Premier Su Tseng-chang (
"It is my hope that all children in the world appreciate and remember what their mothers have done for them," Su said.
"I hope more mothers will help educate more outstanding younger generations for our country," he said.
The premier made his remarks when approached by media at an event at Taipei 101, where he was accompanied his own mother, Su Chiang Ching-lien (
The 16 mothers, selected by the Ministry of the Interior, were chosen due to their outstanding success in raising their children despite difficult circumstances, the ministry said.
Su said that when his mother was admitted to hospital at the end of last year, he repeatedly encouraged her by telling her that he wanted to continue to call her mom.
"When she was released from the hospital, I was so happy, happier than the moment when I was named as the premier," Su said.
He praised the 16 mothers and described their success in raising families as remarkable.
"Everyone of them has a story to tell. They did not give up hope but strived to raise their kids with an optimistic attitude. I think that attitude is worthy of respect," Su said.