EnglishNews | 2019.04.19Greetings, 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. 1. Gyeonggi Pursues Deregulation of Personal Transporter Use (190408-1) With the use of self-balancing personal transporters, such as powered kickboards and unicycles, increasing in Korea, Gyeonggi Province has begun the mitigation of restrictions on the use of these convenient, environment-friendly, one-person transportation devices. ► Electric Kickboard Loaner, Suwon City These personal transporters, such as those found at this rental shop, are popular among park-goers and commuters since they can run at speeds of up to 25 kilometers per hour without generating emissions and do not require parking spaces. However, using these devices can be dangerous since, under current regulations, they are allowed only on streets. ► Shin Byeong-cheon, Electric Kickboard Loaner “There are too many restrictions. Users are frequently stopped and told it is dangerous to ride them on streets, on pedestrian paths, and on bicycle roads. Then where can they ride them? I don’t know.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 4) Announcement of ‘Regulation Sandbox’ Application Plan for Self-balancing Personal Transporters Gyeonggi’s action began with its plan to provide self-balancing personal transporter businesses with support in their ‘regulation sandbox’ application to the central government. ► ‘Regulation Sandbox’ - Temporary Deregulation Aimed at New Technology/Service Promotion In Korea, ‘Regulation Sandbox’ refers to the temporary suspension of regulatory enforcement with the aim of enabling new technology and service development such as in ICT fields. Gyeonggi Province also plans to select participating businesses and bicycle roads by July for the trial implementation of expanded personal transporter riding ranges. ► An Dong-gwang, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Policy Planning & Budget Bureau “When the ‘Regulation Sandbox’ is granted, the improvement of personal mobility will be realized while related businesses are promoted in areas with limited transportation service availability.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to provide businesses in other fields, primarily startups and ventures, with ‘Regulatory Sandbox’ application assistance including consultation and financial support to help them with complicated application procedures. 2. Gyeonggi Resumes Cash Rewards for Fire Exit Regulation Violation Reports (190408-2) Last month, Gyeonggi Province began offering cash rewards for fire exit regulation violation reports, and received more than 200 reports during the first month. Two years ago, a sports center fire that occurred in a neighboring province claimed 29 lives primarily due to fire exit failure. ► Residential-Commercial Building, Ansan City In this building, fire officials find that all fire exits, which are intended to prevent the spread of fire, are being kept open while staircases and passages leading to them are blocked by household items. ► GTV Reporter Han Seon-ji “The passage to that emergency exit is half its normal width. It is restricted by shoe racks on both sides and is further blocked by other objects, while the exit door itself is so rusty that it cannot function properly.” According to the building manager, this building has long been in such a state. ► Building Manager (Voice Modulated) “When I asked (the residents) to clear the passages, they responded that it’s the way it always has been.” On the day of this investigation, however, violators were excused due to difficulties identifying them. Instead, a provisional correction order was issued to the building manager. ► Lee Dae-hui, Fire Sergeant, Ansan Fire Station “Since we were unable to identify violators or receive responses to house calls on our first visit, we simply issued warnings through the building manager. We plan to impose penalties on our next visit.” ► Study Room Rental House, Uiwang City In an investigation of a study room rental house in another city, emergency evacuation routes and fire equipment were found to be in good condition, but the fire exit was blocked by a large trash bin. ► Sports Center Fire in Jecheon in 2017 Despite the lessons learned from the sports center fire of two years ago, the same violations are still commonplace. ► Cash Rewards for Fire Exit Regulation Violation Reports Resumes after 8 Years Gyeonggi Province’s cash reward policy for fire exit violation reports has been resumed eight years after such rewards were replaced with prize items to avoid occupational reporting. ► Choi Mun-seok, Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Fire & Disaster Headquarters Special Investigation Team “… in order to encourage reporting among members of the public by paying rewards in cash instead of with prize items, which offer little satisfaction, and ultimately to create a safe Gyeonggi Province …” During the first month after resumption of cash rewards, as many as 279 reports were received, more than over the past three years. Reports with visual evidence can be submitted online to local fire offices. Cash rewards of KRW 50,000 will be paid for each confirmed violation case. Gyeonggi Province will adjust the reward policy as necessary in order to avoid abuse. 3. Gyeonggi Intensifies Regulations on Meetings with Retired Officials (190409-2) From the end of this month, Gyeonggi Province will implement stricter regulations on active officials meeting with retired officials so as to prevent possible corruption. Any such meeting will require prior notice if it is for official purposes, while meetings for entertainment will be prohibited. ► Prior Notice Required for Meetings with Retired Officials When prior notice is required, it must be filed with the governor or a related audit office. Violators will be subject to heavy punishments. ► Meetings for Entertainment Prohibited Meetings for entertainment, such as golfing, travel, gambling and other adult activities, are prohibited unless they are unofficial meetings such as school reunions or private club meetings. Retired officials include former officials in related fields who retired less than two years ago. ► Kim Jong-gu, Director, Gyeonggi Province Investigation Office “We expect that the observance of the compulsory prior notice of such meetings will help us create fairer and more transparent public offices.” Although such requirements are already included in the conduct code for officials, Gyeonggi Province has made them compulsory. ► New Regulations Enter Effect from End of April These new regulations for officials will be implemented later this month. In addition, the conduct code was also revised to include guidelines to help eradicate patronizing attitudes among officials toward civilians and sub-organizations. 4. Gyeonggi Governor Promotes Regional Vouchers at Traditional Market (190410-1) On April 10, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) paid a surprise visit to a traditional market in Suwon (수원) City to promote the use of Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers. He was accompanied by movie actor and regional voucher promotion ambassador Kim Min-gyo (김민교). ► Suwon Nammun Market (April 10) During this visit, Governor Lee and Kim toured the market together while shopping with regional vouchers. ► Kim Min-gyo, Gyeonggi Regional Voucher Promotion Ambassador “Can I use the vouchers at any shop other than those affiliated?” ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Yes, at any shop that receives credit cards.” ► Kim Min-gyo, Gyeonggi Regional Voucher Promotion Ambassador “That is really convenient.” Governor Lee did not miss the chance to promote the regional vouchers, introducing the vouchers to other shoppers while waiting in line at shops including a donut shop and a ceramic shop. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “With a 6 percent discount on the price of KRW 19,000, I can save almost KRW 2,000 …” Gyeonggi Regional Voucher issuance began this month. ► 6% Discount, 30% Tax Exemption Benefit on Purchases Using Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers Available for use at local traditional markets and backstreet shops, the regional vouchers have a consumption promotion effect since their users are provided with a 6 percent discount as well as a 30 percent tax emption benefit on each purchase. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I am very pleased to see first hand that small businesses and backstreet shops enjoy substantial benefits. The regional vouchers are beneficial for both shops and shoppers …” Governor Lee’s visit was organized to help promote the local economy through the use of regional vouchers. ► Heo Yeong-nam, Suwon Nammun Market Merchant “At first, we had more customers than you see now. We hope that more people become aware of the regional vouchers and their benefits and come to traditional markets to shop.” The Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers can be purchased at designated Nonghyeop (농협) Bank branches as well as through a mobile application. This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to issue a total of approximately KRW 500 billion in regional vouchers. 5. First Gyeonggi Youth Basic Income Payments to Begin in April (0409) This month, Gyeonggi Province will begin receiving applications for the Youth Basic Income payment. All youths 24 years of age who have lived in the province for more than 3 years are entitled to this new welfare benefit. ► Bae Jae-ho (Aged 24), Suwon City Resident Qualifying youths will receive payments of up to KRW 1 million in regional vouchers annually. ► Bae Jae-ho, Qualifying Suwon City Resident “I work part-time. However, working is difficult for me physically as well as time-wise. I think this is a great policy that helps me a lot.” The Youth Basic Income is one of Gyeonggi Province’s core youth policies. ► Anyone Aged 24 to Receive Payments Unconditionally All Gyeonggi residents born between January 2 of 1994 and January 1 of 1995 who have lived in the province for more than 3 years are entitled to the payment unconditionally. ► Applications: Gyeonggi Online Job Platform (apply.jobaba.net) Applications are being received via Gyeonggi Province’s online job platform, Jobaba (잡아바), until April 30. ► Quarterly Payments of KRW 250,000 Payments will be made in regional vouchers on a quarterly basis from April 20 in amounts of KRW 250,000 for a total of KRW 1 million annually. ► Regional Vouchers Usable at Small Businesses The regional vouchers, as cards or a mobile app, can be used in traditional markets and backstreet shops. ► Mun Yeong-geun, Director, Gyeonggi Province Youth Welfare Division “We expect that Youth Basic Income payments will help youths in their self-development and career selection as well as in social activities and participation.” This year, more than 175,000 Gyeonggi youths who are 24 years of age and also in a transition period from education to employment will benefit from the Gyeonggi Youth Basic Income payments. 6. Gyeonggi to Promote Production and Consumption of Domestic Rice Breeds (0410) The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, or GARES, recently announced its plan to increase the cultivation rates of domestic rice breeds from the current 36 percent to 51 percent by the year 2021. The total rice cultivation area in Gyeonggi Province exceeds 78,000 hectares. ► 64% of Gyeonggi Rice is of Foreign Breeds Foreign breeds, primarily Japanese, account for 64 percent of the rice grown in the province Although they are inferior to domestic breeds in blight resistance and taste, this ratio has been maintained since the 1980s when the central government introduced foreign breeds to increase rice production. ► Gyeonggi Began Rice Breed Development in 2003 Since 2003, this Gyeonggi institute has been developing new rice breeds, a Dream series. These breeds are more productive since they are more resistant to insects and diseases while offering better textures and tastes. ► Shin Hun-beom, Charm Dream Rice Farmer “(The Charm Dream rice breed) features high productivity of well-defined grains. As a rice farmer with more than 30 years of experience, it’s a breed that I would recommend.” ► GARES Announces Domestic Rice Breeds Promotion Policies (April 9) The GARES announcement of domestic rice breed promotion policies was made at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex on April 9. ► Gyeonggi to Expand New Rice Breed Cultivation Areas to 8,500 hectares by 2021 The announced policies also include a 10 percent increase in cultivation areas of Gyeonggi breeds to 8,500 hectares by 2021. ► Kim Seok-cheol, Director, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services “We are ready to introduce new domestic rice breeds with high quality and productivity that can replace foreign breeds. We will protect ownership of the domestic breeds. We believe that the promotion of our breeds is absolutely necessary.” ► Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services (April 9) GARES Secures Agreement from Related Organizations for Gyeonggi Rice Breeds Promotion In order to form a tematic cooperation network from seed production and supply to rice purchasing and distribution, GARES secured agreements with related organizations. While GARES will continue to undertake breed development and cultivation education, the Foundation for Agricultural Technology Commercialization and Transfer will produce and supply seeds, the Gyeonggi Rice Research Institute will oversee production, and the Gyeonggi Regional Agricultural Cooperative will operate rice purchasing, processing and distribution networks. 7. Gyeonggi to Launch Lease Deposit Financing Support Program (0411) From next month, Gyeonggi Province will provide low-income families who face lease deposit-based housing difficulties due to low credit ratings with financing of up to KRW 45 million. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 10) Cooperation Agreement on Lease Deposit and Interest Support for Low-Income Families Through an agreement with the Korea Housing Finance Corporation and NH Nonghyeop (농협) Bank, Gyeonggi Province will begin providing families in low-income brackets with lease deposit loans from May. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “This program aims to help those in difficult financial situations to secure housing stability. We will continue to expand this support program to enable more residents to benefit…” [CG] Compared to annual costs of nearly KRW 1.4 million that include a 3 percent interest rate and guarantee fees when financed by commercial banks, costs will be reduced to only KRW 450,000 for Gyeonggi’s lease deposit loan. This equates to financing cost savings of up to 67.2%. ► Lee Jeong-hwan, President, Korea Housing Finance Corporation “This heart-warming policy by Gyeonggi Province will benefit Gyeonggi residents while helping us to realize social justice as a public corporation.” ► Gwon Jun-hak, Director, NH Nonghyeop Bank Gyeonggi Headquarters “As a regional financing corporation, NH Nonghyeop Bank will do its utmost to help promote the local economy; we will fulfill our role as a bank for local residents and the working class” The subjects of support will include any family with little or no income including National Basic Livelihood Benefit recipients. ► Application → Recommendation by Gyeonggi → Financial Guarantee → Loan Grant Applications can be submitted at a local resident center for initial review by Gyeonggi Province. Upon recommendation by the province, a financial guarantee will be issued followed by the grant of a loan for up to 10 years. Approximately 10,000 households are expected to benefit from this program by the year 2022. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.04.12Greetings, 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. 1. Ambulance Fraud Uncovered in Gyeonggi (190401-2) A company that supplied remodeled ambulances with operation facilities to general hospitals in Gyeonggi Province was apprehended for tax evasion. This company was found to have faked the vehicle prices it reported to the tax office on behalf of hospitals. Operated by 35 disaster-response hospitals in Korea, these special ambulances are used in the event of disasters such as earthquakes or large fires. There are seven such ambulances being operated in Gyeonggi Province. ► Taxes Dodged through Special Ambulance Price Fraud This company has been manufacturing these ambulances by remodeling trucks. It then sold them to hospitals and filed tax reports on behalf of the hospitals. In these reports, the company was found to have indicated false prices to reduce procurement taxes for the hospitals and misappropriated much of the illegal gains. ► Lee Ui-hwan, Director, Gyeonggi Province Tax Justice Division "We found that this company filed documents with false prices and paid greatly reduced amounts of procurement tax. This company took advantage of acting on behalf of hospitals in tax reports for ambulance purchases…” Of sales to seven hospitals that utilize such ambulances, such fraud was discovered in sales to three. This company was sent to prosecution while the three hospitals had to pay the additional taxes due. Similar fraud cases are also being investigated in the province. 2. Gyeonggi Launches Multicultural Communication & Mediation Committee (190402-1) With the multicultural population nearing two million in Korea, the number of conflicts between Koreans and multicultural families is also increasing. To address such conflicts, Gyeonggi Province established the Multicultural Communication & Mediation Committee. ► Wongok-dong, Ansan City This neighborhood in Ansan (안산) City is densely populated by multicultural residents, accounting for approximately 70 percent of the local population. This area also sees frequent friction between native and foreign residents in cases such as those regarding trash disposal. ► Kim Han-rae / Korean Resident “To us, it is illegal dumping. However, for others from some foreign countries, it is their everyday lfe since their waste disposal tems are different from our volume rate tem…” There are also those who play mahjong and cards in parks. Resident complaints stemming from cultural differences frequently lead to conflicts among residents. ► Multicultural Communication & Mediation Committee Consisting of 15 specialists in the fields of multiculturalism and human rights, Gyeonggi Province’s Multicultural Communication & Mediation Committee, the first of its kind in Korea, aims to resolve such conflicts through communication and dialogue. ► Kim Deok-seon, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Foreigner Support Team “Since the committee members have wide field experience, they should be able to help resolve local conflicts.” Home to more than 600,000 foreign residents, the largest number in Korea, Gyeonggi is endeavoring to create a province in which native and foreign residents can live harmoniously as friendly neighbors. 3. Gyeonggi to Expand Operating Room CCTV Systems (0402) This year, Gyeonggi Province will expand the installation of operating room CCTV tems to all remaining provincial medical center hospitals in addition to the tem already installed in Anseong (안성) Hospital. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center - Anseong Hospital Last October, for the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province installed a CCTV tem at Anseong (안성) Hospital so as to prevent human rights violations and misconduct in operating rooms. ► Kim Ok-seong, Former Anseong Hospital Patient “(With the CCTV tem,) I didn’t have to worry anything other than the operation itself. I received the operation in a comfortable state.” CCTV monitoring occurs only with the consent of both the medical staff and the patient. ► Patient Consent Rate Increases from 53% to 63% Since its introduction in October last year, the patient consent rate has increased from 53 percent to 63 percent. ► Choi Jae-wung, M.D., Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center - Anseong Hospital “Patient trust in medical staff has increased while attitudes among medical staff are improving.” ► Operating Room CCTV Systems to Be Operated at All 6 Gyeonggi Medical Center Hospitals The operating room CCTV tems will be installed at the five remaining Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center hospitals beginning from May. ► Jeong Il-yong, Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center “I think the operating room CCTV operation was successful in preventing misconduct and gaining public trust. I hope that this tem will be installed in all operating rooms in the nation…” ► Gyeonggi to Promote Nationwide Installation of Operating CCTV System Gyeonggi Province proposed a Medical Service Act amendment to the Ministry of Health & Welfare for compulsory installation of operating room CCTV tems at 1,818 large hospitals in the nation. 4. Anseong’s April 1 Independence Movement Reenacted on Centennial (0403) During the Japanese occupation, a large public independence movement, an independence proclamation led by farmers, took place in Anseong (안성) City. In commemoration of its centennial, a reenactment took place in the city. ► Manse Hill, Anseong City This street in Anseong (안성) City, where the movement took place, was once again filled with citizens and national flags. [Sync] “Long Live Independent Korea!” The citizens paraded along the street while proclaiming an independent Korea, shouting “Manse! (만세!)” just as they did a hundred years ago. ► Anseong Residents’ Manse Proclamation Took Place on April 1 and 2, 1919 The independence proclamation movement in Anseong (안성) City lasted for two days from April 1 to 2 of 1919. ► Independent Korea Proclamation Led by Farmers During the two days, farmers seized local police stations and government offices as well as post offices. ► Jang Su-bin & Shim Su-hyeon, 1st Graders, Gyeonggi Creative High School “There were quite a few fighters for independence in Anseong (안성) City. We hope that they receive the recognition they deserve from the public.” ► 127 Perished During and After Independence Movement During and after the movement, 127 residents perished under Japanese suppression of the city, the largest such number in Korea. ► One of 3 Largest Public Independence Movement Site Anseong (안성) City is one of the three largest public independence sites in Korea, with the other two being located in North Korea. ► Anseong City Mayor Wu Seok-jae “With events like this, we take pride in our city and hope to inspire inter-Korean exchanges.” The centennial event of the public independence movement in Anseong City saw the participation of more than 3,000 residents. 5. Renowned Philosopher Talks about Independence Fighter, Yeo Wun-hyeong (0404) On March 27, in a public event known as a talk concert, Kim Yong-ok (김용옥), a renowned Korean philosopher, presented the life of Yeo Wun-hyeong (여운형), an independence fighter from Gyeonggi. ► Gyeonggi Arts Center (March 27) Talk Concert about Yeon Wun-hyeong, We Have Been Too Ignorant, by Kim Yong-ok This event took place at the Gyeonggi Arts Center on Gyeonggi Culture Day as an independence memorial event. ► Kim Yong-ok, Philosopher, Talk Concert Presenter “The March 1 Independence Movement took the form of a public proclamation of ‘Manse’. Yeo Wun-hyeong was the person behind it.” ► Yeon Wun-hyeong, the Leading Surveillance Subject during Japanese Occupation Yeo was the leading surveillance subject during the Japanese occupation. ► Yeo Led National Establishment Preparation through Group Activities Despite constant surveillance and suppression by the occupying Japanese, Yeo secretly led the formation of independence movement groups and assumed the National Establishment Preparation Committee Chairperson’s position. The talk concert was followed by performances featuring Korean traditional music instruments. [Sync] Auld Lang Syne The stage was designed to reflect Korea’s modern history. ► March 1 Independence Movement Centennial Talk Concert, Gyeonggi Arts Center This event was organized by the Gyeonggi Arts Center as a March 1 Independence Movement centennial event. Admission to the event was free. ► Kim Yong-ok, Philosopher, Talk Concert Presenter “Under the current situation in which the unity of the left and right as well as inter-Korean peace are our challenges, revisiting the life of Yeo will help brighten our future.” The Gyeonggi Arts Center will continue to hold independence memorial events such as musicals to commemorate the centennial of this movement. 6. Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly’s 334th Extraordinary Session Ends (190404-1) On April 4, the 334th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended with its fourth general meeting that saw the passage of 80 items including ordinance drafts for worker health and environment-friendly vehicles. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (April 4) 4th General Meeting of 334th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session The ordinance draft for worker health pertains to the establishment and operation of a health management center and a health management support team for workers in the province. ► Lee Ae-yeong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The purpose of this ordinance is to improve the health of workers in the province through health management…” The ordinance draft for the expansion of environment-friendly vehicle support facilities was also passed during the general meeting. ► Kim Tae-hyeong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “This ordinance pertains to the establishment of an administrative and financial basis for the promotion of environment-friendly vehicle utilization. We consider it timely for air quality improvement…” The passage of 80 items was followed by 5-minute speeches by members of the provincial assembly. ► Kim Yoeng-jun, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I urge the administration to enable the Unification Wish Center to serve as a catalyst for the realization of inter-Korean exchanges and a North Korea-US summit, both of which are currently delayed.” ► Hwang Su-yeong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I propose that Gyeonggi Province establish new Gyeonggi Business Centers in Beijing and Vladivostok where North Korea dispatches many business and labor personnel.” The next extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly is slated for a 15-day run from May 14 to 28, during which it will review a number of items including revised supplementary budget plans. 7. Gyeonggi Holds Joint Social Overhead Capital Project Forum (190405-1) With Gyeonggi Province announcing the promotion of life-related social overhead capital projects, a forum jointly organized by the provincial administration and provincial assembly took place during which both authorities sought to orient the focus of the projects. ► Baekui-2Ri, Yeoncheon County This village in Yeoncheon (연천) County in northern Gyeonggi Province has been suffering after the departure of the US military from the area. ► Gyeonggi Pursues Hotel Construction Utilizing Empty Houses In this village, Gyeonggi Province plans to construct a large hotel utilizing vacated spaces. ► SOC Projects for Livelihood Improvement and Job Creation Utilizing this guest house and nearby gold-panning sites for tourism, Gyeonggi Province plans to help increase local resident income while creating dynamic living environments and new jobs. The entire initiative is referred to as ‘Gyeonggi life-related social overhead capital projects’. ► Jeong Tae-wuk, Resident Leader, Baekui-2Ri, Yeoncheon County “This is a village of poor people. However, we look forward to seeing the day when we live happily through the development of our village and an increase in our income.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (April 4) Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Joint Life-Related SOC Forum Held in tandem with the central government’s 3-Year Life-related SOC Plan, this forum saw the participation of more than 150 assembly members and administration officials as well as social overhead capital specialists. ► Kim Gwang-ho, Gimpo Urban Development Corporation Project Planning Team Manager “The life-related SOC projects are about welfare and facilities that can be utilized by all people without geological disadvantages.” ► Huh Hyeon-tae, Director, Suwon City Urban Regeneration Center “I believe that the way in which the projects, which must be implemented locally, are controlled by the central administration, which has the money and implements the projects through contracts with local administrations, must be changed now.” The attendees unanimously agreed on the selection of projects that best reflect local characteristics. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administration Affairs Lee Hwa-sun “We will develop detailed plans before implementation, taking your opinions into account.” ► Gyeonggi to Establish Life-related SOC Team Gyeonggi Province will establish a life-related SOC team led by the Vice Governor for Administration Affairs to oversee its 3-year initiative and secure national subsidies while pursuing multifaceted efforts to realize plans such as central government project participation, project identification and surveys. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.04.05Greetings, 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. 1.Gyeonggi Promotes Forestation at Industrial Sites (190327-1) Initiated by Gyeonggi Province, industrial enterprises in the province joined in the forestation of their production sites so as to help reduce atmospheric microdust. Participating enterprises agreed to plant trees within their green areas to improve the natural absorption of aerial contaminants. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 26) 120 Join Gyeonggi’s ‘Industry Forestation’ Program This agreement was signed at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex in Suwon City on March 26 with the representatives of 120 participating enterprises attending. ► Hwang Ho-song, Environment Team Manager, Samsung Electronics Giheung Plant “We will create green spaces and terraces that can also be used for resting and coffee breaks.” ► Lee Jun-yeong, Environment Safety Team Manager, Kia Motors Hwaseong Plant “We plan to develop a 150-meter promenade that can be used by our employees as well as local residents…” More than 31,000 trees will be planted this year by the 120 enterprises that joined the provincial industry forestation program. ► Gyeonggi to Promote Participation in Industry Forestation by All Industrial Enterprises by 2021 Through promotional efforts, Gyeonggi Province targets the planting of 210,000 air-purifying trees, such as pine trees, at all industrial locations in the province by the year 2021. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “By planting trees even in small areas, we hope to improve environmental issues including microdust…” This industrial area tree-planting program is expected to reduce microdust by 7,400 kilograms annually. An estimated total of 1,243 tons of microdust is being emitted from industrial sites in Gyeonggi Province each year. 2.Gyeonggi to Provide 250,000+ Households with Housing Support (190327-1) Gyeonggi Province recently announced its comprehensive housing plans for this year. These plans include the supply of public rental housing units as well as housing cost support for more than 200,000 households. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 26) Announcement of 2019 Housing Plans A total of approximately 255,000 households will benefit from Gyeonggi provincial housing support plans, which primarily focus on the stabilization of housing supply. ► Lee Jong-su, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “We will expand housing policies through increases in public rental housing supply and housing cost support so as to guarantee the housing rights of residents and to strengthen housing support for working-class residents.” ► Public Rental Housing Supply and Housing Cost Support This year, Gyeonggi Province will supply 21,000 public rental housing units. For housing cost support, the province will provide monthly rental support of approximately KRW 130,000 on average to 213,000 households. It will also provide up to KRW 10,260,000 in housing improvement support to 1,000 households. ► Ku Yang-hui, Suwon City Resident “I hope that more rental housing units are supplied to enable more people to live in improved living environments.” This year, the housing policies of Gyeonggi Province also include the expansion of housing finance. ► Rental Housing Deposit Support for New Tenants Rental housing deposit support of up to KRW 2 million will be made available to 2,330 new rental housing tenants. ► Lease Deposit Support for Lease Deposit-based Rental Housing Tenants In addition, lease deposit financing of up to KRW 100 million as well as interest support will be provided to lease deposit-based rental housing tenants in low-income brackets. Gyeonggi Province will establish the Housing Welfare Center next month to oversee the implementation of these housing support plans. 3.Gyeonggi Holds Regional Forums on Basic Income Policies (0325) Gyeonggi Province recently held regional public forums to promote its basic income policies. Basic income refers to income guaranteed for everyone regardless of what they have or their employment status; it aims to eliminate social problems that stem from income imbalances among individuals. ► Ansan City Hall (March 21) Regional Public Forum on Basic Income Held in a circuit of seven western provincial regions, these public forums also aimed to establish regional consensus on the basic income concept. Each event saw the introduction of the basic income concept by the joint chairperson of the Gyeonggi Province Basic Income Committee, Kang Nam-hun (강남훈), followed by presentations and discussions on the subject. ► Basic Income Works as Social Safety Net According to Kang, the basic income tem works as a social safety net that guarantees minimum quality of life for people. ► Kang Nam-hun, Joint Chairperson, Gyeonggi Province Basic Income Committee “Although there is less need for support for the middle class, these policies are more effective when the middle class is experiencing difficulties.” [CG] Unlike existing selective welfare tems, a basic income tem provides an equal amount to everyone regardless of their wealth or employment status. According to a civic activist who participated in the discussion, this tem is necessary in Korean society since it is characterized by wealth imbalances that cause serious problems. ► Lee Tae-gyeong, Gyeonggi Province Planning & Finance Executive Committee Member “Land occupation tax, basic income and regional vouchers – three policies being pursued by Gyeonggi Province – can be regarded as policies that directly aim to reform the current real estate republic.” The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly is also in alignment with Gyeonggi provincial basic income policies. ► Jeong Seung-hyeon, Vice Chairperson, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Finance & Economy Committee “Not only can the basic income tem become a pivotal welfare tem of the future that institutionally promises an above-minimum level of dignity for human beings, it can also …” During the regional forums, discussions were organized jointly by Gyeonggi Province, the Gyeonggi Research Center, and the Basic Income Korea Network. ► An Dong-gwang, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Policy Planning & Budget Bureau “The concept of basic income was not born for political purposes. Since it was conceived for future generations, we must study and develop the policy together.” ► Regional Basic Income Forums in Eastern & Northern Provincial Regions Slated for April The regional public forums on basic income policies will continue in eastern provincial regions on April 9 and in northern provincial regions on April 23. Gyeonggi Province also plans to hold a two-day basic income expo in Suwon City. 4.334th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Begins (0327) The 334th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly began on March 26 for a ten-day run that will see the review of 89 items. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (March 26) 1st General Meeting of 334th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session In his opening address, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-gyu (송한규) encouraged the Korean National Assembly to pass an amendment to the Local Autonomy Act. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I hope that the enactment of the Local Autonomy Act amendment and the new Local Council Act will be realized as early as possible.” The first day of the session saw speeches by negotiation group leaders of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. Yeom Jong-hyeong (염종형), the Democratic Party floor leader, proposed new political visions. ► Yeom Jong-hyeong, Democratic Party Leader “We will lead the way to correct the understanding of our history, following the spirit of the March 1 Independence Movement, and to end factionalism and history distortion while preparing for and challenging the future.” ► Yeom Jong-hyeong: “Large Number of New Jobs Needed to Create Prosperity for Everyone” Yeom emphasized the importance of creating a large number of new jobs through the successful implementation of industrial complex projects and the inducement and promotion of enterprises. This extraordinary session, which included questions and answers on administrative matters on March 26 and 27, will end on April 4. ► Review of 89 Items During the session, a total of 89 items will be reviewed including 68 proposals made by assembly members as well as 21 items submitted by the Gyeonggi provincial administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education. 5.2nd Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council Meeting (0328) On March 26, the second Policy Council Meeting of the Gyeonggi provincial administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly was held to discuss seven items. The meeting was successful in reaching a consensus on all the items discussed. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (March 26) 2nd Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council Meeting Launched as a communication and cooperative body of the Gyeonggi provincial administration and the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, the second policy council meeting of the two authorities saw the attendance of 13 representatives from each authority who discussed seven items. [CG] The items proposed by the administration include the organization of a basic income expo, an increase in the number of official positions, and the expansion of youth pension support. ► Lim Chae-ho, Gyeonggi Province Secretary for Political Affairs “I hope that the two authorities will reach a consensus through understanding, cooperation and conciliation for the sake of the public.” [CG] The Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly put forward four items: free meals in high schools, personnel hearing subjects, unified public transportation fares, and indoor school gymnasium construction. ► Yeom Jong-hyeong, Joint Chairperson, Gyeonggi Provincial Administration-Assembly Policy Council “I believe that we are looking in the same direction. We have a duty to discuss and narrow the gaps to deliver productive results.” ► Agreement on Free Meals in High Schools; Unified Public Transportation Fares to be Re-Discussed While both authorities agreed on the implementation of free meals in high schools from the second half of the year, they decided to discuss unified public transportation fares again at the next meeting. ► Official Position Increase to Be Discussed during Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session The council decided to bring the administration’s proposal for a 10 percent increase in the number of provincial official positions to the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly’s extraordinary meeting. ► Basic Income Expo Plan Receives Unanimous Support The representatives of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly unanimously showed their support for the opening of a basic income expo in April. 6.Regional Vouchers Issued throughout Gyeonggi in April From April, Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers are being issued as an alternative form of payment for use throughout the province. These vouchers, distributed through welfare payments or consumer purchase, can only be used locally in the same manner as gift certificates within the province. ► Issuance of Gyeonggi Regional Vouchers Began throughout Gyeonggi Province The purpose of the regional vouchers is to promote small business commerce and a virtuous local economic circle. ► Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator (March 29) Gyeonggi Regional Voucher Public Presentation On March 29, Gyeonggi Province held a public presentation about the Gyeonggi regional vouchers. ► Ryu Gwang-yeol, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Labor & Employment Bureau “I think that it is most important for our residents to fully understand, accept, and use the Gyeonggi regional vouchers.” This event saw the attendance of more than 300 residents, small business owners and local officials. ► Song Gyeong-deok, Small Business Owner, Yangju City “The fact that the regional vouchers can only be used locally is naturally beneficial for local commerce.” Regional vouchers are issued by local governments under the general supervision of the province. ► Regional Vouchers Can Be Purchased at 6% Discount Gyeonggi regional vouchers can be purchased at any Nonghyeop (농협) agricultural cooperative market or via mobile at a discount of up to 6 percent. Regional vouchers, which come in diverse forms including printed vouchers, cards and smartphone applications, can only be used at traditional markets and backstreet shops and not at large supermarkets or department stores. ► Lee Gyeong-hwa, Consumer, Hwaseong City “I prefer cards since they are convenient. They can be used at any affiliated shop just like cash cards. Using cash and receiving change is cumbersome.” Gyeonggi Province plans to issue KRW 496.2 billion in regional vouchers this year and up to KRW 1.59 trillion by 2022. 7.Rescued Eagle Owl Returned to Nature in Gyeonggi (190329-3) On March 27, the Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center returned a rescued eagle owl to nature after treating its injuries. Last year alone, more than 1,500 wild animals were rescued by this center. ► Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center The eagle owls are an endangered species. ► Rescued in Namyangju City in February When this bird was discovered in Namyangju (남양주) City, it was suffering from malnutrition as well as injuries from an impact with a building wall. After one month of rehabilitation at the Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center, the bird fully recovered. ► Kim Seong-hwan, Veterinarian, Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center “After detailed examination, we determined that the bird was fit enough to return to nature. We believe that the bird will have no problem with the natural environment since we released it in the same area in which it was rescued.” ► Injured Eagle Owl Released after Rehabilitation, Namyangju City (March 27) The released eagle owl returned to nature, flying with healthy wing movements. Residents from the area in which the bird was discovered attended the release. ► Go Geon-min, Finder of Injured Eagle Owl “When I found it, it was motionless under a tent. I am very pleased to see it fly well. I hope that it will live a healthy life.” Anyone who finds a wild animal in distress can report it to the Gyeonggi Province Wildlife Rescue Center. Center personnel warn, however, that one must look around the area before making a report to ensure that the animal is not attended by its parents. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week
