-pyo / Director, Gyeonggi Universal Design Center Convenience Improvement Division “There are many facilities for individuals with limited mobility that are not effectively installed. We will also improve such facilities through on-site investigations…” In a national surveylast month, Gyeonggi Province was ratedas the local autonomy with the highest level of transportation convenience for individuals with limited physical mobility. This year’s provincial budget will further improve such convenience. Article 2.Gyeonggi’s‘Happy Car Share’–After 1 Year of Operation(170508-2) [Anchor’s Headline]A year ago, Gyeonggi Province introduced the‘Happy Car Share’ tem, a free provincial vehicle rental service available to residents during holidays and weekends. Over the past year, the total travel distance served by provincial vehicles has exceeded the equivalent of 9 times the circumference of Earth. To date, more than 7,400 residents have used Happy Car Share services. ▶7,400 Residents Used Happy Car Share Services That meansmore than 600 residents used Gyeonggi Province’s public vehicles per month on average for holiday travel. Some usershave even become regulars. ▶Ahn Dong-hyun / Happy Car Share User “I could undertakeimportant travel thanks to the car sharing services. Thiswouldn’t have been possible by public transportation. I think it is a noble idea to share public vehicles with residents.” The Happy Car Share services were launched on May 5 last year. ▶Range of Users Expanded Initially open to those in low income brackets, the servicesubjects were later expanded to single parents, multicultural families and families with more than one child. ▶GTV Reporter Ku Yeong-seul “Vehicles are available from 7 am on the first day of weekends or holidays to 7 pm on the last day for aperiodof two days to ten days.” The Happy Car Share services, whichutilize provincial vehicles on non-workingdays,were launched by Gyeonggi Province for the first time in Korea. ▶1,600+ Gyeonggi Provincial VehiclesServed To date, a total of more than 1,600 provincial vehicles have been used for these services. ▶Kim Seong-woo / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Vehicle Support Team “We will eventually expand the services to all 31 localities of the province. For now, we plan to expand these services to 14 localities in January of 2018.” Gyeonggi provincial vehicles in the Happy Car Share program are delivering happiness to all parts of the nation. Gyeonggi Province will continue to expand these services to so that more residents can benefit. Article 3.G-Fair Korea Slated for November (170508-3) [Anchor’s Headline]According to the organizers of Gyeonggi Province’s G-Fair Korea, the largest SME product exhibition in Korea, this year’s event will see its transformationinto an international event as well as the addition of the New Growth Engine Hall. Last year, G-Fair Korea featured the products of 1,101 enterprises at 1,305 booths, and attracted representatives of more than 600 overseas companies as well as326 local buyers. ▶2016 G-Fair Korea Achieved USD 482 Million in Exports and KRW 45.4 Billion in Local Sales During last year’s event, exports totaling USD 482 million as well as local contracts amounting to KRW 45.4 billion were realized. ▶New Growth Engine Hall This year, G-Fair Korea will see theexpansion of participating enterprises from manufacturers to those in all industrial fieldsthroughthe addition of the New Growth Engine Hall.With international exhibition certification, G-Fair Korea will also become one of the three largest international trade fairs in Asia. ▶Participation of 100 Overseas Enterprises Targeted The organizers also target the participation of 100 overseas enterprises through invitation. This will be a significant increase from 10 enterprises in previous events. ▶Lee So-chun / Director, Gyeonggi Province International Trade Division “We expect that there will be a significant decrease in the number of Chinese buyers this year. However, we will pursue participation from other Asian markets as well as from Europe through invitations.” G-Fair Korea, which marks itstwentieth occasion this year, is slated to open on November 1 for a four-day run at the KINTEX exhibition center in Goyang (고양) City. Article 4.GyeonggiBegins Pet Business Startup Support (170510-1) [Anchor’s Headline]With the pet market growing rapidly in Korea, Gyeonggi Province began providing business startup support to those who are preparing to open new businesses in pet industry fields. ▶Pet Product Manufacturing Enterprise, Dongducheon City This cat tower manufacturerand sales shop uses quality wood. Although the prices arehigher than those of plastic products, the products of this shop are more durable and have been gaining popularity via word of mouth. ▶Han Cho-heung / Cat Tower Shopper “I bought a cheap cat tower last time; it didn’t last long and smelled bad. I am now looking for an environment-friendly wooden cat tower.” Pet products are becoming more diverse and encompassing a new range of products such ashigh-quality furniture and nutritional supplements. This is partly because pets are increasingly being viewed as companions in Korea. ▶Jang Sun-hyuk / CEO, Pet Nutritional Supplement Enterprise “There are an increasing number of customers who used to only buy cat food and dog food,but who now buy food supplements for the healthier lives of their pets.” The size of the Korean pet and pet product market is estimated to be approximately KRW 2 trillion. ▶Gyeonggi Begins Pet Business Startup Support The pet industry has been seeing double-digit growth in recent years in Korea, and is expected to continue to grow. However, imported products still comprise a large proportion of this market. ▶Kim Yun-bok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Business Startup Support Team “Gyeonggi Province is home to approximately 280,000 pets, nearly 30 percent of the national total. We launchedthis support since there is a growing need.” Provincialpet business startup support includes operational cost support of up to KRW 15 million per business as well as free business spaceif necessary.Gyeonggi Province expects that this support will have diverse effects increating new jobs, promoting domestic products and stimulatingthe local economy. Article 5.Gyeonggi SupportsFormer Japanese ReformatoryDetainees (170510-2) [Anchor’s Headline]In Gyeonggi Province, theSeongam (선감) Reformatorywas an institutionin which children and juveniles were subjected to violence and forced labor during and after the Japanese Occupation. Gyeonggi Provinceannounced a support program for theseformer detainees 35 years after the closure of the reformatory. ▶Gyeong-dong, Incheon City Kim (김춘근)lived in this reformatory for 22 years from 1961. He still remembers the miserable days he spent there. ▶Kim Chun-geun / Former Seongam Reformatory Detainee “We used to be beaten with pickaxes or baseball bats. They were the fixtures in the room.” The Seongam (선감) Reformatory was located on the current site of the Gyeonggi Creation Center on Seongam (선감) Island. ▶Reformatory for Juvenile Vagrants Established by the Japanese in 1942, this detention center was a reformatory in name only. It was, in fact, a forced labor camp to which random childrenof 8 to 18 years of age were brought forcefully and where they were subjected to labor and constant violence. ▶Gyeonggi Launches Support Seongam Reformatory Victims Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assemblyannounced the launch of a support program for Seongam Reformatory victims ▶Seongam Reformatory Victims Memorial Service Slated for May 27 The Seongam (선감) Reformatory Victims Memorial Committee, which was established under a related ordinance, plans to hold a memorial service on May 27. ▶JeongDae-yun / CXhairman, Seongam Reformatory Victims Memorial Committee “We will perform intensive investigations to reveal the truth. No more children and juveniles should suffer such a violation of human rights.” ▶Seongam Reformatory Case Investigation to Begin The reformatory victims support program will begin with the excavation of the remains of victims and the performance of a memorial service after the commissioning of investigations in November. Article 6.Gyeonggi Livestock FarmsEarn from Farm Tours (170510-3) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province has been promoting the diversification of farms into processing, salesand farm touroperationsfor development as a6th industry,a combination of the first, second and third industries. Recently, livestock farms that have beenoperating farm tourshave realized large amounts of additional income. ▶Livestock Farm, Paju City At this livestock farm, for the first time in their lives, young children marvel at feeding calves themselves. ▶Cho Gyeong-min (Age 7) “The calfsucked milk hard when I fed him. That felt good.” This livestock farm offers farm tours to children to show them different stages of animal growth as well as milking and cheese-makingprocesses. ▶Moon Gyeong-a / Farm Tour Guide “We have groups that range from 20 to several hundred children. Most of them are from childcare center or kindergartens. We also have families during weekends.” ▶Gyeonggi Invested KRW 3.5 Billion in Livestock Farm Tour Operations Since 2007, Gyeonggi Provincehas provided livestock farms with support totaling KRW 3.5 billion for development asa6th industrywhile also helping farmers increase their income levels and competitiveness. ▶Gyeon Hong-su / Director, Gyeonggi Province Livestock Policy Division “Gyeonggi Province has helped 10 livestock farms create experience programs since 2007 so as to develop the 6th industry. These farms have160,000 visitors and additional income of KRW 2.3 billion annually.” Gyeonggi Province plans to provide four more livestock farmswith farm tour development supportthis year. Support will continue to include pig, chicken and beekeeping farms. Article 7.National Positioning Number Plates forCyclist Safety (170511-3) [Anchor’s Headline]With the number of cyclists exceeding 14 millionand bicycle accidentsincreasing,Gyeonggi Provinceplans asignificant increase in the number of national positioning number plates for emergency rescues on bicycle roads in the province. ▶Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters A119 operator receives a call reporting a bicycle accident. “One onenine.” “I am on a bicycle road and there is a person lying on the ground. Please come quickly.” “A