Weekly English news | 2018.10.04Greetings, 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. Singapore Enterprise to Invest USD 20 Million in Gyeonggi (180927-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A fledgling advanced technology enterprise, BTech in Osan City of Gyeonggi Province, recently secured an investment of USD 20 million from a Singaporean enterprise for planned facilities in the Pyeongtaek (평택) Business & Industry Complex. ► Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority (September 27) Investment MOU Signing Since BTech applied for residency in this complex, Gyeonggi Province and the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority have been supporting the realization of its relocation through an active search for overseas investments on its behalf. ► Lee Hwa-sun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone Authority "While the goal of enterprises is to grow into global businesses, our objective is to provide such enterprises with assistance for their stable growth…” These efforts finally came to fruition with the Singaporean enterprise CUBIT, an international semiconductor parts distributor with annual sales of USD 14 billion, signing an investment MOU on September 27. ► Kim Sun-rae / Korean Representative, CUBIT "We will use our network in the United States, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia and China to help the company grow…” BTech is a fledgling enterprise specializing in new material precision processing. ► Combination of Korean Root Technologies and Overseas Capital This investment is an example of combining a Korean root technology enterprise and an overseas investor who has an established international sales network. ► Ha Jeong-hyeon / CEO, BTech “… to become the most successful enterprise among those in the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone…” With the resources available, BTech is now able to relocate itself to the Pyeongtaek Business & Industry Complex in the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone, actively pursue technological development, and achieve significant sales growth while creating many new jobs in the near future. Article 2. Gyeonggi Establishes Intellectual Property Startup Support Center (180927-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With the intellectual property industry growing, Gyeonggi Province recently established a special school that provides business startup and employment education in these fields. Park (박지수), a new employee of an electronic parts enterprise, is recognized as very capable in his patent work. He attributes this success to the employment education provided by Gyeonggi Province. ► Park Ji-su / Gyeonggi Intellectual Property Specialist Education Graduate “During the eight-week course, we were provided with professional-grade education in patents through classes that were divided into specialized subjects as well as common subjects.” ► Gyeonggi’s Intellectual Property Education Produces 380 Graduates Since 2014, Gyeonggi Province has been operating an intellectual property specialist education program. This program has produced a total 380 specialists with an employment rate of 77 percent. ► Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (September 14) Opening of ‘Intellectual Property Startup & Employment Zone’ Recently, Gyeonggi Province opened a school titled “Intellectual Property Startup & Employment Zone.” ► One-Stop Support for Startup In addition to education, this school also encompasses one-stop support for startups in these fields. ► Education and Employment Support For those seeking jobs, the school also provides employment support through various promotional events. ► Park Sang-woo / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Intellectual Property Team “We are confident that the one-stop service tem will deliver ideas to startups as well as success and professionals to job creation.” The next employment education course as well as enrollment for the next startup course begins in October. ► Gyeonggi Intellectual Property Center (☎ 031-500-3048) Detailed course information can be obtained from the Gyeonggi Intellectual Property Center. Article 3. Gyeonggi Administrative Innovation Contest (180927-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to promote an innovative administration culture, Gyeonggi Province held a contest for cases that demonstrate administrative innovation in the categories of social value realization, participation and communication, and creative public service culture. ► Sosori Farm / Farm Share Program Operator, Namyangju City Workers on this farm in Namyangju (남양주) City are busy preparing for new experiential programs that include more diverse and entertaining events in addition to existing daily programs. This farm is one of the ‘farm share program’ operators supported by Gyeonggi Province. ► Seo Da-hye / Manager, Sosori Farm “I think this is an opportunity to change the common view of urban life, an opportunity that benefits producers while satisfying consumers …” ► Hanhwa Resorts, Yongin City (September 13) 2018 Gyeonggi Administrative Innovation Contest Of the 16 cases that were featured in the contest held on September 13 in the described administrative innovation categories, seven qualified for the finals. - Social Value Realization: Farm Share / Public Vehicle Share / Resource Recycling Town / Apartment Consultant Teams / Social Performance Compensation In the social value realization category, five administration programs were selected: Farm Share, Public Vehicle Share, Resource Recycling Town, Apartment Consultant Teams, and Social Performance Compensation. - Participation and Communication: Employment Big Data Analytics - Creative Public Service Culture: Real-time Fire Engine Information Service In the remaining two categories, Employment Big Data Analytics and the Real-time Fire Engine Information Service were selected. ► Farm Share Program Receives Top Prize Judged by specialists and audience members, the top prize went to the Farm Share Program. ► Han Tae-hui / Top Prize Winner (Gyeonggi Province New Growth Agriculture Team) “At Farm Share sites, farmers and consumers engage in joint economic activities. I think that gave the program winning points.” The top case will represent Gyeonggi Province in the upcoming national administrative innovation contest. ► Jeong Gu-won / Director, Gyeonggi Province Inspection & Evaluation Division “The purpose (of the contest) is to identify cases that improved administrative work so as to ultimately improve services for residents.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to promote administrative innovation through the identification of exemplary administration cases. Article 4. Gyeonggi Holds River Management Workshop (180920-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province hosted a river management workshop for officials from provincial and local governments as well as the Ministry of Environment to discuss measures to ensure effective responses to unpredictable weather phenomena. The role of rivers is important during extreme weather periods such as prolonged downpours and droughts. ► The MVL (Hotel), Goyang City (September 18) Gyeonggi Province River Management Workshop The purpose of this workshop was to identify ways in which to improve river safety in terms of natural disasters brought about by extreme weather. ► Advanced River Management Measures Sought for Effective Responses to Changing Weather With changes in river management policies anticipated since the Ministry of Environment’s assumption of national water management authority this year, ministry officials were also invited to participate in the workshop. ► Cities Share River Management Experiences During the workshop, the cities of Anyang (안양) and Shiheung (시흥) shared their river management experiences and ideas. There were also discussions on the management of local streams and tributaries. ► Park Yun-hak / Director, Gyeonggi Province River Division “We will do our utmost to safeguard Gyeonggi Province from natural disasters by establishing comprehensive water management plans based on detailed surveys of river basins and performing environment-friendly river management and maintenance.” ► 4 Local Rivers Selected for Flood Resistance Improvement Gyeonggi Province has already earmarked approximately KRW 110 billion to improve the flood resistance capabilities of four selected local rivers. Article 5. Smartphone-related Accident Prevention Ordinance Proposed (0928-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, an interesting ordinance draft was proposed in the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. This ordinance specifies safety regulations to prevent accidents that are related to the use of smartphones while walking on the street. The number of accidents involving individuals who use smartphones while walking on the street, oblivious to their surroundings, has been increasing. There are many who even cross the street with their eyes glued on their smartphones and earphones plugged in. ► Lee Seon-jae / Yongin City Resident “Many people use smartphones on the street when they are alone. They seem to be in greater danger because they do that despite being aware of the safety risks.” There is even a newly coined term, ‘smombie,’ that refers to smartphone users who walk in a zombie-like state. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “The number of road accidents involving pedestrians using smartphones has been increasing each year. While most are minor incidents of bumping into other individuals, more serious accidents do frequently occur when they collide with bicycles, motorbikes and vehicles.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Proposes ‘Smombie’ Accident Prevention Ordinance This ordinance draft was proposed recently by members of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. [CG] The ordinance draft specifies pedestrian safety measures and traffic rules for pedestrians as well as public education regarding the dangers of using smartphones on the street. ► Mun Gyeongt-hui / Member of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Improvement of road crossings may help. I am confident that various accidents suffered by pedestrians while using smartphones on the street can now be prevented.” This ordinance draft will be reviewed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly during the next extraordinary session in October. Article 6. Gyeonggi Announces Administrative Policy Idea Selection Results (180927-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced seven new policies, including medical facility establishment at expressway rest areas, selected from among policy ideas proposed by residents. ► Anseong Matchum Clinic This small private clinic at an expressway rest area, far from the nearest hospital, is used by many who require emergency treatment. ► Sin Sang-ho / Anseong Matchum Clinic User “As a frequent expressway traveler, I find this clinic extremely convenient to use when I need urgent medical care or emergency treatment.” It was the operator of this clinic who proposed the establishment of medical facilities at expressway rest areas. ► Yu Seung-il / Policy Proposer (Anseong Matchum Clinic Operator) “Expressways can be regarded as medical service blind spots. Many emergency cases occur while traveling on expressways but lack access immediate medical services. Such inconvenience led me to make this proposal to Gyeonggi Province.” ► Resident Policy Ideas Collected via Provincial Website Out of the 60 policy ideas selected from among those submitted via the New Gyeonggi Commission website, 7 were selected for adoption as actual provincial policies. ► 7 Ideas Selected for Adoption These ideas include medical facilities on expressways and free safety inspections of old buildings. ► Kim Jong-seok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Future Strategy Division “The policy ideas that we selected for adoption were developed by residents themselves. By communicating with and listening to residents, we can develop practical policies through which residents can feel benefits.” Gyeonggi Province will pay prize money of up to KRW 500,000 to each resident whose policy idea was adopted. ► Policy Selection Information Available via Gyeonggi Province Website (www.gg.go.kr) Detailed policy idea selection information is available via the ‘Policy Ideas Wanted’ page of the Gyeonggi Province website. Article 7. Gyeonggi Wins Tax Refund Lawsuit (180928-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Four years of legal disputes between Gyeonggi Province and the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation over the return of overpaid local taxes have finally ended with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the province. ► Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation Overpaid Local Tax Four years ago, the corporation erroneously paid property taxes at 2 percent of property values instead of the normal 1 percent. ► Lawsuit for Return of Overpaid Amount Recognizing its error, the corporation filed a lawsuit against Gyeonggi Province for the return of the overpaid amount. However, the fact that they had been voluntary payments adversely affected the outcome for the corporation. ► Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of Gyeonggi Province Finally, on September 13, the Supreme Court delivered a judgement against the corporation, stating that the tax payments cannot be construed as unjust gains because payer’s fault was critical and evident. As a result, Gyeonggi Province can retain KRW 3.9 billion in tax revenues. ► Lee Ju-hyeon / Suwon City Resident “I thought it strange to ask for the return (of tax payments) after all these years and, as a tax payer myself, I thought it wrong. I think it was a correct judgement, one that was very well done.” ► Gyeonggi Operates Tax Lawsuits Taskforce Gyeonggi Province handled the case through a dedicated task force and communication with other autonomous bodies. ► Choi Won-sam / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Tax Review Team “The corporation claimed that those were not valid payments despite the fact that they were voluntary payments and this was clearly a significant fault on its part. We responded to the lawsuit with resolve since the results of this case can set precedent.” This outcome is expected to influence eight other lawsuits against Gyeonggi Province for the return of local tax gains. 