Platform to accept foreigners
Residence permit holders in Taiwan will from June be able to submit tips and proposals to the National Development Council’s online policy platform, the council said. The Public Policy Participation Network Platform, established in February 2015, allows Taiwanese to share their views on public affairs. The Executive Yuan on Wednesday last week passed a review of the Directions for Implementing Online Participation in Public Policy, which allows residence permit holders to present proposals on the platform, council Director of Information Management Chuang Ming-fen (莊明芬) said. As of last month, the public had posted 5,190 proposals on the platform, 138 of which were recognized, the council said.
Ministry to rate brokers
The Ministry of Labor’s annual evaluation of brokerage companies for migrant workers is to begin on Monday, the ministry said, adding that the results would be published later this year. The ministry is to rate the performance of more than 1,450 companies in areas such as management, client services and systems for dealing with labor law violations, it said on Thursday. The brokerage firms’ performance last year is to be graded on a 100-point scale: A (90 or above), B (70 to 89) or C (under 70). Those seeking to hire workers through a broker could find the results on the ministry’s Web site from Oct. 31. In a mock referendum held by the Migrants Empowerment Network in Taiwan, 12,684 votes were cast in favor of abolishing the migrant labor brokerage system, while 95 votes were cast against abolishing it. Many migrant workers have complained that Taiwanese brokers charge too much and do not provide adequate services.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up