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

In terms

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.

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