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Weekly English news | 2018.09.28Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Absorbs Convergence Technology Institute (180917-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology of Seoul National University recently became a Gyeonggi provincial organization. This institute will be dedicated to technology-based public service development. ► Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology Established in 2008 as an affiliate of Seoul National University with support from Gyeonggi Province, this institute also operates a technology startup support center. This institute was also the birth place of the recently introduced Zero Shuttle, Korea’s first autonomous vehicle. ► Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology (September 17) Inauguration of Korea’s First Joint Public-Academy Research Institute With the announcement made on September 17, this institute officially became the 25th Gyeonggi provincial organization. Seoul National University will continue to oversee its research activities. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “I believe that, with Gyeonggi Province’s support and Seoul National University’s excellent knowledge base, we should be able to overcome challenging social problems one by one…” ► Development of Public Services in Advanced Technology Fields Operated jointly by these two public entities, this institute will undertake the development of administrative services in advanced technology fields using the academic resources of the university. ► Park Chan-wuk / Acting President, Seoul National University “We are confident that this institute will lead the advancement of convergence technologies through scientific and technological researches for mankind. ► Bridging Advanced Technologies with Public Services By combining science and technology with services using public data, the new Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology will help improve a range of public services including transportation, safety and welfare. Article 2. Temperature Safety Indicators Used on Meat Products for School Meals (180919-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to ensure the safety of food products that require refrigeration during distribution, such as meats and fish, temperature-sensitive labels were introduced in Gyeonggi Province, initially on a trial basis on meat products used in school meals. ► Livestock Product Enterprise, Anyang City In this meat factory, workers attach yellow labels on meat boxes before stacking them for delivery to schools. These labels contain a thermometer-shaped pictograph whose color changes to red at temperatures above acceptable levels. ► Jeong Tae-hui / Livestock Product Enterprise Using Temperature-sensitive Labels "Meat is sensitive to temperature. These labels ensure the safety of meat since they tell us whether the meat has been maintained at cold temperatures throughout distribution processes. Consumers can be reassured of product hygiene by checking these temperature-sensitive labels. ► Thermometer Pictograph Turns Red at Normal Temperatures When the label is exposed to normal temperatures for more than 3 hours, a red stripe will appear. ► Pictograph Contains Temperature Sensitive Substance This discoloration is the result of the reaction of a substance that melts and discolors at temperatures above 11 degree Celsius. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The red discoloration is not reversible even if the package returns to a refrigerated state later. This means that the freshness of the products cannot be faked.” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the use of the temperature safety indicator label after its initial introduction on certified G-mark products. ► Kim Seong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Animal Quarantine Division "After the initial application of the labels on G-marked livestock products supplied to more than 1,800 schools, we will expand their use to G-marked products sold to general consumers.” In addition to effective date indication, this temperature safety indication will help improve the credibility of food products. Article 3. Gyeonggi Upgrades Provincial Building Custodian Lounges (180917-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Recognizing the inadequate state of the resting facilities available to the custodians who work at provincial buildings, Gyeonggi Province plans to significantly improve the custodian lounges in these buildings. ► Lee Gyeong-min (Aged 64) / Custodian, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center At age 64, Lee (이경민), who works as a janitor at the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center, climbs up and down stairs to use a tiny custodian room which, without proper cooling and heating tems, was created by crudely converting a toilet. ► Lee Gyeong-min / Custodian, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center “Since it’s in the basement, it’s stuffy. There is no air conditioner. During the winter, an electric pad is the only heat source. The floor beyond the pad is so cold that we cannot sit on it.” ► Gyeonggi to Improve Janitor Lounges at Provincial Buildings As promised by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명), the province will improve the working environments for custodians at provincial buildings. Twelve custodian rooms that were in basements or on rooftops will be relocated to above ground levels. Those without proper bathrooms will be provided with new shower rooms. Thirteen locations will be supplied with new household amenities including refrigerators, heaters and purified water dispensers. ► Gyeonggi Governor Promises Improvement of Working Conditions for Custodians The governor’s promise for the improvement of working conditions for custodians and guards at provincial buildings was made via social networking services on August 16. ► Cheon Byeong-mun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Facility Management Team “It is true that workers at provincial buildings, including custodians and guards, have been working in poor conditions. The working environment improvement plans for these workers were based on on-site surveys of all related facilities.” These plans will be implemented in the near future beginning with the relocation of custodian rooms at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex to above ground levels on October. Article 4. 60% of Gyeonggi Residents Support Use of Regional Vouchers (180918-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to introduce regional vouchers next year. This announcement was based on the positive results of an opinion poll on the adoption of this alternative “currency” among small businesses. ► Minarigwang Market, Suwon City With most shoppers bound for large supermarkets and department stores, traditional markets are quiet even during the shopping season before the Korean holiday of Chuseok. ► Cheon Jeong-ja / Traditional Market Merchant “Consumers prefer large supermarkets and department stores. Our business is so slow that we have hard time making ends meet.” Proposed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) to revive business for small merchants, the regional vouchers are intended for use only in traditional markets and backstreet shops. ► Sin Min-ho / Suwon City Resident “The regional vouchers can be purchased at discounted prices, which is an advantage, and they may have motivating effects on small businesses.” ► 6 Out of 10 Gyeonggi Residents Support Use of Regional Vouchers. In the opinion poll conducted by Gyeonggi Province, six out of ten Gyeonggi residents agreed with regional voucher introduction. ► Cho Tae-hun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Division “We will make careful preparations for the implementation of regional vouchers, taking into account various opinions including those regarding the scope of benefits for small businesses and the use of regional vouchers in welfare benefit payments.” Gyeonggi Province targets the full implementation of regional vouchers by next April and expects positive effects for small businesses. Article 5. Air Pollutant-emitting Enterprises Uncovered in Industrial Complexes (0919-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, Gyeonggi Province conducted air pollution inspections at industrial complexes in Pyeongtaek (평택) City and uncovered a number of enterprises that did not operate proper pollutant treatment facilities. ► Apartment Building, Pyeongtaek City The residents of this apartment building in Pyeongtaek (평택) City are afflicted by the incessant foul odors and microdust released from an industrial complex less than 100 meters away. They cannot even open their windows. ► Kim Yu-ri / Apartment Resident Near Segyo Industrial Complex “Even I, who have severe rhinitis, can smell the strong odors. I never needed headache pills before, but I have already used almost a whole bottle since I moved here.” [CG] The microdust levels of Pyeongtaek (평택) are significantly higher than environmental standards, remaining the highest or second highest among the 31 cities and counties of the province. ► Environment Pollution Inspections of Pyeongtaek Industrial Complexes These environmental inspections were conducted jointly by Gyeonggi Province and Pyeongtaek (평택) City at industrial complexes and housing development areas. ► 19 Enterprises Apprehended for Pollutant Emissions Out of 54 locations that were inspected, a total of 19 were found negligent in pollutant treatment, either by failure to operate existing treatment facilities or leaving faulty facilities unrepaired. ► Seo Jin-seok / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office Team 3 “We felt that there was a significant lack of awareness regarding the importance of environmental facilities among industrial enterprises. To reduce pollution emissions, we will strengthen our industrial site management and pursue continuous consultations regarding the sites.” Those that were apprehended through inspections face either prosecution or administrative punishments. Using measurements and advanced equipment such as drones, Gyeonggi Province will continue pollutant emission control. Article 6. First Gyeonggi Local Government Heads Meeting Held (180918-3) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time under the current administration, Gyeonggi Province and local government heads convened to discuss current provincial issues. ► Jungang-dong Administrative Welfare Center, Yongin City (September 18) September 2018 Regional Government Heads Meeting During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province focused on public service-related job creation. - Establishment of Delinquent Tax Management Teams Specifically, Gyeonggi Province plans to create public service jobs through the establishment of delinquent tax management teams with a total of 7,500 personnel by 2021 as well as local security teams titled Happy Town Keepers. ► Cha Jeong-suk / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Bureau “We tentatively decided the employment period (of the Delinquent Tax Management Teams) to be based on a fixed term and have already set targets for next year. Local governments may simply decide upon the number of required employees.” ► Ansan City Vice Mayor Lee Jin-su “Delinquent tax in our city totals approximately KRW 93 billion. The operating costs for delinquent tax management for three years are estimated to be KRW 6.8 billion with targeted collection of these taxes being estimated at KRW 18 billion.” - Happy Town Management Center in Old Downtown Areas Beginning with trial operations at five locations from October, the Happy Town Management Centers will be established in old urban residential areas to undertake public services such as security for women, solitary senior transportation support, and home repairs. ► Pocheon City Vice Mayor ark Chang-hwa “Although home to our city hall, there are areas around Sineup-dong have become severely dilapidated and underdeveloped. I hope that Sineup-dong of Pocheon City will be selected to showcase exemplary Happy Town Management Center operation.” - Promotion of Regional Vouchers Also discussed during the meeting was the promotion of regional vouchers to help revive small businesses while also contributing to the local economy and job creation. Gyeonggi Province plans to share operation costs equally with local governments and asked local governments to allocate organizational resources and personnel accordingly. During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum urged local governments to prepare measures for Chuseok as well as for MERS outbreaks. ► Gyeonggi Province First Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “In the event patients do occur, I ask you to manage the outbreak so to avoid the occurrence of fatalities.” Gyeonggi Province also asked local governments for support in the establishment of apartment auditor teams as well as emergency safety resources at local public service offices. Article 7. Rescued Young Flying Squirrel Returned to Nature (180920-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, a flying squirrel that had been rescued and treated at the Gyeonggi Province Wild Animal Rescue Center was returned to nature. There are an increasing number of wild animals being rescued, of which four out of ten are returned to nature after their complete recovery. ► Gyeonggi Province Wild Animal Rescue Center This flying squirrel was of a Korean indigenous species designated as a natural monument. ► Rescued in Yangpyeong County in August. It had been rescued in exhausted state on a forest trail in Yangpyeong County. Korean flying squirrels have been designated as a class 2 endangered species with their numbers continuously declining. ► Kim Chang-hwan / Yangpyeong County Resident “I found two squirrels which seemed dead at first. So I inspected them carefully and felt faint tremor in one of them. It was in such a pitiful state.” ► Released after Full Recovery This squirrel was the only survivor of a litter of four. After receiving treatment and rehabilitation, it fully recovered and was released. It settled on a high pine nut tree not far from the location where it was rescued. ► Lee Eun-gyeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Wild Animal Rescue Team “Flying squirrels start independent lives eight to nine weeks after their birth. Since we released it at this period at the location where it was rescued, we expect that it will do well.” [CG] The number of rescued wild animals has been increasing continuously due to climate change and a shortage of food. More young animals are rescued in autumn, in particular, since it is a breeding season for many species. Of those rescued, 40 percent are returned to the wild after receiving treatment. If you find an animal in distress, please call 119 immediately. 