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Magistrate Encourages Staff to Build a Happy Island with Integrity and Self-discipline during a County Administration Meeting

Magistrate Encourages Staff to Build a Happy Island with Integrity and Self-discipline during a County Administration Meeting
Sep. 30, 2016
By Wong Weizhi, reported from the County Hall

Kinmen County Government convened yesterday its 9th County Administration Meeting in 2016. It began with Magistrate Chen Fuhai giving awards to commend role models of integrity of the year. Magistrate Chen said integrity and efficiency had always been his pursuit in his nearly two years in office. He was convinced the two elements were absolutely the main reason why the people could see results from the administrative efforts of the county government, not to mention that integrity was the most basic requirement of every civil servant. He expected everyone to have integrity and self-discipline, exhibit efficient performance and be just and righteous to build a happier island for the people in the county.

Regarding the two consecutive typhoon disasters, Chen Fuhai said he had been deeply touched in the past two weeks by the people making so much effort to help with the rescue work. In particular, the town and township mayors were all on the frontline ahead of their subordinates in the relief work. The folks saw it and he saw it too. Nevertheless, he could see that it was always the same people who were busy doing whatever they could and the ones who were idle remained “unconcerned.” “We are a big family, said Chen. “Those considering it a family will always be family members, but the ones who do not think it is a family will never be family members!”

Chen Fuhai said he knew many people thought he, the head of the family, was difficult to deal with. However, he hoped from his heart that the members of the big family could fulfill their functions and try their best to help Kinmen recover from the disasters.

“Of course, every step in the post-disaster reconstruction work was important,” Magistrate Chen continued. “The lessons from the two typhoon disasters could serve as references for our future efforts.” He hoped that everyone could use their wisdom to help the county recover. Starting today, all the staff members should work together to make Kinmen more beautiful and more sustainable for another 10, 20 or even 100 years.

The County Administration Meeting began at 9AM yesterday in the First Conference Room in the County Hall. Magistrate Chen Fuhai presided over the meeting. Chief Secretary Lin Degong, the town and township mayors, as well as the first-level executives of the bureaus and departments of the county government all attended. Two motions were discussed. The first one was the draft “Regulations on Accreditation of and Issuance of Subsidies for Senior Citizen Welfare Institutions in Kinmen”. The Social Affairs Department, which put forth the motion, pointed out that the motion had been established in accordance with Paragraph 4, Article 37 of the Senior Citizens Welfare Act to evaluate local senior citizen welfare institutions and award the ones with good performance. Chen Fuhai said that as Article 7 in the draft was associated with providing subsidies, he wondered if it would be necessary to distinguish public and private ones. He also mentioned the possibility of setting up institutions placed under private management and suggested it would be more appropriate if the standards could apply to all such institutions. After discussion, the draft was approved and would be announced to go into effect according to administrative procedures.

The second motion was an amendment to the “Kinmen County Autonomy Ordinance on Issuance of Special Allowances on the Three Major Festivals for Members of the Self Defense Forces Participating in Battles Prior to 1958”. According to the Civil Affairs Department that proposed the motion, the revision was the change of “prior to 1958” to “prior to 1960.” After the amendment, Kinmen Self Defense Forces members who were born in 1943 and 1944, participated in the 619 Artillery Battle and were recognized by the Ministry of National Defense as veterans would be included and given a special allowance of NT$20,000 on each of the three major festivals (Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival) like all veterans who were born before 1942 and never received retirement pensions. The motion had originally come from county councilors and the county could afford to issue such allowances. Therefore, members of the Self Defense Forces who participated in the 619 Artillery Battle would be considered equal to those participating in the 823 Artillery Battle in status and the same allowance issuance standards would apply to them.

Since recognition of veteran status belonged to the jurisdiction of the Veterans Affairs Council, the motion would be forwarded to be reviewed by the County Council after its approval by the county government to make sure the decision complied with the principle of social justice and would not cause any controversy. Subsequently, the county government would also request the Veterans Affairs Council to be more scrupulous in recognition of veteran status.

Meanwhile, Chen Fuhai requested the town and township mayors to complete their reports on damages incurred from the two typhoon disasters so that work items needed coordination could be taken care of. He also asked the heads of different bureaus and departments to think about what they could do for the county folks. He said the priorities in repair and relief work had to comply with the needs of the residents and the county government would give the budgets. Resources would be available and related units would be fully authorized. All the bureaus and departments had to work together and show the county folks the efforts the government was putting in the emergency relief work.

The assistance that the towns and townships requested mainly included funding for emergence relief equipment, landscape restoration, reparation of traffic lights and signs, renewal of street lining trees, and rating of flood seriousness and damages in low-lying areas. “In principle, we would be headed in this direction, but different areas had dissimilar characteristics,” said Chen. Personally, he thought damage had been done, so the county folks should be given more compensation. Government employees had to think from the angles of the people. Procedures had to be simplified and made more convenient for the public. All units had to think clearly and make appropriate plans to assure there were legal bases and enough leeway for government agencies to get things done according to law.

Chen Fuhai expressed his gratitude to different towns and townships for their determination and unsparing effort in emergency relief. At the same time, he also instructed all the bureaus and departments to provide prompt assistance to the towns and townships as well as simplify related procedures to speed up work yet to be done. The NT$20 million funding from the Agriculture and Food Agency for agricultural damages should be placed under proper management and distributed to farmers as soon as possible.

As for flooding in low-lying areas, Chen Fuhai reiterated what Premier Lin Chuan had said, “Poor flood prevention and water discharging work is a disgrace for the government.” He said the county government was willing to be on the frontline to help all towns and townships to improve their environmental control. He also requested the Public Works Department and the Waterworks to try everything they could. No errors would be allowed in flood prevention. During the meeting, Chief Secretary Lin Degong also commented that most towns and townships had positive responses to the emergency relief efforts from the country government after the two typhoon disasters. However, disasters always brought damages. It was normal that people felt heavy-hearted. He could only hope that everyone could stay calm and continue to participate in the post-disaster recovery work to make the island beautiful again.

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  • Date:2016-12-08