EnglishNews | 2017.11.17Greetings, 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. Livestock Contest Held in Gyeonggi Province (171106-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 3, this year’s Gyeonggi Province Livestock Contest opened in Ansan (안산) City for a 3-day run over the weekend. This annual event featured quality livestock products, a cattle contest, and a number of entertaining programs. ► Hwarang Resort, Ansan City (November 3-5) 2017 Gyeonggi Province Livestock Contest The Gyeonggi Province Livestock Contest is an annual event organized by the provincial government to promote livestock farms of high standards and their quality products. This year’s event featured 13 livestock farms with G-Mark certification as well as their live animals and livestock products. There were also various meat dishes and eateries including the Barbeque Zone that attracted a large number of shoppers and visitors. ► An Gyeong-ok, Yun Gi-suk / Visitors from Ansan City “We are grilling the fresh meat we bought here. It has fresh texture and is really juicy and tasty.” The highlight of the event was the Korean Cattle Contest that selected the best brown cattle, black cattle and calves raised in Gyeonggi Province. There were also a variety of entertaining experiential programs for both adults and children such as horseback riding and animal feeding. ► Gwon Seung-hyun, Gwon Jin-hui / Visitors from Ansan City “There are birds and snakes, too. It’s like a zoo here. We could experience many fun things.” The objective of the Gyeonggi Province Livestock Contest is to promote livestock products of the province and their consumption. ► Gyeon Heung-su / Director, Gyeonggi Province Policy Division “We organized this event to promote our livestock products by providing consumers with an opportunity to sample our best products After attracting more than 20,000 visitors, the Gyeonggi Province Livestock Contest ended on November 5. Article 2. 324th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session Begins (171108-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 7, the 324th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session began with the first general meeting. During this session, a total of 34 items including the provincial budget plan for next year and this year’s final revised supplementary budget will be reviewed. ► 1st General Meeting of 324th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session (November 7) Deliberation of the budget for next year, which amounts to approximately KRW 22 trillion, is the most important issue at this regular session that will run for a month and a half. ► Review of Semi-public Intercity Bus Operation System Postponed Review of a semi-public intercity bus operation tem, which will cost KRW 54 billion and is currently one of the biggest issues put forward by the provincial government, was postponed until the final proposal is prepared by the 4-group committee representing the provincial and local governments and the associated legislative bodies. ► Jeong Ki-yeol / Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor “The 4-group committee of Gyeonggi Province, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, and local governments and councils has just been launched. It is now in the hands of this committee to devise the most rational and feasible options.” The items to be reviewed during the session include more than twenty ordinance drafts including those regarding the prevention of senior abuse and support for women shelter employees. The first general meeting saw 5-minute speeches on provincial issues by assembly members. ► Gwak Mi-suk / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “We are to consider changing the starting point of the Seoul-Gangneung Express Railway to Seoul Station. I believe that we should also consider using Haengsin Station as an alternative starting point.” ► Song Nak-yeong / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The location of the Techno Valley in a northern Gyeonggi region should be in a northeastern region that includes the cities of Guri and Namyangju for balanced development of northern provincial regions.” This regular session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly will end its 46-day run on November 22 with the 5th general meeting. Article 3. Relics from Bunwon Kiln Site Disclosed (171107-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Relics excavated from an old kiln site in Gwangju (광주) City were recently revealed to the public. Known as the Bunwon (분원) Kiln, it produced white ceramics, the signature ceramics of the Joseon (조선) Dynasty, for the royal family. ► White Ceramic Drum Body Yeonhwadangchomun This ceramic piece may look like a jar, but it is in fact a drum body. Shaped like an hourglass, this drum body is covered with lotus flower patterns. It is very unusual for this type of drum, which was normally used by commoners, to be found at a royal kiln site. ► Pigment-Testing Ceramic Plates These ceramic plates were used to test pigments for producing images and writing on ceramics. These pieces indicate how past Korean ceramicists attempted to develop their own pigments to replace expensive imports from China. ► White Ceramic Jar Wunryongmun A jar with a dragon indicates that it was a royal kiln since dragon patterns were only used on royal ceramics. ► Kim Mi-so / Visitor from Incheon City “I was very impressed by the drawings on ceramics. I don’t think anyone can create images as beautiful as those today.” ► Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum (until February 28, 2018) 2017 Special Exhibition – White Ceramics from Bunwon Kiln The Bunwon (분원) Kiln was a branch of the state-run white ceramic production office of the Joseon (조선) Dynasty. Located in present-day Gwangju (광주) City, this kiln operated for 420 years producing ceramics for use by the royal family and related offices. More than 200 ceramic pieces excavated from this site are now being showcased at the Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum. ► Kim Jin-yeong / Curator, Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum “We organized this exhibition to showcase the stories drawn from the excavated ceramic pieces. I hope that viewers will appreciate the value of these relics even if they are small pieces.” Gwangju (광주) City is home to more than 320 royal kiln sites, of which 76 have been preserved and designated as historical sites. Article 4. Advance Consulting Audit Promotes Active Administration (171108-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been implementing an advance consulting audit tem that enables officials to seek advice from audit offices regarding certain administrative actions before their implementation. This tem helps officials to perform their work actively without fear of violating laws or regulations. ► Gyeonggi Province Disabled Facility Technical Support Center The directorship of the Disabled Facility Technical Support Center has been a payless job according to provincial guidelines. This center provides Gyeonggi Province with technical consultation services regarding facilities for individuals with disabilities such as elevators and ramps next to pedestrian overpasses. Recently, the advance consulting audit tem was able to obtain an authoritative interpretation regarding payments to the director from the related Korean ministry, which enabled Gyeonggi Province to pay for director’s services. ► Han Eun-jeong / Gyeonggi-do Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities “Rules were revised through the consulting tem and could be applied quickly. This also helped local centers with their work performances…” ► Gyeonggi Province Human Resource Development Institute (November 7) Explanatory Presentation of Gyeonggi Province Advance Consulting Audit System The advance consulting audit tem helps officials who face difficulties due to legal uncertainties in their work. ► 619 of 630 Cases Resolved Since 2014 Introduced in 2014, this tem has received 630 requests of which 619 have been resolved. ► An Byewong-ha / Deputy Director, Gwangju City Technical Audit Team “We are receiving a lot of help from provincial officials who provide us with timely responses and advice that enable us to work efficiently without audit worries.” ► Gyeonggi Improves Advance Consulting Audit System Based on the results of 3 years of advance consulting audit tem operation, Gyeonggi Province recently modified the tem to improve its efficiency by clarifying ambiguities in the boundaries of those involved in the tem. ► Han In-gyo / Director, Gyeonggi Province General Audit Division “We will continue to implement this tem so as to enable our residents to benefit from the active administrative work of officials” The advance consulting audit tem of Gyeonggi Province is regarded as having changed the audit paradigm from punishment to prevention while contributing to increased investment and job creation. Article 5. Gyeonggi Trains Children with New Disaster Survival Kits (171109-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently began disaster survival training for children using special survival kits. Known as Life Clocks, these kits contain various gadgets for use in emergency situations. Designed for use as household clocks in ordinary times, they are also suitable as gifts for children. ► Child Daycare Center, Suwon City At a child daycare center in Suwon (수원) City, children are asked to get the clock from the wall. When opened, the clock reveals anti-hypothermic sheets, a distress flag, bandages and many other emergency items. Instructed by a mother, children eagerly learn how to use each item. ► [Sync] “How many whistles mean ‘Help!?” In addition, the mother explains what to do in emergency situations including hand signals. ► Primary School in Anyang City At a primary school in Anyang City, the students receive Like Clocks and are provided with instruction on how to use the contents. ► Disaster Safety Training Using Life Clocks Provided at 19 Gyeonggi Primary Schools Disaster safety training using Life Clocks was provided to students at 19 primary schools in Gyeonggi Province. ► [PiP] Lee Jae-eon / 5th Grade, Hogye Primary School, Anyang City “I am glad I could learn how to survive in disasters using the Life Clock.” The Life Clock is the first commercialized product promoted by Korea-Gyeonggido Incorporated. ► Gong Jeong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Shared Economy Division “Gyeonggi Province’s Life Clock, the survival kit, is being used in disaster safety training of primary school children.” In Japan, where people live under constant threat of earthquakes, safety kits are popular gift items for children on Children’s Day. The Life Clock is a similar tool that aims to promote disaster safety for children and their families. Article 6. Gyeonggi Holds Kimjang-Sharing Event (171109-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the onset of the winter kimchi-making season, or kimjang (김장), Gyeonggi Province held a kimjang-sharing event at the provincial government complex. Our reporter was there. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (November 7-8) ‘Kimjang-Sharing with Love’ Event A corner of the quad at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex was turned into a festive scene. Members of the Saemaul (새마을) Women’s Club, multicultural families and university students joined in this kimjang (김장) event to make kimchi for those living in difficult situations. Participants worked in groups to salt cabbages in water and combine them with seasoning. ► Gwon Hyang-suk / Participant from Ansan City “When I heard about this event, I volunteered. This is a heartwarming thing to do, and it is fun, too.” This kimjang (김장) event is hosted annually by the Gyeonggi Province Saemaul (새마을) Women’s Club. ► 400+ Participants Made Kimchi with 5,000 Heads of Cabbage During this 2-day event, more than 400 participants from around the province used 5,000 heads of cabbage to make kimchi for seniors, North Korean defectors, multicultural families and welfare facility users. ► Han Hui-chun / Kimchi Recipient “I like kimchi more than others. I am very grateful.” ► Lim Nak-hui / President, Gyeonggi Province Saemaul Women’s Club “I know that there are many who cannot afford to prepare kimjang kimchi. I hope they will enjoy the kimchi we made for them.” The kimchi delivered to those from this kimjang-sharing event will warm the hearts of those who made it as much as those who receive it. Article 7. 2nd General Meeting of 324th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session (171109-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On November 8, the second general meeting of the 324th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session began with a question period regarding the provincial administration. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (November 8) 2nd General Meeting of 324th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Regular Session During this meeting, fire hydrant inspection became a subject of inquiry since the number of hydrants has increased while there is a shortage of manpower for their management. ► Park Chang-sun / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Inspections are required by law. However, there are not enough fire officials to perform the task as required.” Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil answered with a proposed solution. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Since it is difficult for fire officials to perform monthly inspections themselves, commissioning the jobs of management and maintenance would be a feasible alternative…” Part-time employees in public offices were also a subject of inquiry. ► Bang Seong-hwan / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Guidelines regarding the transfer of part-time employees (to regular employees) have been provided by the central government.”." ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We are endeavoring to follow those guidelines. However, when it is difficult to do so in reality, we will adjust our policy based on reality.” Other questions included those regarding SME promotion funds and the transfer of fire offices to a national department. The question period was then followed by 5-minutes speeches by assembly members ► Hong Seok-wu / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I ask the administration to do something immediately to relieve Dongducheon citizens from agonizing odor problems.” ► Jang Dong-gil / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I ask the administration for special attention and active support to create a smart hub in the Banwol and Sihwa areas for local economic development in those areas.” Questions regarding the provincial administration continued at the 3rd general meeting of the 324th regular session on November 10. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.11.08Greetings, 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 Public Forum on Financial Decentralization(1031-1) [Anchor’s Headline]With financial dependence regarded as one of the constricting factors in the advancement of the Koreanlocal autonomy system, Gyeonggi Province held a forum to discuss ways in which to address related issues. ►Ramada Plaza Suwon Hotel (October 30) Gyeonggi Province Financial Decentralization Forum This forum featured more than 100 representatives from the Korean Ministry of Interior & Safety, Gyeonggi Province, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly and the Gyeonggi Research Institute. ►Independence in Financial Decisions Sought through Power Decentralization In his introduction of discussion topics, a professor explained the concept of financial decentralization as independence in financial decision-making. ►Ra Hwi-mun / Professor, Sungkyul University “I believe that common sentiments exist in public offices as well as in academia regarding the need forpower expansion for local autonomies in terms of financial and administrative matters including budgets and human resource management.” ►Financial Decentralization Required as Basis for Power Distribution The forum attendees unanimously agreed on the necessity for financial decentralization as a basis for power distribution to local governments. ►Kwon Mi-na / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Local autonomy should be based on principles through which local governments have independence in the management of revenues and other financial resources with the central government playing a supplementary role.” ►An Hye-yeong / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I hope to see the establishment of a foundation upon which local autonomies can independently manage budgets based on needsrather thanan ad hoc power ratiosuch as eight-to-two or six-to-four.” Constricting factors for financial decentralization were also discussed during the forum. ►Kim Jang-ho / Director, Ministry of Interior & Safety Financial Policy Division “What makes financial decentralization difficult is the fact that the differences of interest and the effects of financial decentralization among local autonomies are not straightforward but multilayered and complicated.” ►New Revenue Sources and National Subsidies Discussed Participants also discussed potential revenue sources and national subsidies. ►Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Jae-yul “I think financial decentralization is the beginning as well as the end of local autonomy. I hope that we can realize something today through our collective knowledge…” The Gyeonggi Research Institute, the host of the forum, will utilize the opinions presented at the forum in its financial decentralization proposal. Article 2.Gyeonggi Expands Farm Share Program (171031-2) [Anchor’s Headline]In Anseong (안성) City last year, Gyeonggi Provinceopened Farm Share, provincially-owned farmland for use by those seeking to start or return to farming careers so as to enable them to experience farming before launching their own farms. Gyeonggi Province plans to open new Farm Shares. ►Choi Rin / Farmer in Anseong City Since last year, Choi (최린)has been growing leaf vegetables in greenhouses on a 170 square-meter lotin the Farm Share. Having experienced trials and errors during his first months, he has now become a skilled farmer with stable customers and is looking forward to owning his own farm next year. ► [PiP]Choi Rin / Farm Share Participant “There are many who start for the first time or return to farming careers with limited experience and fail. Some suffer great losses. However, the Farm Share program allows you to experienceall farming stages before starting your own farm.” ►Farm &Share Program Farm Share is available to aspiring farmers on a lease basis for a limited period of time. ►GTV Reporter GuYeong-seul “In Farm Share, aspiring farmers can grow vegetables of their choices on their farm lots” ►Gyeonggi to Open New Farm Shares The opening of new Farm Shares complete with greenhouses will be realized in cooperation with universities. The second Farm Share will open in Goyang (고양) City followed by another in an eastern region next year. ►Aspiring Farmers Learn Farming through Farming Projects and Consultations In addition to the free use of farmland, this program also helps its participants to learn through farming projects and consultations. ►Kim Chung-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural Policy Division “Although previous support programs provide aspiring farmers with preparatory training, theirfarming knowledge is still limited. This public farm rental program was conceived to provide them with firsthand experience before committing to their own farming.” Gyeonggi Province’s Farm Share program helps farms run by new farmers to succeed and grow. Gyeonggi Province plans to introduce advanced technologies to Farm Shares to transform them into smart farms. Article 3.Mackerel Effective inPreventing Heart Diseases and Aging(171031-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environmentrevealed that mackerel, a popular fish in Korea, has been found to have excellent antiaging and heart disease-preventing effects. ►Ansan Fish Market In Korea, mackerel can easily be seen at every fish market and is consumed in large quantities in a variety of waysthroughout the nation. ►Seo Eun-yeong / Ansan City resident “Mackerel is easy to buy and cook and has an enjoyable taste. I eat mackerel quite often.” ►Mackerel is Rich in Selenium According to the findings of a study of 13 popular fish species in Korea,compared to other fish,mackerel containsmore thantwice as much selenium. An essential mineral for humans, selenium is known to delay aging and has heart disease-preventing effects. ►Selenium Has Antiaging and Antioxidation Effects In mackerel, selenium is found in 40 percent greater concentrations in red flesh under the skin than in inner white flesh ►Cho Yun-sik / Research Official, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment “Half a mackerel contains a sufficient amount of selenium for an adult.” While mackerel contains a large amount of selenium, the content of heavy metals including mercury and cadmium, were found to be below one tenth of maximum allowable levels. Article 4.Gyeonggi Introduces Taxi Drivers with Disabilities (171101-1) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Province has been operating a taxi driver training program for individuals with disabilities so as to provide them with employment opportunities and improve their quality of life. This program produced more than 40 taxi drivers this year alone. ►Kim Dong-wuk / Suwon Resident with Disabilities Kim (김동욱), an individual with disabilities, began working as a taxi driver from March this year. His day begins with a cup of coffee that he enjoys with colleagues. After carefully checking and cleaning his car, he takes the driver’s seat and dons sunglasses. He is now ready to start his workingday. ►Kim Dong-wuk / Taxi Driver with 4th Degree Disability “I consider this car to be my child and talk to him every morning. ‘Let’s have a good day, and without accidents’…” Finding employment was beyond his capabilities when he collapsed from a stroke two years ago. However, he is now enjoying the fullness of his life. [sync] “I am having a break without customer…” “Oh, you are. Looks like you are working very hard.” Kim was one of the trainees of the program for taxi drivers with disabilities. This training program was launched by Gyeonggi Province to help individuals with disabilities find employment that generates a stable income. ►Gyeonggi Provides Support for Vehicle Modification and Initial Payments Trainees who found employment are provided with provincial support for vehicle modification and initial payments. ►Yun Yeong-mi / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Handicap Job Opportunities Team “The payments covered by provincial support include taxi driver license acquisition costs and job application costs including travel fare.” This program also benefits taxi companies that face difficulties finding taxi drivers. ►Enquiries: Gyeonggi Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities(☎070-5097-0893) The taxi driver training program for individuals with disabilities is open to anyone who is more than 20 years of age and has more than one year’s experience in driving with a disability. To date, a total of 87 taxi drivers with disabilities have found employment through this program. Article 5.Gyeonggi Uncovers Large Number of Microdust Generators(171101-2) [Anchor’s Headline]Gyeonggi Provincerecently cracked down on hazardous microdust-generating businesses and uncovered a large number of such sites. These locations emitted large amounts of chemical substances into the atmosphere and exhibited high levels of aerial contamination and odors. ►Surfactant Manufacturer, Pyeongtaek City When environment monitors entered a warehouse in a surfactant manufacturing plant in Pyeongtaek (평택) City,they found a container in a corner. Inside the container were machines and a pile of white powder that seemed to have been used recently. The powder wasa hazardous substance. [Sync] “That is microdust-generating equipment. Did you know that you have to register such equipment before using it?” “Yes, but we haven’t been (using it much)…” Although all air contaminant-generating equipment must be registered with public offices, this company has been using such equipment and emitting hazardous substances secretly without registration. ►GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “When this white powder is emitted into the atmosphere, it contributes to an increase in aerial microdust content.” ►57 Clean Air Conservation Act-violating Businesses Uncovered During the crackdown, no less than 57 businesses were foundto have violated the Clean Air Conservation Act. Without proper pollution control equipment, these enterprises emitted foul-smellingcontaminants at levels up to more than 3 times the accepted standards. ►Yu Chung-ho / Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Official “We staged a crackdown in odor-control areas in Pyeongtaek and Ansan so as to minimize inconvenience for residents and to create a clean environment.” This crackdown was conducted in areas with concentrations ofindustrial facilities that generate foul odors and microdust. Average atmospheric microdust levels in these areas are 1.5 times higher than the provincial average. Those enterprises that committed serious violations will be subject to further investigations by the special judicial police. Gyeonggi Province will expand the coverage of the crackdown to other areas in the near future. Article 6.Play Opens in Gyeonggi to Commemorate Korean Composer (171101-3) [Anchor’s Headline]In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned Korean composer Yun I-sang (윤이상),a play that depicts his life was opened on October 21 by the Gyeonggi Provincial Drama Companyfor a 9-day run. ►Daehangno Arts Theater (October 21 to 29) Yun I-sang, a Hurt Dragon One day in 1967, when Yun was living in Berlin, he received a phone call from a secretary to the South Koreanpresident. [Sync] “I have to leave for practice now. I have a performance scheduled soon.” “This is a personal message to you from thepresident.” This phone conversation led to his being kidnapped to South Korea where he was imprisoned for two years. The play follows Yun’s journey from Germany to Seoul to North Korea, backto South Korea, then to Japan, and finally back to Germany. ►Lee Oh-jin / Writer of Yun I-sang, a Hurt Dragon “I don’t think that he was an immoral person or that his plays shouldn’t be staged. Likewise, I don’t think that he should be revered as a hero or pitied as a political victim of his time, either.” ►Play Shows Yun I-sang As a Person This play, titled Yun I-sang, a Hurt Dragon, describes the life of this ill-fated composer as a person who was hurt by the forces of the time rather than as an internationally renowned musician. The play presents Yun throughout his entire life in chronological order with cello performances continually flowing in the background at each stage of his life. Recommended as an appreciation point of the play, these cello pieces were the tools with which Yun depicted himself as well as his memories, suffering, love, and more. ►Jeong Jae-hun / Director, Gyeonggi Arts Center “I hope that this play will help people understand Yun I-sang and his music by sharing his life and philosophy...” Having crossed between oriental and western cultures and between South and North Korea, Yun attempted to sublimate the severity of the division in his ideas of peace and harmony through music. This play poses a question about the ideology of a person and society. Article 7. Gyeonggi Residents Back Semi-public Red Bus Management (171102-3) [Anchor’s Headline]According to a survey of Gyeonggi residents, three quarters favor a semi-public management system for inter-city buses, also known as red buses. This reflects the wishes of the public for safer public transportation. ►Semi-Public Intercity Bus Management System A semi-public intercity management system entails bus revenue management and redemptions made by a public organization to bus operators based on bus operation levels so asto guarantee the recovery of operational losses and thereby improve bus services. [CG]This semi-public system is favored by 74 percent of the residents of Gyeonggi Province. ► Improvement of Bus ServiceConvenience and Safety Such a system is expected to improve bus services through user-oriented route adjustments and improvementsin driver employment conditions. ►Jeong Jae-hun / Intercity Bus Driver “I put highest priority on safe driving. A semi-public management system willimprove bus operation safety through the improvement of bus driver employment conditions.” ►Kim Jeong-hwa / Suwon City Resident “I want to see buses become safer even if that requires us paying more taxes.” [CG]A semi-public bus management system is most favored by users in their twenties. There are also concerns that such a system may be utilized by bus operators as a means to guarantee profits. ►77% of Gyeonggi Residents Favor Public Office Involvement in Bus Operations However, 77 percent of Gyeonggi residents favored the involvement of public offices in long-term bus operation management policies. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.11.01Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1.Mental Health Art Exhibition Opens on Mental Health Day (1023-3) [Anchor’s Headline]In commemoration of Mental Health Day on October 10, a special art exhibition was held in Gyeonggi Province showcasing artworks created by individuals with mental illnesses. Opened on October 17 for a 5-day run, the exhibition featured 39 artworks. ►Maternal Instinct by Lee Eun-hye A painting of a baby nestling in a mother’s affectionate embrace warms everyone. Created by an artist who suffersfrom depression and schizophrenia, this work won the top prize in the Mental Health Art Exhibition, whichmarked its sixth occasion this year. ►[PiP]Lee Eun-hye / Top Prize Winner “My motherhad adisease similar to mine. I have always feltthat I didn’t show enoughlove to her. I painted this to express the happiness that I should have made her feel.” ►Our Happiness by Yeonju City Mental Health Center Users This collection of scribbled notes and magazinepicture cut-outs, titled Our Happiness, makes viewers think about what true happiness is. Each of the displayed pieces depicts emotions encountered in life by its creators and touches the hearts of viewers. ►[PiP]Kim Jong-dae / Viewer from Suwon City “These art pieces gave me the impression that they are outside mainstream art. I hope that artists with mental illnesses can be given more opportunities for artistic activities.” ►Gyeponggi Arts Center (October 17 to 21) Mental Health Art Festival The Mental Health Art Exhibition is organized by Gyeonggi Province every October to help mental health patients with their treatment and rehabilitation through artistic activities while promoting public understanding of individuals with mental illnesses. ►Yun Mi-gyeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Mental Health Center “This art exhibition is a regular event that aims to communicate with the public regarding the inner world and artistic capabilities of those who have mental illnesses.” Gyeonggi Provinceplans to expand this art exhibition by organizing tours in the province and exchanges with similar overseas events. ►GTV Reporter GuYeong-seul “The Mental Health Art Exhibition, which features artists with mental illnesses, heals the minds of those with mental illnesses as well as the viewers of the artworks.” Article 2.Gyeonggi Declares Pursuitof Decentralization (1024-1) [Anchor’s Headline]On October 23, Gyeonggi Province, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, and the 31 local governments and councilsof the province jointly declared the collaborative pursuit of regional decentralization. It has been 20 years since the local autonomy system was introduced in Korea. ►Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (October 23) Declaration of Gyeonggi Province Regional Decentralization Movements However, Korea’s local autonomy has not yet ensured complete decentralization of administrative power to local governments. Joining in this declaration were Gyeonggi Province,the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, and localcouncil chairs,as well as city andcounty mayors. ►Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Political Coalition Kang Deuk-ku “Common interest in decentralization prevailed with Gyeonggi Province and its 31 local governments and councils.” This declaration was signed by all meeting members, the representatives of these four groups. – Realization of Local Autonomy through Constitutional Amendment The objectives of this declaration include the realization of local autonomy through constitutional amendment in tandem with Korean government policy. ►Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairman Jeong Ki-yeol “I hope that there will be more active collaboration. I also hope that constitutional amendment for power decentralization will be realized next year while there is a national consensus on its necessity.” – Reinforcement of Power of Local Councils and Specialization of Council Members The objectives of the declaration also include the reinforcement of the power of local councils and the specialization of their members. - Financial Independence of Local Administrations through Financial Decentralization - Establishment of Institutional Foundation for Decentralization of Power Other objectivesinclude the realization of financial decentralization and the establishment of an institutional foundation for the decentralization of power. ►Lee Hwan-seol / Chairman of Gyeonggi Province Regional Assembly Chairmen’s Council “I hope that local governments will have full autonomous power and be able to work with the central government as an equal for the improvement of the national autonomous system.” ►Kim Yun-sik / Chairman of Gyeonggi Province Mayors & County Mayors Council “I hope that city and county heads will lead the pursuit of constitutional amendment through various activities.” Activities for the pursuit of constitutional amendment will focus on promoting consensus for the decentralization of power through explanatory tours and public forums as well as the pursuit of institutional reform for the realization of decentralization. Article 3.6th Gyeonggi Political Coalition Executive Committee Meeting(1024-2) [Anchor’s Headline]On October 23, the 6th Gyeonggi Political Coalition Executive Committee Meeting was held at the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly to discuss current provincial issues and review the progress of political coalition projects. ►Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (October 23) 6th Gyeonggi Political Coalition Executive Committee Meeting Among the provincial issues discussed, the introduction of semi-public management of inter-city buses was reviewed in detail based on the results of a public forum held on October 20regarding this issue. ►Yang Geun-seo / Committee Member, Political Coalition Committee III Chairman “We will organize a separate committee to prepare a proposal. Based on that, we will further review the methods and feasibility of the implementation of a semi-public management system…” ►Choi Ho / Committee Member, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “We will see what the provincial assembly can do through discussion among members from different political parties.” The committee members agreed to discuss the matter with provincial and local administrations and councils. Also discussed during the committee meeting was the Working Youths Series Project for the support of youths working in SMEs. ►Kim Yeong-hwan / Committee Member, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Of KRW 16.5 billionfor search support, only KRW 4.5 billion has been used. This is one of the job creation projects that garnered greatest popularity while the working youth account project is aimed at helping youths maintain jobs.” After discussing projects for youths, the committee reviewed the progress of political coalition projects ►69% of 288 Political Coalition Projects Completed Of 288 political coalition projects, 69 percent were reported to have been completed. The committee requested a budget of KRW 1.72 trillion for next year’s political coalition projects. ►Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Political Coalition Kang Deuk-ku “Please approach with a broad perspective on political coalition and participate positively in the making of rational alternatives.” The committee also discussed the formulation of a political coalition assessment group. ►Gyeonggi Political Coalition Assessment Group to Complete Assessments by March 2018 A political coalition assessment group of 120 persons was appointed and assigned to the completion of assessments by March next year. Article 4.Gyeonggi Rental Rice Farms See Harvesting (1024-3) [Anchor’s Headline]In Gyeonggi Province, there are rental rice farms wheretenants from the cities grow rice in cooperation with farmers. Also known as ‘rental ecology rice farms’, these small farms are rented on a yearly basis to urban residents who wish to experience rice farming. ►Jilulgoraesil Village, Yangpyeong County The tenants of these rental rice farms are now enjoying harvesting. On a golden rice field covered with riperice, families from the city are busy harvesting. While children cut the rice plants at their base, parents carry the bundles to the next stage in the process. ►[PiP]Jang Da-woon, Jang Chan / Singok-ri, Gimpo City “We had a wonderful time experiencing farming with our mom and dad. We didn’t know that the stems of ripe rice plants are hollow.” At the rice threshing station, children and their parents have a wonderful time feeding bundles of harvested rice into the thresherfor the first time. ►Rental EcologyRice Farm Harvesting (October 22) With farmers leading the entire process, their tenants from the cities join in the work while forging joyful memories. These farms are small rice fields owned by real farmers. One rice farm rental unit produces sufficient rice for the monthly consumption of a four-person family. Making and eating rice cakes from rice they have grown themselves is an added enjoyment. ►Kim Sang-kyeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Food Crop Team “The objective of this program is to enable urban residents to have experiences inrice farming processes and events, thereby gaining an appreciation for the true value of rice.” Gyeonggi Provinceplans to expand the rice farm rental project. These farms allow city dwellers toexperience rice farming as an enjoyable and healthy pastime while enabling their children to learn about the importance of rice farming and the value of rice. Article 5.323rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Ends(1025-1) [Anchor’s Headline]On October 24, the 323rd extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended with the second general meeting whichsaw the passage of 60 items including an ordinance for the support of families with adopted children. ►Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (October 24) 2nd General Meeting of 323rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session The second general meeting also saw the passage of an ordinance for the promotion of cooperation and collaborationbetween the public and private sectors. ►Ordinance for Promotion of Public-Private Sector Cooperation & Collaboration Public-private sector cooperation and collaboration entails the joint establishment, implementation and assessment of policies for the creation of a sustainable society. ►Kim Si-yong / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The objective of this ordinance is to establish a foundation for a cooperation and collaboration system to resolve any conflicts between thepublic and private sectors and realize a democratic Gyeonggi provincial administration.” From next year… ►Adoption Support to Be Provided from 2018 … a benefit of KRW 1 million will be paid upon the adoption of a child; education, medical and transportation costsupport will be provided until the child reaches 18 years of age ►60 Items Passed After the passage of a total of 60 items, the second general meeting of this extraordinary session continued with 5-minute speeches on current provincial issues by assembly members. ►Ji Mi-yeon / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “There is an urgent need for more day shelters and support systems for individuals with disabilities and for the establishment of their detailed management systems and operation standards. An assembly member spoke about a regional development issue. ►Cho Jae-hun / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I ask for your deep interest in developing a world-class food valley on broad areas around Hwaseong Lake.” The next Gyeonggi Provincial Assemblysession will be a regular session for administration audits. It will run for 46 days from November 7 until December 22. Article 6.Senior Club Contest Held in Gyeonggi Province (1025-2) [Anchor’s Headline]On October 24, Gyeonggi Province held a talent contest for seniors. Recently, the number of activity clubs for seniors has been growing in Korea. In Gyeonggi Province alone, there are approximately 500 senior clubs. ►Ansan Culture and Arts Center A group of seniors in colorful outfits, each holding a microphone, singsto an accompanying band with surprisingly skilled voices. Another group of contestants present old folk songs in traditional Korean attire. These senior contestants overwhelm the stage with their artistic talents. ►[PiP]Lee Jeong-sun (Aged 71), Cho Yong-hwa (Aged 65) / Contestants from Dongducheon City “Although we are over 70, we are very happy to dress like professional performers and sing and play drums in front of others.” A total of 20 clubs of various activities participated in this contest. ►Finals of ‘9988 Toktok Show’ Contest (October 24) This senior contest, titled 9988 Toktok Show, was organized by Gyeonggi Province to promote club activities among seniors. Today’s finalists arrived at the finals after highly competitive preliminaries. ►[PiP]Ji Jae-seong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Senior Welfare Division “The purpose of the 9988 TokTok Show is to enable seniors to develop their talents through participation in group activities, to provide support for their talent donation activities, and to promote leisure activities among seniors.” The winners of this senior club contest, which marks the second occasion this year, will be provided with opportunities to perform in talent donation and performance events organized by Gyeonggi around the province. Article 7.G-Food Show Opens (1026-1) [Anchor’s Headline]An exhibition of quality agricultural food products of Gyeonggi Province, titled G-Food Show, was