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Weekly English news | 2018.09.21Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Road Safety Expo Held in Gyeonggi (180910-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been hosting an annual road safety showcase. This year’s event opened on September 5 at the KINTEX exhibition center and featured a variety of related experiential activities for public road safety education. ► KINTEX (September 5-6) Gyeonggi Province Road Safety Expo One such experiential event featured car accident simulations in which visitors experience the importance of wearing seat belts. ► Jin Hui-won / Visiting Child “It was scary but fun. (I now know) we should always wear seat belts.” Running for two days, this annual provincial event, titled Gyeonggi Province Road Safety Expo, featured a number of booths designed to foster awareness of road safety among members of the public, especially children, through experiences using various media. ► Kim Yong-jin / Visitor, Childcare Center Teacher “I have given road safety education to children using only instructions and images. Here, children could more vividly learn why they should wear seat belts and use road crossings through experiences.” ► 400+ Booths with New Technologies More than 100 related organizations showcased road safety items using various media technologies via more than 400 booths. This year’s event also featured demonstrations of upgraded autonomous vehicle operation as well as vehicles for individuals with disabilities. ► Kim Jun-tae / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Transportation Bureau “We focused more on communication through experience than on previous occasions. The ultimate purpose is to create advanced road safety culture and traffic order. Gyeonggi Province will continue to promote road safety through accident-prevention education programs. Article 2. Gyeonggi DMZ International Forum Draws Global Interest (180911-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 6, Gyeonggi Province held its first international forum on the future of the Demilitarized Zone, also known as the DMZ. Having remained a human exclusion zone for decades, the DMZ of the Korean Peninsula has become a biological haven. ► Uijeongbu Arts Center (September 6) 2018 DMZ International Forum Featuring more than 180 ecological specialists from around the world, this international forum saw discussions on ways in which to create a space for lives and peace in this symbolic zone of conflict. There was also a recommendation, agreed upon by a majority, that the DMZ be designated as a biological preserve. ► Kim Eun-yeong / Chairperson, UNESCO Korea Committee “The majority of participants seem to advocate the idea of preserving the value of the DMZ by protecting the area from economic development. I believe that biological preservation zone designation will serve the purpose exactly.” ► International Biological Preservation Cases Presented A scholar from South Africa shared a similar case of natural preservation along border areas, while the regional UNESCO representative from Beijing presented that organization’s biological preservation zone management in Asia. ► Marielsa Oliberia Ph.D. / UNESCO Beijing Office “…but we cannot also forget that (there are) several opportunities for collaboration between the two Koreas on the peninsula that will help to provide both sides with information and understanding about opportunities concerned and …” There was also a proposal for inter-Korean collaboration as well as a DMZ monitoring case presentation. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yeong “The DMZ in Gyeonggi Province is emerging as an area of peace and ecological importance that the world recognizes, instead of as an area of division and separation. I believe that the peace and prosperity of its future, therefore, depends on how we manage DMZ areas” The opinions gathered at the forum will be used for the development of sustainable DMZ policies. Other DMZ preservation projects currently pursued by the province include DMZ Peace Belt development and DMZ ecological map production. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Provide Primary School Children with Dental Service Support (180912-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the province-wide launch of free dental services, known as the ‘Home Dentist’ program, for primary school children from next year. ► Dana Dental Clinic, Seongnam City The Home Dentist program, one of the election pledges of Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명), includes dental examinations and permanent teeth development checkups as well as fluorine treatments. ► Lim Su-jeong, Lim Sang-ho / Home Dentist Service Users "We used to visit dental clinics only when we had teeth troubles. However, it is nice to know my current dental condition.” ► Home Dentist Program Provides 4th Graders with Dental Examination Support The Home Dentist program targets primary school fourth graders since they are at an important stage in terms of dental development as they undergo the transition to permanent teeth. Subject children can receive free dental exams as well as dental health education close to their homes from local dentists who are registered as Home Dentists. ► Kim Jong-ae / Registered Home Dentist "Preventive treatment is most effective at this age when permanent teeth development is almost complete” ► Home Dentist Services to Cover Entire Province First introduced in Seongnam (성남) City when Governor Lee was mayor of that city, the effectiveness of this program has been verified through the positive responses of residents. With the passage of the related ordinance in the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly last week, this program will be expanded to the entire province, benefiting more than 120,000 children. Gyeonggi Province will allocate KRW 5.6 billion in the next provincial budget for this program. Article 4. Gyeonggi Holds Budget Policy Meeting with Ruling Party (0911-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province held a meeting with the ruling party to explain various provincial policies and request party support in securing national subsidies for the implementation of those policies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (September 11) Democratic Party-Gyeonggi Province Budget Policy Meeting The key subjects of discussion were the introduction of land tax and the claiming of apartment premium profits for use in public rental housing projects, both proposed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “The key to resolving national economic problems and making it possible for people to have new dreams and hopes is, after all, reducing the windfall profits of real estate owners with public authorities retrieving such profits to use for the benefit of all people…” [CG] Governor Lee proposed that these policies can be realized by “imposing land tax based on the public concept of land ownership and using the entire amount returned to the people as a basic income. [CG] He also added that “…if public authorities claim apartment premium profits from owners and use the amount for public rental housing construction, it will be a real estate policy that will make everyone happy.” Affirming a favorable review of Governor Lee’s proposals, the Democratic Party also made its own proposals for the province. ► Lee Hae-chan / Democratic Party Leader “Since Gyeonggi Province is favored by many youths as a place for relocation, I think the province should pay special attention to housing policies for young people and respond effectively to the situation.” The Democratic Party leader asked Gyeonggi Province to lead in inter-Korean economic cooperation. During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province and the Democratic Party concurred on a number of issues. ► Kim Tae-nyeon / Chairperson, Democratic Party Policy Committee “Expansion of area wide transportation networks, inter-Korean exchange support in northern Gyeonggi Province, and balanced development of northern and southern Gyeonggi Province are also the core pledges of the party.” ► Cho Jeong-sik / Democratic Party Budget & Accounting Committee Secretary “A significant increase has been made in social overhead capital category of the national budget for the improvement of people’s quality of life. The regional governments, including Gyeonggi Province, will need to work hard (to make the most of it)…” ► Gyeonggi Requests KRW 1.86 Trillion in National Subsidies for 640 Projects Gyeonggi Province disclosed national subsidy requirements totaling KRW 1.86 trillion for 640 provincial projects in peace and unification, as well as infrastructure for living and microdust measures. In order to secure targeted national subsidies of KRW 12.5 trillion for the year 2019, Gyeonggi Province also plans to meet with National Assembly members in the near future. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Introduce Compulsory Production Environment Indication on Eggs (180910-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently developed and enforced a new egg marking tem. This new tem includes an additional number, known as ‘Production Environment Indication’, which identifies the environment in which the egg-laying hens were kept. ► Food Shop, Suwon City Last year, traces of insecticide were found in eggs, causing consumers nationwide to boycott domestically produced eggs. ► Kim Ji-yeong, Housewife, Suwon City “I check the markings on eggs when I buy them because, since I feed them to my family including my children, I cannot take chances.” ► Production Environment Indication on Egg Shells Enforced in Gyeonggi In order to reassure consumers of the safety of eggs, Gyeonggi Province enforced production environment indication marking on egg shells. This information is important because use of insecticides was practiced in henhouses densely packed with animals. ► Living Environment of Hens Indicated with Number 1 to 4 In addition to farm name and distribution date, egg markings must now include an additional number - 1, 2, 3 or 4 - to indicate the living area per hen. 1 - Outdoor Open Breeding 2 - Breeding in Area Specified by Livestock Industry Act 3 - 0.075 ㎡ per Hen 4 - 0.05㎡ per Hen Each number denotes the size of the living area of the hen that produced the egg and ranges from the number 1, unconfined outdoor breeding, to the number 4, 0.05 square meters per hen. From next year, the new indication tem will also include the date the egg was laid. ► Kim Seong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Animal Quarantine Division “Use of insecticides and factory-style henhouses caused distrust among our residents. To improve the situation, we will regain consumer confidence through indication of the production environment that ranges from breeding in nature to breeding in henhouses or cages.” Those who fail to abide by production environment indication will be subject to imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to KRW 10 million. With the production environment indication tem, eggs will return to the dining table as a safe food item. Article 6. Gyeonggi Opens Financial Operation Details Website (180911-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province opened a website that discloses the financial status of the provincial government for reference by the public. Titled ‘Gyeonggi Province Household Accounts’, this site provides the public with details of provincial budgets and expenditures as well as contracts. ► Kim Min-ji / Suwon City Resident Kim (김민지), a local tax payer, uses this website to see how taxes were used by Gyeonggi Province. ► Kim Min-ji / Gyeonggi Province Household Accounts User “My trust for Gyeonggi Province was increased by being able to see where, when, and how taxes were used.” ► ‘Gyeonggi Province Household Accounts’ Opens Through this website, visitors can see financial details of Gyeonggi Province. ► Accessed via Gyeonggi Data Dream Website (data.gg.go.kr) Accessed via the Gyeonggi Data Dream website, which provides comprehensive provincial organization data, the Gyeonggi Province Household Accounts site is open to anyone interested in the financial management of the province. ► No Information Request Procedures Necessary Information can be accessed on the spot simply by clicking without going through complex disclosure request procedures. This website reflects Gyeonggi Province’s commitment to administrative transparency. ► Park Jong-seo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Big Data Division “Gyeonggi residents want to know how their tax payments are used. This website enables resident to review, download or analyze financial information of the province.” Following initial disclosure of financial information for the year 2017 and 2018, Gyeonggi Province will expand the disclosure range back to the year 2008 in phases. Article 7. Fake Luxury Item Dealers Uncovered in Gyeonggi (180912-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, a number of fake luxury item dealers were uncovered in Gyeonggi Province. These dealers were found to stock fake items, such as watches and handbags, valued at more than KRW 300 million. ► Clothing Shop, Uijeongbu City At this clothing shop in Uijeongbu (의정부) City, inspectors discovered a large quantity of luxury brand clothes. Produced in China, all these items are imitations with fake logos. [Sync] Shop Proprietor: “Those are genuine brands.” Inspector 1: “Then why do you keep the logo tags separately?” Inspector 2: “Genuine items must have logo tags with them’ ► Clothing Shop, Goyang City In another store in a shopping mall in Goyang (고양) City, sparkling watches and luxury brand handbags were displayed in showcases. These items were also illegal copies of genuine brands. [Sync] Inspector: “The logos, such as those of Gucci and Chanel, are registered with the Patent Office. Selling or displaying the items with pirated logos construes…” Shop Proprietor: “But we only have a small quantity.” ► 30+ Fake Luxury Items Sold at 10% of Genuine Item Prices These dealers, who were apprehended by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police, have been selling fake items of more than 30 luxury brands at prices as low as 10 percent of genuine item prices. ► GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “More than 700 illegal imitation items, including watches and handbags valued more than KRW 300 million, were confiscated.” This crackdown was the first of its kind since the coverage of the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police was expanded by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-woo “We performed the imitation item trade crackdown since making money by illegal or unfair means inflicts damage on residents.” The 19 fake item dealers apprehended were charged with violation of trademark law. 