Taipei's meal program for seniors will end on Dec. 31. In response to calls for the program to continue, Taipei City Mayor Chiang Wan-an said an announcement would be forthcoming from the social affairs bureau.
Liu Yung-hsiung, Linjiang Borough Chief, Daan District, Taipei: “I hope Mayor Chiang will continue this wonderful program.”
Many seniors in Taipei look forward to sharing a meal with their friends and neighbors at their local borough office every week. Taipei's borough meal program, which spans 80 boroughs across the city, ends on Dec. 31. As many as 4,558 seniors could be affected.
Chien Shu-pei, Taipei City Councilor (DPP): “Mayor Chiang Wan-an has no right to take away the meal rights of 4,500-plus old people.”
Chiang Wan-an, Taipei City Mayor: “We listen to everyone and we care very deeply about elder care and elder rights. The social affairs bureau will be announcing further details. ”
According to Taipei City Councilor Chien Shu-pei, Chiang Wan-an is clueless about city affairs and Deputy Mayor Lin Yi-hua needs to report to work as soon as possible so that seniors aren't sacrificed. Taipei's NT$1,500 elder subsidy is coming back next year. Ko Wen-je, who canceled the subsidy, questions where the money will come from.
Chiang Wan-an, Taipei City Mayor: “This is something all city residents are hoping for, and we take the responsibility of elder care very seriously.”
The subsidy program will cost the city NT$170 million. Chiang says his election promise will be realized.