bicycle road? What is the national positioning number? DaSa64461625. Okay, medics will be there right away.” Only two minutes after the caller gave the information requested, emergency rescuers arrive at the scene. ▶National Positioning Number Plates on Bicycle Roads Such a quick responsewas made possible by referencing anational positioning number plate installed alongside the bicycle road. ▶Jeong Yun-gi / Fire Officer, Gyeonggi ProvinceDisaster & Safety Headquarters “Even if the scene is away from addressed buildings, rescuers can arrive at the scene of accident very quickly when 119 callers provide the nearest national positioning number.” ▶Positioning of Locations without Address These numbers enable the identification of locationssuch as riverbanks and mountain tracksthat liegreat distancesfromany facilities with addresses. ▶GTV Reporter GuYeong-seul “The national positioning number can be used to locate a position on a bicycle road in an open area without facilities that have addresses.” ▶National Positioning Numbers Consist of Hanguyl and Numbers The national positioning number is a string of characters and numbers written in black on a yellow background on the number plate. There is also a QR code at the bottom that can be read with a cellular phone; it is linked to emergency treatment information. ▶Cho Chang-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Address Management Team “This year, Gyeonggi Province will install national positioning number plates at 229 locations on bicycle roads on riverbanks, and expand installationsthrough site surveys on an ongoing basis.” Over the past five years, the number of bicycle accident-related emergency rescue cases in Gyeonggi Provinceincreased by more than 3,000. ▶Response Time Improves throughCommon Use by Police, Fire and Forest Offices The common use of national positioning numbers by police, fire and forest officials helps improve response times to accident reports. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.05.12Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1.GyeonggiLaunches Consultation Services for Working Mothers (170501-2) [Anchor’s Headline]In Korea, pregnancy, childbirth and childnursing are the leading causes of career discontinuation among female workers.In order to help working women with these issues, Gyeonggi Provinceopened a consultation service desk that can be accessed easily by phone or online. ▶Kim Du-ri / Working Mother, Anyang City Kim (김두리) is working as a consultant at a local welfare center. She plans to apply for a parental leave. However, she finds it very difficult to broach the subjectsince she is one of only three staff members at her job, and more so since she went on maternity leave only a year ago. ▶Kim Du-ri / Working Mother “”I even worry if my position will still be there for me when I want to return to work, or if the replacement worker willbe preferred over me when I do.” ▶Gyeonggi Launches Consultation Servicesfor Working Women In Gyeonggi Province, 22.1 percent of married women in the workforce are forced to give up their jobs due to difficulties in managing childbirth or childcare while working. Gyeonggi Province opened this service desk to alleviate such difficulties through consultationswithlabor attorneysvia telephone or online. ▶Cho Hyun-min / Labor Attorney “We will provide guidance about how to express one’s wishes to their employers and how to get assistance. We can even provide assistance with legal processes if necessary.” Consultationsin person are also available free of charge for up to five visits. ▶Linkage with Related Services Users may be linked to related specialist services if necessary. ▶Lee Yeon-hui / Director, Gyeonggi Province Women Policy Division “We will provide support to women who face difficulties in pursuing both work and childcare so as to enable them to continue the development of their potential while maintaining happy home lives.” ▶Gyeonggi Province Working Mom Info: http://cafe.naver.com/ggworkingmom ▶Gyeonggi Province Home-n-Work Support Center (☎ 031-22-3909) Services can be accessed online via theGyeonggi Province Working Mom Information homepage or by phone throughthe Gyeonggi Province Home-n-Work Support Center Article 2.Gyeonggi Supports Youths Who Leave Child Welfare Institutions (170502-3) [Anchor’s Headline]Children who live inwelfare institutions should leave such facilities when they reach the age of 18. Despite initial living cost support, these youths often face difficulties making ends meet. Such youths will now be provided with monthly living cost support by Gyeonggi Province. ▶Child Welfare Institution, Dongducheon City Without a family, Kim (김민수) has been living in a child welfare institution. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a magician. However, he is deeply worried since he should soon leave the institution and pursue an independent life in real world. ▶Kim Min-su / Child Welfare Institution Resident “I haven’t got much time until I should leave. I am worried if I can do well. I am also worried about finding employment since I do not have many useful vocation certifications” Those who reach 18 years of age should leave their institutions regardless of their employment status. Initial living cost support of KRW 5 million is all they will have if they leave without employment. ▶Lee Myeong-seon / Director, Child Welfare Institution “There are programs that help resident children learn to pursue independent lives. However, they often find themselves in financial difficulties when they go out and start living independently.” ▶Gyeonggi to Provide Monthly Living Cost Support to Youths Leaving Institutions Monthly living cost support of KRW 420,000 will be provided in addition to the initial support. ▶Muhandolbom Welfare Support for Families in Critical Situations This monthly support program is part of the Muhandolbom (무한돌봄) welfare support tem for families in critical situations. Itincludessupport for employment searches and air-conditioning costs. ▶Park Sang-yong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Muhandolbom Team “We expanded support for families in critical situations to include support for deposit payments and nursing costs.” Families with monthly income of less than KRW 3.5 million based on 4-person family are eligible to apply for this support. Article 3.Gyeonggi Finalizes Revised Supplementary Budget (170502-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Provincecompleted this year’s first revised supplementary budget plan of KRW 22 trillion. This additional funding will be used primarily in fields relating to living including job creation for youths and transportation. ▶Revised Supplementary Budget KRW 22 Trillion With this revised supplementary budget, the original budget was increased by KRW 2.33 trillionto KRW 22 trillion. This supplementary budget was planned three months earlier than last year’s, which was planned in August. ▶Oh Byeong-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “We believe that early investment leads to early beneficial effects for residents as well as more tangible administrative and financial results.” ▶KRW 63.9 Billion Planned for Economic Promotion KRW 63.9 billion of the supplementary budget will be used for economic promotion effortssuch as job creation. ▶Job Search Cost Support Planned for 5,000 Youths Job search cost support,which is provided for up to six months to unemployed youths 18 to 34 years of age, was increased by KRW 12 billion, while the number of recipients was increased to 5,000. ▶ Working Youth Bank Account Subion to Increase to 9,000 Youths The funds for the Working Youth Bank Account, a type of time deposit account for low-income youths, was increased by KRW1.4 billion to accommodate up to 9,000 youths. ▶ KRW 1.1 Billion for Enterprises Suffering from THAAD-related Effects KRW 1.1 billion was earmarked for those enterprises are suffering due to THAAD-related Chinese retaliation. ▶KRW 130 Billion Earmarked for Construction and Transportation In addition, the revised supplementary budget will be used in six other fields,includingconstruction and transportation for which KRW 130 billionwas earmarked, as well as health and welfare for which KRW 41.8 billion was allocated. ▶Oh Byeong-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Coordination Office “The revised supplementary budget totaling KRW 121.7 billion for 51 items was finalized. It is approximately 90 percent realization of the amounts requested for these items.” This year’s first revised supplementary budget plan is slated to be finalized on May 26 once it passes the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. Article 4.Gyeonggito Value Competency in Youth Employment Support (170501-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Starting this year, Gyeonggi Province will value the specialtiesof individuals more than certified qualifications in the selection of youth employment support recipients.This change of criteria stems from the need for competent personnel among employers. ▶Home Appliance Manufacturer, Hwaseong City The number of employees at this enterprise almost doubledin recent years. However, this company faces difficulties each time it recruits new personnel since job applicationsusually show excessive qualifications. ▶Cho Yun-mi / Manager, Home Appliance Enterprise “There are problems. New employees find it difficult to adjust in the jobs. Some even leave the company soon.” ▶Meeting on Gyeonggi Province’s Customized Employment Support(April 28) These days, public offices and large enterprises employ new personnel based on the National Competency Standards, or NCS. ▶NCS Specifies 800+ Items Required for Job Performance NCS specifies more than 800 items in the categories of knowledge, techniques and attitudes that are required for job performance. Using NCS, employers can define personnel requirements that can be used by applicants in their preparations. ▶Gyeonggi Province to Use NCS in Youth Employment Support Programs Starting this year, Gyeonggi Province will operate youth employment support programs based on NCS. To this end, specialists will visit employers to identify their requirements, which can then be used to train, assess and recommend individuals. ▶320 Job Searchers and 100 Employers This year, the program targets an employment rate of 70 percent among 320 registered job searchers at 100 enterprises. ▶Choi Won-yong / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Employment