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Weekly English news | 2018.09.14Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi to Introduce Address System within Large Parks (0903-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to introduce an address tem for roads and structures in large parks so as to facilitate position identification in wide open areas for enhanced public convenience and safety. ► Gwanggyo Lake Park, Suwon City This lake park in Gwanggyo (광교) New Town in Suwon (수원) City, with more than 2 million square meters encompassing a beautiful lake and surrounding greenery, is the largest urban park in Korea. It is also one of the most popular parks, attracting 3.4 million visitors annually. However, such a large area poses difficulties in locating persons and responding to emergency calls. ► Kim Jong-min / Visitor from Gwonseon-dong, Suwon City “It is easy to lose your bearings in this park. it is very difficult to find the right way without even knowing where you are.” ► Gyeonggi Studies in-park Location Information Alternatives Gyeonggi Province plans to study possible options to assign location information or addresses to areas within parks. Current options include a numbering tem using area grids or internal roads and an address tem using existing structures. ► New Location Addresses With the new address tem, locating a place will become much faster and easier. ► Cho Chang-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Address Management Team “Based on study results, we will create a database of assigned location information or addresses for public use. If we have good application results, we will pursue nationwide expansion of the tem.” Gyeonggi Province will also release the urban park addresses to GPS and online mapping services. Article 2. Gyeonggi Leads Construction Cost Disclosure by Example (0904) [Anchor’s Headline] Following a vow by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) to eradicate construction corruption, Gyeonggi Province is leading by example with the recent disclosure of construction costs incurred by the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation. This declaration was made this past July by Governor Lee. [CG] Stating via Twitter that someone’s unjust profit means someone else’s unjust loss, Governor Lee affirmed that he would prevent such unfair income made through adherence to power. When the construction industry expressed opposition to this policy, Governor Lee responded that public construction costs should be disclosed since these projects use tax payer money. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (August) “Tax payers should be informed of how taxes are used in public construction projects. They should be informed of requested prices, unit prices, actual construction costs, land purchase costs, …” ► Provincial Construction Costs Disclosed on Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation Website The Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation’s construction cost disclosure was made via its website for a total of 58 public construction projects over KRW 1 billion in value ordered by the corporation since 2015. These projects, for which the total contract value amounts to KRW 974.5 billion, include general construction as well as public housing construction projects. Unlike previous limited disclosures, disclosed information now covers all construction costs. ► Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation Vice President Lee Hong-gyun “We will continue to disclose details of construction projects that are valued at more than KRW 1 billion so as to ensure operational transparency of the corporation and to honor the right-to-know of residents.” Beginning with disclosure by the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation, Gyeonggi Province will continue to disclose construction costs implemented by other provincial bodies and organizations. Such disclosures will enhance public project transparency and reduce unnecessary budget wastes. Article 3. Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corp. Discloses Apartment Construction Costs (0905-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Following recent public construction cost disclosures, the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation announced the expansion of disclosure ranges for its apartment construction projects. ► Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation Discloses Public Construction Costs On August 3, the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation disclosed detailed costs for 58 general public construction projects as well as public housing construction projects that have been ordered by the corporation since 2015. ► Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation Vice President Lee Hong-gyun “It was a bold decision on our part that we made to ensure the transparency of construction costs and to honor the right-to-know of residents.” ► Apartment Construction Costs Also Disclosed from August 7 From August 7, the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation expanded the disclosure range to apartment construction projects in accordance with a policy declared by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명). The corporation also plans to disclose the costs of five apartment construction projects with a total value of KRW 770.4 billion that have been ordered by the corporation since 2015. [CG] This past August, Governor Lee stated via Facebook that cost disclosure will include apartment construction projects in which residents are most interested. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (August) “There is no problem disclosing general public construction costs. Then it would be also possible to disclose the costs for completed public housing construction projects…” Regarding the legality of cost disclosure for projects in which private constructors participated, Gyeonggi Province sought legal consultation in advance. [CG] Consultants decided that such disclosures would not violate related laws since they would not cause material damage to constructors and that public interest has priority over the interests of private constructors. In addition, Gyeonggi Province is also disclosing public construction costs implemented by other provincial bodies and organizations. Article 4. Gyeonggi Knit Fabric Promoted via Knitwear Showcase (180903-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 31, Gyeonggi Province held a knitwear fashion show, featuring Korean and overseas designers, to showcase and promote quality knit fabrics produced in the province. ► Gyeonggi Textile Marketing Center All clothes worn by models in this fashion show were made with knit fabrics produced in Gyeonggi Province. Models presented a variety of clothing from coarsely knit one-pieces to colorful two-pieces with retro design styles on a decorated runway while others displayed prim school uniforms in placid colors with comfortable designs. ► 2018 Gyeonggi Knit Fashion Show (August 31) Titled ‘Gyeonggi Knit Fashion Show’, this event has been held by Gyeonggi Province since 2014 to promote Gyeonggi knit fabrics. The clothes featured were created by famous designers in cooperation with fabric makers. ► Lee Jeong-rok, Designer “We used knit fabrics produced in Gyeonggi Province. They have excellent texture and luster. They are also excellent for color expression.” ► 1,500+ Spectators Watched the Show Marking its fifth occasion this year, the show attracted more than 1,500 spectators. ► Students from 10 Universities Participated in Student Fashion Show This year’s event included a student fashion show with clothes designed by university students as well as performances by popular singers. ► Park Sin-hwan / Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Economy Office “Gyeonggi Province accounts for 56 percent of the national knit fabric industry. We organized this event to promote Gyeonggi knit fabrics nationally and internationally. Successful international introduction will increase the popularity of Gyeonggi knit fabrics overseas.” The clothes presented in this fashion show will be showcased again from September 5 until 7 at ‘Preview in Seoul’, the largest fabric and fashion show in Korea, which will also feature sales booths. Article 5. First Autonomous Vehicle Developed in Gyeonggi Begins Trial Operation (180904-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 4, the first autonomous vehicle developed by Gyeonggi Province, an 11-seater mini-bus known as Zero Shuttle, began operation on the road in Pangyo (판교) New Town. ► Pangyo Techno Valley II The unmanned Zero Shuttle successfully ran its course through downtown Pangyo (판교). This autonomous mini-bus automatically adjusted its course in response to the movements of other vehicles and recognized traffic signs correctly. ► Song Gyu-ye / Zero Shuttle Passenger “It was fascinating (to ride an autonomous vehicle). The bus operated reliably and soundly, shifting lanes and correctly following traffic signs, all the while surrounded by other vehicles.” ► First Autonomous Vehicle Begins Operation (September 4) This marked the first case of driverless vehicle operation on actual roads in Korea. The Zero Shuttle was created by Gyeonggi Province after three years of research. This was the first day of its trial operation, which will continue until October. ► Trial Operation on 5.5 km-Route at 25 km/hour Trial operation is taking place on a 5.5-kilometer route in Pangyo (판교) New Town at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour. ► Kim Jae-hwan / Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology Autonomous Vehicle Research Division “Basic operation of the Zero Shuttle is based on on-board sensor readings. Other information about factors such as traffic signs and pedestrians is captured by the sensors in the supporting infrastructure and provided to the vehicle by the control center.” After trial operation, Gyeonggi Province plans to operate the bus for public use. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Gyeonggi Province will provide active support (for the Zero Shuttle) to enable Pangyo of Gyeonggi Province to become a center of convergence technologies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, of which autonomous vehicle technologies will be a part.” Once its operational stability is proven, the Zero Shuttle will lead future technologies of Gyeonggi Province. Article 6. Auto Repair Shops Caught Discharging Hazardous Coating Powder (180906-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently in Gyeonggi Province, a number of auto repair shops that operate vehicle painting services without proper facilities to contain vehicle coating powder were uncovered by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police. ► Auto Repair Shop, Suwon City In this auto repair shop in the middle of a residential area, the powder coating of a car is being performed without license. [Sync] “Are you aware that you must not perform car painting in this facility?” “Yes, I am.” Without proper containment facilities, a large portion of the coating powder is discharged into the air. ► Auto Repair Shop, Hwaseong City The situation is the same at this auto repair shop. An inspector discovers that the coating powder filter is clogged with amassed powder, rendering it useless. [Sync] “This filter is covered with accumulated dust. When was it last replaced?” “Well, it was some while ago…” ► Vehicle Coating Powder Contains Class 1 Carcinogens Vehicle coating powder contains volatile organic compounds that are class one carcinogens. When inhaled, the powder can cause respiratory and neurological diseases. ► 30 Vehicle Coating Powder-emitting Auto Repair Shops Uncovered More than thirty auto repair shops that operated vehicle painting services without air pollution-preventing facilities were uncovered. The primary reason for their violations was the reduction of operation costs. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-woo “We discovered large amounts of carcinogens such as benzene and toluene in coating powder products. The violators apprehended during this crackdown will be subject to imprisonment of 5 to 7 years or a penalty of up to KRW 50 million.” Of these violators, two will be given administrative punishments while others will be sent to prosecution. Article 7. Gyeonggi Promotes Handicraft Workshops (180906-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a handicraft workshop promotion project so as to promote handicraft culture in people’s lives. The promotion subjects include workshops for household items created using a variety of materials. ► Manmul Woodcraft Workshop, Suwon City In this woodcraft workshop, students draw designs or use sandpaper on wood to create wooden cutting boards. ► Kim Myeong-sil / Woodcraft Student “I enrolled in this woodcraft class to create a special gift to my friend. I am creating a wooden cutting board of my own design. I am glad I can give a special gift since it will be the one and only such cutting board in the world.” Handicraft workshops are popular among those who like to make items with their own hands. ► Kang Hye-ran / Munmul Woodcraft Workshop Proprietor “People like to create items that reflect their own stories and preferences. The number of people interested in learning handicrafts is gradually increasing.” In handicraft workshops, participants can create everyday items using diverse materials. ► Gyeonggi Province’s Handicraft Promotion Project Gyeonggi Province aims to promote handicraft culture through handicraft workshop promotion. ► Visiting Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshops The handicraft workshop promotion project includes the Visiting Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshop for areas that lack such opportunities. ► Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshop School There is also the Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshop School for those who aspire to open workshops and the Gyeonggi Handicraft Workshop Club through which current and aspiring workshop owners can exchange information as well as the Gyeonggi Makers’ Platform website for handicraft workshop experiences. ► Lee Jeong-hwa / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Policy Team “We launched this project with the aim of fostering public interest in handicraft using common materials, promoting creation culture through maker operation programs in linkage with regional workshops, and expanding the handicraft industrial base.” With Gyeonggi Province’s handicraft workshop promotion project, handicraft culture will advance further into the daily lives of people. 