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Supervisors’ Meeting at County Government to Discuss Long-term Care 2.0 Project

Supervisors’ Meeting at County Government to Discuss Long-term Care 2.0 Project
Reporter: Weng Wei-Chih/ County Government’s Report

“Taking bold actions with a kind heart” is Deputy Magistrate Wu Cheng-Dian’s emphasis in yesterday’s Supervisors’ Meeting. He pointed out that supervisors must be clear about their vision, regardless of the size of their sections, and must think about the focus of their administration work every day. Be it three or five items, they must be kept in mind and put strictly into practice.
Furthermore, ensuring good personnel management is a supervisor’s incumbent responsibility. Deputy Magistrate Wu stressed that it is particularly important for a supervisor to manage his emotions well. Do everything rationally, and both IQ and EQ are required to do things well. It is important to find ways to redirect and relieve internal pressure and resistance.
He affirmed that the key to smooth operation lies in a harmonious atmosphere. The true meaning of “harmony first” can only be upheld by taking bold actions for internal management with a kind intention and treating subordinates graciously. Similarly, he urged staff members not to doubt their superiors’ ambitions or take a different path from their bosses. Supervisors should try to make subordinates act out of their own will while achieving the supervisors’ desire. Admire each other with an empathetic heart, and do not bear grudges against each other over trivial matters.
In the meeting, Lyu Cing-Fu, Director of the Environmental Protection Bureau, introduced the Bureau’s current control measures regarding the issue of regulating old vehicles in local areas, including:
1. Source control: vehicles must meet specific emission requirements to be allowed to enter the County. Vehicle license tax is re-imposed, and a pollution control fee is levied.
2. Reducing current quantity: phasing out old business vehicles and prioritizing the selection of low-pollution vehicles, subsidizing the renewal of tour buses, and increasing incentives for choosing low-carbon emission vehicles.
In addition, the Environmental Protection Bureau sends out notices for the inspection of high-mileage vehicles, coordinates with the Motor Vehicles Office to conduct spot checks from time to time, designates air quality clean areas in environmental parks, and notifies inspection of smog-emitting cars. It has also made plans to perform vehicle identification at major intersections, inform diesel vehicles for inspection, and will subsequently organize talks to promote the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) campaign for subsidizing the phasing out of diesel vehicles and installation of smog filters.
Commenting on this, Deputy Magistrate Wu likened it to catching flu, which cannot be cured all at once but requires ongoing efforts. He urged all related sections to think carefully whether to tackle the problem with moderate and sustaining, or vigorous and resolute measures. In short, our goal is to improve air quality in Kinmen and launch a smoother campaign for a low-carbon island. There should be a more appropriate mechanism for controlling old vehicles.
In the meeting, the Public Works Department and the Economic Affairs Department were asked to recapitulate the water environment project and the urban and rural construction (road quality improvement) project, so that budgetary fund can be requested for the subsequent forward-looking infrastructure projects.
As for the promotion of smart cities in the County, Director-general of the General Affairs Department Chen Jin-Zeng stated that to facilitate the budgeting and implementation of the Smart Island projects by all departments and bureaus, the General Affairs Department has, for their reference, compiled 85 recommended proposals from a previous coordination meeting. To facilitate policy implementation, the Department will subsequently summarize 17 reference proposals for key departments and bureaus.
Deputy Magistrate Wu admitted that the promotion of Smart Island is more or less related to the work of each department and bureau. In particular, some of the work may involve interdepartmental coordination, and substantial internal resistance is expected. Budget requirements will be great too. It is hard to please everyone. At the moment, the hope is to identify a few feasible projects first, and make the best effort to gain an immediate and effective result.
On account of whitetop weed extermination, the Economic Affairs Department has sent letters earlier to all townships to ask for assistance and designated the first Sunday of every month as mowing day. Mowing and protective gears are bought by the township offices, encouraging all communities and neighborhoods to join the mowing project. On the 13th of this month, the Deputy Magistrate has also scheduled to attend the mowing day activity of Houfeng Port Community at Jincheng Township, to propagate spontaneous and concerted effort of the communities to protect the environment by eradicating exotic species.
The Social Affairs Department and the Public Health Bureau also reported on the Long-term Care 2.0 (LTC 2.0) project at the meeting. Director of the Social Affairs Department Chen Shih-Bao indicated that the key points of LTC 2.0 include broadening service coverage and increasing service items. Apart from increasing the number of services from 8 items in LTC 1.0 to 17 items, LTC 2.0 covers a series of services extending from the preventive care to palliative care. In addition, LTC 2.0 has integrated these individual services, connecting them all with an ABC three-tier system. The annual key tasks of the Department are mainly:
1. Building the comprehensive community care system.
2. Continuing with the outsourcing of the planning and design of Jhushan Community Day Care Center at Jincheng Township and the tender invitation work for outsourced operations, and concurrently seeking proper locations for building day care centers at Jinsha and Jinning Townships.
3. Actively liaising with and advising six communities, which have yet to give consent, to establish LTC Grade-C stations.
4. Broadening the setup of community care stations to reach a 100% deployment goal.
5. Assisting capable agencies to join the elderly congregate meal (and delivery) service.
6. Improving quality of shuttle services for the disabled.
There are, however, a number of thorny issues. At present, it is difficult to find appropriate locations and agencies for establishing long-term care resources; human resources and training are in dire shortage; interdisciplinary teamwork models have yet to be established; and there is discrepancy in the supply of care resources. These reduce the accessibility to services for the public. To solve these problems, the Department will make efforts to increase staff salary and benefits, bolstering professional training, and unifying the promotional mechanisms of the administrative departments, in addition to augmenting communication and coordination with the staff of all community centers, the existing long-term care providers and civic groups.
Secretary-General Lin De-Gong made an emotional comment, saying that everyone will grow old and that LTC 2.0 is the prime priority of the current affairs of the government. With regard to the difficulties in finding venues, he believes that the community development associations (over 100 of them in all townships), community centers (no less than 20 to 30), and village offices should be adequately utilized, since these places are often seriously under-used. Out of overall policy consideration, the relevant agencies should review them one by one for possible usage. The old complex of Kinmen Hospital can also be used for long-term care with careful planning. As for the funding of local long-term care by the government, he saw it as disproportionate. As distributed resources to the local government are limited, he urged the relevant departments to make more efforts to compete for them.

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  • Date:2017-12-12