Chen Chu to be Tsai’s campaign head
Tsai mulls over posttyphoon measures
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Central Standing Committee meeting yesterday saw the announcement of the head of presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s ( ) campaign headquarters, Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu ( ), as well as preventative measures related to storm and flood disasters.
“In Taiwan’s democracy, Chen is a constant player and she plays a pivotal role,” Tsai stated after the meeting. “Not only does Chen have a great report card in leading Kaohsiung, she is also a fine example for DPP local governments to follow.”
“We anticipate how Chen will be able to lead our campaign and optimize our party forces in the elections,” Tsai said.
The DPP chairwoman also listened to a case report on disaster prevention measures made by civil engineering and applied economics professors, and exchanged ideas with Tainan City’s Water Resources Bureau Director-General Li Meng-yen ( ) and Yunlin Government Water Resources Department Director-General Lin Jung-Chuan.
Tsai addressed three issues — disaster rescue efforts, water resource management and compensation for agricultural loss.
Disaster Rescue Efforts
Referring to Fuxing District in Taoyuan and Wulai in New Taipei, Tsai stated that reconstruction efforts should be concentrated on investigating soil bearing capacity and disaster vulnerability.
“Reconstruction of basic infrastructure should be based upon sustainability,” Tsai said. “It should be considered that we gradually renew the reconstruction system, which had been on hold since the 921 earthquake.”
In the long term, Tsai also suggested that Taiwan should set up a more elaborate and active “National Geographic Information System” to provide necessary information in times of need.
“Integrating potentially disasterinflicted and environmentally unstable areas into the system will help avoid misusage of national lands.”
Water Resource Management
of managing water resources, Tsai referred to setting up a “well pattern” for strategic usage in underground water zones, where areas could draw water in areas without concerns of land subsidence. A similar tactic had been used during the waterrationing period in Taoyuan City in April.
“Uniting water resources from the ground and underground could be used in water rationing and post- flood disasters to provide clean water,” Tsai said. Typhoon Soudelor brought days of contaminated water for the Greater Taipei area.
Farmers’ Disaster Insurance
Taiwan’s storm disasters often bring about devastating agricultural losses that cause great harm to farmers. Apart from imploring government sectors to quickly assist farmers in restoring their land, Tsai pointed out that current payments are often not enough to help farmers.
Tsai proposed that an “insurance system” could be processed hand- in- hand with the current subsidy system. “Through an effective system, we hope farmers could receive more assistance and assurance.”
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen ( ), center, and New Power Party ( ) member Hung Tzu-yung ( ), right, make a heart with their hands during a campaign photo shoot, yesterday. Tsai, along with other legislative candidates, attended a photo shoot, with independent candidate Cheng Yungching ( ) showing up as well.