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Weekly English news | 2018.09.07Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Supports Legalization of Unapproved Livestock Sheds (180827-1) [Anchor’s Headline] According to recent Korean government directives, all livestock sheds built without permits should be closed unless officially authorized by September of 2019. Gyeonggi Province is providing support to farms with affected sheds to help them meet the authorization requirements. ► Dairy Farm, Pocheon City The milk cow sheds of this dairy farm had been built illegally with makeshift walls and roofs of plastic sheets. After the complete renovation of the sheds as modern hygienic facilities through provincial support, this farm was sanctioned with a livestock license. ► Cho Tae-hwan / Owner of Yeonseon Dairy Farm, Pocheon City “With the number of cow diseases decreasing significantly in the improved living environments, operational difficulties have been greatly reduced.” The official authorization of sheds is a difficult process that is often beyond individual farmers due to regulatory restrictions, especially in Gyeonggi Province. As of July, there were more than 8,400 unauthorized animal sheds in the province. ► Gyeonggi Helps Livestock Farms with Legalization of Sheds In order to aid livestock farms with the mandatory authorization of sheds, Gyeonggi Province launched a support program to help them with authorization procedures in cooperation with related organizations. Those that submit implementation plans by September of 2019 will be eligible for support and licensing. ► Kim Hyeong-tae / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Livestock Management Team “Gyeonggi Province will do everything possible in cooperation with related government bodies so as to help livestock farms overcome procedural difficulties in legalizing their sheds.” For the provision of support, Gyeonggi Province initially targets more than 7,800 larger farms in livestock-restricted areas. Article 2. Promenade Opens around Baekwun Lake (180827-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, a scenic walkway opened along the shore of Baekwun (백운) Lake in Gyeonggi Province. This walkway will serve as a wonderful nature retreat for nearby urban residents. ► Baekwun Lake, Uiwang City Officially named ‘Ecological Promenade’, this walkway showcases the natural beauty of this lake located in between two mountains. ► Ecological Promenade around Baekwun Lake This lakeside promenade entertains visitors with diverse features along its 3-kilometer course including wooden decks above the water and walkways through the forest. ► Hwang Won-tae, Hwang Ju-sang / Visitors from Uiwang City “There are sections that stretch far beyond the waterfront or into the mountain forest. Such diverse scenes enable visitors to enjoy the course without feeling bored.” There are also resting places shaded by trees at convenient intervals as well as a lovely arch-style bridge that turns into a romantic spot with colorful illumination. ► Hwang Eun-sang / Deputy Director, Uiwang City Park Development Team "We expect Baekwun Lake will become a popular tourist destination with more visitors attracted to it.” There is also a plan to develop a bicycle path by next year to connect Baekwun (백운) Lake with a recreation forest and riverside bike paths nearby. Article 3. Regulatory Reform Forum Held in Gyeonggi (180828-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province and the Ministry of the Interior and Safety jointly held a forum to discuss ways in which to mitigate regulations, especially those that limit technological advancement in the province. ► Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (August 27) Gyeonggi Regional Regulatory Reform Forum Featuring related government officials and scholars, this joint provincial and national forum saw the discussion of five regulatory reform proposals regarding regulations that prevent advanced technology development and local development. One such proposal suggested the mitigation of drone operator license requirements based on technical standards required for different drone purposes. ► Yu Seon-sang / Forum Participant “Drones used in agriculture do not require advanced levels of operation. However, the current licensing tem requires more than 20 hours of flying experience and extremely high operational skill levels…” An official from the related ministry gave an affirmative response. ► Oh Won-man / Director, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport Advanced Aviation Department “I am happy to tell you that we have been considering lowering the requirements for drones with low safety risks.” Another proposal suggested permitting weatherproof, indoor ‘vegetable factories’ within agricultural promotion zones. ► Urban Regeneration and Defense Related Regulations There were also proposals for local economic development through the mitigation of urban regeneration and defense-related regulations. ► Regulations Regarding Autonomous Vehicle ‘Zero Shuttle’ Prior to the forum, the First Vice Governor of Gyeonggi Province visited Pangyo (판교) Zero City to study regulations pertaining to the autonomous vehicle known as ‘Zero Shuttle’. A proposal for permitting the Zero Shuttle to use bus lanes was then discussed and positively reviewed at the forum. ► Gyeonggi Province First Vice Governor Kim Hee-kyeum “Various related government bodies provided helpful opinions. However, there are still many obstacles that have to be overcome for the realization of Pangyo as an autonomous vehicle mecca…” Gyeonggi Province will continue to purse technological advancement and job creation through regulatory reform. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Intervene in Long-suspended Building Sites (180827-2) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province will take action regarding building sites where construction work has been long abandoned, posing dangers and causing unsightly scenes for local residents. ► Abandoned Building Site, Ansan City This abandoned building in a city center presents a haunted appearance with all its windows broken and its front yard having turned into a dumping ground. ► Jang Chun-ki / Ansan City Resident “This site has been used for illegal trash dumping and car parking. Its ground is bare and strewn broken glass, making it very difficult for local people to pass by. Construction of this building has been abandoned for eight years due to a lack of financing. ► 40+ Abandoned Building Construction Sites Exist in Gyeonggi There are more than 40 abandoned building construction sites Gyeonggi Province, of which half are more than 10 years old. ► Gyeonggi Established Abandoned Building Construction Site Control Plans Gyeonggi Province’s intervention will be based on abandoned building construction site control plans. ► 5 Abandoned Building Construction Sites to Be Redeveloped as Apartments These plans include the redevelopment of five abandoned buildings as apartments. Those sites where construction work can be resumed will be provided with necessary support for the resumption of work while others will be guided to demolition. Large sites will also be equipped with safety measures. ► Kim Gyo-heung / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Green Architectural Team “Long term abandonment causes social problems. Implemented one by one, our control plans will help ensure residents safety and will also be helpful for the local economy.” Gyeonggi Province will formulate an utive body by October to initially control building sites that require construction resumption support. Article 5. Gyeonggi Supplies Fruits to Childcare Centers (180828-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the launch of a fruit supply project for all childcare centers in the province. This project will serve the dual purpose of supplying nutrients to growing children while helping to increase fruit producer income. ► Euratchacha Regional Childcare Center, Ansan City Our reporter visited a regional childcare center. Today, children are happily enjoying juicy grapes and pears during snack time. These fruits were supplied by Gyeonggi Province. ► Kim Yeong-hui / Regional Childcare Center Teacher “Since we are supplied with locally produced fruits, we can provide children with diverse fresh fruits that are good for their healthy growth.” Earlier this year, for the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province began the biweekly supply of fruits to regional childcare centers and special child nursing centers. ► Fruit Supply Project to Be Expanded to All Childcare Centers Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) confirmed that, from next year, the province will supply fruits to all childcare centers. ► Number of Recipients to Increase 10-fold The number of children benefiting from the fruit supply project, including 1 to 5-year-olds in private childcare centers, will then increase nearly ten-fold. Gyeonggi Province will allocate approximately KRW 20 billion to supply high quality seasonal fruits. ► Kim Yeong-ho / Director, Gyeonggi Province Eco-friendly Agricultural Division “We launched this project to help fruit producers who are experiencing difficulties while providing healthy fruits to children who have fewer opportunities to enjoy fruits.” Gyeonggi Province’s childcare center fruit supply project will benefit both fruit producers and children. Through supplier designation, the province plans to encourage fruit producers to handle shipment themselves so as to facilitate fresh fruit deliveries. Article 6. Gyeonggi Withdraws Nomination of Pyeongtaek-Hyeondeok Developer (180829-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 28, Gyeonggi Province announced the withdrawal of developer nomination for Pyeongtaek Hyeondeok (평택 현덕) based on the results of a special audit that began on August 10. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 28) Announcement of Withdrawal of Pyeongtaek Hyeondeok Developer Nomination This announcement, which was made at a press conference held on August 28 by Gyeonggi Province, follows findings that the developer failed to perform as required by contract. ► Development China-friendly Town Delayed without Tangible Progress The plans in question refer to a Gyeonggi Province-initiated project for the development of China-friendly tourism, commerce and accommodation complexes near Pyeongtaek Port. The nominated developer, ChinaCastle, has allegedly been neglecting the implementation of the contract. ► Kim Yong / Gyeonggi Province Spokesperson “We even invited the nominated developer to a hearing on August 14. However, from the perspective of public interest, we decided that withdrawal of the nomination was inevitable since the developer showed no signs of improvement.” ► Withdrawal Decision Based on Related Special Act According to Gyeonggi Province, the withdrawal of developer nomination was based on the Free Economic Zone Designation and Operation Special Act. The developer had violated the law by ignoring, without reasonable cause, warnings and progress orders issued repeatedly by the province. This project has been adrift for the past four years since developer nomination in 2014 ► Special Internal Audit in Progress in Gyeonggi to Investigate Suspected Favoritism The provincial spokesperson stated that a special internal audit is underway to investigate possible favoritism, which is suspected due to inexplicable postponements and project plan alterations, and that the province will resolve the matter while minimizing damage to the public. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Establish Traditional Market Promotion Institute (180830-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the establishment of a provincial institute for traditional market promotion. This institute will provide traditional markets with comprehensive support from consultations to local currency operations. ► Maesan Market, Suwon City Every one of the more than one hundred shops in this traditional market in Suwon (수원) City is struggling to survive with most shoppers favoring the department store and a large supermarket just across the street. ► Kim Nam-su / Maesan Market Merchant “Consumers prefer department stores and large supermarkets since they are attracted to convenience. We have fewer shoppers and so more difficulties earning a living…” ► Gyeonggi Home to 63,000 Market Merchants Gyeonggi Province is home to more than 63,000 traditional market merchants. ► Gyeonggi to Establish Traditional Market Trade Promotion Institute This provincial institute, tentatively named the ‘Gyeonggi Traditional Market Commerce Promotion Institute,’ will provide market merchants with complete business lifecycle support through regional support centers. The establishment of this institute was also one of Governor Lee’s election pledges. ► Expansion and Integrated Control of Regional Vouchers The areas of support will also include expansion and integrated control of regional vouchers as well as on-site business operation consultations. ► Cho Tae-hun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Division “The Gyeonggi Traditional Market Commerce Promotion Institute will safeguard the local economy by protecting small business trade bases in the province, promoting backstreet and traditional market commerce, and helping small shops strengthen their competitiveness.” Until the institute opens in July next year, Gyeonggi Province will operate a preliminary task force within the Working Class Economy Headquarters of the Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.08.31Greetings, 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 Contest for School Uniforms Promoted by Gyeonggi (180820-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has launched a ‘Good School Uniform’ program to supply quality school uniforms at low prices. The province recently held a model contest to showcase these uniforms. ► Seosuwon Chilbo Gymnasium (August 18) 2018 School Uniform Model Contest On a runway installed in a gymnasium, young models in school uniforms walk briskly to lively music, some posing like professional models, others making heart signs with their hands or swaying to the music. [Sync] “Pick me, pick me, pick me up! Pick me first for a school uniform model!” The school uniforms worn by the models were made by Gyeonggi Province. ► ‘Good School Uniforms’ Made in Gyeonggi, Offered at Low Prices These uniforms, produced in the province, are made with high quality fabrics and offered at low prices. Since last year, Gyeonggi Province has been holding model contests so as to promote these uniforms. ► Jeong Seon-gu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Specialized Industries Division “We organized a school uniform model contest to promote the uniforms through a showcase.” ► Selected Models to Work for Good School Uniform Catalogue Production In this contest, 32 models were selected by fashion professionals. These youths will not only serve as models for the Good School Uniform catalogues but also participate in the school uniform fashion show slated for the end of this month. ► Song Na-yeong / Good School Uniform Model (Gyeonggi Province Governor Award Winner) “I will do my best to ensure that the uniforms I wear appeal to my fellow students and make them want to wear them.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to produce school uniforms of the newest designs and highest standards that consumers can trust. Article 2. Exhibition Satirizing Human Life in Technologies Held in Gyeonggi (180820-2) [Anchor’s Headline] An art exhibition titled ‘Edge of Now’, which showcases how media technologies have infiltrated our daily lives, is being held at the Nam June Paik (백남준) Art Center in Gyeonggi Province. ► Forest of Sensors by Yang Ji-an Viewers of this artwork, which was created with everyday objects and sensors, are invited to walk through the work while avoiding detection by the sensors that would otherwise trigger an alarm. This art piece illuminates how we are affected by the diverse technologies that are integrated into our daily lives. ► An Chae-rimj, Gang Ye-seo / Viewers from Yongin City “It was fun. I was startled when alarms went off and was nervous that I might be detected by another sensor and trigger the alarm.” ► The Long Now by Verena Friedrich In this work, a soap bubble with its life span artificially extended as long as possible serves as a classical ‘vanitas’ symbol that covneys vanity, transience and shortness of life. ► Kim Yeong-jun / Viewer from Yongin City “This exhibition made me look at technology from a different perspective. Such appreciation came more realistically through physical experience.” ► Paik Nam June Art Center (Until September 16) Edge of Now Exhibition This exhibition features three new media artists from Korea, China and Germany as well as other select artists. Through the different perspectives and attitudes of the artists exploring technological media-based art, this exhibition presents new senses and views of reality brought about by media technologies that have become part of our daily lives. ► Kim Seon-yeong / Curator, Paik Nam June Art Center “At this exhibition, you will be able to see how young media artists sense and view changing technology media and how they present their perception.” ‘Edge of Now’ in Korea is the first leg of an international tour arranged by the exhibition’s co-organizers, the Nam June Paik Art Center, the Chronus Art Center of China and the Center for Art and Media of Germany. The Korean exhibition will run until September 16. Article 3. Gyeonggi Convenes Emergency Employment Affairs Meeting (180821-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the disclosure of alarmingly negative employment numbers for July by Statistics Korea on August 18, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) convened an emergency meeting. [CG] The number of monthly new jobs in Korea has been decreasing from January to only 5,000 last month. This marks its lowest point in eight years. Gyeonggi Province also recorded its lowest employment growth in two years. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 20) Gyeonggi Province Emergency Employment Meeting On August 20, Governor Lee convened related senior officials and organization heads to discuss measures to address the deteriorating employment numbers, as did the President of Korea with administrative heads and party leaders the previous day. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “It wouldn’t be easy to create a large number of jobs at once. I think it is important to identify a small number of new jobs in small segments of many fields.” - ‘New Gyeonggi Labor & Employment Headquarters’ to Be Established To oversee and regularly monitor the implementation of employment policies, it was decided to establish a task force, titled the ‘New Gyeonggi Labor & Employment Headquarters,’ by the end of August with the three provincial vice governors serving as joint heads. - Expansion of Public Service Jobs in Public and Private Sectors New public service jobs will be created in both the public and private sectors such as civilian patrol squads, tax collection teams and bus drivers. - Revival of Backstreet Businesses Job protection will be pursued through backstreet business support, business environment improvement and the introduction of regional currency alternatives. - Techno Valley and Public Housing Projects The creation of new jobs will be expanded through the acceleration of techno valley and public housing development. ► Lee Chun-pyo / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “Since early commencement of work is necessary for the early realization of jobs, we are discussing the possibility of beginning construction work early and reducing the work period…” There will also be expansions of reemployment education for retirees and international marketing support for exporting enterprises. To this end, Gyeonggi Province will have dialogues with various related trade associations. Article 4. Large Number of Microdust Generators Uncovered in Gyeonggi (180821-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A large number of enterprises that have been illegally handling microdust source materials with complete disregard for the environment were uncovered in Gyeonggi Province. ► Non-ferrous Metal Enterprise, Paju City This non-ferrous metal ingot producer has been emitting smoke laden with pollutants from smelting processes without filtering. The floor of its plant is covered with a thick layer of particulates. ► Non-ferrous Metal Enterprise, Pocheon City Some industrial plants cut power to air purifying facilities or attempt to get away with sub-standard facilities. [Sync] “Look at this. There is smoke leaking out. That’s because blower is not powerful enough.” ► 52 Illegal Microdust-emitting Enterprises Uncovered A total of 52 enterprises that emitted microdust into the atmosphere through the illegal management of air pollutants were uncovered recently by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police. During the crackdown, drones played a part in detecting environmental violations where human access was limited. ► Lee Dong-seok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Ansan Investigation Center “We will promote environmental conservation through various endeavors including proposals (to the Ministry of Environment) …” The uncovered violators were sent to prosecution or subjected to penalties. The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police will continue microdust emission control on an ongoing basis. Article 5. Gyeonggi Adds KRW 20 Billion to Inter-Korean Exchange & Cooperation Funds (180822-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan for a large increase of the Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Fund to KRW 33.9 billion, more than twice the original amount of KRW 13.9 billion. ► Inter-Korean Exchange & Cooperation Fund to Increase KRW 20 Billion The additional KRW 20 billion will be included in this year’s first revised supplementary budget plan. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 16) Public Announcement of 1st 2018 Gyeonggi Province Revised Supplementary Budget Plan The expansion of the Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Fund was one of the election pledges of Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명). ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Speech, July 17) “I will position Gyeonggi Province as an international exchange center for world peace through active support for inter-Korean cultural and athletic exchanges.” Gyeonggi Province has already allocated KRW 27.3 billion of this fund for various inter-Korean exchanges that will now be accelerated in the mood of reconciliation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula. Additional funding will be used for athletic and cultural exchanges as well as for medical aid for North Korean residents. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly to Review Revised Supplementary Budget Plan during Extraordinary Session Gyeonggi Province’s revised supplementary budget plan will be reviewed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly during the extraordinary session that will open on August 8. Article 6. Gyeonggi Introduces Labor Directors to Provincial Organizations (0823-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the introduction of directors of provincial organizations drawn from among employees. Referred to as ‘labor directorship’, this new management structure is expected to enhance organizational transparency. This announcement was made by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) ► Labor Directorship Labor directorship, a pre-election pledge made by Governor Lee, refers to the participation of representatives of an organization’s employees on its board of directors. Governor Lee announced this plan via Twitter on August 21. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Speech, July 17) “I will introduce labor directorship to public organizations and establish an independent labor policy office in each organization so as to tematically reinforce labor administration and to create a society in which labor is respected.” ► Prior Notice of Ordinance Legislation for Labor Directorship in Public Organizations Issued Gyeonggi Province already issued a prior notice of ordinance legislation for the introduction of labor directorship in public organizations [CG] Twenty-five provincial organizations will adopt this tem including 3 regional organizations and 8 province-invested organizations with more than 100 employees as well as 14 other organizations. ► Jeong gu-won / Director, Gyeonggi Province Inspection & Investigation Division “We have made a tem that enables organizations with fewer than 100 employees to also adopt the labor directorship on a long-term basis.” Each organization can appoint one labor director from among its employees with an employment period of more than 1 year. ► Labor Director to Have Equal Rights as Other Non-utive Directors Labor directors will have the same rights on the board of directors as other non-utive directors. ► Lee Gi-yeong / President, Confederation of Gyeonggi Province Public Organization Trade Unions “The labor directorship will open a new culture in which employees do not just simply perform their duties but also have responsibilities, pursue transparency and take pride in their roles…” The related ordinance amendment draft will be presented to the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly during its extraordinary session in October for enforcement at the beginning of next year. Article 7. Gyeonggi Resolves Anyang Asphalt-Concrete Factory Environmental Disputes (0823-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, Gyeonggi Province announced the public development of 904 apartment units on the current site of an asphalt-concrete factory site in Anyang (안양) City so as to resolve a prolonged conflict between this factory and local residents over environmental issues. ► Yeonhyeon Town, Anyang City Environmental concern regarding this factory became an issue when residential occupation of newly developed apartment complexes around the factory in Yeonhyeon (연현) Town began in 2002. The conflict has since escalated, especially when a study reported that carcinogens were detected in the byproducts of asphalt-concrete production. ► Gyeonggi Governor Visits Yeonhyeon Town (July 3) This issue was selected as the first resident petition to be addressed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) ► Solution: Use Factory Site for Public Development Project Following Governor Lee’s visit to the site just over a month ago and ensuing meetings between Gyeonggi Province, Anyang City, the asphalt-concrete enterprise and residents, Governor Lee devised a solution via a public development project. ► Mun So-hyeon / Chairperson, Yeonhyeon Primary School Management Committee “We just cleared a huge hurdle by means of a public development. I hope that the remaining procedures will progress smoothly to ensure that our children can study and grow in clean environments…” This project will be implemented by the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation in cooperation with local residents and specialists. ► 904 Apartment Units to Be Constructed on 120,000 Square-Meter Factory Site The projected cost of buying out the factory and constructing 904 apartment units on this site of more than 120,000 square meters is KRW 150 billion. ► Yu Seung-ho / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Urban Development Team “Gyeonggi Province will do its utmost to realize the development in this area in cooperation with Anyang City, local residents and the asphalt-concrete enterprise.” Yeonhyeon (연현) Town public residential development work is slated to commence in the year 2021 with completion in 2023. Gyeonggi Province will exercise all of its administrative power to ensure the completion of work in the shortest time period possible. 