Policy Bureau “Webelieve it is important to satisfy both employers and job searchers by enabling the employment of competent personnel for quality jobs.” Beginning with this program Gyeonggi Province plans to create competency-based employment tems that can minimize mismatches between employers and job searchers. Article 5.Gyeonggi Abounds with Good Holiday Destinations in May(170502-2) [[Anchor’s Headline]In Korea, the month May this year is packed with holidays and is also deemed‘family month’. There are many good holiday destinations in Gyeonggi Provinceas well asdiscount events to enjoy during these holidays. ▶Byeolbaragi Village, Gapyeong County This village in Gapyeong (가평) County of Gyeonggi Provincefeatures a pine nut festival. Children are invited to create many things with pine cones and to experience pine-nut grinding with their parents. ▶Son Da-gyeom / Child from Hwaseong City “It was fun to make a pine nut pouch and to grind pine nuts. It was more fun because my mom and dad were with me.” ▶Tak Jong-hyeon / Parent from Seongnam City “It was wonderful to come and experience country life with my children and wife during these rare long holidays.” Overnight farm experience programs withentry fees discounted20 percent are currently being offered in nine villages in northern provincial regions until May 14. Participants can experience country life just like they can see in popular TV programs that feature similar experiences. ▶Yeoju, Icheon&Gwangju (until May 28) Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale The cities of Yeoju (여주), Gwangju (광주) and Icheon (이천) are hosting the GyeonggiInternational Ceramic Biennale. This ceramic festival also features ‘Spring is for Travelling Parents’ program. This program offers discounts on admission fees to adult children who accompany their parents. Reservations can be made via the ceramic biennale homepage. ▶JeongHye-in / Visitor from Gwangju City “This is the first time I came to see the ceramic biennale. I wasn’t overly interested in visiting crowded places, but was impressed by the artistic beauty of Korean ceramics.” There are also a variety of holiday programs offered by local authorities. Suwon (수원) City offers free admission to tourist destinations as well as discounts on a Korean archery experience. There are prize-winning events at a traditional market in Bucheon (부천) City. Gimpo (김포) City offers pleasure boat rides for only KRW 1,000 to those who visit more than two tourist destinations in the city. Provincial museums also offer free admission during holidays in May. Article 6.Gyeonggi Trade Fair Results in Deals Totaling USD 76 Million (170501-3) [Anchor’s Headline]On April 27, a trade fair titled 2017 ASEAN DAY was held that featured theproducts of enterprises in Gyeonggi Province. During this event, participating enterprises secured deals totaling USD 76 million. ▶KINTEX Exhibition Center, Goyang City (April 27) 2017 ASEAN DAY This trade fair was organized by Gyeonggi Provincefor buyers from Asian countries including Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. ▶Tan Kenchong / Buyer from Malaysia “I came here to look for some Korean suppliers because the quality of Korean productsis very good.” One of the participating enterprises was a coffee mix company that began exporting its products to Taiwan last year. ▶Hwang Oi-seon / Overseas Marketing Manager, Gaveon Co., Ltd. “Since we have just begun to export our products, it is important for us to meet as many buyers as possible.” The 2017 ASEAN DAY was an export promotional event for more than 280 SMEsoperating in fields that benefit from free trade agreements between Korea and ASEAN countries. ▶700+ Deals Totaled USD 76 Million During the event, more than 700 deals were realized totaling approximately USD 76 million. Many participating enterprises were able to launch their products in Asian countries for the first time through this event. Article 7.Gyeonggi Pursues Legalization of Food Bikes (170504-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Last month, for the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province introduced food bikesto the public at its cherry blossom festival. From the end of May, the provincial government will begin trial food bikeoperations while pursuing the process of their legalization. ▶GyeonggiSangsang Campus Jeong (정지수) and Lee (이은지), graduates in design, were experiencing difficulties finding employment. They were contemplating opening a business with design products when they heard about the food bike idea contest. ▶Food Bike Doubles Design Promotion Media Taking advantage of the environment-friendly image of food bikes, they chose to sell detoxifying drinks while promoting the eco bags and mats they designed. ▶Jeong Ji-su, Lee Eun-ji / Food Bike Idea Contestants “We were in need of a means of advertising our design products. We think our food bike can attract interest and serve that purpose.” Kim (김지훈), who has been developing an indoor cultivating tem, was another food bike idea contestant. ▶Food Bike Business Requires Small Investment Unlike other businesses, one can launch a food bike with only a small investment that typicallydoes not exceed KRW 1.5 million. ▶Kim Ji-hoon / Food Bike Idea