held at COEX in Seoul from October 25for a 4-day run. This exhibition featured diverse foods ranging from convenience foods to future foods made from insects. ►COEX, Seoul This exhibition also featured a number of accompanying programs including the Color Food Experience Program that enabled visitors to learn about the nutritional value of foods of different colors. ►[PiP]Jang Yu-jeong, Kim Ji-won / Visitor from Incheon “I learned that foods with orange and yellow colors have ingredients good for eyes. Since I have eye troubles, I will start to eat more foods of those colors.” A section of the exhibition was reserved for experiencingthe creative products of young farmers. In this section, visitors created their own aromatic bath liquids using various dried fruits and herbs. ►[PiP]Oh Hye-ri, Han Ye-rin / Visitors from Seoul “I didn’t know that we could make bath liquids with natural foods. I made bath liquids and enjoyed teas with my friend using these natural ingredients.” ►G-Food Show 2017 (October 25 – 28) G-Food Show is an exhibitionof agricultural foods produced in Gyeonggi Province. The show featured a variety of foods prepared on site as well as processed foods including those readily available at convenience stores and others made from crickets. ►Ryu In-gwon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Agricultural & Maritime Administration Bureau “Promoting safe agricultural products will help increase farmer income. We organized this exhibition to enable the public to experience such products and relay consumer responses to producers so as to implement a consumer-orientated agricultural administration.” ►58 Enterprises and 166 Booths Featured First organized in 2007, the G-Food Show marked its7th occasion this year and featured 58 enterprises that showcased their products in 166 booths. The show also featured a trade consultation section for those enterprises seeking export opportunities. During the show, Gyeonggi Province will conduct a survey of visitors and apply its results to production. This year’s G-Food Show ran for four days and ended on October 28. ►GTV Reporter Ku Yeong-seul “The G-Food Show features quality agricultural products of Gyeonggi Province and helpspubliclypromote safe Gyeonggi foods. Gyeonggi GTV, Ku Yeong-seul” Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.10.25Greetings, 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.Change-Up Campus Education Facilities Open in Gyeonggi (171016-1) [Anchor’s Headline]The former English Villages in Paju (파주) City and Yangpyeong (양평) County of Gyeonggi Province underwent transformations and reopened as education facilities aimed at inspiring youths to become leaders of the future under the new name of Change-Up Campus. ►Paju Change-Up Campus In this class at the Paju (파주) City campus, a group of children are drawing a maze for robots in a software development class. In this class, participants are creating and testing software for various applications such as robots, 3D designs and electric sign boards. ► [PiP]Jang Seung-jae, Kim Dan-yeong / 4th Graders, Ilsan Baekseung Primary School “In this class, we can try to do things the way specialists do, which we can’t at schools.” One of the most popular classes is about escape game development. Participating youths display their talents by spontaneously playing individual roles in a team with little guidance. ► [PiP]Lee Jong-hyuk, Yu Jin / 1st Graders, Bucheon Ilsin Middle School “Time flies while we work. I hope that many educational opportunities like this class will be provided to young students.” ►Change-Up Campus for Youths Opens (October 15) Established on October 15, the Change-Up Campuses operate a wide range of education courses in fields that are believed will lead the 4th Industrial Revolution. ►Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “These facilities were created to enable children to communicate and cooperate with each other while also cultivating their potential to become leaders in the 4th Industrial Revolution of the future. Here, our children are the bosses.” Classes are available in sixteen fields–including advanced technologies as well as culture, arts, and the humanities– and are geared to cultivate future leaders in these fields. Since their operation costs are covered entirely by Gyeonggi Province, all courses are open free of charge on a daily basis. Article 2.2017 Gyeonggi Architecture Culture Festival Opens in October (171016-2) [Anchor’s Headline]On October 13, the 2017 Gyeonggi Architecture Culture Festival opened for a 3-day run at the Eco Center in Siheung (시흥) City. The largest event of its kind in Gyeonggi Province, this festival featured nearly 300 architectural creations and designs that showcased the present and future of architecture in Korea. ►Uljiro in Its Renaissance by Ha Nam-gyeong Uljiro (을지로) is one of the main streets in Seoul with a long history. On this road, which is lined with old buildings, an architect created a building that received a prize in this year’s architecture festival with a reinterpretation of classic buildings. ►Next Stop, High Square by Na Yong-hun& Kim Ji-won This year’s festival featured a number of creative architectural works such as the Next Stop, High Square that utilized unused spaces in an express bus terminal to create resting facilities. Viewers enjoyed the show as they encountered a variety of architectural concepts in a single event. ► [PiP]No Gyeong-a / Visitor from Seoul “I enjoyed finding architecture of various styles and was impressed that such architecture can be used in a wide range of cultural activities.” ►Siheung Eco Center (October 15 – 18) 2017 Gyeonggi Architecture Culture Festival Marking its fifth occasion this year, the Gyeonggi Architecture Culture Festival ended on October 18 after showcasing 298 architectural works, of which 140 received various awards. The event also featured more than twenty auxiliary programs for additional enjoyment. ►Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Political Coalition Jang Deuk-ku “The objective of the Gyeonggi Architecture Culture Festival is to promote appreciation of architecture by the public and thereby enable architecture to become part of cultural and historical heritage.” The auxiliary programs included a showcase of traditional architecture, cookie house-building for children, real-size architectural model-making using panels, and a variety of experiential programs. ► [PiP]Park Ye-eun / Visitor from Ansan City “I participated in model making for the first time and experienced delicate work. I had a wonderful time with my friends.” This year’s Gyeonggi Architecture Culture Festival reflected the current architectural standards of Korea and provided insights into the future. Article 3.Gyeonggi Traditional Market Fair(171016-3) [Anchor’s Headline]On October 13, a market fair featuring the specialties of renowned traditional markets in Gyeonggi Province opened for a 3-day run in Suwon (수원) City. This annual market fair aims to at tract more young consumers to traditional markets. ►Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung (October 13 – 15) 2017 Traditional Market Fair This fair featured specialty foods and entertaining elements of all the popular traditional markets in Gyeonggi Province as well as specialty goods of neighboring Seoul, Incheon and Gangwon (강원) Province. As always, the eateries were the most popular part of the fair, attracting a large number of visitors. ►Lim A-reum, Jang Hyun-jin / Visitors from Suwon City “There is a large variety of things to eat as well as to watch and enjoy from different regions.” There were a large variety of foods popular among younger generations such as sushi with beef cooked by torch as well as Korean beef steak and grilled shrimp. ►Jeong Ha-wuk / Merchant from Yeongdong Market in Suwon City “There are many young visitors. However, I was surprised that older customers showed great interest in food items for youths and enjoyed them.” This annual Gyeonggi Traditional Market Fair featured quality products from 19 popular traditional markets in the province. ►Cho Chang-beom / Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Division “There are 216 traditional markets in Gyeonggi Province. This fair featured 150 shops from among these markets.” During this 3-day fair that ended on October 15, more than 48,000 visitors enjoyed what traditional markets have to offer through shopping, eating and participating in entertaining programs. Article 4.Gyeonggi Conducts Census of Greenhouse Dwellers(171017-1) [Anchor’s Headline]In Gyeonggi Province, it is estimated that there are more than 3,000 greenhouses that are used as makeshift housing by economically underprivileged families. In order to help them during the winter, Gyeonggi Province plans to conduct a census of greenhouse dwellers. ►Kang Chung-sil (Age 65) / Hwaseong City Resident Having lost all his possessions in a fire five months ago, Kang (강충실), a solitary 65-year-oldsenior, began using a greenhouse as a home. ► [PiP]Kang Chung-sil / Greenhouse Dweller “It is very hard to live without proper facilities for sleeping and washing. I don’t even have basic household items such as a cooking range and dishes.” When Gyeonggi Province officials visited the greenhouse, they were appalled by the poor conditions. ►GTV Reporter Ku Yeong-seul “This greenhouse looks the same as those meant for vegetables growing. I will take a look inside. Its interior is protected from the elements by only a thin plastic film. The ceiling is sagging due to collected rain water. There is no water supply even for cleaning towels.” A corner of the greenhouse reveals a narrow space surrounded by plywood barely large enough for one person to lie down. There is no proper floor covering. It is absolutely unfit for human habitation. ►Gyeonggi Province Has 2,930 Greenhouse Homes (as of 2015) According to a survey conducted last year by the Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety Headquarters, there were nearly 3,000 greenhouses being used as homes in the province. ►Gyeonggi to Take Census of Greenhouse Dwellers Gyeonggi Province plans to conduct a detailed census of greenhouse dwellers and to perform on-site investigations of individual greenhouses by the end of November. Those living in inadequate conditions will be provided with monthly living and medical cost support. When necessary, rental cost support will also be provided for their re// ►HeoSeong-cheol / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Muhandolbom Team “This investigation is aimed at providing support to those who live in greenhouses so as to help them get through the winter more comfortably and in warmth.” ►Contact for Report: Gyeonggi Call Center(☎031-120) To report individuals who live in difficult conditions and require winter support, please call the Gyeonggi Call Center at 031-120. Article 5.Pangyo Zero City to Host NewHigh-tech Business Center(1018-1) [Anchor’s Headline]On October 17, Gyeonggi Province signed an MOU with GJ Group of China for the establishment of a business center in Pangyo (판교) Zero City. Through this agreement, the GJ Group pledged to invest KRW 80 billion in a high-tech industry business center. ►Pangyo Zero City To lead the 4th Industrial Revolution, Gyeonggi Province has been developing Pangyo (판교)Zero City and actively promoting investment in this ambitious complex among foreign enterprises. This investment agreement with GJ Group follows recent similar agreements with BMW and another Chinese enterprise. ►Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (October 17) Signing of MOU for Establishment of High-tech Industrial Business Center The GJ Group specializes in solar energy and real estate. It now plans to establish an advanced industry business center in Gyeonggi Province. ►Kim ChoonHak / Chairman, GJ Group "Heilongjiang Province and Harbin Engineering University are jointly supporting this project so as to participate in the One Belt and One Road Initiative of the Chinese government.” ►High-tech Business Center to Be Established in Pangyo Zero City This business center, named the High-tech Industry Business Center, will be located on one of three building plots in the global business section of Pangyo (판교) Zero City. ►GJ Group to Induce Participation by Advanced Technology Enterprises The GJ Group has already negotiated with a number of advanced technology enterprises and academic teams regarding participation in the business center. ►Sino-Korean Technological Cooperation and Business Support Both parties to the agreement will promote technological cooperation between Korea and China and global marketing among new enterprises while collaborating in the inducement of high-tech enterprises to the center. ►Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “I hope that cooperation between Gyeonggi Province and China will help recover relations between Korea and China, which has worsened recently.” When the development of Pangyo (판교) Zero City is complete, the Pangyo (판교) area will become a center for the 4th Industrial Revolution with over 1,800 advanced technology enterprises and more than 110,000 employees. Article 6.Gyeonggi Institute Studies Coffee Brewing Methods (171018-2) [Anchor’s Headline]The Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment reported the results of its study of coffee brewing methods. According to the report, the caffeine content and anti-carcinogenic properties of coffee differ depending on the brewing methods used. GTV examined the best coffee brewing method. Early every afternoon, Choi (최영주) drinks coffee to chase away drowsiness. The coffee aroma also helps her feel relaxed and refreshed. ►Choi Yeong-ju / Seoul Resident “Coffee makes me feel relaxed both physically and mentally. That’s why I enjoy coffee.” ►Chlorogenic Acid in Coffee Has Anticancer and Antioxidant Effects Brewed coffee contains chlorogenic acid, which has excellent anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant effects. ►Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment Study According to this study, the chlorogenic acid content in coffee differs depending on the coffee brewing method used. Chlorogenic Acid Content: Medium Roast, Brazilian Coffee > Dark Roast, Indonesian Coffee Fine Ground Coffee > Coarse Ground Coffee Water Poured in Parts > Water Poured at Once The chlorogenic acid content of