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PINGTUNG'S WANLUAN TO ISSUE CASH GIFT OF NT$1,000 TO ALL KIDS|屏東萬巒鄉創舉 18歲以下婦幼節發1千禮金

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-03-20
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To celebrate Children's Day this year, Pingtung's Wanluan Township government plans to issue a cash gift of NT$1,000 to each of its minors under 18 years of age, which has provoked controversy. The township mayor stated that the township treasury had a surplus of NT$180 million as a result of personnel downsizing and infrastructure grants, and hence the decision to issue cash gifts.

With only NT$900 per month, parents in Wanluan Township can send their children to the public community preschool, where free lunch is provided by the township government. This year, a total of 2,687 minors under 18 in the township can expect a cash gift of NT$1,000 on Children's Day.

==LI JUNG-CHEN Preschool Director ==
The money can come in handy for the parents. NT$1,000 can buy their children a gift on Children's Day.

==MS. CHANG, parent==
(The money can be used for) milk powder, diapers, or books for older children. I've heard parents from other towns say that they might move their children here.

The township receives NT$170 million annually from the central government. The township mayor's efforts to downsize personnel and bid for infrastructure grants have accumulated over the past six years a surplus of NT$180 million, which has been used for social welfare programs including birth subsidies and old age allowances.

==LIN PI-CHIEN, Mayor, Wanluan Township ==
The money belongs to all Wanluan Township residents. We have not done enough for students in elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools, so we decided to give them a cash gift for Children's Day this year

Despite the controversy, the township mayor believed that issuing cash gifts would not jeopardize infrastructure projects. However, the township has not made the decision to issue cash gifts again next year.

TRANSLATED BY:LUKE CHIANG

今年婦幼節,屏東縣萬巒鄉公所將發送1000元禮金,給設籍鄉內的18歲以下兒童和青少年,開全國之先例,不過,引來民眾正反評價,鄉長表示,這是靠著精簡人事和爭取建設經費,讓鄉庫多存1.8億元,因此將經費和民眾共享。
利用國小閒置空間,設置萬巒鄉立幼兒園,每個月只要900元,午餐、點心費也由鄉公所支付,不但解決鄉民托育問題,更減輕年輕家長負擔,而今年婦幼節福利再加碼,18歲以下兒童青少年,每人可領1千元禮金,全鄉共2687人受惠。

==幼兒園長 李容珍==
讓我們的家長不無少補
就是多了這1千塊
讓他們為孩子慶祝兒童節的禮物

==家長 張小姐==
(買)奶粉尿布 小朋友可能就書籍
有其它鄉鎮朋友說
可能把小朋友移來這邊吧

萬巒鄉財源主要來自中央統籌分配款1.7億元,鄉長以企業經營模式,遇缺不補、精簡人事,像是村里幹事一人兼三個村,同時爭取建設經費,每年約省下3千多萬,六年來鄉庫存下1.8億元,省錢以外,更將經費用在社會福利支出,包括生育補貼第一胎1萬7千元,75歲以上敬老津貼2千到5千元。

==萬巒鄉長 林碧乾==
這個錢本來就是
我們萬巒鄉全體鄉民的資產
國小國中高中
好像獨漏了這個區塊
所以今年就發這個兒童禮金

首創發送千元婦幼節禮金,引來正反評價,不過,鄉長認為,結餘經費本該與民共享,與鄉內建設並不違背,至於,明年是否繼續發放,有待討論。

記者 李淑蘭 許政俊 屏東報導