Contestant “It is a good business form that can be launchedusing little capital. It is also very versatile in idea application.” ▶First Food Bikes Introduced at Cherry Blossom Festival The first food bikes were introduced during the cherry blossom festival at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex this past April. During the festival, the ten food bikes that were selected from among forty contestants drew considerableinterest from festival visitors. ▶Go Bong-tae / Director, Gyeonggi Province Regulatory Reform Division “We are pursuing the legalization of food bikes using the models introduced. We plan to operate these models in provincial localities from the end of May.” Gyeonggi Province plans to operate food bikes at a food truck festival that begins at the end of May for a 6-month run. Pursuit of the legalization process will follow based on the results. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.05.04Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1.2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale Opens (170424-2) [Anchor’s Headline]On April 22, theGyeonggiInternational Ceramic Biennale openedfor a 37-day run at three venues in the cities of Yeoju (여주), Gwangju (광주) and Icheon (이천). With the ‘life & death of humanity’set as its theme, this year’s eventwill run until May 28. ▶Yeoju Ceramic World ▶Life Story: My Storyby Jeong Ji-hyun This urn in the shape of anicecream cakerepresentsthe creator’s wish forher death to be a happy one with the promise of new birth. ▶Happiness of a Cat by Hwang Wei Chien from Taiwan ▶Mother’s Forest by Yu Gyeong-ok Ceramic works shaped like acan of cat food and a maternalface with a warm smile are amongthe more than 200 pieces seen at Yeoju (여주) Ceramic World that depict artists’ notions on life and death. ▶Jeong Han-ju / Curator, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Yeoju “This exhibition will provide viewers with an opportunity to think about themselves as well as their loved ones and to value life from a new perspective.” ▶Gwangju Gobjiam Ceramic Park At the Gwangju (광주) event, the origin of modern life is pursued by reinterpreting historical items from around the world and connecting them with modern counterparts. ▶Eric Yan van der Kerl from Netherlands “Old is seen in a new way; that I like about. So, it’s new and old and combination of it…” This year’s international ceramic biennale features a portion of this year’s theme at each venue:‘life of the past’at Gwangju (광주) Ceramic Park, ‘modern life’ at Icheon (이천) Cerapia, and ‘death’ at Yeoju (여주) Ceramic World. ▶Jeon Seong-jae / Director, Cultural Projects, Korea Ceramic Foundation “These exhibitions are wonderful places at which viewers can appreciate and experience modern and traditional ceramics and hear about them from artists.” ▶Icheon Cerapia The Icheon (이천) venue hosts diverseinternational exhibitions that feature the works of invited artistsas well as a special exhibition of Neil Brownsword. There are also a variety of entertaining programs such as ceramic making and a clay battle for families and children. ▶Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale Continues until May 28 Marking its eighteenth occasion this year, the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale will continue until May 28. Article 2.Gyeonggi Expands Financing for Low Credit Enterprises (170425-2) [Anchor’s Headline]Individuals with low credit ratings face difficulties borrowing money and often have to resort to quick loans at high interest rates.Gyeonggi Province announced that this year it will increase the budget for ‘Good Morning Loan’, a low-interest financing program for such individuals. ▶Lee Gap-ki / Anyang City Resident Lee (이갑기) started a franchise restaurant last year. When business slowed, he needed to borrow money to pay salaries and operational costs. However, all his loan applications were denied based on his low credit rating that resulted from his filing for rehabilitation six years ago when his previous business failed. He had to use expensive loans until he was relieved by the Good Morning Loans of Gyeonggi Province. ▶Lee Gap-ki / Good Morning Loan User “Individuals with low credit ratingsface severe discrimination in financialcircles. However, Good Morning Loanis granted on a long-term basis regardless of credit ratings and at a very low interest rate.” The Good Morning Loans are available to individuals with low credit ratings at an interest rate of 2 percent without the requirement of collateral. These provincial loans are also available to retirees, multicultural families, and singleparent families. This financial instrument even pays back 20 percent of the interest paid withon-time completion of repayment. ▶Gyeonggi to Expand Good Morning Loans The budget for the Good Morning Loans was increased to KRW 16 billion this year. ▶Kim Haeng-im / Deputy Director, Working-Class Loan Team “It is a 28 percent increase from last year and can cover more than a thousand contracts.” Last year, 727 individuals received Good Morning Loans totaling KRW 12.5 billion ▶Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation (☎ 1577-5900) Those wishing seeking more information or wishing to apply for a Good Morning Loan