Tsai announces 5 social stability pledges
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen ( ) announced her “five social stability pledges” yesterday, which revolve around social housing, food safety, community care, sustainable pensions and public safety.
Tsai’s announcement came during her commencement speech at an election rally in Taoyuan City. Her first social stability pledge is the “living at ease program,” which is based on social housing. It involves building 200,000 households in eight years by cooperating with county and city governments.
“The social housing will only be rented out on reasonable leases tailored particularly for the youth, middle- class workers, singleparent families, the disabled and the elderly,” Tsai stated.
Stricter food safety regulations are also to be on the agenda if the DPP chairwoman wins the election. Tsai stated that amendments will also be made to the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation ( ) to make food producers more responsible for the food they supply and set up a reporting system that rewards high-quota bonuses.
“We will also push for a new agricultural system,” Tsai said, “by renewing the food production resume system by giving each agricultural product its own identity card.” Tsai stated her desire to see Taiwan’s food become more well-known on an international scale by guaranteeing its quality and re-instilling consumer trust in Taiwan-produced foods.
For community care, Tsai is proposing a “three-in-one” system through a community-based structure by linking “nursing and childcare, long- term care, and employment” under one policy. The health care system will then be able to provide quality care for the elderly and the young, Tsai stated.
Tsai said that she was pessimistic about Taiwan’s current pensions system, stating that each pension category will become bankrupt in the future if the system does not undergo changes.
Reiterating her previous stance on the pensions issue, Tsai advocated holding a “national affairs meeting” to discuss “sustainable pensions system” reforms with experts from various fields.
“The current pension problems are a structural problem — it is not a problem stemming from an individual or a particular industry,” Tsai stated. “A sustainable pension plan should be able to guarantee each person’s retirement.”
On the topic of public safety, Tsai highlighted her anti- drug platform, stating she has real- ized that drug abuse problems “are more severe than originally thought.” Substance abuse is increasing in younger age groups, and is also the basis of violence and crime, Tsai said. “46 percent of prison inmates are affected by drug-related crime.”
Tsai is also advocating setting up anti-drug programs with other countries. Other public safety issues to be addressed should Tsai become president are combating organized crime, the use of assault weapons and the promotion of women’s and children’s safety.