brewed coffee is greater with a medium roast coffee than with a dark roast, and is up to 86 percent higher with fine ground coffee than with coarse ground. The chlorogenic acid content is also higher when hot water is added in parts rather than all at once. However, higher chlorogenic acid content is not always better. ►Jeon Jong-seop / Research Official, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment “Since chlorogenic acid is acidic, it should be taken with care, especially by those with stomach or esophagus conditions...” The daily consumption of no more than three cups of brewed coffee is recommended. Those with stomach or esophagus conditions should avoid drinking too much coffee. Article 7.Gyeonggi Supports Small Local Bookshops (171018-3) [Anchor’s Headline]With conventional bookshops facing difficulties due to the predominance of large online and offline bookshops, Gyeonggi Province plans to launch a bookshop support programthat enables the revival of small local bookshops through their transformation into local cultural activity centers. ►Bookshop in Seongnam City In this bookshop in Seongnam (성남) City, local residents gather everyday to enjoy leisure time. Some engage in quiet conversation, others rearrange books on their private bookshelves, while others enjoy books and beverages. ►Jang Jeong-an / Bookshop User “We talk about books we have read or about things in our daily lives. It is like a café and even feels like home where we can interact with each other comfortably.” Unlike large bookshops, these local shops double as clubs where users can do more than just buy books. ►Park Eun-hui / Bookshop Owner “Anyone in the neighborhood can use my bookshop. I hope that people use this shop as a place where they can share their thoughts with each other, instead of just reading or buying books.” ►Support Program for Transformation of Local Bookshops into Cultural Spaces Such transformations will also attract more customers to the bookshops. With a total budget of KRW 300 million, Gyeonggi Province will select 10 bookshops as trial cases and provide each with support of up to KRW 28 million for renovation work and up to KRW 8 million for cultural program operations. ►Choi Gye-dong / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau “We will provide local bookshops with support for interior work as well as for cultural program operations so as to enable them to function as cultural spaces for local residents.” Most of the 270-plus local bookshops operating in Gyeonggi Province are barely surviving, overwhelmed by large franchises and online bookshops. ►70 Bookshops to Receive Provincial Support by 2020 Beginning this year, Gyeonggi Province will provide support to selected bookshops and will increase the number of support recipients to 70 by the year 2020. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.10.20Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. New Poultry-culling Method Developed in Gyeonggi Province (171010-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A Gyeonggi provincial institute recently announced the development of a new poultry-culling method that utilizes sealed containers. Last winter, poultry farms in Korea were devastated by bird flu outbreaks that lasted months. It was revealed by follow-up investigations that the extensive spread of the disease was partly attributable to inefficiencies in culling birds at afflicted farms. ► 206 Gyeonggi Poultry Farms Suffered Damage by AI In Gyeonggi Province alone, nearly 40 million birds on 206 farms had to be culled. ► Affected Poultry Farmer (Voice Modulated) “It takes 4 to 5 months to raise a bird from hatching to adulthood and another yearlong period of egg-laying. All came into nothing. You can’t imagine how we feel.” The conventional culling process typically takes a whole day during which the avian influenza virus can spread through the atmosphere. The situation becomes worse when culling has to be done over multiple sessions to accommodate capacity requirements. Such inefficiencies contributed to the extensive spread of the disease. ► New Culling Method Reduces Processing Time This new culling method utilizes carbon dioxide injected into containers similar to those used to collect food waste. Although each container can process 40 birds, the culling process using this method takes less than 40 seconds, which is far more efficient than previous methods. ► Ok Cheon-seok / Director, North Gyeonggi Province Animal Laboratory “This method is also a more humane way of administering euthanasia while being more effective in preventing the spread of the disease through efficient culling.” Capable of processing up to 80,000 animals every 8 hours, this new culling method has other advantages; it requires less manpower and no sophisticated equipment. Gyeonggi Province will promote this method throughout the nation via demonstrations and academic presentations. Article 2. Gyeonggi Museums Open Admission-free (171010-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently abolished admission charges at a number of provincial museums following the amendment of the related ordinance. ► Gyeonggi Province Children’s Museum, Yongin City Established in 2011, the Gyeonggi Children’s Museum has been offering children a variety of educational exhibitions and entertaining experiential programs; it has seen more than 550,000 young visitors to date. ► [PiP] Cha Yo-el, Ko Eun-hye / Visitors from Hwangju City “We come to this museum since it offers spaces where we can enjoy things that we can’t at home or elsewhere.” This museum began to offer free admission on the first and third weekends of every month via online reservations. ► Gyeonggi Museums Free of Charge In addition, five provincial museums including the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum and the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art are now open free of charge year round. Such changes were effected by the amendment of the related ordinance passed by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly in June. ► Kim Gyu-sang / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Foundation Team “It is an improvement in cultural welfare aimed at enabling people to utilize cultural facilities more easily and conveniently.” Detailed admission information can be found on the website of each museum. With free admission to provincial museums and art centers, such cultural resources are now more readily enjoyable by Gyeonggi residents. Article 3. Gyeonggi Promotes Job Site Childcare Facilities (1011-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With growing demand for job site childcare centers among working parents, Gyeonggi Province recently signed an agreement with trade union and employer organizations so as to promote the establishment of such facilities. ► Childcare Center in Dongtan Industrial Complex Job site childcare facilities account for only 2 percent of all childcare facilities in Gyeonggi Province. This childcare center in an industrial complex in Hwaseong (화성) City, which operates from 7:30 am until 9 pm daily, also offers special evening and weekend programs for children and parents. The users of this facility express high satisfaction with its services. ► Jeong Seok-hwa / Dongtan Industrial Complex Childcare Center User “I think it is a kind of social institution that enables mothers to perform as active members of society.” [CG] There are currently 236 job site childcare facilities in Gyeonggi Province, of which only 32 are located in industrial complexes or areas with concentrations of industrial enterprises. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (October 10) Signing of Agreement for Job Site Childcare Facility Promotion Gyeonggi Province’s promotion of job site childcare facilities enters a new phase with the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Gyeonggi arms of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the Korea Employers’ Federation. Each organization will be actively involved in promotional activities while Gyeonggi Province will provide administrative support. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will do our utmost to help mothers with childrearing and career issues by working with industries and trade unions.” This cooperation agreement with employer and trade union organizations is expected to significantly alleviate childrearing burdens while enabling young working parents to continue their careers. Article 4. LED Info Boards to Be Installed in Gyeonggi Town Buses (171011-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, short-distance buses, also known as town buses, will soon be equipped with LED boards that provide visual information about bus movement to those with hearing impairments. ► Choi Hyeong-moon / Town Bus User With his hearing impaired, Choi (최형문) always checks the route map as soon as he boards a bus even before he takes a seat. He then counts the number of stops with his fingers all the way to his destination to ensure that he gets off at the right bus stop. For those with hearing problems like Choi, riding a bus can be a challenge. ► Choi Hyeong-moon / Suwon City Resident with Degree II Hearing Impairment “I must stay awake since, if I doze off, I will lose count of the stops and have trouble getting off at the right stop.” Unlike in subways and ordinary buses, information in town buses has been available only in an audio format, thus causing inconvenience to those with hearing problems. ► LED Information Boards on Town Buses However, these LED boards will provide bus location information that can easily be seen by such individuals. ► Choi Sin-tae / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Service Improvement Team “When LED information tems are installed inside and outside of town buses, such inconveniences will be eliminated while bus ridership will increase.” ► To Be Installed on All Town Buses by 2019 Gyeonggi Province plans to install the LED information boards on 700 buses by the end of the year and on all 2,200 town buses by the year 2019. Article 5. Queen Bee-tracking Device Developed in Gyeonggi Province (171012-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services recently announced the development of a queen bee-tracking device that uses information and communication technologies to make it easy for beekeepers to find queen bees in beehives. ► Apiary in Icheon City In apiaries, it is a regular task for beekeepers to find queen bees to check their condition so as to maintain healthy bee populations. For each beehive, this is done three or four times annually. However, it is an extremely demanding task to find a queen bee among tens of thousands of bees. ► Baek Seung-deok / Beekeeper “We must find queen bees and check their egg-laying state with detailed observations. It takes a lot of time.” It is very important to check the queen bees regularly since they are easily affected by sunlight and cold temperatures. ► Queen Bee-tracking Device Consisting of a tiny magnet attached to a queen bee and a magnetic sensor, this device keeps track of the queen bee and displays its location on a screen using information and communication technologies. The institute plans to further develop these smart devices to the extent that they can be used in bee behavior research. ► Ha Tae-mun / Deputy Director, Future Agriculture Team, GARES “We will use these devices to collect data about the movements of queen bees that can be used for queen bee behavioral research.” After performance assessments in practical settings this year, the queen bee-tracking device will be introduced to apiaries in the province early next year. Article 6. Foreign Youths Join Gyeonggi Startup Campus (171012-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province expanded its ICT business startup support program to a global level and invited youths from Indonesia and Myanmar with business ideas in information and communication technology fields to participate in a 4-month business startup program. ► Startup Campus At the Startup Campus, 30 young aspiring entrepreneurs from three nations are busy sharing their business dreams in ICT fields. A youth explains his payment tem idea that utilizes QR codes instead of credit cards or cash while another demonstrates a mobile app on his smart phone. ► 2. [싱크] “She needs two… our own languages, our mother languages, Burmese and Indonesian.” “Those kinds of options are what customers choose. That is the idea” ► Global Startup Open Platform Titled Global Startup Open Platform, this program enables youths from different cultural backgrounds to share business ideas in the same fields. ► [PiP] Anne Anisa from Indonesia “…different from the lectures I have in university. It’s so new for me, because in my home country, in Indonesia, I never learned about IOT, and I never learned about face recognition...” ► [PiP] Lee Ji-seong from Seoul, Korea “I was able to work with foreign youths and become acquainted with their thoughts. It is a wonderful new experience for me.” These youths will spend four months at the Startup Campus and Ajou University attending training courses, receiving specialist consultations and engaging in projects for individual ideas. ► Park No-geuk / Director, Gyeonggi Province Foreign Policy Division “The objective of this program is to cultivate leaders in the fourth-stage industries of the future among youths from Indonesia, Myanmar and Korea through ICT business training.” Gyeonggi Province plans to establish joint ventures with final product creators and expand its program to include youths from Vietnam starting next year. Article 7. Gyeonggi Restores Old Roads (171012-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Autumn in Korea is perfect for leisurely strolls. There are old roads that have been recently restored in Gyeonggi Province that offer scenic views and a variety of historic monuments to wayfarers. ► Samnamgil, ‘Morak Mountain Road’ Samnamgil (삼남길), also known as Morak (모락) Mountain Road, was formerly used by aspirants who travelled to Hanyang (한양), the old name of Seoul, take state examinations with the dream of becoming high officials. Lined with tall trees on both sides, this road abounds with scenic vistas including a lake. ► Tomb and Shrine of Imyoung Daegun A little further from the lake lies the tomb and shrine of ancient royalty, the fourth son of the fourth king of the Joseon (조선) Dynasty, who was a of arms and oration. ► Choi Yu-gyeong / Suwon City Resident “Samnamgil, in particular, features an abundance of history and tales along its course. It is one of the roads I most like and treasure.” ► Omaegi Village, Uiwang City Omaegi (오매기) Village, not far from the city center, still has the atmosphere of an old village. Travelers used to rest their feet at an inn located in this village that transforms into a sea of cosmos in autumn. ► Kim Won-bae / Suwon City Resident “I love this road since it is picturesque and has quiet little villages along it way.” ► Gyeonggi Old Roads These roads were restored based on records of the six great roads written by a scholar of the Joseon Dynasty. After restoring these historic roads, Gyeonggi Province named them Gyeonggi Old Roads. ► Kim Jang-hyun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Heritage Utilization Team “Roads provide person-to-person, village-to-village, and region-to-region connections. We hope that the Gyeonggi Old Roads will provide such connections and contribute to the formation of communities…” Among the six great roads, three have been completely restored and are already adored by wayfarers and locals. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.10.12Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Hosts Socializing Events for Marriageable Youths (170925-2) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time among autonomous bodies of Korea, Gyeonggi Province launched a socializing program for marriageable youths. In this program, titled Working Youths Dining & Wining, participating men and women were provided with opportunities to find partners. ► Good Morning House, Suwon City Aimed at promoting marriage among youths, this program consisted of a number of meetings via outdoor activities, concerts and lectures, as well as dining and wining events through which participating youths, who were selected from among the employees of SMEs in the province, spent time as couples to learn about each other. ► Lee Sang-hun / Working Youths Dining & Wining Program Participant “I recently began questioning if I should postpone marriage any longer.” ► Kim Mi-gyeong / Working Youths Dining & Wining Program Participant “Marriage leads to a destiny into which I may feel as if I am sinking. If so, it is I who should deal with the sinking.” ► Working Youths Socializing Program Beginning with the first meeting that took place on August 17,… ► 200+ Unmarried Employees in SMEs Participated …more than 200 unmarried employees from 92 small and medium-sized enterprises in the province engaged in various socializing activities. ► [PIP] Kim Ji-yeong / Working Youths Dining & Wining Program Participant “I decided to participate as a short deviation from the routine of my life and enjoyed meeting people and attending lectures.” Participants were selected from among those who are leading busy lives and have few opportunities to meet partners. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Coalition Kang Deuk-ku “Unmarried working men and women usually lead busy lives and have fewer opportunities to meet partners. This program was intended to help them find…” With the number of older single youths increasing rapidly, Gyeonggi Province will continue to organize events in which unmarried youths socialize with each other through various activities and develop personal relationships that can lead to marriage. Article 2. Gyeonggi Provides Free Influenza Vaccinations (170926-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With daily the temperature range fluctuating by more than 10 degrees Celsius in Korea, there is a high risk of influenza this time of year, especially among children and seniors. From this year, children below 5 years of age and seniors more than 65 years of age in Gyeonggi Province are provided with free influenza vaccinations. ► Children’s Hospital, Suwon City With the annual influenza season approaching, Baek (백지선) brought her 12 month-old daughter to a children’s hospital to have her baby receive an influenza vaccination. ►Baek Ji-seon / Parent, Suwon City “Since babies have low levels of immunity, they tend to suffer seriously if they catch flu. So I decided to have my daughter vaccinated.” ► Free Influenza Vaccinations Provided to Children of 6 Months to 5 Years of Age From this year, the age limit for free influenza vaccinations has been expanded from between 6 and 12 months of age to between 6 months and 5 years of age. ► 530,000 Children in Gyeonggi Province Entitled to Free Flu Vaccinations This means that the number of children in Gyeonggi Province who are entitled to free flu vaccinations has increased from 80,000 to 530,000. ► Vaccination Provided in Phases to Seniors Seniors between 65 and 75 years of age can receive free flu vaccinations from October 12 while those over 75 years of age can receive vaccinations from September 26. ► Cho Jeon-ok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Infectious Disease Management Division “It is recommended that individuals see doctors and receive vaccination at local health centers or hospitals in before the influenza season arrives.” ► Information about Free Flu Vaccinations: nip.cdc.go.kr More information about free influenza vaccinations can be found at local health centers, through the Vaccination Help app, or via the website nip.cdc.go.kr. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Train 4,000 Bus Drivers (170927-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced a bus driver education project that will train 1,000 drivers annually. This project was developed to address the shortage of drivers among bus operators in the province. ► Gyeonggi Bus Drivers Work an Average of 16 Hours Daily Bus drivers in Gyeonggi Province work 16 hours daily on average, far longer than in neighboring regions. [CG] The average number of drivers per bus in Gyeonggi Province is 1.66 persons, approximately half that of Seoul or Incheon (인천), reflecting a serious shortage of bus drivers. ►Yeom Tae-woo / Managing Director, Bus Company, Suwon “We have shortage of 10 to 20 percent (in the number of bus drivers). This means that we are in short of 100 drivers.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (September 26) Gyeonggi Province Announces Bus Driver Training Program In order to address the bus driver shortage while improving driver employment conditions and thereby the safety of bus operations, Gyeonggi Province will train 1,000 bus drivers annually for four years until 2021. This project will also contribute to the employment of middle-aged individuals. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This project aims to help those seeking employment while ensuring the safety of bus operations. We will do our utmost to realize these objectives.” This project involves the Korea Transportation Safety Authority for education program development and the Bus Transportation Cooperative for the allocation of trained drivers. ► Oh Yeong-tae / President, Korea Transportation Safety Authority “We will develop transportation safety experiential programs exclusively for bus drivers so as to train drivers of high professional standards” ► Kim Gi-seong / President, Gyeonggi Province Bus Transportation Cooperative “We will participate in this project actively and establish an effective tem for the supply of drivers.” Gyeonggi Province will initially educate approximately 60 trainees of 50 to 60 years of age on a trial basis this year. Education will include an experiential safety program aimed at improving the quality of public transportation services. Article 4. Gyeonggi Announces Development of Fair Trade Zones (170927-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 26, Gyeonggi Province hosted an international fair trade conference and announced that it will develop areas for fair trade promotion. Known as Fair Trade Zones, these areas will encompass sales outlets as well as public procurement and supply facilities for fair trade products. ► Gyeonggi Arts Center Fair trade refers to helping producers in developing countries achieve fair trading conditions and promoting their sustainable development. A variety of fair trade products are currently being imported from developing countries into Korea such as scarves, coin purses, coffee and dried fruits. However, fair trade activities are still relatively uncommon in Korea compared to European nations. ► Lee Nam-suk / General manager, Fair Trade Shop “There are few spaces and shops where we can purchase goods imported through fair trade. We hope that fair trade can be promoted to the extent that fair trade products are commonly sought after and easily purchased anytime and anywhere.” ► Gyeonggi International Fair Trade Conference (September 26) The international fair trade conference began with an opening speech by an honorary member of the World Fair Trade Organization and featured six specialists from five nations who shared information about the current status of fair trade and exemplary cases in their countries. ► Gyeonggi Announces Development of Fair Trade Zones Prior to the commencement of the conference, Gyeonggi Province announced the development of fair trade zones in six cities and counties of the province. In these areas, Gyeonggi Province and related provincial organizations will open shops, cafés and restaurants that deal with fair trade products as well as facilities for the public procurement and supply of fair trade goods. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We need to develop international standards and guidelines for fair trade. Gyeonggi Province will participate in fair trade village movements and propose visions for fair trade in Gyeonggi style.” Gyeonggi Province will also pursue the enactment of fair trade ordinances and the establishment of a fair trade committee with members drawn from both public and private sectors so as to realize the development of fair trade zones. Article 5. Driver Alarms Compulsory in All Gyeonggi Red Buses(170928-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With large-scale bus accidents occurring frequently, Gyeonggi Province will make it compulsory for driver alarms to be installed on all long-distance buses in the province by November. These alarms are automatically triggered when dangerous situations are detected. This alarm tem generates a warning when the bus veers into the next lane without signaling. ►[Sync] Watch out for the lane on your right. This tem also alerts the driver when there is a danger of collision. ►[Sync] Watch out for the car ahead. ►Advanced Driver Alert System This advanced driver alert tem detects dangerous situations and provides the driver with warnings via sound alerts, screen notifications or seat vibrations. ►Number of Accidents Reduced by More Than 60% During Trial Operations During trials operations, the number of accidents was reduced by more than 60 percent, with drivers giving a satisfaction rating of 72 percent. ►Park Sang-wuk, Bus Driver “There are moments when we fail to stay in the lane when we turn our heads to look around. This tem keeps us drive safe by alerting us in such cases.” ►Gyeonggi Pursues Driver Assistance System Installation For the first time among autonomous bodies of Korea, Gyeonggi Province is pursuing the installation of this tem, also known as the driver assistance tem, on all buses and large trucks by the year 2019. ►Installation on Red Buses to Be Completed by November Initially, all 2,402 long-distance buses will be required to have this tem installed by November. ►Jang Yeong-geun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Transportation Bureau “We are pursuing this project to help drivers ensure safety while driving. We will expand the project and promote safe driving.” The installation of this advanced driver alert tem is part of Gyeonggi Province’s ongoing efforts to improve the safety and comfort of public transportation. Article 6. 2nd Gyeonggi Political Idea Contest Held(170929-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 28, the finals of the second political idea contest for local administrations were held at the Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center. Seven finalists from six localities were featured. ►Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center The Gwangmyepong (광명) City team presented a forest development project that involves the use of cloud funding via mobile networks to finance the project and the mobilization of volunteers from among city residents for tree planting. ►Go Yong-su / Presenter, Gwangmyeong City Team “This forest will be reborn as a miners’ forest with historical value.” The team from Paju (파주) City proposed the use of QR codes linked to information in foreign languages on information boards at tourist destinations for foreign visitors. ►Kim Ki-pin / Presenter, Paju City Team “Look around us in Gyeonggi Province. In subways stations, for example, we can see many foreign tourists traveling alone.” Organized in an audition format, each presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session. ►Kim Nam-hyeong / Judge “I would like to know what factors differentiate your project.” ►Go Yong-su / Presenter, Gwangmyeong City Team “We believe that this project will create locations with many possibilities in tourism.” ►The 2nd Creative Idea Audition (September 28) Known as the Creative Idea Audition, this year’s event marked the second occasion of this contest. It features members of the public who, representing their local governments, propose ideas that they hope to have adopted as administrative policies. ►Pocheon City’s Bill Processing Ideas Wins 1st Prize The first prize went to Pocheon City team’s electronic bill payment tem that can replace paper-based billing tems. ►Lee Byeong-hyeon / Member of 1st Prize Winning Team, Pocheon City “I am very pleased that my idea was recognized as potentially beneficial for all autonomous bodies of the nation.” Other ideas featured in these finals included the appointment of managers at seniors’ centers and on-site administrative lawsuit support services. ►Lee Seok-beom / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Policy Planning & Budget Bureau “In these finals, we selected the best ideas from among the winners of 23 local contests. We introduced the contest with the aim of improving administration practices through communication with residents.” The 3rd Creative Idea Audition, which is slated for this December, will focus on the creation of social service jobs for individuals in employment blind spots as well as the promotion of exchanges and public education in preparation for national reunification. Article 7. Gyeonggi Hosts 2017 Korean &Chinese Entrepreneurs’ Forum(170929-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and China, Gyeonggi Province held a Korean and Chinese entrepreneurs’ forum ►Ramada Plaza Suwon (September 25 – 26) Korean & Chinese Entrepreneurs’ Forum This forum, which ran for two days at the Ramada Plaza Suwon Hotel, was organized in to facilitate breakthroughs in deteriorating economic and political relations between the two nations ►Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor in Administrative Affairs Kim Dong-geun “Gyeonggi Province has had active exchanges in various fields with China and has official ties with eight Chinese provinces. We hope that this forum will improve mutual understanding and cooperation. The reception held on the first day of the forum saw the participation of 60 Chinese and Korean entrepreneurs as well as the Chinese ambassador to Korea. ►Chinese Entrepreneurs and Korean Counterparts On the second day of the forum, participants discussed future economic exchanges as well as ways in which to mutually cooperate so as to overcome the current situation in the relationship between the two countries. ►JouWibo / Head of People’s Daily Korea Branch “I think the fact that many people in the private sector, especially those in economic fields, sincerely wish to see exchanges resume between the two countries is very encouraging.” It is hoped that this forum will provide momentum for the normalization of economic relations between Korea and China. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.09.28Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Province Develops Regulation Map [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province published a provincial map of regulations and distributed it to related public offices and the Korean National Assembly so as to promote the reformation of old regulations that are often irrational or excessively stringent. ►Packaging Material Manufacturer, Gwangju City This packaging material manufacturer is experiencing a lack of storage space. However, this company has been unable to expand its warehouse since it is located within a special water source protection area in which any industrial expansion is strictly prohibited. ►Kim Yeong-seon / CEO, Packaging Material Manufacturer “We would still be in difficulties even with support. However, with too many restrictions, we have had to give up hope. It is not the question of money or manpower availabilities.” ►Seoul-Gyeonggi Regions under Heavy Development Restrictions for 35 Years It has been 35 years since complex development regulations were imposed on Seoul and Gyeonggi regions for the sake of balanced national development. These excessive regulations have seriously limited industrial expansion in these areas. ►7 Localities in East Gyeonggi Suffer Most Industries in eastern Gyeonggi Province have been the most seriously affected by such restrictions. Gyeonggi Province’s publication of a regulation map is aimed at spreading awareness of the cumbersome regulations. ►Gyeonggi Province Regulation Map The map was distributed to Korean government offices, the national assembly and related institutes. ►Park Seong-gu / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Regulatory Reform Team “According to our survey of enterprises, investments amounting to KRW 2 trillion and 3,600 new job positions are being hindered by regional regulations.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to pursue regulatory reform through dialogue with the central government and the national assembly. Article 2. Gwangyo to Host Unleashed Dog Playground(170918-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the number of dogs in Korea surpassing ten million and still increasing, Gyeonggi Province announced the establishment of dog playgrounds. In these dog parks, which are safely isolated from surrounding areas, dogs may be unleashed and run freely. ►Dog Playground in Gwangyo Lake Park In this dog playground in Suwon (수원) City, dogs enjoy strolling with their owners or running around happily free of their leashes. ►Lee Seung-yeon / Pet Dog Playground User “We appreciate having this separate space where we can let our dogs run freely without causing discomfort to those who dislike dogs.” In order to use a dog playground, owners are required to register their dogs in advance. ►GTV Reporter GuYeong-seul “Dog playgrounds are safe for local residents since only dogs with implanted chips or 15-digit registration numbers are admitted.” There are currently six dog playgrounds in Gyeonggi Province operated by local governments. ►Free Admission and Use of Equipment There is no admission fee for dog playgrounds, which are divided by fences into sections for different dog sizes, and equipped with water dispensers and play equipment. ►Gyeonggi to Establish 4 Dog Playgrounds Gyeonggi Province plans to establish 4 more dog playgrounds in the province. These facilities also provide bimonthly parasite examination services. ►Kim Seong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Animal Quarantine Division “The dog playground projects serve a dual purpose for those who love dogs and those who don’t.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to establish more dog playgrounds to satisfy the needs of the increasing number of dog owners. Article3. Sewage Treatment Technology Developed in Gyeonggi Using Algae (170918-3) [Anchor’s Headline] A Gyeonggi provincial research institute announced the development of a new sewage treatment technology using algae. Compared to other oxygenation methods, this biological treatment method is environment-friendly, low cost, and generates extra income through the sale of mature algae. Typical sewage treatment tems use oxygen as an active purifying agent. Oxygen is supplied through electric pumps, a process that accounts for a large part of operation costs. ►Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment However, this new method, which was developed at the Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment, uses algae that generate oxygen through photosynthesis. ►Ju Dong-jin / Sewage Treatment Technology Recipient Enterprise “Oxygen generation typically accounts for 40 percent of the total electricity consumption in a sewage treatment plant. By using algae, this can be reduced by approximately half, contributing to operation cost reduction.” In this new tem, 11 kilograms of algae purifies 100 tons of sewage water daily. Mature algae can generate extra income when sold for other purposes. ►Technology Award from Patent Office The Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment received an award from the Korean patent office for this technology. ►Yun Mi-hye / Director, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health & Environment “We will continue to develop environment-friendly technologies and transfer them to private enterprises while contributing to sewage treatment.” Since this low-energy, environment-friendly sewage treatment technology works more effectively in areas with large amounts of sunshine, Gyeonggi Province plans to export the technology to tropical regions. Article4. Wild Animal Incursions into Human Habitation Increase (170919-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Wild animals in Korea are more active during the period from early summer until autumn. Since May this year, there have been 23 percent more incursions by wild animals into human areas than during the same period last year. ►Hong Seong-jo / Yangpyeong County Resident Hong (홍성조) remembers how surprised he was to find a starving eagle-owl in front of his house several days ago. ►Hong Seong-jo / Wild Animal Founder & Reporter “I found it squatting beside the cultivator without moving. When I had someone grab it, it seemed too weak to move…” Recently there have been more wild animal encounters reported in Gyeonggi Province. [CG]The number of wild animals rescued by the Gyeonggi Wild Animal Rescue Center totaled more than 900 this year. [CG]The number of rescued wild animals was approximately half that of last year until April, supposedly due to the effect of bird flu, but now is increasing rapidly. Of these animals, endangered species and natural monuments account for one third. ►MunHyung-jun / Veterinarian, Wild Animal Rescue Center “It is because animal habitats have been reduced. This forces animals to leave their habitats and often suffer accidents.” The total number of wild animals rescued this year is expected to exceed that of last year. At the wild animal rescue center, these animals receive treatment and rehabilitation before being released. Article5. Gyeonggi Hosts International Forum on 4th Industrial Revolution(170920-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 20 and 21, Gyeonggi Province hosted an academic forum on the fourth industrial revolution. During the forum, future technological advancements and their effects on society were demonstrated. ►Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center Virtual reality was one of the fourth industrial revolution technologies featured at the forum through gaming devices and software. Such fourth industrial revolution technologies are already being applied to games, physical examinations and exercise, and even career recommendations. Their application is expanding in a range of areas, changing our lifestyles. ►Kim Ji-su / Bucheon City Resident “The concept of the fourth industrial revolution was difficult for me to grasp. However, I came to realize that these technologies will be essential in our lives five years and ten years from now.” ►‘2017 BIG Forum’ (September 20 & 21) Held in the Creative Economy Innovation Center for a 2-day run, this forum, titled 2017 BIG Forum, was organized jointly by Gyeonggi Province and Seoul National University; it featured Korean scholars as well as others from overseas. ►Use of Big Data for Social Problem Resolution In addition to virtual reality, big data was another primary subject discussed during the forum. Scholars discussed how big data can be used to resolve social issues. ►Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “(At this forum,) you will find that, although the fourth industrial revolution is a inevitability, there must be political and social fundamentals through which it can help people realize happiness.” This forum also featured accompanying programs including programming classes for youths and the matching of enterprises in featured technologies with potential investors. The BIG Forum was held at two venues: the Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center and the Startup Campus. Article6. Gyeonggi Operates Shuttle Buses for Foreign Tourists (170920-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently launched EG Shuttle Bus, a shuttle bus service for foreign tourists that connects Seoul with tourist destinations in the province. ►Herb Island, Pocheon City Herb Island in Pocheon (포천) City is on one of three tour courses served by EG Shuttle Bus. These services were jointly established by Gyeonggi Province and the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization. ►[PiP]Jang Mung Ge / Chinese Tourist “This bus is very convenient since it circulates among several tourist destinations. It’s also economical.” ►3 Tour Courses between Seoul and Gyeonggi The three courses run between Insa-dong (인사동) in Seoul and southwest, northwest and northeast regions of Gyeonggi Province. [CG]The tour locations on Course A include Gwangmyeong (광명) Cave and Suwon Hwaseong (수원화성)Fortress, and Courses B and C include popular spots in other regions. ►Fares: USD 10 for Courses A and B, USD 30 for Course C After trial operations, the EG Shuttle Bus service was opened on routes that were determined to best serve the preferences of foreign tourists based on related data analyses. The fares are USD 10 for Course A and B, and USD 30 for Course C. ►Cha Gwang-hoi / Director, Gyeonggi Province Tourism Division “The number of foreign tourists has decreased since the Chinese ban on Korean tour this past March. We opened the EG Shuttle Bus service to help increase the number of foreign tourists while promoting tour locations.” Based on the results of EG Shuttle Bus operations, Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of tour courses and add buses with larger capacities. Article7. Free On-site Legal Consultation Services Launched in Gyeonggi (170920-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been providing free on-site legal consultation and education services to foreign residents and those unfamiliar with available legal tems. ►Suji Welfare Center for Disabled, Yongin City A Gyeonggi Province legal specialist visits a welfare center in Yongin (용인) City to provide resident social workers and the parents of children with disabilities with education on an adult guardian tem. This tem pertains to the appointment of guardians for adults with developmental disorders who are vulnerable to criminal exploitation. The class was followed by a question-and-answer session about related laws. ►Jeong Yeon-jin / Parent of Child with Developmental Disorder “It is not easy for me to attend an education program like this. Today, we were able to learn a lot from the specialist who visited our center.” ►Free Legal Education & Consultation Services These free legal education and consultation services are provided in all localities of the province to those in legal blind spots including individuals with disabilities, foreign residents and North Korean defectors. ►Park Gyewong-sun / Gyeonggi Province Legal Service Team Official “There are a large number of individuals in legal blind spots in Gyeonggi Province. We are providing on-site legal education and consultation services so as to illuminate such blind spots.” ►Free On-site Legal Education, Consultation and Support This year alone, Gyeonggi Province conducted legal education in 11 localities, including 300 legal consultation sessions, and litigation support in 160 cases. Gyeonggi Province will expand free legal services to protect the rights of residents who lack familiarity with legal tems. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2017.09.19Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week Article1. Gyeonggi Governor Attends 100th ‘Meet Governor’ (170911-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province’s ‘Meet the Governor’ program recently saw its 100th session. Introduced three years ago by Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필), this program has helped resolve more than 60 percent of the issues raised during the meetings. ►Yang Yeong-hun/ Gapyeong County Resident After his talk about the necessity for ordinances for food truck operations with Governor Nam at a ‘Meet the Governor’ session, Yang (양영훈) became a food truck operator. ►Yang Yeong-hun / Food Truck Operator “After the meeting with the governor, I was referred to the county mayor. When the ordinances were enacted, I was able to become one of the first food truck operators. I am grateful for that.” When faulty construction at an apartment complex in the province became an issue, ‘Meet the Governor’ was the channel through which requests for provincial inspections were made. This led to Gyeonggi Province’s initiative for the enactment of laws that prevent such practices. ‘Meet the Governor’ has been held at Public Service Offices in the cities of Suwon (수원) and Uijeongbu (의정부) on a weekly basis. ►Gyeonggi Province Public Service Office(September 8) 100th ‘Meet the Governor’ Over the past three years, ‘Meet the Governor’ has covered a wide range of issues. ►Kim Jae-jung / Gyeonggi Province Public Service Office User “It is an excellent program since it gives residents opportunities to talk about their complaints directly with the governor and to have their issues handled more actively.” [CG] To date, of a total of 488 complaints have been raised at ‘Meet the Governor’ sessions, and nearly sixty percent have been resolved. Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the areal coverage of the ‘Meet the Governor’ program. ►Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “People might have thought that my decision to meet residents on a regular basis would not last long. However, it has now reached a hundredth occasion. It will keep going.” Governor Nam’s regular meetings with residents has helped identify and resolve a large number of problems in the province Article 2. Gyeonggi Releases KRW 20 Billion for SME Financing during Chuseok(170911-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the release of KRW 20 billion in special funds to help SMEs that face operational difficulties during the Chuseok holidays, a period when seasonal expenditures increase. ►Gift Manufacturing Enterprise, Suwon City Although this is a high production season for gift manufacturers, this company is experiencing financial difficulties due to excessive payables for purchased materials that have increased three-fold over the previous month. Creditors are demanding payments before Chuseok. ►Choi Min-ki / CEO, Gift Item Manufacturing Enterprise “Whenever big traditional holidays approach, there is a high financial risk due to increased expenditures. It is near impossible to borrow money since everyone is in a similar situation.” A large number of SMEs experience financial difficulties when Chuseok approaches. ►Gyeonggi to Release KRW 20 Billion as Financial Support for SMEs These special funds will be provided to such enterprises as operational financing support. Each benefiting enterprise will be provided with a short-term loan of up to KRW 500 million at low interest. ►Woo Byeong-bae / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Policy Funds Team “This loan will provide a great relief since it is available to enterprises that have exhausted other loan channels.” Last year, 65 enterprises benefited from Gyeonggi Province’s special Chuseok financing support. ►Applications: http://g-money.gg.go.kr/ Applications for Chuseok financing support are being received at Gyeonggi Credit Guarantee Foundation offices as well as via the SME Promotion Fund website until the end of October. Article 3. Autonomous Vehicle Operations to Begin in December(170912-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In December, Gyeonggi Province will see Korea’s first autonomous vehicle operations in the form of a 12-person shuttle bus. Based at Pangyo (판교) Station, this bus will run a 5.6-kilometer route through an urban center of Seongnam (성남) City, carrying passengers without a driver. ►Korea Transportation Authority A GTV reporter rode an autonomous vehicle during a test run. ►GTV Reporter GuYeong-seul “The vehicle I am riding now is a self-driving vehicle. I am in the driver’s seat, but can use my both hands doing other work while the car moves autonomously. An autonomous vehicle automatically changes lanes and alters direction when the driver touches a turn button. While the car is moving, the driver does not need to use the steering wheel or pedals. ►Autonomous Shuttle Bus to Begin Operations in Pangyo in December The autonomous shuttle bus is slated to start transportation services between Pangyo (판교) Station and Pangyo (판교) Zero City in three months. ►Lee Jong-don / Director, Gyeonggi Province Industrial Policy Division “An autonomous shuttle bus will operate between Pangyo Station and Pangyo Zero City. Its operation will serve as a model for future urban transportation tems.” The autonomous shuttle bus will operate on a trial basis. Its operation will be controlled semi-automatically through traffic monitoring from the control center. ►World’s Largest Experimental Autonomous Vehicle City Slated for Next Year With the primary operation of autonomous vehicle tems in Pangyo (판교) this year, the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport plans to develop the world’s largest experimental autonomous vehicle city next year. In this city, self-driving vehicle tems will be tested in various operation environments for future improvements. ► [PiP] Min Gyeong-chan / Research Official, Korea Transportation Authority “With autonomous driving vehicle tem technologies being developed actively, we expect that the commercialization of self-driving cars will be realized by the year 2020.” By the year 2020, Gyeonggi Province will see the first autonomous driving vehicle transportation tems in Korea. Article 4. Gyeonggi Pursues Prevention of Faulty Apartment Construction Practices (170912-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Following widely reported conflicts between the occupants of an apartment complex in Hwaseong (화성) City and its constructor over construction quality, Gyeonggi Province initiated legislation to prevent faulty construction practices. ►Booyoung Apartment Complex, Hwaseong City Less than a year after the completion of this new apartment complex, dozens of complaints about building defects were lodged with the constructor by residents. However, the constructor failed to address the defects. ►Gyeonggi Pursues Legislation against Faulty Apartment Construction Gyeonggi Province’s pursuit of legislation is aimed at preventing such irresponsible construction practices. ►Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “When constructors lose public confidence, it puts the advance housing sale tem in jeopardy. Irresponsible construction practices threaten the quality of life and happiness of the people.” In order to protect the public from such malpractice, Gyeonggi Province proposed the amendment of a related lawto the central government that would prohibit advanced housing sales by irresponsible constructors so that construction quality is ensured before payment. The proposal has received positive responses from the central government as well as from the public. ►Kim Eun-ji (Alias) / Future Occupant of New Booyoung Apartment “We sincerely hope that many people will support this law so that its enactment will be realized and faulty contraction practices will be eliminated.” Gyeonggi Province has already finished special inspections of the ten apartment complexes that were built by this constructor and identified defects including water leakage in underground parking lots. ►Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “The chairman of the board of Booyoung Construction must publicly apologize. Then fundamental solutions must be sought.” This new law is already known as the Booyoung Law for the name of the company that constructed the defect-ridden apartment complex in Hwaseong (화성) City. Article 5. 322nd Gyeonggi Provincial AssemblyExtraordinary Session Ends(170913-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On September 12, the 322nd extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended its 15-day run. The primary agenda of this session was the deliberation of the budget for a youth employment project. ►Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (September 12) 4th General Meeting of 322ndExtraordinary Session This project consists of three sub-projects for youth employment that connect youths with positions in small and medium-sized enterprises. The budget for this project - titled Working Youth Series Project –is included in this year’s second revised supplementary budget for the province. ►Working Youth Series Projects Launch in January 2018 The project series will be implemented from January next year. ►Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will develop detailed programs in cooperation with the provincial assembly in order to ensure that the three sub-projects will be implemented from January 1 next year as scheduled.” The second revised supplementary budget amounts to KRW 19.4 trillion. Among the items discussed during the extraordinary session, an agreement on the semi-public operation of intercity buses was deferred to the next session. ►75 Items Passed during 4th General Meeting This extraordinary session saw the passage of 75 items on the final day. The general meeting was followed by 5-minute speeches by assembly members on various issues. ►Cho Jae-wook / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I ask the administration to develop practical regulatory reformation policies to relieve residents in source water protection areas from excessive regional regulations.” ►Cho Seung-hyeon / Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I ask to for the continuous attention and cooperation of the governor for the establishment of indoor gymnasiums in schools by securing related budgets.” The next extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly is slated to begin on October 17 for an 8-day run. Article 6.Local Autonomy Project Contest Held in Gyeonggi Province (170913-2) [Anchor’s Headline]Since 2014, Gyeonggi Province has been holding an annual local autonomy project contest with positive results. Winning projects have been granted support totaling KRW 40 billion annually. Some have already shown substantial progress. ►Chulleong Bridge in Gamak Mountain, Paju City This recently completed swaying bridge on a mountain in Paju (파주) City was one such contest-winning project. Spanning 150 meters between ridges over the valley, this bridge has already become a popular destination among local residents who enjoy crossing this swaying bridge. ►Cho In-mi, GwakJeong-ja / Visitor from Seoul “It was scary but fun at the same. My friends enjoyed it and had great fun, too.” This bridge project won fourth prize in the local autonomy project contest held in 2014. Within just one year of its opening, it has become a regular tourist destination in Paju (파주) City and attracted 750,000 visitors to date. ►Gwangmyeong Café, Gwangmyeong City Gwangmyeong (광명) Cave in Gwangmyeong (광명) City won KRW 10 billion won in the contest; it has also became a popular tourist destination, attracting 1.2 million visitors annually. ►Yun Yang-hyeong / Director General, Gwangmyeong City Citizens’ Happiness Bureau “Gwangmyeong Cave was included among 100 tourist destinations selected by the Korean government. We will develop diverse contents to promote the cave as a tourist destination of international caliber.” The Hwaseong (화성) City project that transformed a former US military firing range into a baseball ground for youths was also realized through the contest. To date, 32 local projects have succeeded in the contest and received provincial support totaling KRW 164 billion. ►Kim Seon-hwa / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Administration Budget Team “Local governments may have difficulties realizing large projects. This contest contributes to the local economy and job creation…” Titled Next Gyeonggi Creative Audition, this local autonomy project contest is helping local governments realize projects that would otherwise have been impossible due to financial limitations. Article 7. Fake Tea Producer Uncovered in Gyeonggi Province (170913-3) [Anchor’s Headline] A tea company that sold fake tea products made from hazardous materials was uncovered in Gyeonggi Province. This company used industrial materials that can cause damage to membranes in the human digestive tract to produce fake tea products, and deceptively sold them to housewives and seniors. ►Food Company, Anyang City In a food company in Anyang (안양) City, officers from the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police find large quantities of empty bottles as well as sacks of silicate that is used for industrial purposes. ►Industrial-purpose Silicate Used to Make Fake Tea This company mixed silicate with liquid tea to make fake tea products and sold them to unsuspecting consumers, touting health benefits. ►Kim Jong-gu / Super Intendent, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police “This is a case in which the offender created fake tea using industrial silicate and sold the product as a cure-all.” ►Illegally Gained Profit of KRW 330 Million This company sold the products primarily to housewives and seniors, claiming the tea was a panacea. ►Strong Alkalinity with Health Risks According to the National Forensic Service, which performed tests, the tea products–instead of being a panacea – could cause membrane burns as well as diarrhea and stomach pains. The judicial police arrested six individuals including the president of the company and sent them to criminal prosecution for violation of the Food Hygiene Act. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.