cancontact the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation. Article 3.GyeonggiFosters Economic Ties with Singapore & Thailand (170425-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Last week, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pilvisited Singapore and Thailand to fostertrade opportunities in these emerging markets. He began his tour with a visit to the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry on April 24. During his stay in Singapore, he also secured an investment of USD 35 million. ▶Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (April 24) Meeting with Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Governor Nam met with Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Roland Ng and discussed economic cooperation with Chinese sectors inSingapore. ▶Gyeonggi Business Center to Function as Investment and Trade Platform During the meeting,Governor Nam disclosed that he was seekingto establish a Gyeonggi Business Center in Singapore that would function as an investment and trade mediator between SMEs in Gyeonggi Province and Singapore. Roland Ng suggested the building in which the chamber is located as a possible location since it is ideal for trade events and exhibitions. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I hope that you would extend support to Korean enterprises to grow in Singaporean Chinese economic circles.” ▶Singapore (April 24) Signing of Investment MOUbetween Gyeonggi Province and Versum Materials In the afternoon, Governor Nam signed an investment agreement with Versum Materials, a global electronic materials company. ▶Investment of USD 35 Million to Create 400+ New Jobs This investment, which will amount to USD 35 million, will have the effect of creating more than 400 new jobs in Gyeonggi Province. The ensuing production of core semiconductor elements will also contribute to the local semiconductor material industry and exports. ▶Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will provide every possible support so this enterprise is encouraged to invest more.” After his visit to Singapore, Governor Nam headed to Thailand, an emerging distribution hub in Southeast Asia. Article 4.Gyeonggi Opens Desk for New Technologies & Patents (170424-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province opened a new desk to assist enterprises seeking to participate in public projects in new technology and patent matters. This desk will alleviate difficulties faced by these enterprises, especially after the introduction of the Bribery & Solicitation Prohibition Act. ▶Construction Technology Enterprise This construction technology enterprise has a proprietary air gap collapsing technology used at construction sites. After obtaining a patent for this technology, this company succeeded in securing related contracts from 15 enterprises. However, the company has been unsuccessful in initiating contact with public officials regarding public projects. ▶Lee Jin-seong / CEO of Construction Technology Enterprise “We want to have our technologyreceive fair assessment. However, we are unable to find any opportunity to do so.” ▶Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 19)0 Gyeonggi Province New Technology & Patent Desk This desk, the first of its kind in Korea, began operation as a channel through which enterprises can receive detailed information regarding public projects and directly propose their related new technologies and patents to public offices. [CG]When proposals are received, either on-line or off-line, the official in charge of contract review will relay the proposals to related offices that then make assessments and selections. ▶Transparency in Order Procedures Ensured Disclosure of job orders for public projects ensures transparency of order procedures between technology and patent proprietors and job-ordering offices. ▶Baek Maeng-ki / Director General, Audit & Inspection Bureau “This tem will be beneficial for the industry and improve transparency and fairness in administrative procedures.” After trial operation of the technology and patent desk at a provincial level, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand its operations to local administrations. Article 5.GyeonggiHelpsWomenReturn to Workforce (170424-3) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province has been providing women seeking to return to the workforce after marriage and childbirth with vocational educationin a variety of fields.Education courses include those relating to advanced technologyfields such as virtual reality, augmented reality and drones. ▶Seocheon Primary School, Yongin City Lee (이주현)works as an after-school drone teacher at a primary school. Five years after she gave up work to become a full-time mother, she could easily find this job thanks to the provincial education program. ▶Lee Ju-hyun / Career Resuming Woman “I quit my previous job after childbirth. After receiving drone camera education, I could work again as a teacher and a freelance camerawoman while learning other related subjects.” ▶2,600+ GyeonggiWomen to Receive Vocational Education This Year This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to provide vocational education to more than 2,600 women who