EnglishNews | 2017.02.24Greetings, 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. Gyeonggi’s Health Insurance Case Management (170213-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a group of health insurance case managers for excessive medical service users so as to guide them to proper medical care and prevent the unreasonable exploitation of public health insurance. ▶ Kim Yun-seop, Anseong City Resident Debilitated by decades-old arthritis and heart conditions, Kim (김윤섭) had been simultaneously taking large doses of medicine prescribed by a number of doctors. ▶ Kim Yun-seop (age 54) / Arthritis and Heart Disease Patient “I used to take four different sets of drugs prescribed at different hospitals everyday. That made my condition even worse…” ▶ Health Insurance Case Manager Guides Kim to Proper Treatment However, since he was assigned to a health insurance case manager three years ago, he has been receiving regular medical consultation services. His condition has improved and he now takes only four medicine tablets a day. ▶ Jeong Mi-ae / Health Insurance Case Manager “Our service recipients are mostly seniors and those with disabilities. Our job is to review their health insurance usages and ensure that they receive proper treatment through consultation services.” ▶ 1:1 Consulting for Excessive Medical Service Users These health insurance case managers help reduce Gyeonggi Province’s health insurance payments through one-on-one consultation services. ▶ Gyeonggi’s Health Insurance Payments Decreased in 2016 Last year’s decrease of KRW 12.1 billion in the total amount of health insurance payments made by Gyeonggi Province is attributed largely to their services. ▶ Gwak Seon-mi / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Livelihood Support team “We also provide the service recipients with guidance about how to better take care of themselves. We will continue to reduce unnecessary medical welfare expenditures. National health insurance payments have been increasing 10 percent each year and amounted to KRW 1.13 trillion last year.” The funds conserved through the reduction of unnecessary medical welfare expenditures will be made available for the improvement of other medical welfare services. Article 2. Gyeonggi’s Flexible Time Consultation Services (170213-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province began consultation services on flexible working time operations for enterprises so as to promote marriage and childbirths among women employees by relieving the difficulties they may face with childrearing while continuing their careers. ▶ Kim Jeong-eun / Electronic Parts Manufacturing Enterprise Employee Kim (김정은), a mother of a newborn, works 40 hours a week on a flexible time basis; she starts and finishes work at times set for her convenience. ▶ Kim Jeong-eun / Working Mother, Suwon City “I report to work a little later than usual on Friday because I need more time for my baby. I can always make it up on another day. The flexible time system is really convenient for working mothers.” Since this company adopted a flexible working time system after receiving consultation from Gyeonggi Province, women employees have expressed high satisfaction with the system that allows them to better care for their families. ▶ Hong Min-jeong / Director, Electronic Parts Manufacturing Enterprise “We were initially concerned that flexibility might lead to slacking in performance. However, the opposite was true. It even helps us to have more long-term employees.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s Flexible Working Time Consultation Services for SMEs These consultation services are provided to SMEs by certified labor attorneys who assist the enterprises with the identification of job fields that can benefit from flexible time systems as well as the revision of related company rules. Last year, a total of 44 enterprises adopted flexible working time systems through consultations. ▶ Lee Yeon-jui / Director, Gyeonggi Province Women Policy Division “Our service starts from an investigation of what a company and its employees need. All 44 enterprises that adopted flexible time systems as well as their employees have shown satisfaction with the systems.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to create better work environments for working mothers through multifaceted efforts so as to alleviate the burdens of childrearing. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Promote Local Food Markets (170214-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the promotion of local food markets this year. The provincial government has tripled this year’s related budgets. ▶ Local Food Market, Suwon City This local food market, which opened last November, features fresh fruits and vegetables produced locally. All products carry labels with information about the farms they came from and dates of harvest. ▶ Jeong Ok-jin / Suwon City Resident “I can trust the products here since I can see who produced them and when they were harvested. Many of them are cheaper than those in other markets.” At local food markets, products are sold directly by their producers at prices one-third lower than those of other open markets and supermarkets. [CG] There are 23 local food markets in Gyeonggi Province. Last year, their total sales amounted to KRW 67.3 billion. ▶ Gyeonggi Province to Promote Local Food Markets Gyeonggi Province plans to double the number of local food markets this year. ▶ Number of Local Food Markets to Increase to 100 by 2020 Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of local food markets to 100 by the year 2020. Participating farms are provided with storage and production facility support as well as packaging cost support. Those with more 100 employees are given priority in the supply of their products to public organizations. ▶ Linked Facilities for Consumers to be Developed Gyeonggi Province also plans to develop linked tourism and entertainment facilities for local food market shoppers. ▶ Moon Jae-yeol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Products Distribution Division “We will create spaces for restaurants, experiences and publicity as well as exchanges among consumers, and promote related events.” In order to promote public awareness of the safety of local food products, Gyeonggi Province will spend KRW 16.3 billion to intensify safety tests of products through the commissioning of a testing organization. Article 4. 2017 Gyeonggi Province Energy Project Presentation (170213-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On February 9, Gyeonggi Province gave detailed public presentations on this year’s energy-related provincial projects to specialists and related industry representatives. ▶ Apartment Complex, Ansan City The energy costs of this apartment complex in Ansan (안산) City have been reduced since solar power generators were installed on roofs with support from Gyeonggi Province. The province’s renewable energy support resulted in total energy cost savings of approximately KRW 1 billion last year. ▶ Gyeonggi Techno Park (February 9) 2017 Gyeonggi Province Entergy Project Presentation During the presentation, Gyeonggi Province revealed its plans to expand and diversify renewable energy support programs this year. ▶ Gyeonggi to Expand Renewable Energy Support Programs The provincial government has earmarked KRW 1.3 billion in solar power generation support for residential and commercial buildings. ▶ One-stop Energy Efficiency Improvement Support Provincial energy-related support programs will also include those for energy efficiency improvement through one-stop support from diagnosis to facility modernization as well as the involvement of private energy enterprises. ▶ Park Geun-tae / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Energy Policy Team “These energy-related programs are geared to achieve Gyeonggi Province’s Energy Vision 2030 that aims to realize 70 percent energy self-sufficiency by the year 2030.” Other energy-related projects disclosed during the presentation included those regarding education and technical exchanges for large energy users as well as the cultivation of related human resources. Article 5. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Holds Local Assembly Forum (170214-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On February 13, a forum on local assemblies was held at the Korea National Assembly to identify issues regarding the current Korean local autonomy system and to discuss ways in which to promote the advancement of local assemblies. ▶ National Assembly Members Hall (February 13) Forum on Advancement and Future of Local Assemblies More than fifty Korean National Assembly members and Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly members as well as administrators and specialists in related fields attended the forum. ▶ Sin Gi-hyun / Professor, Department of Public Administration, Chonbuk National University “Local assembly members have a lot of work to do such as budget deliberations. However, they are not provided with paid assistants.” ▶ Provision of Assistants to Local Assembly Members Proposed The first agenda item discussed was the need of local assembly members for assistants. ▶ Gwon Chil-seung / National Assembly Member “There are concerns about the assignment of assistants to individuals. However, there must be at least an assistant pool for each bargaining body.” In 2015, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly introduced a legislative investigator for each of its eleven standing committees with positive results. ▶ Cho Sweung-hyun / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Management Committee Member “There have been significant improvements not only in terms of the number of ordinances that can be handled but also in terms of their contents and quality thanks to the assistance of legislative investigators.” ▶ Functional Expansion of Local Assemblies Proposed In addition, the necessity among local assemblies for functional expansion as well as more independent ordinance legislation authority was identified. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Political Coalition Vice Governor “We must find fundamental solutions to creating a structure in which to maintain an equal partnership between the assembly and the administration.” Participants generally agreed on the necessity for a constitutional amendment for the effective decentralization of power and for working with the National Assembly to that end. Article 6. Gyeonggi Receives Applications for 2nd Game Academy Session (170214-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province established a game academy so as to nurture game development enterprises. This game business startup support program began receiving applications for its second academic session. ▶ Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center Over the past three years, Yang (양준규) has invested everything he has in developing games. Last year, he successfully introduced a mobile game in the market and earned KRW 30 million in one month thanks to support he received from the Gyeonggi Game Academy. ▶ Yang Jun-gyu / Game Developer, Gyeonggi Game Academy Alumni “Professors gave me a lot of helpful feedback from the user’s perspective and taught me personally. I learned a lot from them.” Among the participants of the first academy session, nine teams opened businesses; of these, two have already launched games. ▶ Applications Received for 2nd Game Academy Session The academy has begun receiving applications for its second session; this session will last for six months and entail intensive training as well as business incubating. ▶ Sin Yong-deok / Gyeonggi Province Contents Support Team Official “From the second session, the academy is open to game developers in established game enterprises as well so as to enable more people to benefit from the academy.” ▶ Lectures and 1:1 Mentoring Each participant is provided with intensive education consisting of lectures and seminars as well as one-on-one mentoring by game industry specialists. ▶ From Development to Market Launch Education covers a full range of knowledge in the game industry from programming and other game development procedures to accounting and fundraising. ▶ Space, Equipment and Financial Support Participants are also provided with space and equipment support as well as financial assistance of KRW 3.5 million for business startup costs. Article 7. Gyeonggi Province Develops Own Font Style (170216-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province commissioned the development of its own font style and recently disclosed it at a public presentation before the official release in May. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 14) Gyeonggi Province’s Font Style Presentation This presentation was geared for preliminary disclosure before the official release. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Font Based on ‘Connection’ Concept This special font style, which represents Gyeonggi Province, is based on the concept of connections among people, time and ideologies. It has two sub-fonts for titles and text. ▶ Park Yun-yeong / CEO of Commissioned Font Design Enterprise “The font for titles more graphically represents connection, while the font for text represents connection through the mixture of old and modern aesthetics.” Each consonant and vowel was designed in an unbroken line. Even dots were connected in the form of a rising stroke. The developers designed the font based on an analysis of written Korean characters used in ancient and modern books. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Font Developed to Commemorate Millennium of ‘Gyeonggi’ Name Gyeonggi Province commissioned the development of the Gyeonggi Province font style to commemorate the millennium of the name ‘Gyeonggi’. ▶ Lee Yong-jun / Director, Gyeonggi Province PR Contents Division “We have been using a variety of font styles. We attempted to create a new font style that will best convey the identity of Gyeonggi Province.” During the presentation, members of public were given opportunities to use the font. ▶ Kim Da-ye / Junior of Konkuk University “I think we will see a lot of this font style in reports and presentations. I will be happy to introduce this font style to my friends.” The Gyeonggi Province font style will be released this coming May via the provincial homepage and will be downloadable for free by anyone. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.02.17Greetings, 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 to Stop Revenue Guarantee Payments on Gyeongin Expressway III (170206-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Since the opening of the privately invested Gyeongin (경인) Expressway III between Incheon (인천) and Seoul six years ago, Gyeonggi Province has had to spend tens of billions of Korean won in tax payer money to make the revenue guarantee payments to the contractors. However, these payments will be terminated as increasing traffic can now support the minimum revenue guaranteed, or MRG. ▶ KRW 40.5 billion Paid as MRG To date, Gyeonggi Province’s MRG payments on Gyeongin (경인) Expressway III have totaled KRW 40.5 billion. [CG] Fed by new connections and expansions, traffic on this expressway has been increasing steadily each year. ▶ Jeong Seung-bong / Manager, Gyeongin Expressway III Management Office “Last year, the amount of traffic increased almost twofold to 160,000 vehicles daily on average. We expect to see a further increase of 13 percent to 180,000 vehicles daily this year.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s MRG Expenditure Decreases Significantly Gyeonggi Province recently decided that MRG payment requirements no longer exist since actual revenue exceeds the minimum level guaranteed by contract, and announced the termination of the payment this year. This decision was based on long-term speculation regarding increasing traffic levels, which are driven by continuous population increases in related areas. ▶ An Jae-myeong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Road Policy Division “MRG payments (on Gyeongin Expressway III) have cost Gyeonggi Province approximately KRW 6 billion annually. We can now use that money as supplementary funds for other local road projects.” Gyeonggi Province is currently negotiating with the Ilsan (일산) Bridge investor for the reduction of MRG payments. This bridge is one of two private investment roads operated under provincial contracts and the only other road where operational losses require provincial intervention. Article 2. Gyeonggi Public Forum on National Reunification (170207-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province held a public forum on national reunification. During the forum, specialists in related fields discussed current South-North Korean relations and ways in which to realize national reunification. ▶ Gyeonggi Arts Center (February) ‘Gyeonggi National Reunification Talk Show’ The forum featured Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필), Gyeonggi Province Education Superintendent Lee Jae-jeong (이재정) who is also a former Korean Unification Minister, and Korea Peace Forum Chairman Jeong Se-hyeon (정세현) as speakers, as well as more than 400 residents in the audience. ▶ Korea Peace Forum Chairman Jeong Se-hyeon “Currently, any contact with North Korea requires prior Ministry of Unification approval. I think second-tier governments should be given autonomy in detailed matters through blanket permissions from the ministry.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Education Superintendent Lee Jae-jeong “The North Korea policy of the United States and its relations with North Korea are a major factor in relations between South and North Korea.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Suggests Political Coalition in Unification Policy Creation Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil advocated political coalition in the establishment of consistent policies for North Korea. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Political coalition should be based on the consensus that the continuity of humanitarian aid as well as cultural exchanges must be ensured regardless of political situations.” During the forum, a number of issues and potential solutions regarding national reunification were identified and discussed. The speakers noted that the prejudiced fear and distrust held by South Korean people against North Korea stands as a major obstacle to national reunification. They also emphasized the necessity for the improvement of South-North relations and even the reduction of military forces. ▶ Kim Hyeon-jeong / College Student “I used have vague ideas about the topics discussed. It was a very useful and enlightening experience that gave me clear ideas.” The Gyeonggi Provincial Government anticipates and is preparing for the possible resumption of exchanges with North Korea in near future. Article 3. Gyeonggi Nurtures Taxi Drivers with Disabilities (170206-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a taxi driver training and employment support program for individuals with disabilities, and recently announced this year’s employment target of sixty trainees. Participants are provided with a full range of provincial support from license acquisition to employment applications. ▶ Kim Wan-gi, Taxi Driver with Class-2 Disabilities Since a road accident left him disabled 15 years ago, Kim (김완기) has been struggling to find employment. However, his life has changed since he began working as a taxi driver thanks to support from Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Kim Wan-gi / Gyeonggi Provincial Taxi Driver Support Program Beneficiary “With my physical condition having improved, I am now ready for my old age. This program helps people with disabilities a lot with finding employment for a better life.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s ‘Taxi Driver Support for the Disabled’ Program Launched last year, Gyeonggi Province’s ‘Taxi Driver Support for the Disabled’ encompasses taxi driver training, fuel cost support and employment support as well as support for daily company payments for an initial period. ▶ Turn-over Money Support up to KRW 1.25 Million for First 5 Months Each of those who successfully found employment is provided with company payment support of up to KRW 1.25 million for the first five months of their employment. ▶ Yoon Yeong-mi / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Handicap Job Opportunities Team “There has been a significant increase in the demand for support. We therefore expanded the program 50 percent this year.” Last year, out of the 126 individuals who participated in this support program, 34 successfully found employment as taxi drivers. This year’s employment target is 60. Gyeonggi Province will also endeavor to improve recognition of physical disabilities among taxi operators ▶ Gyeonggi-do Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities (☎070-8097-0893) Applications for support are being received at the KAPPD, an association for the disabled, and the program is open to any disabled individual older than 20 years of age with more than one year of driving experience. Article 4. Gyeonggi Seeks Environmental Control over Asphalt Concrete Production (170206-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Responding to growing public complaints about foul smells emitted by asphalt concrete factories, Gyeonggi Province plans detailed inspections of such areas so as to identify exact sources and develop corrective measures. ▶ Asphalt Concrete Manufacturer, Uiwang City An enterprise that manufactures asphalt concrete – also known as ascon – recently installed a KRW 600 million chemical purification system to control the foul smells generated by its production processes. ▶ Gwak Yong-tae / Production Manager, Ascon Manufacturing Enterprise “We have to pay more attention to the matter, especially to the complaints of residents, since we are located in an urban district.” The foul smells and air pollutants have been the cause of frequent public complaints around ascon factories. ▶ Gyeonggi Seeks Solution to Environmental Problems of Ascon Production Facilities Gyeonggi Province will conduct precision chemical inspections in and around production facilities until all sources of pollutants are identified and eliminated. ▶ Inclusion of Gas Treatment in Environmental Facility Requirements Based on inspection findings, Gyeonggi Province is considering a proposal to the Korean government for the inclusion of gas treatment systems in environmental facility requirements. ▶ Establishment of Carcinogenic Emission Standards The provincial government also plans to propose the inclusion of substances that are emitted during ascon production in carcinogenic emission standards. ▶ Park Dae-geun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Environmental Safety Instruction Team “We believe that the modification of standards based on detailed inspections will help improve the safety and comfort of residents.” Gyeonggi Province is also considering the provision of environmental facility improvement support to those facilities that are frequent targets of public complaints. Article 5. Charging Facilities to Become Compulsory in Large Parking Lots (170207-2) [Anchor’s Headline] While there is still a significant lack of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support eco-friendly transportation in Korea, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly announced a proposal for an ordinance that requires parking facilities of over 100-vehicle capacity to have charging facilities. ▶ Park Cheol-beom, Suwon City Resident Park (박철범), an electric vehicle owner, is always apprehensive when he is about to drive a long distance. ▶ [PiP] Park Cheol-beom / Electric Vehicle Owner “The amount of battery charge is definitely insufficient for a long distance trip that I need to make during holidays or on business.” There are just slightly more than 180 electric charging stations in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Proposes Electric Vehicle Promotion Support Ordinance The proposed ordinance stipulates that all parking facilities of over 100-vehicle capacity at apartment complexes and commercial buildings as well as public facilities must have electric vehicle charging facilities; all electric vehicles are free to use publicly operated parking lots. This ordinance draft, titled ‘Electric Vehicle Promotion Support Ordinance’, is slated for deliberation during the 316th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly extraordinary session on February 14. ▶ Cho Jae-wuk / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member (Saenuri Party) “The greatest benefit of this ordinance will be the assurance that you can find charging facilities in any large parking lot." Such charging convenience will have a significant positive effect on the popularity and spread of electric vehicles in the province. Article 6. Book Loans upon Request at Gyeonggi Bookstores (170207-3) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi public library members can borrow books from bookstores free of charge. Known as ‘Book Loans upon Request‘, this extraordinary system, which is supported by Gyeonggi Province, benefits readers through convenience as well as bookstores through increased sales. ▶ Bookstore in Yongin City Park (박성희) is a regular visitor to this bookstore since it is close to her home and she can borrow any book here – from bestsellers to new publications – free of charge. ▶ Park Seong-hui / Yongin City Resident “It is very convenient to have some place close to home where I can browse bookshelves and borrow books of my choice.” ▶ Book Loans upon Request at Local Bookstores Any public library member can use this service to borrow up to five books per month for two weeks from service-affiliated bookstores free of charge. The loaned books become the property of local public libraries. ▶ Sales of Affiliated Bookstores Increased More Than 10% Such convenience attracts readers to the affiliated bookstores, which enjoy average sales increases of more than 10 percent. ▶ Jeong Seon-ok / President, Yongin Bookstore “This system attracts many readers to offline bookstores. As a result, our sales increased.” The books returned to the bookstores are delivered to local public libraries and paid for by local governments. ▶ 17 Affiliated Bookstores in Yongin City Sold 55,000 Books Through Loaning Last year, Yongin City signed an agreement for this service with 17 bookstores. This resulted in over 55,000 books being borrowed by more than 13,000 residents. ▶ Yongin City Mayor Jeong Chan-min “This service system has the effect of boosting local bookstore business while enabling residents to read books free of charge. We will continue our efforts to enable more residents to enjoy more books.” This free book-loaning service was initiated by Yongin (용인) City and is spreading to other cities of Gyeonggi Province as well as other provinces. It is regarded as an exemplary public service case. Article 7. False 119 Calls Face KRW 2 Million Fines in Gyeonggi Province (170208-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, those who call 119 in non-emergency situations may face a KRW 2 million fine. There are a large number of callers who use 119 as a free taxi service, causing serious delays in the treatment of those who are really in emergency situations. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters A woman calls 119 and demands to be taken to a hospital. [Sync] “Look, I need to go to a hospital. Who else should take a patient like me to a hospital than 119 people?” A man with a heavily intoxicated voice asks for an ambulance for his headache. [Sync] “I have a headache. I think I need fire department services.” He turned out to have feigned his illness. ▶ GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “That male caller simply needed time to become sober. He sat here without needing any treatment before he went out.” As many as 170,000 of last year’s119 calls were non-emergency calls like these. [CG] The annual number of non-emergency 119 calls increased 12 percent last year, accounting for 30 percent of all 119 calls. ▶ Chae Su-hui / Fire Official, Opo 119 Safety Center “Every second is precious for people in emergency situations. However, our responses are often delayed by non-emergency calls, which leads to delays in the treatment of emergency patients.” ▶ Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety Headquarters to Impose Fines on Non-emergency Callers After years of dilemma, the Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters decided to impose heavy fines on non-emergency 119 callers. ▶ Max. KRW 2 Million to Be Fined for Feigned Illnesses Those who received 119 services for feigned illnesses will be fined up to KRW 2 million based on medical treatment records. ▶ Yoon Seong-geun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety Headquarters Emergency Team “We will adopt tough measures against non-emergency calls so as to secure the golden time that we need to save the lives of residents.” Those patients whose illnesses are not emergencies will be encouraged to use private means of travel to hospitals and may be denied emergency services in accordance with related laws. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.02.10Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi to Establish Shared Market Economy Bureau (170131-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to establish, under the Vice Governor for Political Coalition, a new Shared Market Economy Bureau that will oversee the operation of provincial shared market economy policies. ▶ 1st Korea Gyeonggi Province Corporation Retail Outlet Opens Last year’s establishment of the Korea Gyeonggi Province Company was the province’s representative shared market economy initiative. Through this semi-public enterprise, affiliated SMEs share provincial resources as well as the name Gyeonggi Province as a common brand name. Gyeonggi Province plans to establish additional shared market economy models this year. ▶ Shared Market Economy Office under Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor For the establishment of this new office, Gyeonggi Province gave prior notice of an amendment to the Gyeonggi Provincial Organization Ordinance on January 23. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The shared market economy comprises new economic models in which each model operates on a platform established by public offices, and is operated by the private sector with minimal involvement by the public offices.” When Gyeonggi Province’s proposed ordinance amendment is approved by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly in February, the Shared Market Economy Bureau – which will consist of the Shared Economy Division and the Ddabok (따복) Community Support Division – will begin its operations in March. The Shared Economy Division will consist of three teams who will oversee matters regarding shared market economy models. Article 2. Gyeonggi Plans for More Infant Daycare Centers (170131-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of provincial ‘Daycare Centers for Zero-year-olds’ this year. These centers are exclusively for infants and toddlers under 24 months of age and are popular among working mothers returning to the workforce after maternity leave. ▶ Infant Care Center, Namyangju City Cho (조윤주), the mother of a 19-month-old baby, has been using one of these centers in Namyangju (남양주) City since last year. [Sync] "Did she sleep well? / “Yes, she did.” When she had to return to work and leave her baby at the center, she was initially worried. ▶ Cho yoon-ju / Working Mother, Namyangju City “I was deeply worried at first since my baby was a newborn. However, I am now very satisfied with the services of the center. One of the reasons why I chose it was its good caregiver-to-child ratio.” At Daycare Centers for Zero-year-olds, which are the only provincially operated facilities of their kind in Korea, each caregiver is responsible for two babies. Such a low caregiver-to-child ratio as well as separate use of feeding equipment and baby consumables helps these facilities maintain high service standards. ▶ Number of Daycare Centers for Zero-year-olds to Increase to 360 This Year This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of these centers from the current 160 to 360. ▶ Kim Bok-ja / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Women & Family Bureau “Selection for designation and subsequent provincial support will begin in February among existing childcare facilities based on facility assessments and capacity requirements.” With an increased number of reliable infant care facilities available, more mothers will now be able to have children while pursuing careers. Article 3. Gyeonggi Develops Behavioral Education for Young Children (170131-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province developed a behavioral education program for young children. Formulated in play-style classes, this education covers a range of behavioral requirements from table manners to road safety. ▶ Northern Gyeonggi Province Childcare Support Center In this class, children 3 to 5 years of age learn how to behave safely near roads while playing with interesting equipment designed for this purpose. [Sync] “Look left and right carefully to see if there are any cars approaching. Then cross the road with your hand in the air as if to say ‘I am crossing the road. Please watch out’.” At these ages, children develop acquired personality traits such as manners. ▶ Oh Joseph (Age 5) “It was fun to watch for any approaching cars and to cross the road with a raised hand.” Behavioral education is, therefore, regarded as most effective for children at these ages. ▶ Play-style Behavioral Education The Northern Gyeonggi Province Childcare Support Center has been seeking ways in which to educate young children regarding effective behaviors. The final result was the development of this education program that incorporates pre-designed play associated with different situations in different places such as family meals, shops and roads. This play-style education is regarded as more effective than judgmental lectures. ▶ [PiP] Jang Eun-mi / Director, Northern Gyeonggi Province Childcare Support Center “This education program is geared to develop an understanding of good manners through experiencing goodness for all while playing with peers.” Although this education is currently being run at the center, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the program by providing on-site education for children in remote areas. Article 4. Gyeonggi Yellow School Buses to Feature Seniors as Safety Aides (170201-1) [Anchor’s Headline] From January 29, all the yellow buses of private institutes for children in Korea must have a safety attendant. In Gyeonggi Province, those institutes that employ seniors as attendants will receive provincial support. ▶ Childcare Center, Ansan City The presence of a safety attendant has been compulsory since January of 2015 on the yellow buses of private childcare centers and kindergartens. ▶ Academic & Physical Education School Buses with Capacity up to 15 Persons Included However, the enforcement of this regulation for yellow buses of up to 15-person capacity at private academic and physical education institutes has had a two-year grace period. ▶ Presence of Safety Attendant Compulsory on All Private Children School Buses Now, the presence of a safety attendant is compulsory on all yellow buses of private institutes as well as childcare centers and kindergartens. ▶ Lee Chang-min / Principal, Taekwondo School “We have no problem since we already have a safety attendant on our payroll. However, many smaller institutes have to rely on the voluntary services of adult family members of their students; this lacks permanence.” ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (January 31) Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Senior Vehicle Safety Attendant Training In order to alleviate the economic burdens on private education institutes for children while promoting employment opportunities for seniors, Gyeonggi Province secured cooperation for the vehicle safety attendant training of seniors from three related organizations. The Korea Senior Resources Development Center agreed to provide annual vehicle insurance and fuel support of KRW 1.5 million to each institute that employs a senior, while two other organizations will provide employment placement services and vehicle safety attendant training support for seniors. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This agreement is beneficial for achieving both the safety of children and the employment and social participation of seniors.” This vehicle safety attendant training initiative of Gyeonggi Province will have the effect of creating 250 new jobs for seniors over 60 years of age. Article 5. Gimpo–Yeouido Express Bus Route Opens (170201-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On January 31, the new express bus route G6001 opened, connecting Gimpo (김포) of Gyeonggi Province with Yeouido (여의도) in Seoul. This is the second Good Morning Express Bus route to open between Gyeonggi Province and Seoul following last year’s route G6000. ▶ Bus Stop in Suwon City There has been a long-standing capacity problem in express bus transportation, especially during commuting hours, between these two busy urban districts in Korea. ▶ Good Morning Express Buses of Gyeonggi Province Last year, Gyeonggi Province introduced the intercity Good Morning Express Bus to address the problem. ▶ Route G6001 Opens on 37km Route between Gimpo and Yeouido Following the opening of route G6000 between Gimpo (김포) and Sinchon (신촌) last year, this second Good Morning Express Bus route, G6001, opened on a 37-kilometer route between Gimpo Hangang (김포한강) New Town and the Yeouido (여의도) Transfer Center in Seoul. The buses on this route stop at only eight multiple route transfer locations in Gyeonggi Province and Seoul including both terminals. ▶ Buses Run at 15-Minute Intervals during Commuting Hours The buses on this route run at 15-minute intervals during commuting hours. ▶ Kim Yeong-ju / Gimpo City Resident “Departure intervals seem to have reduced a little. It helps, more than anything, to have more diverse destinations.” Good Morning Express Bus fares are the same as those for intercity buses. ▶ Kim Dong-uk / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Good Morning Bus Policy Team “We will continue to do our utmost to provide our residents with quicker and more comfortable bus transportation to and from Seoul.” Gyeonggi Province plans to establish more multiple route transfer facilities and introduce more Good Morning Express Bus routes in areas of higher transportation demand including Suwon (수원) City and Yongin (용인) City. Article 6. Oyster Mushroom Culture Media Used for Oak Mushroom Cultivation (170201-3) [Anchor’s Headline] A Gyeonggi agricultural research institute recently developed an oak mushroom cultivation technology that uses recycled culture media that has previously been discarded as waste after use for the cultivation of oyster mushrooms. ▶ Oyster Mushroom Farm, Gwangju City Oyster mushrooms are typically grown in small bottles with culture media placed at the bottom. This media is not reusable except for occasional use as fertilizer for which there is little demand. At this farm, 10 tons of used culture media is discarded as waste daily. ▶ Kim Ui-sik / Managing Director, Oyster Mushroom Enterprise “Culture media costs KRW 3 million a day, but used media is priced at one fifteenth of its original price. Most oyster farms face difficulties finding purchasers for the used media.” In Gyeonggi Province, more than 220,000 tons of used oyster mushroom culture media are produced annually. ▶Oyster Mushroom Culture Media Recycling Technology Developed in Gyeonggi Province The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services has been seeking ways in which to recycle this used media and recently succeeded. ▶ Used as an Oak Mushroom Culture Media Ingredient The institute found a formula for oak mushroom culture media that contains used oyster mushroom culture media instead of traditional sawdust as an ingredient. ▶ Oak Mushroom Production Cost Reduced by KRW 15 Million The use of this formula will reduce sawdust costs by KRW 15 million annually for oak mushroom farms. This technology also enables oyster mushroom farmers to diversify their products with oak mushrooms. ▶ Ji Jeong-hyeon / Director, Mushroom Research Center, GARES “Oyster mushroom farms can immediately start growing oak mushrooms, while oak mushroom farms can reduce their production costs. ▶ Technology to be Introduced to Mushroom Farms This Year The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services continues to develop mass production methods for this new formula and plans to transfer the technology to mushroom farms before the end of the year. Article 7. Gyeonggi Administrative Adjudgement Committee for Small Businesses (170202-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the establishment of an Administrative Adjudgement Committee for Small Businesses that will review cases of administrative punishments such as business suspensions and fines. ▶ Restaurant, Yongin City When a group of four customers ordered alcoholic drinks at this restaurant, the owner served them after unknowingly accepting their false identification cards. ▶ Selling Alcoholic Drinks to Juveniles Punishable by Business Suspension and Fine This restaurant received a fine of KRW 1 million and a 2-month business suspension for violation of the Juvenile Protection Act. Mortified and facing great financial difficulties because of these punishments, the owner appealed for administrative adjudgement. ▶ Lee Yeong-hui / Restaurant Owner “A business suspension also entails many serious side effects. We lose all our patrons and cannot even sell the business.” ▶ First Administrative Adjudgement Committee in Korea Gyeonggi Province’s administrative adjudgement committee exclusively for small businesses is the first of its kind in Korea. ▶ More than 1,000 Cases to be Reviewed Consisting of six members, this committee will convene on a monthly basis and is expected to handle more than 1,000 appeal cases annually. ▶ Period of Review Reduced to 60 Days It used to take an entire 90-day period for the regular inquiry committee to complete the review of an appeal for administrative adjudgement. However, this committee will complete such a review in 60 days. Gyeonggi Province will also establish punishment reduction criteria for more efficient reviews. ▶ Kim Seong-won / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Administrative Adjudgement Planning Team “Small businesses often face financial difficulties in the wake of administrative punishments. The purpose (of the establishment of this committee) is to rescue such businesses punished for reasons that were not entirely their own fault." At the first committee meeting, which was held on February 1, 57 cases were reviewed with 14 receiving administrative punishment reductions. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.02.03Greetings, 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. Girl Statue of Peace to be Erected on Dokdo Island (170123-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Members of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly recently began a campaign to erect a ‘Girl Statue of Peace’ on Dokdo (독도) Island, a small uninhabited island that has been the subject of decades of territorial disputes between Korea and Japan. ▶ Near Japanese Embassy, Seoul A number of similar statues have been erected around Korea in memory of the Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. The one near the Japanese Embassy in Korea is the site of regular demonstrations against the Japanese government. ▶ Kim Na-jin / College Student, Picketer “It is a sad history. (I am here because) I think it is history that should never happen again and we should never forget.” This statue of a girl with short bobbed hair and bare toed feet symbolizes the longing of these ill-fated women for home. Over the past twenty years, the Japanese government has ignored Korean demands for official recognition of and an apology for this period in history. ▶ 45 Statues of Peace Erected in Korea Forty-five Statues of Peace have been erected in Korea to date, of which 20 are in major cities of Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (January 16) Fundraising for Girl Statue of Peace Erection On January 16, members of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began fundraising for the installation of a Girl Statue of Peace on Dokdo (독도) Island at an estimated cost of KRW 70 million. ▶ Min Jeong-sun / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member, Dokdo Loving Club Leader “We began fundraising for the installation of a Girl Statue of Peace. There will be diplomatic and administrative obstacles. We will overcome these obstacles through the establishment of public rapport." ▶ Girl Statue of Peace to be Erected on Dokdo Island on December 14 The installation of the Girl Statue of Peace on Dokdo (독도) Island is planned for December 14, the sixth anniversary of the installation of the first statue. Article 2. Gyeonggi Provides Labor Law Education to Pre-job Youths (170123-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is providing students who will soon seek employment with labor law education so as to better prepare them against possible labor exploitation and unreasonable treatment. The number of youths who receive less than the legal minimum wage in Korea has grown steadily to more than 630,000 in 2015, accounting for 17 percent of all young workers. Their desperation for work is often the excuse for such low wages being paid by their employers. ▶ Labor Law Education for Youths This labor law education is provided to college students and vocational school trainees who are preparing for employment in their final year of studies. ▶ Park Ho-jin / Senior, Kyonggi University “When I worked as a part-time employee for more than a year, I was not informed of the holidays and benefits to which I was legally entitled. Knowledge about labor law will helps us avoid such disadvantages.” According to the Korean Labor Standard Act, 40 hours a week is the maximum work standard. Any extra work must be compensated based on overtime rates. Non-payment of wages may be reported to the Employment & Labor Ministry for legal assistance. ▶ Education in Labor Law This education, which received high satisfaction ratings among recipients, covers legal provisions such as those regarding employment contracts, work hours, benefits, non-payment of wages and layoffs. ▶ Cho Gwang-geun / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Labor & Management Affairs Team “We are offering education about labor laws to those who are preparing for their first job so as to ensure their stable job life.” Gyeonggi Province’s labor law education will be conducted through small group classes as well as role playing in which all students participate. Article 3. Toxic Substances Found in Wet Tissue Products (170123-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently conducted safety inspections of wet tissue products on the market and found toxic substances in a number of brands. All products of these brands on retail shelves have been subsequently recalled. Supermarkets typically carry dozens of wet tissue brands for the cleaning of items that range from toilets and kitchens to the skin of babies. ▶ Choi Seon-mi / Consumer, Suwon City Resident “I have three children, so we use a lot of wet tissues. We even use them to clean around our mouths. However, I always felt unsure about the safety of doing that.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Inspects 62 Wet Tissue Products Last year, the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment inspected 62 wet tissue brands collected from retailers to ascertain their safety. ▶ Humidifier Sterilizer Components Found in ‘T’ Brand According to chemical analysis results, components of humidifier sterilizers were found in the wet tissue products of ‘T’ brand. The use of these components is only permitted in diluted form in cosmetics and other products that do not include wet tissues. ▶ Excessive Methanol Contents Found in 4 Products of ‘Y’ Brand In four different products of ‘Y’ brand, inspectors found methanol, a residual substance from the production process, in concentrations that were more than double the permissible standard. The relevant inspection data was reported to the Korean FDA. ▶ Kim Beom-ho / Chief Analyser, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment “These results indicate that problems exist in production and quality control processes. We will continue to perform safety inspections of other products that are closely related to the daily lives of our residents.” Gyeonggi Province ordered sale suspensions of the wet tissue products of both ‘T’ and ‘Y’ brands. Both companies also recovered all related products from retailers. Article 4. Gyeonggi Targets USD 100 Billion in Exports (170124-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced phased trade strategies so as to boost provincial export performance. In recent years, the exports of Gyeonggi Province have been in decline, influenced by international market slowdowns. Such a decline began after the province exceeded USD 100 billion in exports for the first time in 2013. [CG] In 2015, continued global economic difficulties and low oil prices led to the exports of Gyeonggi Province recording minus growth for the first time in history. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (January 23) 2017 Gyeonggi Province Trade Strategy Announcement These new trade strategies were developed to help achieve USD 100 billion in exports once again… ▶ 30 Support Projects Require Total Budget of KRW 22.8 Billion …and will cost KRW 22.8 billion in total for 30 export support projects. ▶ Lim Jong-cheol / Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Economy Office “We will nurture robust export enterprises through step-by-step, customized support for enterprises in different stages from domestic supply to the beginning of exports to full-fledged export businesses.” This phased support will be provided at basic, intermediate and advanced levels based on export performances. ▶ Basic Level: Export Capability Development Support For 7,800 enterprises at the basic international business level, trade information and interpretation support will be provided by designated specialists. ▶ Intermediate Level: International Market Development Support For intermediate level export enterprises, support will focus on international market development. For this purpose, four Gyeonggi Business Centers will be established in China, Iran, Turkey and Africa, while the scale of G-Fairs, Gyeonggi Province’s international trade fairs, will be increased. ▶ Advanced Level: Customized Support for International Market Expansion For enterprises whose individual exports exceed USD 5 million, customized support for different product categories will be provided for product differentiation and brand power improvement so as to help them expand export market bases. Support will also be provided to help these enterprises better adapt to changing trade environments. ▶ Lim Jong-cheol / Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Economy Office “Post-FTA consultation services will be provided to better prepare enterprises for the trade protectionism of the United States and contingencies related to China. For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province will provide special support to those enterprises that were damaged by the collapse of Hanjin Shipping…” In tandem with trade strategies, Gyeonggi Province will also utilize Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated in its efforts to recover the export record of USD 100 billion. Article 5. Gyeonggi Prepares for Lunar New Year’s Day (170124-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced comprehensive Lunar New Year holiday measures for residents. GTV examined the details. ▶ Comprehensive Lunar New Year Holiday Measures These measures include the mobilization of an additional 540 personnel in various provincial areas including public services, transportation and medical services. ▶ ① AI Quarantine Activities In order to prevent the potential spread of bird flu through the travel of a large number of people during the Lunar New Year holidays, intense sterilization will be performed at poultry farms and migrating bird sites by 31 teams and 112 vehicles. ▶ ② 24-Hour Operation of Public Service Office & Gyeonggi Call Center The Gyeonggi Public Service Center and 120 Gyeonggi Call Center will operate 24 hours a day. ▶ 120 Gyeonggi Call Center (031-120) Applications for documents and other public services are received 24 hours a day at the Gyeonggi Public Service Center. The 120 Gyeonggi Call Center is also open 24 hours a day for public services as well as for information about transportation and emergency medical services. ▶ ③ 24-hour Emergency Medical Care Services Available More than 6,900 clinics and 4,500 pharmacies as well as more than 60 hospital emergency medical services will remain open 24 hours a day during the holidays. Detailed information may be obtained via the 120 Gyeonggi Call Center or 119 Emergency Management Center. ▶ Yu Don-hyun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Division “Emergency response personnel will remain on call during the holidays so as to ensure the safety and convenience of residents.” ▶ ④ Extended Bus Services To facilitate transportation convenience, the number of bus runs will be increased and 56 additional buses will operate on 48 routes. ▶ ⑤ Control of Lunar New Year Food Item Prices Gyeonggi Province will also monitor and control the prices of Lunar New Year food items to prevent price surges. ▶ ⑥ Free Meal Services for Underprivileged Individuals During the Lunar New Year holidays, 6 cities of Gyeonggi Province will provide free meal services to underprivileged individuals including homeless people and solitary seniors at 13 locations. Article 6. Gyeonggi Opens Virtual/Augmented Reality Testing Studio (170124-3) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province established a virtual and augmented reality testing studio for the promotion of the related industry. This studio is intended for use by individuals as well as enterprises in startup stages in these fields, which are emerging as technologies of the future. ▶ Virtual Reality Live Broadcasting Studio In the virtual reality studio, a user wearing a headset and hand apparatus is experiencing three-dimensional space created by a program that incorporates a digital brush. Known as chroma key, this virtual reality technology can be used to create various contents and broadcast them via a desktop computer. ▶ No Seong-eon / Director of Virtual Reality Video Production Enterprise “These facilities are very important for us since they can be used to distribute the images or games that we developed to the public online.” In another corner, a vehicle simulator creates realistic driving situations for the operator on a chair that is moved in different directions by four shafts. ▶ Creation Facilities Available for Professional-level Creative Work The creation room is equipped with hardware and software for professional-level creative work. ▶ Gwanggyo Business Center (January 23) Opening of Gyeonggi Province VR•AR Testbed Titled VR•AR Testbed, this studio was established primarily with the aim of supporting content-developing enterprises in startup endeavors through development, testing and practical education. ▶ Eom Jin-seop / Director, Gyeonggi Province Science & Technology Division “We believe that this testbed can contribute to the development of the image and content industries, which can also benefit numerous other industrial fields such as culture, arts, defense and science.” In addition to its supporting function for the Korean contents industry, the VR•AR Testbed of Gyeonggi Province is also open to the public for virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. Article 7. Gyeonggi’s Floricultural Industry Revitalization Policies (170125-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently announced floricultural industry revitalization measures. The Korean floricultural industry has been hit hard by the recent introduction of the Bribery & Solicitation Prohibition Act that limits the value of gifts, including flowers, given to public personnel. ▶ Flower Farm, Yongin City Every year before New Year’s Day, the workshop at this flower farm in Yongin (용인) City of Gyeonggi Province used to bustle with workers packing flowers to fill orders. This year, flower prices dropped to half their normal levels, and there are only a few orders to work on. ▶ Park Jong-bok / Orchid Farmer “I think at least 50 percent of orchid farms will have to close this year.” ▶ Gyeonggi Develops Measures for Floricultural Industry Revitalization These provincial measures were developed to rescue the Korean floricultural industry. ▶ One-Table-One-Flower Campaign One of these measures is the launch of a public campaign for the use of flowers at homes and offices. This campaign involves the delivery of flowers to individual desks on a daily basis. ▶ Lim Yeong-hui / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Youth Fostering Team “We all love flowers. The flowers in our workplaces help relieve tension whenever we look at them.” ▶ Flower Shops to Open at Direct Transaction Markets and Local Food Outlets Gyeonggi Province will arrange separate sections for flower shops at local festival sites, direct transaction markets and even local food outlets, while providing support for flower quality improvement. ▶ Loo Mum-mu / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Horticultural products Team “We will implement support projects such as those for facility modernization and technical applications that can help horticultural farmer improve their income. Provincial support of KRW 14.6 million has been earmarked for a total farm area of 140 hectares.” ▶ Value of Flower Gifts Limited by Law According to the related law for public personnel, the value of a flower gift should be less than KRW 50,000 if it job related and less than KRW 100,000 if it is given for a celebratory or mourning event. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.01.25Article 1. 2016 Gyeonggi Agrifood Marks USD 1.2 Billion in Exports (170116-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Exports of Gyeonggi Province’s agricultural products have been increasing significantly in recent years thanks to diverse provincial support efforts. Last year, provincial agricultural products surpassed USD 1.2 billion in exports. ▶ Sweet Pepper Farm, Goyang City Workers at this eco-friendly sweet pepper farm are busy packaging products for the next shipment. Last year, this farm made additional profits of approximately KRW 300 million through exports to Japan. ▶ Lee Yeong-gyub / Manager, Sweet Pepper Farm “Distribution cost support enabled us to ship consignments to orders without having to fill the container, alleviating our export costs.” Aided by provincial support, such as the distribution support received by this agricultural enterprise, Gyeonggi agricultural product exports last year surpassed USD 1.2 billion, or KRW 1.4 trillion. This is almost a three-fold increase compared to exports only seven years ago. ▶ Multifaceted Gyeonggi Export Promotion Policies Such a significant increase in exports is attributed to the diverse export promotion policies of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government. ▶ Mun Jae-yeol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Products Distribution Division “The outlook for the world economy and export environment is negative. Therefore, Gyeonggi Province will intensify its agricultural export promotion policies so as to achieve good export performances.” In addition to provincial support, local government support for the international competitiveness of farmers also played a part in increasing the agricultural exports of Gyeonggi Province. Article 2. Gyeonggi’s Monthly Payments for Rice Procurements (170116-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a monthly payment system for rice procurements. This system seeks to ensure the stability of farming household livelihoods by evenly distributing income throughout the year. ▶ Rice Farm, Hwaseong City For the past four years, Baek (백승재), a rice farmer, has been receiving monthly payments of KRW 2 million for his rice from the local rice depot. This salary-like payment method helps him with the management of seasonal expenditures such as education expenses for his children. ▶ Baek Seung-jae / Rice Farmer, Hwaseong City “I didn’t favor this payment method at first since it seemed less than a worker’s salary. However, this monthly income actually improved my family life.” ▶ Monthly Payment Method Introduced in Hwaseong City in 2013 This monthly payment system for farmers was introduced for the first time in Korea by Hwaseong (화성) City in 2013. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Adopted Hwaseong’s Payment Method Adopting Hwaseong’s method, Gyeonggi Province expanded it using agricultural development funds. The monthly payment amounts are determined based on contracted cultivation quantities and unit prices for up to 80 percent of the procurements from individual farms. ▶ Lee Hae-won / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Food Management Team “Gyeonggi Province is operating a monthly payment system so as to ensure stable income among farmers. This year, a total of KRW 1.5 billion will be paid to more than 200 farming households on a monthly basis from April.” Gyeonggi Province’s monthly payment system for rice procurements is currently being benchmarked by other provinces and expanding throughout the nation. Article 3. Gyeonggi Expands Support for Diversity Movies (170116-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Korean diversity movies are increasing in number each year, drawing more than 100,000 viewers annually. However, related box office hits are still very rare. In order to improve the box office results of diversity movies, Gyeonggi Province began providing them with comprehensive support. ▶ Don’t Cross the River, Dear Don’t Cross the River, Dear, a movie about an elderly couple released in 2014, is representative of a successful diversity movie in Korea; it has drawn nearly 4 million viewers. ▶ Us Us, a movie about friendship among 11-year-old girls that was released last year, was another successful Korean diversity movie; it was screened at eight film festivals around the world including the Berlin International Film Festival. ▶ Cho Yu-jin / Suwon City Resident “Independent movies are relatively more diverse in subjects and closer to people’s lives, which makes viewers more focused on and sympathetic with the movie.” [CG] In 2016, more than 100 Korean diversity movies were released, of which only 33 sold more than 5,000 tickets. [CG] Nevertheless, the number of diversity movies that drew more than 100,000 viewers has been increasing, albeit slowly. ▶ Ju Hui / Director General, AtNine Film Co. “The means of publicizing new movies are very limited. Strategic support and cooperation is therefore essential for their promotion and distribution.” ▶ Gyeonggi to Provide One-stop Support for Diversity Movies Gyeonggi Province’s expanded support will be provided as a one-stop service and will include, in addition to previous production backing, support for distribution and promotion as well. ▶ Jeon Bu-yeol / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Contents Infrastructure Team “We will provide a full range of support from the previous production and distribution backing to support for the creation of high-standard movies that starts from the identification of good scenarios…” Gyeonggi Province will also assist in securing broader domestic and international fan bases for diversity movies by screening the movies at welfare centers and providing support for their export. Article 4. Winter Festivals at Peak in Gyeonggi Province (170117-1) [Anchor’s Headline] While winter is half way through, various winter festivals are at their peak in Gyeonggi Province. Our reporter visited some of them. ▶ ‘Winter Travel to Old Stone Age’, Yeoncheon County There is an interesting winter festival in Yeoncheon (연천) County. Titled ‘Winter Travel to Old Stone Age’, this festival features Paleolithic experiential programs such as barbecuing in primitive ways. ▶ Park Ji-hun / Visitor from Gwangju City “It was an enjoyable experience to cook meat as primitive people did.” Surrounded by beautiful, snow-blanketed nature, this festival site also features a sledding slope from which the endless joyful cries of children can be heard. This festival site is especially popular among children. ▶ Jara Island Sing Sing Winter Festival, Gapyeong County The Jara (자라) Island Sing Sing Festival is one of the most popular winter festivals in Gyeonggi Province. Drawing more than 120,000 visitors each winter, this festival, especially with its trout fishing, is popular among children and adults. ▶ Yang Eun-sil, Yang Jeom-yeol, Baek Ji-ye / Visiting Family from Incheon City “I totally enjoyed the feeling of fish on the line. My children also enjoyed today, which makes me happier.” Filleting and eating the trout caught at the festival is an added enjoyment for a family outing on a frozen river. There are a variety of winter festivals in Gyeonggi Province for families, friends and couples. This is a peak season for winter festivals, and most run until February. Detailed information about winter festivals and recommended winter destinations can be obtained from the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization. Article 5. Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale to Open on April 22 (170117-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The acceptance period for exhibits at this year’s Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale has ended. This year’s event, which will run from April 22 until May 28 under the theme of ‘life’, will feature the greatest number of ceramic works to date. ▶ Icheon, Yeoju, Gwangju (April 22 – May 22) 2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale Marking its ninth occasion, this year’s Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale will be held at three venues: Cerapia in Icheon (이천) City, Ceramic World in Yeoju (여주) City, and Ceramic Park in Gwangju (광주) City. ▶ Historical Ceramics, Modern Ceramics, and Bone Jars Each venue will feature exhibits in different thematic subdivisions – historical ceramics at the Gwangju event, modern ceramics at the Icheon event, and bone jars at the Gwangju event – with all objects relating to people’s lives. ▶ Kim Jeong-sin / Curator, Korea Ceramic Foundation “This year’s show will feature pieces from the early stage of epic ceramics of the 1960s to 1970s as well as works by contemporary young artists.” The national and international ceramic art world has shown great interest in this ceramic show. ▶ 2,500 Ceramic Works from 76 Nations More than 2,500 ceramic works have been accepted from 76 nations. ▶ Kim Min-gyeong / Curator, Korea Ceramic Foundation “The final selection will determine the 10 prize-winning works including the grand prize and special prize.” Each venue will also feature accompanying educational and experiential programs for families and different viewer groups as well as for culturally isolated individuals. ▶ Jeon Seong-jae / Director, Korea Ceramic Foundation Cultural Project Division “We will develop a variety of programs in which artists and viewers can communicate with each other, instead of the programs exclusively for artists.” Those interested in visiting the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale are advised to purchase combined tickets for admission to all three venues in advance. Article 6. Gyeonggi Uses "Direct Democracy" in Community Project Selection (170118-1) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province will use ‘blockchain’, an advanced technology for electronic security and privacy, when selecting community projects for provincial support. Our reporter examined the details of this technology. At a convenience store, a man takes out a mobile app card to pay for a can of coffee. Payment is made within seconds as his card recognizes his finger print. [Sync] “Okay, it’s done. Your points have been added, too. This seemingly simple payment procedure was enabled by a cutting-edge security technology known as blockchain. ▶ Kim Won-beom / CEO of Block Chain Enterprise “This technology uses a number of different computers to store different data components. This makes it virtually impossible to steal the data by hacking a single computer.” Using very complicated structures that consist of a large number of data blocks, blockchains are impossible for hackers to penetrate for the purpose of manipulating or stealing data. This technology is currently used for electronic voting systems in Spain and in electronic identification cards and tax payments in Estonia. In Korea, it was only recently introduced for the first time for security in online transactions. ▶ Blockchains to be Used in Ddabok Community Project Selection Gyeonggi Province will use blockchain technology in online voting for the selection of Ddabok (따복) community projects for provincial support. This technology will ensure the fairness of votes among the individuals who are related to and have interest in the projects. ▶ Ryu In-gwon / Director, Gyeonggi Province Ddabok Community Support Division “Previously, it was an indirect democratic method in which voters who represented residents participated. However, blockchain technology will enable a direct democratic method to be used for the enhancement of transparency and objectivity...” ▶ First Blockchain Technology Use Takes Place Next Month The first vote for the selection of Ddabok (따복) community projects that will use blockchain technology will take place at KINTEX on February 23. This will be a trial case for future possibilities of applying this technology for the improvement of decision-making processes via direct voting. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Expand Student Loan Interest Support (170118-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a student loan interest payment support program. This year, the selection criteria for support will be mitigated so that more students can benefit from this support program. ▶ Kyonggi University Lee (이재학) is a university senior who used student loans for all four years of his studies. With graduation only months away, he is deeply worried since he faces having to pay nearly KRW 1 million every month in interest even though he was given low interest rates. ▶ Lee Jae-hak / University Senior “I am worried that I have to start repaying the loans as soon as I get a job. I also have to pay monthly interest of nearly KRW 1 million. That is too much for loans that were used for study…” Gyeonggi Province has been providing students like Lee with interest payment support. ▶ Support Provided to Korea Student Aid Foundation Loan Users This support, which covers the entire interest amount, is provided to Gyeonggi students who have taken loans from the Korea Student Aid Foundation. ▶ Criteria for Support Eligibility Mitigated Eligibility for student loan interest payment support is based on monthly income. From this year, the monthly income limit was raised, effectively doubling the amount of provincial support. ▶ All Children in Same Family Eligible for Support In addition, this support is simultaneously available to all the children in the same family. Last year, more than 9,200 students received support totaling KRW 380 million. ▶ Kim Jae-seung / Director, Gyeonggi Province Education Cooperation Division “We increased the budget for this support twice this year. We also allowed the first child of a family to benefit from the support. More students will now benefit from the support.” Detailed information on Gyeonggi provincial student loan interest payment support will be made available via the provincial homepage in March. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.01.20Article 1. Gyeonggi Lifelong Education Leisure Classes Increase (170106-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The number of individuals who take up leisurely pursuits – such as sports, hobbies and cultural activities – has been increasing in Korea. Such a trend is also reflected in the lifelong education services offered offline in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Suwon City Lifelong Learning Center This drawing class at the Suwon City Lifelong Learning Center is one such leisure class in which participants create paintings using pencils, water colors or even tablet PCs to relieve tension and relax. ▶ Gam Seong-rim / Drawing Class Participant “I become absorbed when I do what I like such as drawing. Drawing also makes me feel relaxed and clears my mind.” There are more than 19,000 lifelong education classes currently available at public lifelong learning facilities in Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Leisure Fields Account for 50% of Lifelong Education Programs in Gyeonggi Province Of these, approximately 50 percent are related to leisure in the fields of culture and the arts, sports and hobbies. ▶ Diverse Leisure Classes Available There are a large variety of offline lifelong education classes in leisure fields to choose from; these include physical activities such as yoga and dancing as well as more static programs such as art and calligraphy. ▶ Kim Gyeong-pyo / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning “Public interest in leisure has been increasing with the improvement of people’s quality of life and life expectancy. We will develop more diverse and substantial education programs to address the needs of residents.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to develop education programs for leisure based on the needs of residents so as to help residents enrich their lives and improve their mental and physical health. Article 2. Gyeonggi Province Officials’ Choir (170106-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has a choir of officials that was established slightly more than a year ago. Consisting of past and present provincial officials, this choir has performed numerous times and gained recognition for the excellence of its performances. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Human Resources Development Institute One such event was the receipt of the top prize in the choir category at a national public officials’ music contest. When our reporter visited the choir, the full members of the ensemble were practicing with the seriousness of professionals and creating a beautiful harmony that matched. ▶ Oh Seung-jun / Member of Gyeonggi Province Officials’ Choir "Working and singing together, we became closer together. It also recharges us and helps us better perform our office duties.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Officials’ Choir Established in October 2015 The Gyeonggi Province Officials’ Choir was formed in October of 2015 by 30 provincial officials including former officials. All members, including those living far away, have been meeting every Wednesday for practice ever since. ▶ Gwon Beom-sik / Gyeonggi Province Officials’ Choir Member “I feel very happy whenever I come to practice. Participating as a choir member also made me a better dad at home.” The choir has a busy schedule of official performances as well as performances for culturally isolated communities. ▶ Top Prize at National Officials’ Music Contest This choir had its first regular performance in June of last year. Winning the top prize at a national musical contest was a feat that the choir achieved within only one year of its establishment. ▶ Kim Tae-gyeong / Vice Choragus, Gyeonggi Province Officials Choir “Many choir members say that they feel happy everyday. We currently plan to broaden our capabilities by identifying the capabilities of individuals and developing them.” While enriching the lives of its members, the Gyeonggi Province Officials’ Choir is also playing an effective role as a provincial cultural ambassador for residents. Article 3. Gyeonggi Province’s SME Support Policies in 2017 (170109-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Among a variety of SME support programs operated by Gyeonggi Province, GTV investigated important programs that will be seen this year. ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s SME Support in 2017 This year’s provincial SME support will concentrate on marketing, human resources, and technical support. Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated is one of the marketing support facilities. It helps SMEs launch their products through popular online and offline retail shops. ▶ Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated (☎ 031-5171-5150) This provincial enterprise helps the participating Gyeonggi SMEs launch their finished products under the common brand name of Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation The Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation, which opened last year, provides comprehensive recruitment support. ▶ Customized Recruitment and Education Programs This foundation provides SMEs that are facing difficulties finding qualified personnel with customized recruitment and personnel education support based on job requirements. ▶ Technical Doctor Program The Technical Doctor program enjoys high rates of satisfaction among its beneficiaries; it provides on-site consultation services on technical development and other issues. ▶ Technical Doctor Homepage (http://tdoctor.gtp.or.kr) Applications for Technical Doctor services are received via its homepage. ▶ 2017 Gyeonggi Province SME Support Policy Presentation Events Gyeonggi Province also plans events for comprehensive presentations of provincial SME support policies ▶ Hwang Jong-il / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Enterprise Policy Team “This will be an event in which various provincial SME support programs are explained to entrepreneurs. We hope that this event will help many SMEs identify support appropriate for their recruitment, marketing and technical issues…” ▶ SME Support Policy Presentation Events Planned in 26 Localities These SME support policy presentations will be held in circulation among 26 localities of the province until next month, beginning in Suwon City on January 10. Article 4. Public Reporting Helps Use of Road-based Address System (170109-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Since the introduction of the road-based address system, Gyeonggi Province has been operating a ‘public new address non-compliance reporting system’ to promote the use of the new system. The official adoption of the new address system and the installation of new address plaques was completed in Korea four years ago. However, there are still those who clinging to the old address system. This public reporting system has proven effective in finding such non-compliant practitioners and guiding them to the new system. ▶ New Address Non-compliance Reporting System This reporting system has been operating as part of the public campaign for the use of the new address system. Anyone who finds old addresses used on any electronic or paper media can report them via this system. ▶ Lee Seung-yeon / Seongnam City Resident “When I received the list of my club members, I found that 70 percent of them still used the old addresses. I reported the list so as to facilitate contact among the members…” The subjects of non-compliance reports are then provided with new address system guidance by related regional authorities. ▶ 21,000+ New Address Non-compliance Reports Received in 2016 Last year, the new address system usage rate in Gyeonggi Province increased 7 percent thanks to more than 21,000 resident reports. ▶ Go Jung-kuk / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Address Management Team “This public reporting system has proven effective since it enables us to provide guidance directly to non-compliant individuals. We will continue to operate this reporting system in tandem with public campaigns through the media, public events, and education." Gyeonggi Province will also continue monthly drawings for a KRW 10,000 award among the non-compliance reporters. Article 5. Green Light on Construction of New Gyeonggi Office Complex (170110-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The construction of the new Gyeonggi provincial government complex received the green light from the Korean government. Construction work is now slated to begin in June. ▶ Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex Construction Site, Suwon City This 11.8 hectare site in Gwanggyo (광교) New Town is where the new Gyeonggi provincial government complex will be located together with commercial, residential, cultural and education facilities. ▶ Seo Hui-jeong / Suwon City Resident “We have been waiting for this for a long time. I hope that it will be a town complex that everyone favors.” In addition to the new Gyeonggi provincial government complex, the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education will also relocate to this complex. It will be a comprehensive community complete with a large library, a primary school, a media center, private enterprises and high-rise apartment buildings as well as a large underground parking lot and public park. ▶ New Town Complex Project Approved by Korean Government The construction of this Gwanggyo (광교) New Town Complex recently received the green light from the related Korean ministry. ▶ Yun Seong-jin / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Construction Headquarters Town Complex Promotion Team “When construction permission is given by Suwon City in January, contracting will begin next month and groundbreaking will take place in June.” Construction of the Gwanggyo (광교) New Town Complex, which begins this June, is slated for completion in the year 2020. Article 6. ‘Good Employer’ Enterprises Benefit from Certification (170110-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In 2009, Gyeonggi Province introduced the ‘Good Employer’ certification program to promote the creation of good workplaces. A recent survey revealed that most of the certified enterprises have benefited from this certification. ▶ Chair Manufacturing Enterprise, Namyangju City Three years ago, this chair-manufacturing enterprise received Good Employer certification from Gyeonggi Province. Since then, this company’s reputation as a good workplace has helped resolve long-standing difficulties in finding qualified personnel. The technological power of this enterprise has increased with improved human resource quality, and its sales as well as the number of employees have doubled ▶ Park Seong-ho / Managing Director, Chair Manufacturing Enterprise “We believe that the work efficiency and competitiveness of an enterprise improves under good working conditions. Our related policy and Good Employer certification have raised our company image and helped the company to grow.” Gyeonggi Province’s Good Employer certification is provided to enterprises that create good workplaces through the improvement of working conditions and positive job creation efforts. To date, more than 340 enterprises have received Good Employer certification; more than 90 percent of them have expressed satisfaction with the certification. ▶ Park Geun-tae / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province HR Development Team “Such a high rate of satisfaction is attributed to the improved images of certified enterprises and various incentives subsequently provided…” Based on the results of the survey, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand support, such as business consultations and incentives, for Good Employer certification recipients. Article 7. Gyeonggi Finalizes Ddabok House Sites (170111-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been working on a construction project for 10,000 rental housing units – known as Ddabok (따복) Houses – for young couples and single youths for completion by the year 2020. Recently, the provincial government finalized and announced the selection of construction sites. ▶ Gyeonggi Finalizes Ddabok House Construction Sites According to the announcement, a total of 10,027 Ddabok (따복) housing units will be construct at 41 sites in 21 localities of the province ▶ Most Ddabok House Sites Close to Subway Stations Most locations are within a 2-kilometer distance of subway stations and within the vicinity of amenities such as large supermarkets. ▶ Han Gyeong-hun / Hwaseong City Resident, Newlywed “Accommodations near subways stations are too expensive for us. Such accommodations will be beneficial for newly married couples like us.” The Ddabok (따복) housing units are distributed based on demands: 6,600 units in 16 localities in southern provincial regions, and 3,300 units in 5 localities in northern regions. ▶ Available at 80% of Local Rental Rates Seventy percent of the Ddabok (따복) housing units will be supplied to newlywed couples at up to 80 percent of local rental rates. ▶ Park Chang-hwa / Director, Gyeonggi Province Ddabok House Division “The finalization of the construction sites means that Ddabok (따복) House projects have now turned to a positive implementation course. We believe that, as soon as the selection of contractors and design and approval procedures are complete, work will begin for completion by the year 2020.” The commencement of work at individual construction sites will take place during the year. If all progresses as scheduled, Ddabok (따복) housing unit occupation will begin in Hwaseong (화성) City and Anyang (안양) City as early as the end of this year. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.01.13Greetings and salutations, everyone! 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. Job Creation - Top Mission of Gyeonggi Province in 2017 (170102-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil announced job creation as this year’s top mission of the Gyeonggi provincial administration. ▶ 188,000 Jobs Created in Gyeonggi Province in 2016 Last year, 188,000 jobs were created in Gyeonggi Province, accounting for 55 percent of the national total. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “It was also a good achievement relative to the budget amount used. What makes me feel most gratified is when I hear that the economy and public life in Gyeonggi Province have become much more stabilized.” Job creation is also the top administrative target of Gyeonggi Province this year. ▶ Job Creation through Shared Market Economy Promotion To this end, Gyeonggi Province will commit itself to the development of a shared market economy; this is a new business platform concept that utilizes public resources but operates through private sector management for mutually beneficial effects. Establishment of Gyeonggi Province Cooperative SME Support through Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated Business Startup Support through Startup Campus To facilitate job creation through support for social economy enterprises, SMEs, and business startups, Gyeonggi Province will establish the Gyeonggi Province Cooperative while also actively operating Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated and the Startup Campus. ▶ Development of Knowledge-based Industry Platforms Gyeonggi Province will also develop more knowledge-based industry platforms such as Pangyo (판교) Techno Valley in which 72,000 jobs have been created. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will establish more techno valleys in Ilsan, Gwangmyeong, and Siheung as well as next to the existing Pangyo Techno Valley to help create quality jobs.” Gyeonggi Province is now in high gear to achieve its targeted creation of 700 thousand new jobs during the current administration’s term. Article 2. Gyeonggi Intensifies Overweight Truck Control (170102-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province began control reformation for overweight trucks on the road. The current overweight truck control systems are regarded as ineffective due to loopholes that are exploited by excessively loaded freight trucks that seek to avoid detection. ▶ Overweight Truck Control Team at Work, Hwaseong City A heavily loaded 25-ton truck approaches the overweight truck control point, seemingly oblivious to signals from control personnel to stop, but eventually pulls over. [Sync] “Forward a little... No! Wheel back!” The driver then tries to maneuver the truck so as to avoid having the wheels sit properly on the weighing device. ▶ Overload Truck Driver “I have no choice but to drive the truck loaded as it was, otherwise the shipper wouldn’t pay the full amount of freight…” Although there are weigh stations at expressway tollgates, a large number of trucks simply pass through other lanes unchecked. Some trucks even have modified shafts to avoid correct weighing at weigh stations. ▶ Gyeonggi Introduces Improved Overload Truck Control System Such deficiencies will be eliminated through the introduction of new overweight truck control systems. ▶ [PiP] Seol Jong-jin / Gyeonggi Province Construction Headquarters Official “Heavy trucks are going ahead of the control systems. We are introducing new systems to improve controls by using more scientific and efficient methods.” ▶ Integrated Processing System In addition, an integrated computer system will be introduced to process weight violation-related fines and vehicle histories more effectively. ▶ Mobile Overweight Truck Control Resources to be Shared Gyeonggi Province will also introduce overweight truck control resource sharing among local jurisdictions for the first time in Korea. In addition, it will pursue an amendment to the Road Traffic Act so as to penalize shippers and drivers based on actual responsibilities for cargo weight violations. The introduction and modification of overweight truck control systems will significantly reduce safety risks on the roads of Gyeonggi Province. Article 3. Solar Power Generation Used in Apartment Complexes (170102-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been promoting the installation of rooftop solar power generation systems in apartment complexes. These solar generators have proven effective in reducing energy bills, especially for communal electricity, payable by residents. ▶ Apartment Complex in Ansan City This apartment complex had solar power generators installed on rooftops last year. These systems supply electricity to communal facilities such as elevators and underground parking lots, and help 1,700 households reduce monthly energy costs by a total of KRW 3 million. ▶ Bae Ip-bun / Apartment Resident "Use of solar power reduces our communal electricity cost. These cost savings will offset the solar power system installation costs in seven years.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Promotes Rooftop Solar Power Generation System Installation Gyeonggi Province’s rooftop solar power generation promotion program was initiated as part of the province’s energy independence drive. ▶ Installation Costs to be Paid in 7-Year Installments with Energy Cost Savings Through this program, solar power equipment suppliers install the systems first and residents pay the installation costs in monthly installments over 7 years with the savings realized on communal electricity costs. Gyeonggi Province acts as a coordinator and guarantor. ▶ Electricity Costs Reduced 5% Currently, eight apartment complexes in Ansan (안산) City are participating in this program. The use of solar power has resulted in a 5 percent reduction in total electricity costs. ▶ Gong Jeong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Energy Division “This energy independence program helps participating communities to reduce electricity costs while contributing to power generation independence for Gyeonggi Province.” ▶ Title to Solar Generation Facilities to be Transferred to Residents in 7 Years When the 7-year installment period is completed, the title to the solar power generation facilities will be transferred to the residents. Then the communal electricity savings will result in actual energy bill reductions for individual apartments. Article 4. Gyeonggi Traditional Market Merchants Present Club Activities (170103-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 28, Gyeonggi Province organized a performance event for traditional market merchant clubs so as to promote the livelihoods of traditional markets and their merchants through club activities. ▶ Pyeonghwanuri Hall, Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex This event was held at the Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex and featured the performances of 126 merchants from traditional markets in the province. These performers have honed their skills through club activities. ▶ Yun Myeong-ho / Merchant, Yeongdong Market, Suwon City “I closed my shop today to participate in this event. I hope I can win the grand prize, but I primarily came to enjoy myself.” ▶ ‘Gyeonggi Province Traditional Market Merchant Club Activity Presentations’ The clubs featured at this event included those for percussion music, harmonicas and guitars as well as choruses. ▶ Yun Seong-su / Gyeonggi Province Traditional Market Support Committee Member “We organized this event to promote the livelihoods of traditional markets through friendly exchanges and cooperation among merchants.” A total of eleven traditional market merchant clubs from around the province participated in this event. ▶ Won Mi-jeong / Merchant, Oseak Market, Osan City “I think club activities are the best means by which to create solidarity among merchants.” ▶ Yu Seon-hui / merchant, Motgol Market, Suwon City “Club activities help us regain energy after a day of hard work. They also bring us together with the spirit of unity.” The members of the traditional market merchant clubs in Gyeonggi Province generally agree that club activities and this event boosted their moral and helped improve their quality of life. Article 5. Gyeonggi’s Free Education Website G-Seek (170104-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province opened the integrated free education website G-Seek, which immediately gained huge popularity among provincial residents. This year, the number of education programs offered though this website will be increased to address the needs of its users. ▶ Kim Nam-hui, G-Seek User, Gwacheon City Currently, more than 380 lifelong education classes that are open to anyone in the province free of charge are being provided through G-Seek. ▶ [PiP] Kim Nam-hui / Gwacheon City Resident “It is not easy for me to attend classes outside of home since I have to care for my children. And TOEIC classes are usually very expensive. I am determined to take a TOEIC test, so I registered for free classes with G-Seek.” ▶ G-Seek - Gyeonggi Province’s Free Education Website Since opening last October, G-Seek has received more than 7,000 registrations daily, with more than 38,000 registrations to date. ▶ 400 More Classes to Be Added This year, more than 400 classes will be added in foreign languages, certifications, vocations and business startups as well as many other fields that are useful and interesting. Furthermore, existing classes will be upgraded so as to address the needs of users. [CG] Some of the notable programs that will be added this year include those about the Bribery & Solicitation Prohibition Law and culinary culture. ▶ Some Programs Offer Additional Offline Classes Some popular programs will also be offered in connection with offline classes involving practical exercises, experiential programs and student participation. ▶ [PiP] Gang Seong-kyu / Gyeonggi Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning Official “We will provide a variety of interesting and unique education contents and services so as to create a model for online education…” G-Seek is an innovative free online lifelong education website with quality programs that are open to anyone living in Gyeonggi Province. Article 6. Development Regulations Alleviated in Pocheon City (170104-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The areas surrounding an airbase in Pocheon (포천) City were freed from development regulations imposed on military facility protection zones thanks to successful lobbying of the Korean Ministry of Defense by Gyeonggi Province. ▶ Seondan-dong, Pocheon City This village near the Pocheon (포천) airbase was within a military facility protection zone. Therefore, it has long suffered dilapidation since any reconstruction or redevelopment work in the area was severely curtailed due to development regulations. ▶ [PiP] Seo Ok-seok / Seondan-dong Resident Chief, Pocheon City “Residents weren’t even able to have their own houses repaired let alone remodeled. We have had to live in a horrible situation and unable to enjoy proper housing.” However, development regulations in these areas have now been removed. ▶ Development Regulations around Pocheon Airbase Lifted Regulations were removed from the areas around the airbase totaling more than 10 square kilometers. ▶ Development Regulations Reduced to Ordinary Residential Area Level Residents of approximately 2,700 households in these areas can now have their homes repaired, remodeled or reconstructed. ▶ Regulations Mitigated on Adjacent Areas In addition, the maximum building height in adjacent areas totaling 12 square kilometers was increased from the current 4 flours to 15 floors. ▶ Building Permit Procedures Simplified Building permits are now given within three days of application instead of the previous one month. ▶ Min Ji-sik / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Military & Government Cooperation Team “The population in areas around the airbase has increased as a result of urbanization. This led us to talk with the defense ministry over the past three years and to eventually achieve regulatory mitigation.” The removal or mitigation of development regulations covers more than 80 percent of the areas surrounding the Pocheon (포천) airbase. Article 7. More Children’s Night Hospitals in Gyeonggi Province (170105-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, there were previously only two night hospitals for children. Recently, however, two more children’s night hospitals opened in the province. Titled Moonlight Children’s Hospitals, these facilities are open until midnight seven days a week. ▶ Moonlight Children’s Hospital, Yongin Kangnam Hospital This children’s night hospital in Yongin (용인) City operates from 6 o’clock in the evening until 12 o’clock at night. This hospital is open until late at night and on public holidays when the pediatric departments of most hospitals are closed. ▶ [PIP] Yu Ho-nam / Yongin City resident “When my child suddenly became ill at night or on a public holiday, the emergency department at the nearby hospital was the only choice. Emergency treatment is expensive and usually requires waiting for a long time. However, there is no such inconvenience at Moonlight Children’s Hospitals.” The Moonlight Children’s Hospital was introduced by the Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare in 2014. ▶ Moonlight Children’s Hospitals Open at Night, on Weekends and Public Holidays These hospitals are available to children up to 18 years of age, cost less than emergency treatments, and are open seven days a week at hours when most pediatric services are closed. [CG] The two existing Moonlight Children’s Hospitals are located in Pyeongtaek (평택) City and Yongin (용인) City, and the two new hospitals are located in Goyang (고양) City and Siheung (시흥) City. Operating hours differ slightly at each hospital. ▶ Kim Jang-su / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Emergency Medicine Team “The number of Moonlight Children’s Hospitals will be increased on an application basis per available facilities and personnel.” Gyeonggi Province plans to designate more Moonlight Children’s Hospitals in accordance with demand. The services at children’s night hospitals are economical, readily available without waiting, and especially beneficial for working parents. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.01.06Article 1. Gyeonggi Discloses Youth Rental Housing Designs (161226-1) [Anchor’s Headline] At the beginning of his term in office, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil announced the development of low-cost rental housing known as Ddabok (따복) House for college students, career starters and young married couples. Gyeonggi Province plans to construct 10,000 Ddabok housing units by the year 2020. ▶ Ddabok House, Anyang City Gyeonggi Province has already been operating a pilot Ddabok (따복) housing complex in Anyang (안양) City with monthly rent and deposits that are approximately one third lower than local market rates. These apartment-style housing units consist of fully equipped rooms and kitchens as well as common facilities suitable for youths. ▶ Jeong Sa-rang, Ddabok House Resident “The rent is reasonable and the facilities are well supplied and very convenient for youths like myself who have just entered workforce.” ▶ Gyeonggi Province Disclosed Ddabok House Designs Gyeonggi Province recently disclosed detailed designs for these rental units. The disclosed Ddabok House designs encompass different housing types for young couples and single youths. ▶ Lee Jeong-eon / Director, Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corp. Ddabok Project Division “Since young couples and single persons have different lifestyle and require different types of housing…” ▶ Ddabok Housing Units for Young Couples Designed for Parenting and Community Relations The Ddabok housing units for young married couples were designed to facilitate childrearing and community relations. Communal facilities include childcare centers, vegetable gardens and libraries. [CG] New parents will be provided with prioritized deposit payment support and extended rental periods. ▶ Ddabok Housing Units for Single Youths Designed for Young Lifestyles The Ddabok housing units for single youths have more common facilities appropriate for the needs of younger individuals such as common kitchens and dining rooms as well as sports facilities and study rooms. ▶ 1st Announcement of Invitation for Applications Made on December 29 On December 29, public notification was made to invite residence applications for the first Ddabok (따복) housing complex that is being constructed based on these designs. Article 2. Gyeonggi Farm Product Corners Open in Large Supermarket Chain (161226-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Korean supermarket chain Homeplus recently opened Gyeonggi Province farm product sections in their retail outlets in the province. The opening of these special sections that feature products supplied directly by Gyeonggi farmers was realized by the provincial government. ▶ Vegetable Farm, Namyangju City Workers at this eco-friendly vegetable farm in Namyangju (남양주) City are busy harvesting and packaging lettuce. This is one of the farms selected to supply the new Gyeonggi Province farm product sections at Homeplus. ▶ Hwang Bok-man / Vegetable Farmer, Namyangju City “Becoming a supplier to Homeplus ensures an increase in your income. All you have to do is to grow quality vegetables." ▶ North Suwon Homeplus Special Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Product Section Gyeonggi Province negotiated with Homeplus to secure a stable market for farmers. These special retail sections will feature fresh eco-friendly fruits and vegetables as well as G-mark processed foods produced in the province. ▶ Kim Seong-su / Vegetable Sales Manager, Homeplus “The primary purpose is to assist Gyeonggi farmers with their sales while providing consumers with quality farm products.” ▶ 10 Homeplus Outlets Feature Gyeonggi Farm Products Sections These special sections featuring products supplied by more than 40 Gyeonggi farmers opened at 10 Homeplus outlets in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. They will operate for two years. ▶ [PiP] Mun Jae-yeol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Product Distribution Division “We target each outlet’s annual sales of eco-friendly vegetables and certified G-mark products at KRW 200 million for a total of KRW 2 billion.” Gyeonggi Province will continue its efforts to establish Gyeonggi farm product sections at other agricultural retail markets in the province and Seoul. Article 3. Gyeonggi Successfully Aids New Businesses with Online Exports (161226-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province launched a business startup support program for online overseas direct sales enterprises established by youths. This new type of online international sales support program has proven beneficial for participating new businesses. ▶ Gyeonggi Small and Medium Business Center Lee (이병윤) is a 38-year-old online business founder who operates a one-person enterprise that sells domestic auto parts and home electrical appliances via overseas online shopping malls. After receiving international sales education as well as operational space and cost support for business startups from Gyeonggi Province, he was able to achieve sales of KRW 150 million in only eight months. ▶ Lee Byeong-wun / Online International Sales Business Founder “The rates of growth and profitability of an online business are much higher when it targets overseas customers compared to those selling domestically. With support from Gyeonggi Province, I have been able to maintain competitive prices and increase sales exponentially.“ ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s Online International Sales Business Startup Support Last year, 20 youths received online sales education and established businesses with support from the Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center. In only the six-month period since they began trading in July, they achieved sales totaling more than USD 750 thousand. Gyeonggi Province’s networks with renowned internet auction and shopping site operators also helped their success. ▶ Lee Hyung-gu / Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center Business Startup Team Official “We decided that this program has been successful and plan to increase the number of recipients next year.” [CG] Online international sales are growing rapidly and recently surpassed online domestic sales in Korea. Gyeonggi Province’s active support in this business field is achieving positive results in promoting both business startups and the export of domestic products. Article 4. Small Technology Business Support Program of Gyeonggi Province (161227-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a technology-based small business startup support program. According to statistics in Korea, seven out of ten small businesses end up closing within five years of their launch. ▶ Safety Program Developer, Yongin City Established in 2014, this safety training program developer has been struggling to survive through the development of products that can be differentiated from those of competitors. ▶ Gyeonggi Province’s Technology-based Small Business Startup Support When this company had almost reached a dead-end, Gyeonggi Province’s life-giving support enabled it to develop new products for which the company is now receiving a steady flow of overseas orders. ▶ [PiP] Park Jong-min / Founder of Safety Program Enterprise “Small businesses are often unsure of the technologies they have. Gyeonggi Province’s support helped us regain confidence in our technology and enabled us to continue development.” Gyeonggi Province’s technology-based small business startup support program is aimed at revitalizing small businesses with high technical potential like this company. [CG-Small] In addition to product development and marketing support, this program assisted in 10 trademark and 6 patent registrations last year alone. [CG-Small] A total of 20 new businesses received provincial support, and the number is increasing each year. ▶ Lee Tae-yeong / Gyeonggi Small & Medium Business Center Small Business Support Team “We are providing support to small businesses with excellent technologies that should not be wasted and helping them to succeed. The collective power of their businesses should not be underestimated.” Gyeonggi Province will expand its support for technology-based small businesses including financial support that will be increased to KRW 10 million per enterprise. Article 5. Face Museum in Gyeonggi Province (161227-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, there is an unusual museum that features everything about faces. Titled ‘Face Museum’, this unlikely museum was established by a former theater actor and features a personal collection of thousands of human face depictions. From the face of mid-20th century Hollywood actress Marylyn Monroe to the facial expressions of musicians absorbed in playing instruments and the cigarette-smoking faces of a various personalities, the exhibits at this museum display an infinite variety of human emotions and inner worlds conveyed by facial expressions. ▶ [PiP] Choi Seon-yeong / Viewer from Gwangju City “Looking at the faces of many individuals made me look back into myself and even think about how I should live and accept getting old.” ▶ Face Museum, Gwangju City All items displayed at this museum have been collected personally by the curator himself over a span of 50 years. ▶ More Than 3,000 Face Depictions Displayed This museum has more than 3,000 human face depictions including stone engravings, wood carvings, ceramic dolls, masks, photographs and portraits. Most exhibits are displayed openly instead of being locked in showcases, making them more readily appreciated. ▶ Kim Jeong-ok / Director, Face Museum “I hope that, at this museum, viewers appreciate the exhibits in their own way following their thoughts, instead of simply reading the notes.” Coming out of the exhibition hall, viewers are led to the backyard of a traditional Korean tiled-roof home that was relocated from South Cheolla Province. Arrayed in this backyard are stone engravings and statues collected from all over the country including those of aristocrats, scholars and mischievous boys as well as totem poles, many of which have been weathered through centuries of exposure to the elements. Article 6. Gyeonggi Provincial Administration in 2016 (161227-1) [Anchor’s Headline] GTV looked back over the past year and summarized the important achievements of the Gyeonggi provincial administration in 2016. ▶ Gyeonggi Ranks 1st in National Autonomy Assessments Gyeonggi Province ranked first in national autonomy assessments, receiving the highest scores in six administration categories. ▶ Kim Yang-ho / Director, Gyeonggi Province Inspection & Evaluation Division “Although the local government bears massive administrative demand, we worked with and motivated local officials through education and consultation.” Gyeonggi Province realized notable achievements in job creation through multifaceted efforts. ▶ Variety of Job Creation Projects Launched [Multi-screen] These efforts included the creation of the Startup Campus, the Employment Foundation, and most recently, Korea Gyeonggi Province Incorporated. ▶ Kim Gyeong-ri / Director, Startup Campus Operation & Planning Headquarters “We endeavored to indentify what society really needs, what people want, and what people want to do.” A number of working-class support projects such as the Working Youth Account, Ddabok (따복) Childcare House, and Ddabok (따복) House projects were launched during the year ▶ ‘E-Seek’ Free Online Education Services Began with Positive Public Response The integrated free online education website ‘E-Seek’ received an enthusiastic public response as shown by more than 14,000 registrations within one month of its opening. Gyeonggi Province has also received the highest ratings in regional safety indices in Korea for two consecutive years. Last year, Gyeonggi Province announced 10-year development plans for northern Gyeonggi regions and entered the second half of its political coalition period. The key phrase for the provincial administration in 2017 as outlined by Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pi is ‘job creation’. Article 7. Groundbreaking for Rental Housing for Newlyweds (161228-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On December 27, the groundbreaking for the construction of rental housing for young married couples took place in Suwon (수원) City. Gyeonggi Province had announced the construction of 10,000 rental units for youths under the title of Ddabok (따복) House. ▶ Iui-dong, Suwon City (December 27) Suwon Gwangyo Ddabok House Groundbreaking This Ddabok housing complex, the first of its kind, will consist of 204 housing units in a 12-story building; 182 units are allocated for newly-wed couples and the remainder for unmarried youths who face difficulties in finding accommodations. ▶ Rents at 40 - 64% of Local Rates Ddabok housing units are available at only 40 to 64 percent of local rates. ▶ Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Young married couples face difficulties in having and rearing children due to high housing costs. That is why we are developing rental housing that is economical and suitable for child rearing.” ▶ Deposit Payment Support Provided upon Childbirth New parents will be provided with support for 60 percent of the deposit amount, and for the entire deposit amount upon the birth of their second child. [CG-Small] The maximum period of residence will also be extended up to 10 years depending on the number of childbirths. ▶ Jeong Yu-jin / Suwon City Resident “I think Ddabok House is good for young married couples since it is economical and they can stay for an extended period. I hope that many such housing units will be constructed in the future,” This Ddabok (따복) housing complex consists of two-room apartments of 36 to 44 square meters as well as common childcare facilities. ▶ Resident Occupation to Begin in April 2018 A public announcement inviting residence applications was made on December 29. Resident occupation is slated to begin in April of 2018. Ddabok (따복) House construction at other sites will follow through to the year 2020.