As of next year, the Taiwan Provincial Government will no longer be funded, and members of the Taiwan Provincial Consultative Council would to be reassigned to county and municipal governments, which would take over the province’s responsibilities, Taiwan Provincial Governor Wu Tze-cheng (吳澤成) said yesterday.
He told the Legislative Yuan’s Internal Administration Committee that the council had 57 members, of whom nine are to retire this year, with the remainder to take on new roles as of Jan. 1 next year.
The provincial government, based in Nantou County’s Jhongsing New Village (中興新村), had held a meeting in November last year to evaluate its responsibilities, and determined that 12 of its tasks could be discarded, and four could be handled by the central and local governments, while it would retain 23 tasks, Wu said.
At a meeting of provincial government and Executive Yuan representatives on Dec. 14 last year determined that aside from record-keeping, which would be handled by the provincial government, its tasks would be handled by the central and local governments, Wu said, adding that officials would be dispatched to handle record-keeping and other tasks when needed.
The majority of its tasks would be handled by the National Development Council, with the remaining duties taken over by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of the Interior, Wu said.
Its 39 regular and 18 custodial and engineering employees would also be reassigned, he said.
A three-week National Development Conference in December 1996 decided to downsize the functions and organizations of the provincial government and freeze the gubernatorial election as part of overall plans to streamline the nation’s government.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
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The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among