seek to return to the workforce. ▶123 Education Courses This year’s education program features 123 course subjects including an increased number of advanced technology fields as well as conventional professional education courses. ▶6 High Added Value Courses Also included for first time this year are six courses in fields that generate high added value. ▶Lee Yeon-hui / Director, Gyeonggi Province Women Policy Division “Education in high added value areas will be provided in linkage with local communities so as to provide career-interrupted women with quality education.” Gyeonggi Province’s vocational education program for career-resuming women has proven successful, achieving anemployment rate of nearly 70 percent among graduates. ▶Gyeonggi Province New Employment Center (☎1544-1199) Applications for education are being received by the Gyeonggi Province New Employment Center. Article 6.Gyeonggi’s Big Data Business Startup Support Effective (170426-2) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province’s big data business startup support provided last year has seen great results. The nine new enterprises that received provincial support have successfully secured investments totaling KRW 570 million. ▶Big Data Enterprise, Seoul An artificially intelligent robot generates articles about the stock market in an easy-to-read format by analyzinga large amount of stock market information. This 3-person ‘robot journalism’ technology enterprise was able to raise funds of KRW 200 million in only six month of itslaunch thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s big data business startup support program. This company is now well on its way to growth. ▶An Sang-seon / CEO of New Big Data Enterprise “We received business startup support as well as consultation services and information directly from those enterprises listed on the stock market. The recognition of our business by Gyeonggi Province led to our winning a contract amounting KRW 20 million.” Gyeonggi Province has been providing intensive support to the nine big data enterprises that were selected through a contestlast year. ▶Provincially Supported Big Data Businesses Secure Investments of KRW 570 Million The investments in these enterprises were realized through promotional events also supported by the province ▶Business Presentation Event and Mentoring Services These promotional events included business presentations in front of potential investors as well as one-on-one mentoring services and technical education. ▶Park Jong-seo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Big Data Division “We plan to improve the business selection method for this year’s contest so as to improve the results of provincial support.” Gyeonggi Province has been nurturing new businesses in big data fields and subsequently providing support so as to promote industry in these fields and lead the fourth industrialrevolution in Korea. Article 7.Old Bridge in DMZ Becomes Popular Tourist Spot (170426-3) [Anchor’s Headline]Last December, the remnant of a river bridge from the Korean Warin the Demilitarized Zone was opened to the public after restoration as anobservatoryfor tourists. It iscalled‘Sky Walk’. ▶Dokgae Bridge Sky Walk, Paju City This bridge is located beyond the Civilian Control Line and is the only place in the area above this line that civilians can visit without Ministry of Defense permission.Restored as a tourist attraction, this bridge offers panoramic views of the ironic scene of nature and war. ▶Ban Byeong-suk / Visitor from Hanam City “It is frustrating not to be able to cross the river. I wish that our country could be reunited and people on both sides of the rivercan cross the bridge freely. It is so sad that I almost feel like crying.” ▶Yu Sun-wol / Visitor from Hanam City “My father was born in Pyeongyang. Up until his death, he longed to go back home. I want to go and see his home town, too.” This bridge, which was part of the railroad that connected South and North Korea, was destroyedduring the Korean War. ▶14,000 Visitors within One Month of Opening The Sky Walk on this bridge has attracted more than 14,000 visitors within one month being transferred to a charged admission tem. This bridge was also nicknamed ‘The Train Whistle to Tomorrow’ by a Korean poet. ▶GTV Reporter Kim Tae-hui “From the second floor of the Sky Walk, visitors can still see the remainders of the bridge pillars that carry the scars of the war.” At the entrance to the bridge, a steam engine draws the attention of visitors with its interior restored and lined with photographs, together with aminiature replica of the entire bridge before the war. ▶Yu Chung-ho / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province DMZ Preservation Team “With national defense becoming a subject of major public concern, this place is ideal for children to study history. It can also provide special memories to families and love ones as well as those who miss home in the north.” With the nearby Imjingak (임진각) Marshland Park set toopen next year and the Ecology Tourism Support Center that opened last year,the Train Whistle to Tomorrow is expected to attract more visitors in the years to come. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.