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Weekly English news | 2018.08.24Greetings, 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. Camp Greaves Quickly Becomes Popular Tourist Destination (180813-3) [Anchor’s Headline] As a tourist destination, the popularity of Camp Greaves, a former US military base that was returned to the Korean government, has grown rapidly this year, especially among foreign tourists. ► Camp Greaves Site, Paju City After closing in 2004, Camp Greaves in Paju (파주) City was recently redeveloped as a defense tourism site with various amenities including a youth hostel. There are also a variety of defense-related programs such as military life experiences and defense education. ► Jeon Eun-seo / Visitor from Gwangju Metropolitan City “I have regarded national reunification as a rigid subject. However, it became familiar after my experience in this camp.” ► More Tourists Visit Camp Greaves During the first half of this year, more than 10,000 tourists visited Camp Greaves, an increase of approximately 30 percent over last year, of which 55 percent were from other regions. The highest increase was observed among foreign tourists. ► Foreign Tourists Account for 20% of All Visitors The number of tourists from overseas during this period increased from 300 last year to more than 2,100, accounting for 20 percent of all visitors. Simplified admission procedures also contributed to the increased numbers. ► Jo Jang-seok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province DMZ Policy Team “We simplified entry procedures significantly and began operating free shuttle buses between Imjingak and Camp Greaves on weekends.” During weekends, Camp Greaves features a variety cultural programs including street art performances. Gyeonggi Province will continue to develop tourism programs in border regions. Article 2. Gyeonggi’s Historical Anti-Japanese Resistance Site Publicity Project (180814-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing the identification of historical sites related to past anti-Japanese resistance movements and recently announced its plan to post information at selected sites as part of its historical site publicity project. ► Old Private Home in Hwaseong City This deserted house was once the home of a historic independence activist. ► Baek Nak-yeol (1865-1937), Independence Activist However, even local residents are unaware that the leader of anti-Japanese resistance in southern Gyeonggi regions used to live here. ► Baek Seong-hyeon, Local Resident “There is a tile-roofed house, but I don’t who lived there…” A total of 257 sites related to anti-Japanese resistance movements have been identified in Gyeonggi Province. ► 64 Sites Selected for Anti-Japanese Resistance Movements Publicity Of these, Gyeonggi Province has selected 64 sites for historical site publicity. It plans to install information boards, plaques and memorial stones at these sites. Installation work will begin in October after discussions with property owners and the completion of designs. ► Lee Jae-bok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Heritage Policy Team “We hope that this project, by publicizing the sites, will help pass on the spirit and meaning of anti-Japanese movements to our descendants.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to utilize these sites for educational and tourism purposes in cooperation with the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. Article 3. Gyeonggi Discloses Provincial Reorganization Plans (0816-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 14, Gyeonggi Province disclosed provincial reorganization plans. These plans are geared for the realization of administration pledges while minimizing the reorganization of existing offices and bureaus. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (August 14) Gyeonggi Provincial Administration Reorganization Press Conference The provincial reorganization plans include placing the Unification Foundation Division and DMZ Policy Division under the Vice Governor for Peace. ► Role of Vice Governor for Peace Expanded Such changes aim to strengthen inter-Korean cooperation and exchanges. ► Railroad Bureau Placed under Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs II The Railroad Bureau will be placed under the second Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs together with the Construction Bureau and Transportation Bureau so as to join social overhead capital bodies under unified leadership. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs I Kim Hee-kyeum “Reorganization plans are geared to facilitate administrations in equity, peace, welfare and labor. We paid special attention to designing organizations balanced between southern and northern provincial offices.” ► Communication & Cooperative Governance Bureau to Be Established To facilitate cooperation governance with the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, a new Communication & Cooperative Governance Bureau will be established. ► Economy Office to Be Reorganized As Economy & Labor Office The Economy Office will be reorganized as the Economy & Labor Office with a Labor & Employment Bureau and an Innovation Industry Bureau. ► Default Tax Collection Personnel to Be Increased A Tax Justice Division will be established with an increased number of default tax collection officials so as to realize the suppress-the-stronger-support-the-weaker value emphasized by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명). ► Special Judicial Police to Be Expanded The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police will be expanded to two divisions with the number of personnel significantly increased. ► Youth Welfare Policy, Fair Consumer Divisions to Be Established A New Youth Welfare Policy Division and Fair Consumer Division will be established ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs I Kim Hee-kyeum 사 “Although the office and bureau numbers will remain the same with 6 offices and 22 bureaus, the number of divisions will be increased to 135 divisions with an additional 5 divisions and 70 officials.” The provincial reorganization plans will be deliberated during the 330th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly that will open on August 28. Article 4. Funeral for Two Firefighters Killed While Rescuing River Boaters (180816-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 16, a memorial service for two fire officials recently killed in the line of duty while attempting to rescue boaters on the Han River was held in the presence of their families and colleagues. ► Gimpo Sports-for-All Gymnasium (August 16) Memorial Service for Late Fire Officials Oh Dong-jin and Sim Mun-gyu These two fire officials, who were both 37 years of age and firefighting schoolmates, were on an emergency rescue mission when they lost their lives after their rescue boat capsized. The memorial service was held as a Gyeonggi provincial funeral in the Gimpo Sports-for-All Gymnasium. ► Son Seok-jung / Senior Fire Sergeant, Gimpo Fire Station “Instead of saying ‘good job’ to each other, exchanged smiles were enough when we head back to the station. I thought I would see those smiles every day…” There was a particularly heartbreaking moment when the 16-month-old twins of one of the deceased fire officials offered flowers to their dad. ► Deceased Fire Officials Receive Posthumous Honors and Promotion These fire officials were granted posthumous honors and promotion and will be recommended for designations of national merit. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I will never forget your honorable sacrifices and will do my utmost to make Gyeonggi Province a better place in which to live.” After the memorial service, the bodies the fire officials were brought to a crematorium and their ashes were laid to rest in the Daejeon National Cemetery. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Minimize Agricultural Drought Damage (180813-2) [Anchor’s Headline] While crops are suffering damage due to a lack of rainfall in addition to prolonged heat waves, Gyeonggi Province began taking emergency measures to minimize drought damage on agriculture. ► Ginseng Farm, Hwaseong City Without any rainfall for more than a month, ginseng farmers find themselves in despair as the only thing they can do without irrigation facilities is watch their plants wither in the scorching weather. ► Jeong Gwon-gu / Ginseng Farmer “I have put so much effort for four years to grow ginseng. It is so terrible to see more than half of these plants die of heat. I may not even be able to recover the cost.” The prolonged drought is making matters worse for farmers who have already suffered from intense heat waves this year. ► Rainfall in Gyeonggi Province Drops Since July Rainfall in Gyeonggi Province since July has dropped to almost half the level of average years. ► Gyeonggi Releases Emergency Support to Minimize Drought Damage In order to minimize agricultural damage caused by drought, Gyeonggi Province has set aside an emergency fund of KRW 500 million to provide administrative support including the mobilization of more than 2,000 water trucks as well as inspections of water pump facilities. ► An Seon-il / Gyeonggi Province Infrastructure Development Team Official “In order to minimize drought damage, we are taking proactive measures such as the mobilization of water trucks in cooperation with local governments and the Korea Rural Community Corporation.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to provide local governments with additional disaster management support in the event of a prolonged drought. Article 6. Forest Cinema Opens on Summer Weekends in Gyeonggi (180814-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus, a provincial cultural activity center, launched a forest cinema that opens every Saturday night. It also features accompanying programs including camping. ► Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus Accompanying programs include a forest treasure hunt in which participants scour bushes and even climb trees in search of hidden treasure. ► Lee Jun-ho, Han Yul / Children Participants in Treasure Hunt “It was hard and tiring to find the treasure, but I was excited when I found it.” Other accompanying programs include a day market that features a variety of eateries as well as handicrafts. Movie screenings take place at night at an outdoor cinema in the forest. There is also a camp site in a natural environment for families. ► Kim Jin-o, Kim Ha-neul, Jang Yeong-im / Visitors from Suwon City “This is a wonderful place for families to enjoy cool summer nights while watching movies.” ► Forest Cinema Organized by the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation at a former Seoul National University campus, the forest cinema runs every Saturday evening during the month of August. Visitors can enjoy movies as well as a treasure hunt and camping. ► Bae Nam-woo / Manager, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation “You can have wonderful time and make good memories with your children, watching movies and enjoy camping. It’s much better than staying home with air conditioners…” The ‘forest cinema’ at the Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus, which offers an opportunity to spend a special summer evening in a forest in the city, runs until August 25. Article 7. Bucheon International Comics Festival [August 15-19] (180816-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On August 15, the Bucheon (부천) International Comics Festival, the largest of its kind in Korea, opened for a 5-day run. It features entertaining comic contents as well as famous comic creators. ► Bucheon International Comics Festival, Bucheon Image Culture Complex The straw mats spread on a lawn at this festival site are loaded with comic books as well as with visitors, children and adults, who are immersed in the books. ► Kim Eun-ji / Visitor from Bucheon City “I liked reading comic books outdoors very much. Reading comic books also reminds me of my childhood.” There is also a section where a signing event is taking place, featuring popular webtoon creators with long lines of visitors waiting to receive autographs and humorous caricatures. ► Largest Comics Festival in Korea This year’s Bucheon (부천) International Comics Festival focuses on the convergence potential of comics with other content media under the theme of ‘Comics and Beyond’. ► Kim Hui-min / Bucheon International Comics Festival PR Ambassador “I hope that this festival will grow so that the webtoon and comics industry of Korea will develop continuously and spread globally.” ► World’s First Comics Fashion Show This year’s festival also features interesting and entertaining events such as the world’s first comics fashion show by a Korean designer and the application of virtual reality technologies in the drawing of comics as well as a Korean comics market. ► An Jong-cheol / Director, Korea Manhwa Contents Agency “This festival is not just an artistic showcase but is also a place where members of the public participate and comics professionals work together…” Marking its 21st occasion this year, the Bucheon International Comics Festival takes place at the Bucheon (부천) Image Cultural Complex and will continue until August 19. 