EnglishNews | 2019.03.29Greetings, 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. 1. Gyeonggi & National Agency to Cooperate in Whistleblower Protection (190318-2) On March 15, Gyeonggi Province and the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of Korea signed a cooperation agreement to protect individuals who report unlawful deeds, including corruption, from retaliation. ► Gyeonggi Opens Public Report Hotline in January This past January, Gyeonggi Province opened a public hotline for reporting illegal activities such as fraudulent industry practices and environmental contamination as well as unfair or corrupt actions by public officials. However, members of the public often avoid reporting such cases for fear of retaliation. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 15) Signing of Cooperation Agreement between Gyeonggi & Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission To eliminate such fear and protect whistleblowers, Gyeonggi Province sought the cooperation of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of Korea through this agreement. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “…so as to ensure that people’s rights are protected and that the damage caused by the infringement of rights is fully compensated …” ► Cooperation for Crime-reporting Individual Protection and Related Institutionalization This agreement specifies detailed measures including the physical protection of individuals who report possible crimes, education for officials and the punishment of those officials who engage in unlawful activities as well as the utilization of safe reporting methods. ► Park Eun-jeong, Chairperson, Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission “I believe that we can better achieve results when autonomous bodies set an example (in preventing unlawful activities) …” ► Gyeonggi to Expand Compensation for Victims of Unlawful Activities Gyeonggi Province also seeks to remove the upper limit on rewards for reporting crime. Specifically, individuals who report unlawful activities will be paid 30 percent of the revenue increase or up to KRW 200 million as a reward. 2. 1000+ Abandoned Dogs in Gyeonggi Find New Homes (190319-2) The Assistance Dog Share Center of Gyeonggi Province recently found a new home for its 1,000th abandoned and retrained canine, Bambi. ► Bambi’s New Home in Hwaseong City Bambi, a round-eyed shih tzu that loves to play, began a second life in a new home. This little dog follows family members wherever they go. After arriving, the life of Bambi’s new family has also changed and brightened. ► Hwand Mi-gyeong, Bang Seung-bokm, Bambi’s New Owners “Our three sons used to hide in their rooms as soon as they came home. With Bambi, they now stay in the living room longer and we get to talk to each other more.” ► Gyeonggi Assistance Dog Share Center Began Training Abandoned Gods in 2013 Since 2013, the Gyeonggi Assistance Dog Share Center has been training abandoned dogs and finding them new homes. Bambi was the 1,000th such dog. [CG] Since this program began, the number of dogs homed by the center has been increasing by 20 percent annually. ► Nam Yeong-hui, Director, Gyeonggi Assistance Dog Share Center “We train dogs in basic submissive behaviors and sociability. We also neuter the dogs and give them microchip implants before adoption.” Only 30 percent of abandoned dogs are lucky enough to find new homes. Last year alone, an estimated 120,000 dogs were abandoned by their owners in Korea. Gyeonggi Province also promotes the adoption of abandoned dogs through education and volunteer service campaigns. 3. Gyeonggi Launches First Peace Policy Advisory Committee in Korea (190320-2) Gyeonggi Province has launched the Peace Policy Advisory Committee, the first of its kind among the second-tier governments of Korea, to advise the provincial government on inter-Korean peace and cooperation policies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 20) Launch of Gyeonggi Province Peace Policy Advisory Committee Reporting directly to the provincial governor, this committee, chaired jointly by the Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace and a former Minister of Unification, will provide the provincial government with advice on existing inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects as well as future policies. ► Lee Jong-seok, Joint Chairperson, Gyeonggi Province Peace Policy Advisory Committee “...to help the provincial government establish substantial peace policies by guiding provincial peace policies in the right direction and identifying new policy ideas, and to enable inter-Korean peace and cooperation projects to be realized tematically and comprehensively…” ► 32 Members from Diverse Related Fields Attend First Meeting Consisting of 32 members from diverse related fields including a National Assembly member representing Paju (파주) City, a Unification Research Institute professor and a North Korean Studies Association director, this committee held its first meeting on the day of its launch. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-young “I ask those committee members to whom DMZ is of interest to participate in project implementation and stay with us for every step…” This committee will meet on a quarterly basis while performing any necessary preliminary surveys and studies. It will play a key role in provincial inter-Korean peace policies including Special Unification Economic Zone development. 4. Gyeonggi to Host Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence (0318) Gyeonggi Province was selected to be the host of the new Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence to be established by the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT. This graduate school will be located on the Suwon campus of Sungkyunkwan (성균관) University. The market for artificial intelligence, commonly known as AI, in Korea is growing rapidly. ► Korean Artificial Intelligence Market Expected to Grow to KRW 11 Trillion by 2020 The size of the Korean AI market is expected to reach KRW 11 trillion by the year 2020. However, there is a serious deficiency in the supply of artificial intelligence specialists due to a lack of related education courses and facilities. ► First Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence to be Established in Gyeonggi This national school will be located on the Natural Science Campus of Sungkyunkwan (성균관) University in Suwon (수원) City. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 15) Signing of Agreement for Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence Establishment For the establishment and management of this school, Gyeonggi Province and Sungkyunkwan (성균관) University signed a cooperation agreement. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I hope that this graduate school will be the birthplace of many research results which will lead to industrial applications and economic activities as well as to the creation of many jobs. We will provide all the support we can …” ► Gyeonggi to Expand AI Education and Industrial Support According to this agreement, Gyeonggi Province will provide the school with management cost support and promote the industrial application of AI technologies developed by the school. With facilities for a thirty-member faculty, the school will open from the second semester with 60 students this year. The school will also engage in more than 30 joint academia-industry projects. ► Shin Dong-ryeol, President, Sungkyunkwan University “The AI graduate school, which was born and will operate through cooperation between Gyeonggi Province and Sungkyunkwan University, is a true public-academia-industry cooperation model that, we expect, will grow with local communities.” This graduate school will produce much-needed AI specialists while contributing to the competitiveness of the domestic AI industry. 5. Gyeonggi Adopts 14 Resident-proposed Administrative Ideas (0319) The current Gyeonggi provincial administration has been accepting administrative ideas from residents and recently announced the selection of 14 such ideas for adoption and implementation. ► Yeongdong Market, Suwon City This traditional market in Suwon City features automated defibrillators for public use. ► Automated Defibrillators Installed in Traditional Markets The installation of defibrillators in traditional markets was realized through a suggestion made by residents who felt the need for such equipment in traditional markets, which feature large numbers of older merchants and shoppers. ► Lee Jeong-gwan, Chairperson, Suwon Yeongdong Market Merchant Association “Defibrillators are a must in our market. They are very important. We can also used them for training.” ► Online Gyeonggi Province Temporary Job Application System Another resident idea to be adopted by Gyeonggi Province is the introduction of an online application tem for temporary employment by Gyeonggi Province. This tem will enhance applicant convenience in terms of time and transportation. ► Shin Myeong-ho, Online Gyeonggi Province Temporary Job Application System Proposer “If residents are given more opportunities to propose policy ideas, many residents who experience inconvenience will be able to make useful suggestions. That will also help the administration greatly.” Gyeonggi Province continues to adopt resident ideas for policy development. ► 14 Administrative Policy Ideas Adopted Through the first review, 14 ideas were selected for implementation this year. [CG] Other ideas proposed by residents include lowering the age limit for reporting crime, the utilization of throwing-type fire extinguishers for use by individuals of limited mobility, and the installation of fire boxes with wet masks and other safety equipment at the Gyeonggi Arts Center. ► Resident Ideas for 2019 Accepted Online: vog.gg.go.kr Anyone with good administrative ideas that can be applied in the everyday lives of residents can submit their ideas via the Voice of Gyeonggi website and Public Petition. 6. Gyeonggi Prioritizes Purchase of Ssangyong Vehicles (0320) To help the Ssangyong (쌍용) Motor Company, which experienced a financial crisis ten years ago and has been struggling ever since, Gyeonggi Province decided to place priority on the purchase of vehicles from this company. All 27 of the vehicles parked in front of this Gyeonggi Provincial Government building are Ssangyong vehicles. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 20) Official Procurement of Ssangyong Vehicles These vehicles, which cost KRW 940 million in total, were purchased by Gyeonggi Province for 11 provincial offices. ► Gyeonggi Purchases 27 out of 50 Vehicles from Ssangyong Of 50 vehicles to be purchased this year, Gyeonggi Province purchased 27 from Ssangyong (쌍용) to aid the company’s revival. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Administrative Affairs Kim Hee-kyeum “… in the hope that Ssangyong Motor Company and its trade union will exhibit exemplary labor-management relations through communication, conciliation and cooperation …” The number of Ssangyong vehicles owned by Gyeonggi Province has now increased from 59 to 86. Gyeonggi Province will also recommend Ssangyong vehicles to local governments and provincial organizations. ► Jeopng Il-gwon, Ssangyong Motor Company Trade Union Leader “I hope that the purchase of Ssangyong vehicles by Gyeonggi Province will lead to closer, more cooperative relationship between the province and the company, and that Ssangyong vehicles will contribute to the advancement of the province…” These new Ssangyong vehicles will also be used for free weekend rental by residents under the Happy Car Share program. ► Choi Jong-sik, CEO of Ssangyong Motor Company “Just as these cars will be used in the Happy Car Share program, we will also endeavor to contribute to local economic development to return the favor to local society.” In addition to purchasing Ssangyong vehicles, Gyeonggi Province has been active in assisting the Ssangyong Motor Company with its revival efforts through various channels including the central government. 7. Gyeonggi Provides Multicultural Children with Korean Language Textbook Support Gyeonggi Province, home to a quarter of the 2-million strong multicultural population in Korea, has been providing children in multicultural families with Korean language textbook support. To date, approximately 2,000 children have received these textbooks free of charge for use during classes with visiting teachers. ► Multicultural Family Home, Uiwang City Kim (김아영), an immigrant mother from Vietnam, greets the teacher who has been visiting her home to teach Korean language to her son for the past one year. [Sync] “He made a thatched roof.” This teacher comes once a week. ► Kim A-yeong, Home Class Hangul Textbook User "Since I am a foreigner, it is difficult for me to teach my son Korean. However, since we have a visiting teacher, my son’s progress has improved greatly.” ► Gyeonggi Provides Children in Multicultural Families with Free Korean Language Textbooks Gyeonggi Province’s free Korean language textbook support has been provided to children 4 to 10 years of age in multicultural families since 2009. These children can also receive one-on-one Korean language lessons from visiting teachers. This Korean language education support aids multicultural families greatly. ► Kim Jeong-hui, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Multicultural Support Team “… to relieve multicultural families of difficulties in educating children and to help these children learn…” There are approximately 53,000 children in multicultural families, accounting for a quarter of the national total, of which more than 2,000 are receiving Korean language education support from Gyeonggi Province. ► Apply via Local Government Website or Multicultural Family Support Center Those wishing to apply for Korean language education by visiting teachers can submit their applications via local government websites or to the Multicultural Family Support Center. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.03.22Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. 1. Illegal Tattoo Parlors Apprehended in Gyeonggi Province (190311-2) The Gyeonggi Special Judicial Police uncovered a number of beauty businesses, including beauty salons and nail shops, that were illegally providing tattooing services without a license. ► Unlicensed Tattoo Parlor, Goyang City Apprehended locations typically featured an operation bed and a complete set of related medical equipment. [sync] “You are tattooing, aren’t you?” / “Yes, I am” This is one such illegal tattooing service // ► Eyebrow Tattooing at Nail Shop, Seongnam City At another location, a nail shop, investigators discovered a large quantity of medical supplies including anti-inflammatory drugs. [sync] “Are these used for eyebrow tattoo clients?” / “Yes.” ► 16 Unlicensed Tattooing Businesses Uncovered in Gyeonggi Out of 30 suspected businesses examined during the illegal tattooing service crackdown, 16 were found to have actually been operating illegally without a license or business registration. Securing clients through personal connections via social networking services, they operated on a prepaid reservation basis. ► Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Lee Byeong-woo “Clients are unable to claim compensation for damage due to adverse effects. Since tattooing is classified as a medical practice, it should never be performed by beauty services.” All 16 violators will be subject to criminal charges. The provincial judicial police also plan to expand investigations to the medical suppliers of these businesses. 2. Gyeonggi Provides SMEs with Home Shopping TV Access Support (190312-2) Gyeonggi Province has been operating various marketing support programs for SMEs. One such program offers public relations support via home shopping TV channels. Over the past 4 years, 50 enterprises have benefited from this program and achieved sales amounting to KRW 2.3 billion via broadcasts. [sync] “The package includes six large sizes. They don’t leave a white cast, nor do they cause stickiness or skin irritations.” “More calls are coming in as we go on. We just had the highest number of simultaneous calls.” During a single 30-minute broadcast on a shopping channel, this cosmetics company was able to sell one thousand products. In addition to generating a profit of KRW 38 million, this broadcast enabled the company to secure sales space at duty-free shops and department stores. ► Jeong Bong-gyu, CEO of Cosmetics Enterprise “We were able to deliver our brand image while selling the products through home shopping TV. That also helped us connect with duty-free shops and department stores…” Home shopping channels usually feature the products of established brands. ► Gyeonggi Provides SMEs with Product Launch through Home Shopping Channels However, since 2015, Gyeonggi Province has been providing SMEs featuring good products and growth potential with assistance in launching their products through home shopping channels. ► Lee Chung-rok, Director, Korea Federation of SMEs Gyeonggi Branch “They only have to pay 8 percent of their sales in fees to the home shopping operators. That is significantly lower than usual 30 to 40 percent…” Annually, Gyeonggi Province has been selecting 15 SMEs with high growth potential and helping them with market launches via home shopping channels. 3. Gyeonggi Governor Asks Democratic Party for Help in Nationwide Regional Voucher Promotion (0311) On March 8, Gyeonggi Province attended the second budget policy meeting with Korea’s ruling Democratic Party and asked party leaders for their cooperation in pursuing provincial budget policies. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 8) 2nd Democratic Party-Gyeonggi Province Budget Policy Meeting Among the policies discussed, the first raised by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) was regional vouchers. ► Governor Lee Suggests Nationwide Use of Regional Vouchers for Economic Promotion Governor Lee asked the Democratic Party for their cooperation in the nationwide implementation of the regional voucher tem. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I believe the regional voucher tem must be expanded nationwide as a means to revive local, backstreet commerce as well as local economies since it helps blood circulation through the capillaries.” ► Governor Lee Requests Adoption of Land Occupation Tax by DP as Party Policy Governor Lee also asked the Democratic Party to consider the realization of a land occupation tax tem as party policy, to which party leaders responded positively. ► Lee Hae-chan, Democratic Party of Korea Leader “The Party will cooperate with the implementation of the regional voucher tem. We will also study ways in which to realize the land occupation tax as a basic public income source.” Other provincial policy issues were also discussed. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I ask the party to pay special attention to expanding free education to the high school level.” ► Kim Gyeong-hyeop, Gyeonggi Regional Head of DP “There is also the issue of changing the name the Seoul Beltway to the Seoul-Gyeonggi Beltway.” ► Seol Hun, Supreme Representative of DP “I sincerely hope that the regional voucher tem will have successful results in improving people’s livelihoods in Gyeonggi Province.” The regional voucher tem is slated to be launched throughout all of Gyeonggi Province in April. ► Gyeonggi Proposes Legislation for Expansion and Safety of Regional Vouchers Utilization Gyeonggi Province proposed legislation regarding the expansion and safety of regional voucher utilization. ► National Subsidies of KRW 3.15 Trillion Requested for 32 Provincial Projects During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province also requested Democratic Party cooperation in securing national subsidies of KRW 3.15 trillion for 32 social overhead capital projects and presented 18 policy proposals including those regarding unification economy special zone designation. 4. Uiwang City Launches ‘I Love Uiwang’ Vouchers with Successful Results (0312) In Uiwang (의왕) City, ‘I Love Uiwang’ vouchers issued by the city are gaining popularity among consumers. A type of regional voucher pursued by Gyeonggi Province, these vouchers can be used at affiliated shops just like gift certificates. ► ‘I Love Uiwang’ Vouchers Issued from January Introduced in January through Nonghyeop (농협) agricultural cooperative supermarkets, the I-Love-Uiwang vouchers come in two nominal values: KRW 5,000 and KRW 10,000. ► Sold at NongHyeop Mart for Purchases 6 to 10% Off Nominal Value These vouchers can be used for purchases at prices discounted by 6 to 10 percent during traditional holiday seasons. ► Hwang Gi-ja, Uiwang City Resident “These vouchers have as much as benefit as the discounted amount. That’s why I like using them.” Currently, the I-Love-Uiwang vouchers are being accepted as a form of alternative currency at more than 1,200 shops in traditional markets and backstreets. [sync] “Do you accept vouchers?” / “I-Love-Uiwang vouchers? Yes, we do.” ► Bugok Doggaebi Market, Uiwang City Redeemable at Nonghyeop (농협) supermarkets without an associated retailer fee like those of credit card sales, these vouchers are also welcome by shop owners. ► Lee Jun-hwan, Bugok Doggaebi Market Merchant “With the number of I-Love-Uiwang voucher users increasing, our business is picking up significantly.” Before these vouchers were issued, Uiwang City’s I-Love-Uiwang marketers had secured the participation of more than 1,000 shops, and the number will continue to increase while affiliated shops are closely managed. ► KRW 1 Billion in I-Love-Uiwang Vouchers Sold in February During February alone, the amount of voucher sales exceeded KRW 1 billion, more than a third of the total issued amount. ► Gwon Oh-jong, Director, Uiwang City Corporate Employment Division “We are hopeful that the I Love Uiwang vouchers will have promotional effects on local commerce including restaurants, retails shops and beauty shops.” The purpose of regional vouchers is to help revive local commerce through the promotion of local consumption while providing benefits to local residents. 5. Gyeonggi ‘Happy Town Guard House’ Receives Positive Resident Responses (0313) Last November, on a trial basis, Gyeonggi Province established five Happy Town Guard Houses in old urban areas primarily composed of older detached houses so as to provide the residents with services similar to those provided by apartment management offices. ► Happy Town Guards at Work, Ansan City Happy Town Guards wearing yellow vests visit the home of a solitary senior. After delivering rice and food donated by local residents, they perform various home repairs. Happy Town Guards regularly patrol the local community to aid anyone who requires assistance with necessary services. ► Jang Jeong-yeon, Ansan City Resident “While the number of solitary seniors is increasing, there are limitations in the extent to which their offspring can care for them. As a community member, I hope that these services are expanded for such neighbors.” ► Gyeonggi Happy Town Guard Houses Help Address Community Living Issues The objective of establishing the Happy Town Guard Houses is to provide living assistance and safety services in areas where community care services are lacking. Services provided include receiving deliveries and loaning household tools as well as improving living environments. This Happy Town Guard House receives dozens of assistance requests daily. ► Kim In-gyeong, Happy Town Guard “I feel greatly rewarded when seniors, who have been living in loneliness and isolation, realize that there are people who care about them and express their appreciation for our visits and services.” ► 5 Happy Town Guard Houses in Trial Operation The five Happy Town Guard Houses established on a trial basis are located in old urban areas in five cities of the province. ► 92% of Residents Satisfied with Services According to a survey conducted on the 100-day anniversary of their establishment, 92 percent of users expressed satisfaction with the services provided. ► Gwon Geum-seop, Director, Gyeonggi Province Self-Governance Division “We will continue to eliminate the inconveniences experienced by residents through the expansion of services.” Based on the performance results of the trial operation that will end in May, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand Happy Town Guard services throughout the province. 6. Gyeonggi Forum on ‘Returning Public Development Profits to Society’ (190314-1) On March 13, Gyeonggi Province held a public forum to discuss ways in which to implement a policy proposal for returning profits from public development projects to society in the form of reinvestment in other public facilities. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 13) Forum on Policy Idea: Returning Public Development Profits to Society This forum saw the participation of more than 100 specialists in related fields including representatives of the Gyeonggi Research Institute and private institutes. ► Reinvestment of Profits from Public Development Projects in Other Public Projects The forum began with a presentation of the concept and background of the policy, termed ‘Policy for Return of Public Development Profits to Society’. ► Lee Sang-gyeong, Professor in Urban Development, Gachon University “The profits gained by private developers from public development projects tend to be unreasonably high, especially from projects of high-quality standards. This can be a problem…” The presentation was followed by a panel discussion chaired by the president of the Korea Planners Association. The discussion topics included the prevention of real estate speculation and increasing Gyeonggi Province’s portion of third-phase new town development projects. ► Won Yong-hui, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “…which ensures that resale is allowed only to the public organization that originally sold the property and that profits are allowed at minimum…” ► Lee Jong-su, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “… will seek to formulate a cooperation committee with central and local government agencies to secure participation in a greater proportion of the projects and to enable development profits to be utilized for Gyeonggi Province.” The forum participants then proceeded to discuss ways in which to create jobs through public development projects. Last December, Gyeonggi Province commissioned studies on the ‘Policy for Return of Public Development Profits to Society’ with the announcement of results slated for June. 7. Pregnant Gyeonggi Officials Receive Practical White Day Gifts (190314-2) In Korea, March 14 is known as White Day, a day during which candy is usually given to women by loved ones. This White Day, however, pregnant officials of Gyeonggi Province received practical gifts. Originating from the promotional event of a Japanese confectionery company more than 40 years ago, White Day is celebrated in Korea and in a number of other Southeast Asian nations. ► Seo Geum-suk, Gwak Dae-hun, Gyeonggi Officials “I hoped to receive White Day gifts. I am very happy to receive this today.” In Korea, a variety of items are used as White Day gifts including candies, cookies, flowers and perfumes. ► Ansan Fire Station This White Day, expectant mothers among the officials of Gyeonggi Province received air-purifying plants. [sync] “They say this plant helps cleanse the air. Put it near you so you can work in a cleaner environment …” Placed on desks, these plants also improve office appearance. ► Gyeonggi Province Presents Flower Pots to Pregnant Officials on White Day These plants were presented by senior officials conveying best wishes for the health of pregnant officials, who invariably commented that it was the first time they received such White Day gifts. ► Jeong Tae-im, Gyeonggi Province Revenue Management Team Official “Watching and tending the plant has a calming effect on me. I can better concentrate on my work. It will also be good for my baby.” Practical gifts such as books and plants are deemed more suitable as White Day gifts since they reflect the caring minds of the givers. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.03.15Greetings, 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. 1.Private Kindergartens’ Operation Suspension Alarms Gyeonggi (190304-1) A number of private kindergartens in Gyeonggi Province recently suspended reopening after winter vacation. Gyeonggi Province took action to provide the children at these kindergartens with supplementary education. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 4) Announcement of Supplementary Preschool Children Education Plans On March 4, the Gyeonggi provincial administration announced its plans for supplementary education facility provision that will be implemented in cooperation with provincial and local education authorities. ► Lee Yeon-hui / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Women & Family Bureau “Gyeonggi Province established a cooperation hotline with the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education to implement all the supplementary education support we can provide to these children.” Gyeonggi Province will make public kindergartens and childcare centers, as well as private facilities through negotiation, available to the children of those kindergartens that have temporarily or permanently closed this year. These facilities will be able to accommodate approximately 86,000 more children. ► Gyeonggi Seeks Ministry Permission for Application of Flexible Enrollment Limits To this end, Gyeonggi Province is seeking permission from the Ministry of Health and Welfare for such childcare facilities to accept up to three more children than their enrollment limits per class. These facilities also include those operated by local communities. 2.Gyeonggi Announces Monorail Construction between Imjingak and Panmunjeom (190306-1) The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization announced a plan for the construction of a tourist monorail from Imjingak (임진각) in Paju (파주) City to Panmunjeom (판문점) in the Joint Security Area, and eventually to Gaeseong (개성) City in North Korea. ► Imjingak, Paju City Established as a place of solace for those who had come from North Korea and were suffering homesickness, Imjingak (임진각) has now become a popular tourist park that sees more than 4 million visitors annually. ► Jeong Ho-seong, Jeong Sol-ip, Visitors from Seoul “Here, I feel the reality of national division more vividly and long for reunification more strongly.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 6) Announcement of Imjingak-Panmunjeom Monorail Construction Plan This monorail will feature hanging-type transparent carriages. Construction will progress in phases until the line is extended to Songak (송악) Mountain in Gaeseong (개성) City, North Korea. The pursuit of this monorail, tentatively titled ‘Peace Monorail’, will begin with a formal proposal of the plan to the central government. ► Yu Dong-gyu / President, Gyeonggi Tourism Organization “Once completed, it will draw interest from around the world. It will become a world-renowned tourist destination just like the Eiffel Tower.” This monorail will be a step forward in Demilitarized Zone development while also contributing to the local economy. 3.Gyeonggi’s Health Insurance Benefit Management Proves Effective (0305) Gyeonggi Province has been providing national health insurance beneficiaries who utilize the tem in inappropriate manners with managed personal medical services. GTV examined the details. ► Stroke Patient, Seongnam City Shim, a senior with right-side paralysis, has been visiting a hospital every other day. He always has a pile of medicine packets in a corner of his room. However, his routines changed after he met with a health insurance benefit manager. [Sync] “Since your left leg needs more muscular strength, exercise in this way to prevent the left leg from losing any more strength.” ► Homecare Services Shim also receives medical and rehabilitation services provided by a visiting specialist from a homecare service center. He no longer habitually utilizes health insurance services but now visits a hospital only twice a month. ► Park Hye-won / Health Insurance Benefit Manager “They utilize hospitals much more frequently than necessary since medical costs are not expensive. Such behavior may also be harmful to their health. What we are doing is the management of such cases …” ► Health Insurance Benefit Management Last year, more than 6,000 residents received health insurance benefit management services from Gyeonggi Province. ► Health Insurance Benefit Payments Reduced by KRW 20.8 Billion Through these services, a large portion of duplicate preions and the excessive use of medicines and medical equipment could be prevented. [CG] Last year, such expense reduction totaled KRW 20.8 billion in payments and 110,000 days in benefit-applied days. ► Han In-gyo, Director, Gyeonggi Province Welfare Policy Division “We will continue to reduce unnecessary health benefit payments this year though the provision of intensive case management services.” The health benefit payment reduction efforts of Gyeonggi Province will also include a survey of long-term inpatients as well as case management consultations and workshops. 4. Urban Forest Development Being Promoted in Gyeonggi (0306) For the first time among second-tier lawmakers in Korea, the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly enacted an ordinance for urban forest ecological remodeling support to promote forested urban environments as resident resting areas as well as for microdust reduction. ► Yeonmojae Park, Siheung City Located in the midst of an urban residential area, this park has changed significantly after unwanted features were removed and remodeled into an environment-friendly landscape. ► Artificial Fountain Removed, Turf Laid On the former site of a defunct artificial fountain, fresh turf has been laid. ► Residents Welcome Pleasant New Landscape Residents are pleased with the new and friendly environment that replaces messy wild vines with colorful azaleas. ► Han Jae-bok and Park Seon-jun, Ansan City Residents “I have long been a city dweller and I was pleasantly surprised to find new environments in my hometown after I returned. These new environments help restore my health. It’s good in every way.” Urban forests also excel in the reduction of atmospheric microdust. ► Urban Forests Remove Large Amounts of Contaminants One hectare of forest can remove approximately 168 kilograms of contaminants through absorption. ► Urban Forest Ecological Remodeling Support Ordinance Enacted This ordinance, known as the Urban Forest Ecological Remodeling Support Ordinance, pertains to provincial support for the creation and functional improvement of urban forests, parks and green spaces as well as for related supplies including trees and greenery. ► Receives Top Prize in Local Council Ordinance Awards This ordinance received the top prize in the Local Council Ordinance Awards. ► Jin Yong-bok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “The objective of this ordinance is to reduce microdust while providing residents with resting areas for emotional cultivation.” Based on this ordinance, urban forest remodeling will be performed at 38 locations in 20 cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province to improve environments and expand resting areas for residents. 5.‘Gyeonggi Grand Tour’ Developed by Gyeonggi Tourism Organization (0307) The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization recently developed and introduced a tour course, titled Gyeonggi Grand Tour, that comprises a variety of historical, cultural and natural locations in the province. This course encompasses mountain and riverside resorts, marine ecology in western regions, history and culture in southern regions, and nature and peace tourism in northern regions of Gyeonggi Province. ► Comprehensive Gyeonggi Province Tour This is a complete tour circuit of Gyeonggi Province that presents the millennium of the province. ► 50 Stops in 22 Cities and Counties The course consists of 50 historical, cultural and natural destinations in 22 cities and counties of the province. ► 1,089 km Tour Course The total length of the course is 1,089 kilometers, longer than a round trip between Seoul and Busan. ► History, Culture, Nature & Peace The tour course destinations have been selected based on four thematic categories – history, culture, nature and peace – with a number of them featuring photo zones for tourists in their 20s and 30s. ► Gyeonggi Grand Tour Guidebook The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization published Gyeonggi Grand Tour guidebooks that contain, in addition to maps, detailed information about 50 primary and 147 associated destinations. These guidebooks will be distributed to overseas and domestic libraries and guest houses. ► Gyeonggi Tourism Portal (ggtour.or.kr) The contents of the guidebook can also be viewed online via the Gyeonggi tourism portal. ► Jeong Hyeon-a, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Tourism Policy Team “What makes the Gyeonggi Grand Tour significant is that it introduces not only individual tourist destinations but also the province as a brand to tourists, especially foreign tourists who are not familiar with Gyeonggi Province.” Gyeonggi Province is also endeavoring to promote tourism through the development of historical and cultural tourism contents as well as museum and art programs. 6.Gyeonggi Announces Artist Support Policies (190307-2) On March 7, Gyeonggi Province announced artist support policies, amounting to KRW 13.2 billion over the span of four years, aimed at protecting the rights of artists. It is reported that sixty percent of artists in the province regularly work based on oral contracts that frequently lead to nonpayment and even copyright infringement. ► Jeong Seong-yong, Korean Traditional Percussion Artist, Suwon City In most cases, Jeong (정성용), a Korean traditional percussion artist with ten years of experience, receives job offers via phone without a contract. ► Jeong Seong-yong, Korean Traditional Percussion Artist “I have never worked based on a written contract. A simple phone call or a mobile message I receive is like a contract to me…” ► Survey by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (as of 2015) 60.4% of Artists in Gyeonggi Regions Work without Written Contracts Without contracts, artists in Gyeonggi Province frequently fall victim to unfair dealings such as unilateral pay cuts and nonpayment. However, they have nowhere to turn for help. ► Jeong Seong-yong, Korean Traditional Percussion Artist “(We simply keep the matter to ourselves) because word will spread and backfire in this small world. If I express my complaints to someone, spreading word will damage my image…” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 7) Gyeonggi Province Artist Support Policy Announcement The support policies announced by Gyeonggi Province will include a detailed survey of artist income and living standards, contract types, and art world practices for determination of support. ► Oh Who-seok, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau “We will strengthen our preventive efforts against unfair practices through education about copyrights and contracts while employing specialists who will protect artists through consultations and advice, reports, lawsuits and mediation …” Support policies also include those for young artists. ► Support of up to KRW 3 Million to be Provided to Artists below Age 34 Annually, 200 young artists below 34 years of age will be provided with support of up to KRW 3 million for their creative work on an application basis. ► Support of up to KRW 8 Million to be Provided to 30 Artistic Workshops There will also be workshop rental support of up to KRW 8 million provided to 30 selected locations this year, as well as the expansion of available spaces in public buildings. 7.Delinquent Tax Team Inaugurated in Gyeonggi On March 8, the Gyeonggi Province Delinquent Tax Team was launched and began full-fledged operation. The mission of its members is to track down tax delinquents, secure payment of overdue taxes and, if necessary for those who are in financial difficulties, connect them with available welfare services. [Sync] “I declare the inauguration of the Gyeonggi Province Delinquent Tax Team” ► Seosuwon Chilbo Gymasium (March 8) Inauguration of Gyeonggi Province Delinquent Tax Team The delinquent tax team consists of 1,279 members selected from among diverse demographic groups ranging from job searchers to career-discontinued women and seniors. ► Field Survey of Delinquents These members will track down and perform a survey of tax delinquents through visits. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Those who are unable to pay (overdue taxes) must be identified and treated accordingly. We must not treat them simply as debtors. Creating a world in which common sense and justice works, that’s what you are about to do.” ► Tax Collection Based on Survey Results Based on survey results, customized collection methods will be used for individual delinquents. Deliberate tax dodgers will be subject to forcible tax collection while those who have difficulties sustaining their livelihood will be referred to welfare services. Gyeonggi Province plans to mobilize 4,500 individuals over the span of three years to collect delinquent taxes totaling KRW 2.7 trillion. ► Baek In-suk, Delinquent Tax Team Member “We are going to collect taxes through continuous delinquent management while providing those in financially difficult situations with assistance through regular visits…” There are almost 5 million tax delinquents in Gyeonggi Province with delinquent taxes totaling KRW 2.4 trillion. The inauguration of the delinquent tax team not only provides new jobs but also helps identify those in welfare blind spots. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.03.08Greetings, 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. 