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Hsieh touts plan to form communities

Program aims to build up to 10,000 'healthy' neighborhoods within the next ten years

Hsieh touts plan to form communities

Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday instructed the Executive Yuan to launch a wide-ranging "Taiwan New Community Six Stars Plan" that aims to promote the formation of up to 10,000 "health communities" during the coming decade.
As a part of his Democratic Progressive Party-led Cabinet's effort to promote the administrative theme of "Healthy Taiwan" in 2005 and to promote the healthy and rounded development of communities, the premier asked senior state ministers and the Council on Cultural Affairs to draft the program.
Hsieh said the "six stars" in the scheme referred to industrial development, community public safety, social welfare and medical services, humanities and education, environmental and ecological protection, and environmental landscape.
Focus on these six aspects of community development would be used to "promote Healthy Taiwan and congeal citizen consciousness" as well as achieve "benchmark significance."
The premier announced that he would personally convene a Cabinet-level commission to promote the "Taiwan New Community Six Stars Plan" with Ministers without Portfolio Kuo Yao-chi (郭瑤琪), Lin Sheng-feng (林盛豐) and Fu Li-yeh assisting in drafting the final program and with the CCA responsible for implementation under the committee's supervision.
The commission will integrate resources from related ministries and agencies and assist local county and city governments to "actively realize" the community building program.
The program will provide guidance for 300-500 communities in the six fields annually with the aim of guiding between 5,000 and 10,000 "healthy communities" within the next 10 years.
Yesterday's Cabinet meeting also resubmitted to the new Legislative Yuan a number of major reform bills that the past Legislature failed to pass before it ended its last session last month.
The most far reaching of the re-submitted draft bills is the administrative streamlining package of revisions to the Executive Yuan Organization Law and the Provisional Statute for the Adjustment of the Functions and Operations of the Executive Yuan."
Hsieh told the Cabinet that while Taiwan is ranked between fourth and 10th in international surveys of global competitiveness, the country has the most room for improvement in the fields of administrative efficiency and political stability.
The premier noted that Taiwan has been ranked 50 or higher in political instability and around 20th in government administrative efficiency.
"Therefore, we know government re-engineering has considerable room for improvement, but government re-engineering has been talked about for nearly 20 years but never realized," Hsieh acknowledged.
The premier expressed "deep regret" that the previous Legislative Yuan failed to approve the package of administrative reform bills despite intensive lobbying by the government.
Hsieh said the resubmission of the Executive Yuan's version of the bills "manifests our direction and resolution for great reform and economic progress" and expressed his hope that the governing and opposition parties can consult and give final approval to the executive branch restructuring plan.
Hsieh also defended his young administration, stating that efforts for reform required reason, political clout and realism to succeed.
"We are advancing in the great direction of reform on one hand, but on the other hand, we must know how much and where our force lies in the subjective and objective fields," the premier and former governing Democratic Progressive Party chairman said.
"I said that this attitude is pragmatism and that being pragmatic is not violating the direction of reform or turning one's back on ideals" said Hsieh.
"If we insist on 100 percent reform and opposing people insist on zero and everyone must eventually choose one or the other, then sometimes reforms will be delayed," noted Hsieh.
"If the opportunity allows us to get only 80 percent and we feel 80 percent can be accepted, that is pragmatism and is not violating our ideals," the premier concluded.
In addition, the Cabinet re-approved the draft "Government Information Openness Law" and draft revisions to the "Executive Yuan Procedures Law," the "Law for the Protection of Individual Computerized Data," the Nationalities Law, the Social Welfare Basic Law and the Statute for the 2008 Taiwan Exhibition and other bills.


Updated : 2021-10-28 16:23 GMT+08:00