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Weekly English news | 2018.08.17Greetings, 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 on 24-Hour MERS Alert (180807-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With large numbers of Koreans returning from overseas summer holidays, Gyeonggi Province began mobilizing an around-the-clock emergency MERS control tem with related resources to deter the spread of this disease in its early stages. After experiencing the first outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2015, concern over this potentially fatal respiratory disease is escalating in Korea again this year as suspected cases are being reported nationwide. ► Yeongtong-gu Public Health Center, Suwon City Any suspected case is being reported via this tem, which includes public health centers, and is investigated thoroughly. ► Kim Yeon-su / Member of Yeongtong Public Health Center Infectious Disease Management Team “We coordinate the swift transportation and isolation of patients. Our primary objective is to block the spread (of MERS).” ► 43 Suspected MERS Cases Cleared in Gyeonggi Province As of the end of July, a total of 43 individuals with symptoms similar to those of MERS had been reported in Gyeonggi Province. Fortunately, all were later found to be negative. ► Gyeonggi Mobilizes Emergency MERS Monitoring and Response System Consisting of emergency response teams and supporting personnel, this MERS control tem remains vigilant 24/7 and is aided by regional medical institutes through a video conferencing network. Individuals who enter the country from the Middle East, the original source of the disease, are subject to tracking. ► Jo Jeong-ok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Infectious Disease Management Division “… by sharing infectious disease information with domestic and international sources and strengthening the monitoring of individuals returning from overseas, we maintain disease control capabilities especially during holiday season…” Personal protection and quarantine equipment have also been secured in preparation for possible MERS outbreaks. ► Gyeonggi Governor Asks for Tight Control While on summer vacation, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung demanded tight control of the disease. ► Information on Personal Infectious Disease Prevention: www.gg.go.kr Information on personal infectious disease prevention including personal hygiene requirements and disease information can be found on the Gyeonggi Province website. Article 2. Gyeonggi Supports Park Lot Sharing (0807-3) [Anchor’s Headline] From next year, Gyeonggi Province will pay a subsidy of up to KRW 50 million to organizations that open their exclusive parking lots to the public for free use. Such parking lots, which will be officially termed ‘shared parking lots’, will help alleviate urban parking problems. ► Jungang Church, Suwon City Earlier this year, this church began opening its 94-vehicle parking lot to the public for free use during times when there are no church services, significantly alleviating parking difficulties experienced by local residents. ► Seon Bae-il / Shared Parking Lot User “We are very grateful, of course, for being allowed to use this large parking lot during the day. We have had shortage in parking spaces in this area.” ► Gyeonggi Supports Shared Parking Lots This support program aims to promote shared parking lots like this one. ► Up to KRW 50 Million Paid by Gyeonggi Province for Parking Lot Sharing Subjects of support will include apartment complexes, public organizations, schools, religious facilities and commercial buildings. The implementation of this support program, the first of its kind in Korea, is based on the implementation of a related ordinance this past April. ► Shared Parking Lots: 20+ Parking Spaces, Open 7+ Hours Daily The ‘shared parking lot’ should offer at least 20 parking spaces free of charge to the public for no less than 7 hours a day for a minimum of two years. The subsidy payment should be used for parking lot facility installation and maintenance. ► Ju Hui-yeon / Gyeonggi Province Automobile Management Team Official “Sharing of unused parking spaces during the day or at night will have significant effects on reducing illegal parking while facilitating commerce.” The ‘shared parking lot’ support program will be implemented from next year after preliminary studies of demand and candidate sites. The ultimate beneficiaries of this support program will be residents suffering from a shortage of parking options. Article 3. 10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival One Month Away (180808-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With the opening of this year’s DMZ International Documentary Film Festival one month away, the organizers recently held a press conference to disclose detailed event plans. The first DMZ International Documentary Film Festival was held in 2009 under the theme of peace, communication and life. This year, the festival, which marks its tenth occasion, will be the largest in scale in its history. ► Seoul History Museum (August 7) 10th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival Press Conference The DMZ film festival will take place at two venues in the cities of Paju (파주) and Goyang (고양) for an eight-day period that runs from September 13 to 20. ► Hong Hyeong-suk / Chairperson, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival Executive Committee “Since this is a festival for the film industry as well as for viewers, we will maintain close communication with film makers and viewers.” ► ‘Hello, Minu’ Directed by Ji Hye-won Selected as Opening Film The film ‘Hello, Minu’, which describes 18 years of an immigrant laborer’s life, was selected as the opening film of the festival. This film illuminates the hardships experienced by migrants in a foreign society through the eyes of a Nepalese immigrant in Korea. ► 142 Documentary Films from 39 Nations to Be Featured This year’s DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will feature a total of 142 films produced in 39 countries including those created by world-leading documentary directors. There will be a variety of accompanying programs such as a special screening of ten documentaries recommended by specialists. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung / DMZ International Documentary Film Festival Organization Committee Chairperson “We will provide documentary producers and distributors with active support and will protect them while ensuring their autonomous operations…” The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival has been gaining international recognition. Recently, it was even listed in the documentary category by the Oscars. ► Opens at Lotte Outlet in Paju City on September 13 The opening ceremony for this year’s festival will take place at Lotte Outlet in Paju (파주) City on September 13. Article 4. Gyeonggi Releases Special Small Business Funds (180809-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the intense heat wave continuing, small businesses are experiencing financial difficulties due to significantly decreased sales as well as increased costs. Gyeonggi Province decided to release special funds to these businesses as emergency relief. ► Restaurant in Traditional Market, Suwon City It is lunch time, but this restaurant, which has more than 300 seats and running air conditioners, is almost empty. Some restaurants have even closed all together. ► Kim Mi-suk / Restaurant Proprietor “In such extremely hot weather like this, the number of customers plummeted while we still have to pay the bills…” The number of shoppers in traditional markets dropped significantly as they turned to cool, indoor markets. ► Hong Gap-ae / Market Shop Owner “Traditional markets are not popular, especially among young people who prefer department stores.” The heat wave is making the situation more difficult for small business owners. ► Small Businesses Suffer in Heat Wave Restaurants are experiencing even more difficulties due to rising food prices in addition to fixed costs. ► Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation Launches Emergency Funds To help small businesses overcome financial difficulties, the Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation will release emergency funds of KRW 20 billion. ► Up to KRW 10 Million per Business at 0.7% Credit Guarantee Fee Rate Financing of up to KRW 10 million per business will be provided for up to 5 years in the form of credit guarantee loans at a 0.7 percent guarantee fee rate. ► Sim Gyu-cheol / Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation Guarantee Division Manager “Emergency financing in a usurious private money market is costly because of very high interest rates. However, credit guarantee loans offered by public organizations offer favorable conditions…” The special credit guarantee loans will be available to small businesses with up to 5 employees and manufacturers with up to 10 employees. Applications are being received at all Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation branches until September 21. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Introduce Summer Fire Site Shelters for Firefighters (180807-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Disaster and Safety Headquarters recently announced its plan to modify the firefighter work tem so as to alleviate the physical distress they undergo while working in the field during the summer. ► Fire Site (Courtesy of Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety Headquarters) Earlier this month, a large fire broke out in a residential area in Pocheon (포천) City. Running in and around the fire, firefighters in heavy protective gear struggled for an hour to suppress the raging fire while enduring the scorching heat. ► GTV Reporter Ku Yeopng-seul “The firefighters’ protective garment is airtight. The sensory temperatures that firefighters experience in this garment in working conditions can be over 50 degrees Celsius.” Summer heat makes the work of firefighters even more difficult, often causing dehydration and exhaustion. ► Jo Dong-jae / Firefighter, Suwon Fire Station “The hardest thing is that, to save more lives, we cannot stop what we are doing, as exhausted as we are due to hot weather, sealed in fireproof garments, burdened by heavy fire equipment and enduring heat from the fire site.” The heat wave is expected to continue through to the end of August. ► Firefighters to Be Provided with Fire Site Shelter The modified work tem will include the installation of a fire site shelter for firefighters. ► Firefighter to Take Turns Resting in Shelter Firefighters will take turns resting in the shelter, which will be installed on site in the form of either a tent or an air-conditioned bus in order to prevent dehydration and exhaustion. During their breaks, firefighters will receive physical checkups and treatment as necessary before returning to work. ► Mun Chung-rak / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety Headquarters Response & Rescue Team “We should protect firefighters who work in the worst conditions in this scorching weather. This summer shelter tem for firefighters will ensure their safety while ultimately helping them save more resident lives.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to introduce a shift work tem for firefighters after trial operations and while modifying the firefighter protection manual. Article 6. Gyeonggi’s Work Environment Improvement Support for SMEs (180808-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is operating a work environment improvement support program for SMEs. Recipient enterprises receive support for up to 50 percent of related costs. ► Kitchenware Enterprise, Gwangju City Last year, this kitchenware manufacturing enterprise received KRW 15 million in support from Gyeonggi Province for the refurbishment of its employee dormitory. The dormitory has since been renewed with revitalizing living conditions. ► Sin In-seop / Kitchenware Enterprise Employee Dormitory Resident “The dormitory has been refurbished like new with a new reception room and shower booths as well as a common room in which we can relax. We work better living in such a good environment.” With an improved work environment, work efficiency also improved. ► Choi Yu-ri / CEO of Kitchenware Enterprise “It is not easy for a small enterprise to bear the (work environment improvement) costs on its own. With provincial support, however, we could invest in welfare facilities, with which our employees are much satisfied…” ► 5,600+ SMEs Benefit from Provincial Work Environment Improvement Support Last year, more than 5,600 SMEs benefited from the provincial work environment improvement support program. ► Support Provided for up to 50% of Costs Support is provided for up to 50 percent of costs for the improvement of employee work areas and facilities as well as for working conditions. ► Jo Jae-gu / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Enterprise Total Business Support Team “This support program will contribute to the local economy and job creation through the improvement of infrastructure and working environments.” Applications for support for next year are being received until October 14. ► Information: Gyeonggi Province Total Business Support Website (www.giupsos.or.kr) Detailed information about the support program can be obtained from Gyeonggi Province’s Total Business Support website. Article 7. Gyeonggi’s Local Agricultural Specialty Production Support (180809-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been providing the producers of local agricultural specialty products, such as the rice of Icheon (이천) and the pears of Namyangju (남양주), with production facility support so as to promote the competitiveness of these products. ► Gosam Agricultural Cooperative, Anseong City The Anseong (안성) region is well known for non-rice grains that are currently produced through eco-friendly processes. After the installation of a polishing factory with support from Gyeonggi Province, the members of this cooperative gained a competitive edge over other regional products. ► Han Jin-gu / Director, Gosam Agricultural Cooperative Center “Without a polishing factory, we’ve had difficulties making deliveries in time and maintaining prices. However, we have an eco-friendly preliminary processing and polishing factory now and can…” The local agricultural specialty production support program is operated as part of a customized agricultural administration program. ► Kim Yeon-ki / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Eco-friendly Agriculture Team “In order to promote local agricultural specialty products, we provide production facility support and help ensure stable production and distribution of the products.” ► Customized Agricultural Production Facility Support Beneficiaries are provided with customized support of up to KRW 3 billion for the installation of agricultural production, processing and distribution facilities. Any joint agricultural production, processing and sales group of more than 5 members can apply. Applications are being received by local agricultural administration offices until October 14. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.