1-Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 82.4 Billion in Small Business Support (190226-2) This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to invest KRW 82.4 billion in small business support programs that cover a range of business phases from startup to restart. The province also plans to establish a special agency that will oversee the implementation of these programs. ► Organic Soap Manufacturing Enterprise, Namyangju City This non-irritant organic soap company was on the verge of closure just prior to participating in an overseas trade show supported by Gyeonggi Province. ► Company Revived through Export Support from Gyeonggi After three years of struggling since its establishment, the future of this company has now become positive through exports. ► Oh Yeong-ho, CEO of Organic Soap Manufacturing Enterprise “I simply believed that our products would sell well since they were good. Gyeonggi Province made me realize the importance of marketing and taught me ways in which to direct our sales efforts.” Gyeonggi to Implement Small Business and Traditional Market Support Programs The subjects of this support include small businesses such as backstreet shops and traditional market merchants who are experiencing difficulties. ▲ Startup Education ▲ Sales and Cost Reduction Assistance ▲ Business Operation, Closure and Restart Support Support programs include education for successful startup and guidance for sustainable business operation, as well as support for business closure and restart. ► Promotion of Small Business Communities One notable program, the first of its kind in Korea, is the establishment of 200 small business communities for mutual cooperation and information sharing. ► Park Seung-sam, Director, Gyeonggi Province Small Business Division “We will provide each community with customized support for marketing, environment improvement, and business management, as well as on-site experiential education. We will also seek to restrict rental rate increases through the promotion of agreements with landlords.” Designation of Commercial Promotion Zone The objective of Gyeonggi Province’s small business promotion policy is to regenerate local commerce through the implementation of recurring programs as well as the designation of commercial promotion zones. The new agency, tentatively titled ‘Gyeonggi Market Commerce Promotion Institute,’ will undertake the tematic management of the designated zones. ► Information: Gyeonggi Province (www.gg.go.kr) Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator (www.gbsa.or.kr) Gyeonggi Small Business Development Center (www.gsbdc.or.kr) Detailed information can be found on related Gyeonggi Province websites. 2-Gyeonggi to Survey Women Coned by Japan during WWII (190227-2) During the Second World War, a large number of Korean women were coned forcefully under the ‘Women Labor Service Order’ imposed by Japan. To recognize the hardships endured by these women, Gyeonggi Province plans to conduct a detailed survey to identify all surviving women who served as laborers. ► Kim Seong-ju (Aged 91), Anyang City In 1944, at 14 years of age, Kim (김성주) was recruited and sent to an airplane manufacturing plant in Nagoya, Japan. She had to work with little food and no salary. ► “One day, I had an accident in which my finger was severed. A Japanese overseer came and saw my detached finger fluttering as if it had a life of its own. He picked it up and took a great joy playing with it. I was mortified.” Survey of Women Labor Service Order Victims The purpose of this survey is to identify those such as Kim who were forced to work as women laborers by Japan under the Women Labor Service Order. Although Gyeonggi Province has been providing known victims of Japanese exploitation with living cost support, there is a need for detailed data about the victims of this historic tragedy. ► Kim Nam-su, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Human Rights Protection Team “Since they are often mistaken as sexual slavery victims, many of those who served as women laborers frequently wish to hide the fact…” Gyeonggi Province will designate surveyors to record the details of the lives and services performed by such victims. ► Survey Results to be Used for History Education and Related Policy Development The results of the survey will be used as history education material and for related policy development. ► Kim Gyeong-hui, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I hope that this survey will provide an opportunity for the victims to release their burdens and for the people to share their painful memories, while leading the Japanese to recognize their misdeeds.” Four years ago, the number of known surviving victims of the labor service order was 33. The number has since fallen to 22. 3-Gyeonggi to Hold Korea Basic Income Expo in April (0225) Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to hold an international basic income expo featuring an international conference, an exhibition and a variety of experiential programs designed to promote the ‘basic income’ concept pursued by the Gyeonggi provincial administration. This two-day expo, the 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo, will start on April 29 at the Suwon Convention Center. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 25) 2019 Korea Basic Income Expo Briefing The primary objective of this expo is to propagate the basic income concept nationwide. ► Kim Yong, Gyeonggi Province Spokesperson “We hope to be able to propagate basic income principles, examine the future of these principles, and identify issues and policy ideas through communication and exchanges during the event.” International Conference, Exhibitions and Experiential Programs During the expo, the basic income principle will be promoted through a variety of events. ► International Conference: ‘Basic Income, a New Paradigm for a Cooperation Age’ The international conference, which will be held under the theme of ‘Basic Income, a New Paradigm for a Cooperation Age’, will see presentations and discussions on basic income among Korean and overseas senior officials. Basic income will also be the theme of the exhibition. ► Exhibition to Showcase Various Basic Income Policies This exhibition will showcase various basic income policies being developed by Gyeonggi Province and other autonomous bodies. ► Regional Voucher Hall In addition, a separate hall will be set up to enable visitors to purchase regional vouchers instead of admission tickets and experience use of the vouchers. ► Kim Jong-seok, Director, Gyeonggi Province Future Strategy Division “The main feature of the expo will be an international conference. This expo as a whole can be seen as a presentation of basic income models being developed by Gyeonggi Province that are not simply welfare policies but means for income redistribution.” Gyeonggi Province seeks to draw more than 20,000 domestic and international specialists, including officials from Korean autonomous bodies and provincial residents, to this expo. 4-Yongin City of Gyeonggi Province to Host Semiconductor Industry Cluster (0226) Yongin (용인) City of Gyeonggi Province was selected by the Korean government as the location for the national semiconductor industry cluster development project. ► Wonsam-myeon, Yongin City This semiconductor industry complex will be the largest of its kind in the world, occupying a 4.5 million-square-meter site in Yongin (용인) City ► Production, Business and Education Facilities Costing a massive KRW 120 trillion to develop, this complex will house four large semiconductor plants of SK Hynix and more than 50 related enterprises as well as semiconductor technology education facilities. This complex is expected to have significant positive effects on the local economy and job creation. ► Son Sang-hun, Director, Yongin City Enterprise Support Division “We believe that the relocation of SK Hynix operations to this complex will lead to balanced development of eastern and western city regions while creating a large number of jobs…” Semiconductor Cluster Development Project Originates from Gyeonggi’s Proposal Since last year, Gyeonggi Province has recommended the development of a semiconductor industry cluster by the central government. ► Korean Government Announces Semiconductor Industry Cluster Development Project The Korean government adopted the idea and announced the project, which will cost a total of KRW 120 trillion over a span of ten years through to 2028. Location selection was also influenced by SK Hynix, the key player in the project, which preferred Yongin (용인) City for its new production facilities. ► Development Expected to Commence in 2022 Development is expected to commence in 2022 after National Assembly approval and subsequent administrative procedures. ► Park Sin-whoan, Gyeonggi Province Assistant Governor for Labor & Economy “We expect that this complex will be the birthplace of next-generation semiconductor technologies and, by the year 2025, will be home to related production and research facilities. Gyeonggi Province will do its utmost to realize that as early as possible.” In addition to semiconductor industry cluster development in Yongin (용인) City, Gyeonggi Province is also pursuing mutually beneficial development in neighboring cities as well as multifaceted efforts to enable residents to benefit from the development 5-Gyeonggi and Yangju to Cooperate for Yangju Techno Valley Development (0227) On February 26, Gyeonggi Province, Yangju (양주) City and the Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation signed a cooperation agreement for the development of the Yangju Techno Valley in northern Gyeonggi Province. ► Yanju Techno Valley Development Site Costing more than KRW 130 billion, the Yangju Techno Valley will be developed on a 300,000 square-meter-site in Yangju City and will house textile, fashion, electrical and electronic enterprises as well as new fabric and design industries. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “Yangju Techno Valley will have significant effect on local economy promotion as well as job creation in the relatively less-developed northern Gyeonggi regions.” Signing of Cooperation Agreement for Yangju Techno Valley Development (February 26) According to this agreement, which specifies the scope of responsibilities and costs for each party, Gyeonggi Province will assume the role of overall project administrator, pursue necessary approvals and administrative procedures, and operate the project utive committee. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “With the completion of this techno valley, a large number of new jobs will be created and the local economy boosted. This techno valley will become an autonomous urban district with strengthened self-sustaining functions.” Yangju City will bear 37 percent of the project costs, process local approvals and administrative procedures, and undertake infrastructure construction. ► Yangju City Vice Major Kim Dae-sun “We will work hard to make the Yangju Techno Valley development project a success so that Yangju City can be reborn as a northern Gyeonggi Province center and self-sustainable, autonomous city.” The Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation, which will bear 63 percent of the project costs, will undertake actual design and construction. ► Lee Hyeon-uk, President, Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Cooperation “We will do our utmost to foster Yangju Techno Valley as a frontier of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and driver of northern Gyeonggi Province development.” After investment review by the central government and project approval by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, development work will commence in 2022 with industry occupation beginning in 2024. 6-Gyeonggi Acts to Help Resolve Conflicts over Officetel Management Fees (190228-1) With the number of public complaints and disputes about officetels, buildings with combined residential and commercial units, having increased fourfold over the past two years, Gyeonggi Province designated and began operating a support team to help resolve such conflicts. ► Number of Officetel-related Public Complaints Increases Rapidly Last year, Gyeonggi Province received 447 officetel-related public complaints and 41 mediation applications for disputes between officetel tenants and management, four times as many as only two years ago. Most cases involved management fees and building defects. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 27) Announcement of Unit Building Conflict Resolution Measure On February 27, Gyeonggi Province announced intervention in such conflicts to help with their resolution. ► Lee Jong-su, Assistant Governor, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “…in order to prevent unfair practices and to expand the role of public offices in the long run, although we have used minimum intervention to encourage autonomous management.” ► Dedicated Support Team to Perform On-site Inspections On behalf of tenants, this support team will perform inspections of accounting records as well as buildings on an application basis. ► Free Legal Consultation Service to be Expanded Gyeonggi Province also plans to increase the number of free legal consultation services for tenants to four times per month and to adjust policies to include officetels as subjects of management inspections. New residential officetels with more than 500 units will also be subject to building quality inspections. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
