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Changhua County shares experience in boosting birth rate

Changhua County shares experience in boosting birth rate

Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) Besides offering a child care subsidy, providing an environment in which residents can live safely and easily find jobs is a key to success in boosting the birth rate, Changhua County Magistrate Cho Po-yuan said Monday.
According to the results of a survey released Monday by Common Health Magazine, Changhua County, Yilan County and Taichung City are the three localities in Taiwan that were rated as the most favorable places to have a child.
The main criteria used in the survey was care for children, childbirth care, financial support and child-rearing environment.
Cho pointed out that Changhua's fertility rate stood at 1.15 births per woman in 2009, which was higher than the nation's average of 1.02 births per woman.
He attributed the achievement to the favorable living environment provided by Changhua, which has the second-lowest unemployment rate and the lowest crime rate in Taiwan.
Also, the county has provided free lunches to elementary and junior high school students since 2009, greatly reducing the financial burden on parents, the magistrate said.
(By Y.F. Low)