EnglishNews | 2019.02.28Greetings, 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. 1-Gyeonggi Acts to Induce National Semiconductor Industry Cluster Project (190218-1) Following the Korean government’s announcement of a semiconductor industry cluster development plan last month, Gyeonggi Province began actions to become the host of this national project. As the proposer of the project, the province has long been preparing for this massive undertaking that will cost KRW 120 trillion. This industry cluster development is slated for completion in 2028. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 18) Press Conference Regarding National Semiconductor Industry Cluster Development Plan With the selection of the project location drawing nationwide interest, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) asserted at a press conference that Gyeonggi Province, home to 67 percent of the nation’s semiconductor industry, would be an ideal location that ensures synergy effects of new and existing resources. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “A location that is most preferred, best prepared, and ensures fastest growth must be selected. Gyeonggi Province is that place.” Despite Gyeonggi Province’s active pursuit of the nomination for the project site, Governor Lee was cautious when asked about candidate locations. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Let us wait until the final decision is made by the central government.” ► Gyeonggi Discloses Own Semiconductor Industry Cluster Development Plans Gyeonggi Province also disclosed four of its own plans for semiconductor industry cluster development. These include: quality workforce supply plans aimed at improving the technological power of SMEs; startup and college student support plans for semiconductor industry environment cultivation; cultural and welfare facility establishment; and smart city construction for new residents. The project location will be selected through an economy-related ministers’ meeting. 2-Gyeonggi to Aid Tax Delinquents with Livelihood Difficulties Recently, two tragic incidents occurred consecutively in Seoul in which entire families, unable to endure the hardships of life, ended their lives. To help those struggling to make ends meet in welfare blind spots, Gyeonggi Province will defer tax collection for such families and instead provide them with welfare assistance. ► Lee Seong-un, Shoe Repairer, Seongnam City Lee (이성운), a shoe repairer with a tiny shop, had been unable to pay even small tax amounts. Discovering his financial predicament during a visit, a tax collector arranged financial relief measures for Lee. ► Lee Seong-un, Tax Delinquent Relief Recipient "I completely lost hope and didn’t want to live anymore. Meeting with him changed my life and gave me hope.” Gyeonggi Province has now established relief measures, such as those received by Lee, for other tax delinquents with livelihood difficulties. ► Tax Payment Deferment Plus Welfare Assistance From March, the Delinquent Tax Management Team will identify delinquents in difficult situations through visits. These individuals will be provided with employment support as well as living cost support. Tax delinquency will then be resolved through instalment payments after their financial situations improve. ► Lee Ui-hwan, Director, Gyeonggi Province Taxation Justice Division "The validity of imposed tax expires after five years for those who are considered financially incapable. We are prepared to apply this relief clause prematurely so as to help them with financial revival.” ► Disposition for Delinquency Postponed and Welfare Support Provided During the financial relief period, property seizure will also be postponed except for those who made false representations of property ownership. Of approximately four million tax delinquents in Gyeonggi Province, an estimated 60,000 are considered to have difficulties making ends meet. 3-Gyeonggi Installs Memorial Information Boards at Independence Movement Sites (0218) Since last year, Gyeonggi Province has been installing information boards at locations related to the Korean independence movement. There are a large number of such locations in the province, but many are unknown to the public. ► Patriot Choi Ik-hyeon’s Birthplace, Pocheon City A house once stood at this location that was the birthplace of a patriot who led anti-Japanese occupation activities during the closing period of the Joseon Dynasty. He remained active as a militiaman until he was 74. Only an information board, which was recently installed, tells the story of this old fighter. ► Former Naksaeng Myeon Office, March 1 Independence Movement Site, Seongnam City This high school stands on the former location of a local public office that was also one of the March 1 Independence Movement sites. In March of 1919, anti-Japanese occupation protesters of Gwangju (광주) County marched around the county proclaiming an independent Korea. When they reached this location, the number of protesters had grown to more than 3,000. ► Choi Ho-jun, 6th Grader, Bokjeong Primary School, Seongnam City “I am proud of them. If an event like the March 1 Independence Movement should arise again, I think I will participate in it for my country.” ► Information Boards Installed at Independence Movement Memorial Sites After surveys that began in 2017, Gyeonggi Province has been installing memorial information boards at independence movement sites. ► Information Boards Installed at 62 Sites Last Year Last year saw the installation of memorial information boards at 62 sites. ► Installation Planned at Additional 65 Sites This Year This year, information boards will be installed at an additional 65 sites. ► Lee Jar-bok, Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Heritage Policy Team “For the first time among autonomous bodies of Korea, Gyeonggi Province enacted an anti-Japanese occupation movement ordinance. Memorial information board installation is one of the projects based on this ordinance…” Gyeonggi Province also plans to conduct surveys of patriots and relics that were involved in the Korean independence movement. 4-333rd Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Ends (0219) On February 19, the 333rd extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly ended after completing reviews of 51 items including taxi fare adjustment and microdust-emitting vehicle restrictions. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (February 19) 2nd General Meeting of 333rd Gyeonggi Province Extraordinary Session The extraordinary session ended with the second general meeting. The proposal for taxi fare adjustment pertains to a request for the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly’s view on an increase of basic fares for Gyeonggi taxis. ► Mun Gyeong-hui, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Among the alternatives for compromise proposed by the Gyeonggi provincial administration, we passed the one regarding standard fares for distance and time conditionally, taking into account the necessity for balancing with the fare tem used in Seoul.” ► Increased Tax Fares to Be Applied from April After a Consumer Policy Committee review, the increased taxi fares will be applied from April. ► Ordinance for Microdust-emitting Vehicle Operation Restrictions Passed An ordinance draft pertaining to restrictions on microdust-emitting vehicle operation during the issuance of emergency microdust reduction orders was also passed during this extraordinary session. ► Lee Chang-gyun, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “We passed the ordinance draft after adding references to related enforcement orders and indicating exempt vehicle types more specifically.” The final day of the session ended with 5-minute speeches by assembly members. ► Jeong Dae-yun, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “There is a necessity for the review of all public medical service policies of Gyeonggi Province as well as for the expansion of provincial medical center services in northern provincial regions.” ► Kim Tae-hyeong, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “Hydrogen economy is a new growth engine that will lead innovative growth. We must identify enterprises and research institutes that will lead hydrogen economy and organize a hydrogen economy cooperation body to induce their active participation.” ► Oh Gwang-deok, Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Member “I propose that Gyeonggi Province establish a provincial official training center in beautiful natural surroundings, promote cultural activities among officials, and develop lodging-and-tour program for them that will also be beneficial for the local economy.” The next extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly is slated for a 10-day run from March 26 to April 4. 5-Gyeonggi to Ensure Uninterrupted Mobile Communication at Disaster Sites (0220) Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to ensure uninterrupted mobile communication at disaster sites through cooperation with mobile carriers. Communication interruptions at disaster sites due to power outages often interfere with rescue operations. ► Large Bus Terminal Fire in Goyang City (2014) A large fire that occurred at an intercity bus terminal in Goyang (고양) City in 2014 caused a large number of casualties, including 8 fatalities, as well as property damage of more than KRW 12 billion. One of the reasons for such grave losses was the delay in emergency calls due to a power outage that also disabled mobile repeaters at the site. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (February 20) Mobile Repeater Emergency Generator Installation Agreement On February 20, Gyeonggi Province, three mobile carriers and the Korea Radio Promotion Association signed an agreement for the installation of emergency generators for mobile repeaters at locations used by the public. [CG] With generators installed, the mobile repeaters will continue to operate without interruption even in the event of power failures. Under this agreement, Gyeonggi Province will undertake location selection and consent procurement from facility management. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Damage can be significantly mitigated through timely contact with emergency rescuers. However, power failures disable such emergency contact.” ► 3 Mobile Communication Enterprises to Bear Installation Costs The total projected installation cost of almost KRW 800 million will be shared by the three mobile carriers. ► Ji Jeong-yong, Director, Network Operation Headquarters, KT “I believe that this project can substantially prevent damage from amplifying in the event of disaster.” The Korea Radio Promotion Association will undertake coordination with facility management as well as installation work. ► Jeong Jong-ki, Vice President, Korea Radio Promotion Association “We will play an active part as a bridge between Gyeonggi Province and mobile carriers so as to ensure that the project is implemented successfully as intended by the province and the mobile carriers.” ► Emergency Power Generator Installation at 531 Public-use Sites to be Completed This Year A total of 531 locations have already been selected for generator installation by the end of the year. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “Gyeonggi Province plans to make an official recommendation regarding nationwide emergency generator installation for mobile repeaters to the National Fire Agency.” 6-Gyeonggi to Install Automatic Indoor Air Control Systems at Children’s Facilities (190221-1) Gyeonggi Province plans to install an automatic indoor air control tem at facilities used by those who are more vulnerable to microdust, such as childcare centers and medical facilities, with installation work beginning during the first half of the year. ► Gwangmyeong City Library This public library, which sees hundreds of visitors daily, features a microdust meter in one corner. This device ensures indoor air quality by measuring microdust levels and automatically operating an air purifier when necessary. ► Lee Mi-ju, Gwangmyeong City Library User “Ventilators does not help, especially in cold weather. Since this place is used by many children and seniors, it needs to have a tem that protects its users from microdust.” ► Automatic Indoor Air Control System This microdust meter automatically engages connected air purifiers and ventilators when microdust readings surpass certain levels. It is an advanced tem with a constant air quality monitoring sensor. ► Pyeongtaek University to Cooperate with Indoor Air Quality Data Support In cooperation with Pyeongtaek (평택) University, Gyeonggi Province plans to install this automatic indoor air control tem at 50 public childcare, medical care and postnatal care facilities on a trial basis. ► Kim Geon, Director General, Gyeonggi Province Environment Bureau “I believe that this tem will substantially improve indoor air quality and quality of life for residents in the future.” While the province undertakes the installation of the tem, Pyeongtaek (평택) University will perform resulting air quality analyses that can be used in developing microdust control measures. ► Kim Ho-hyeon, Director, Pyeongtaek University Industry-Academia Cooperation Team, “Data is obtained via network. The accumulated data can then be analyzed for different geographic ranges and time spans.” The installation of the automatic air control tem will begin during the first half of the year after the selection of a tem supplier through public tender. Gyeonggi Province’s microdust policies have now been extended to cover indoor air quality. 7-Berlin Wall Mural Artists Visit Gyeonggi and DMZ (190222-1) Last week, as part of efforts to develop the Demilitarized Zone, better known as the DMZ, as a space for art and peace, Gyeonggi Province invited German mural artists who participated in the creation of Berlin Wall murals. Lying between the two Koreas, the DMZ still bears scars from the Korean War. ► Paju City (February 20) Berlin Wall Mural Creators Visit Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) The world-famous Berlin Wall murals were created on a 1.3km-long undemolished span of the wall that had once divided Berlin into eastern and western halves. ► Kani Alabi, President, East Side Gallery GDR “Two months after the demolition of the Berlin Wall began, many artists arrived and left their paintings on the wall. These artists formed a group which still exists. Based on our experience, we will be able to work on a similar project in the DMZ. It will be a wonderful program.” While visiting the Imjingak (임진각) Peace Nuri Park and other tourist destinations within the DMZ, including the former Camp Greaves, these German artists derived inspiration for their artistic work. ► Gyeonggi to Seek German Mural Artists’ Cooperation for DMZ Tourism Development These artists promised to help Gyeonggi Province with the creation of the DMZ as an international tourist destination. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor for Peace Lee Hwa-yung “They will work with us to produce outcomes of high caliber through the creation of murals on walls of the Joint Security Area as well as Dorasan Station while also utilizing remains such as barbed wire as part of the artworks.” Everyone is looking forward to seeing the new DMZ, which will be transformed with international artistic touches. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.