Sketch of Public Policy Communion, June 2020
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The June Archilife Public Policy Communion of 2020 was held on June 21, 2020. After a series of relaxing and fun activities, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying made the following announcement, "The world’s current situation is in a turbulent state. The threat of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, anti-Christ, famine, war, and epidemic, has arrived. The impacts have caught people off guard. Therefore, let’s be conservative and wait and see. In addition, often times, serendipity turns out to be inevitability with time. For instance, former president Chen Shui-bian and I were classmates in the Department of Law, National Taiwan University. While he was serving his term as the president, I had the chance to deliver Archilife’s "Green Silicon Island" concept to him, which became the cornerstone of many policies today. Hence, we should do the right things to turn serendipity into inevitability. That said, it is also because of the serendipity of a great deal of environmental destruction in the past that led to the inevitable outcome of climate change. Archilife’s symbiotic civilization is the ultimate solution that leads mankind towards the future. Let us encourage each other in our endeavors."
Next on the schedule was the keynote speech. First, Mr. Li Hung-chien spoke on "The Difference Between Urban Renewal and Old House Reconstruction". The speaker first explained urban renewal refers to replacing old houses with new ones to make life more convenient and the environment healthier. Moreover, the significant increase in the value of new houses has led to greater wealth. Applicants can enjoy tax relief by applying for a building bulk increase and bulk renewal reward. It is applicable with the consent of the majority of people (business plan consent ratio: 75%). The reconstruction of older structures is intended for houses over 30 years whose structural safety and building seismic capacity are inadequate, provided 100% consent of owners of all the lands and legal buildings within the reconstruction scope shall be obtained. The main difference between urban renewal and the reconstruction of older structure lies in the area restriction, consent ratio, review speed, and tax relief. Both have their own niches, and the common ground lies in improving the living environment and living safety, thereby creating a better living space.
Next, Ms. Yen Hsiu-hui spoke on "The Introduction of the Extended Producer Responsibility System". The speaker first explained producers manufacture and trade goods to make a profit. During product use, the goods must come with warrantee. Goods become waste after use, which is extended to become the producer’s responsibility and is called recyclable waste. The natures include clearance difficulty, substances and composition that are difficult to rot or are harmful in the long run but possess recycling and reutilization value. Producers must pay a recycling management fund in advance. The recycling fee rate is to be set up by the Recycling Fee Review Committee, Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan), which is an important key for the overall circular economy and sustainable development. For the recovery system part, the participation and cooperation of local governments, community schools, private groups, and vending sites are needed. Therefore, waste reduction, classification, and recovery should be performed in daily life to lessen the environmental load caused by the economy.
Next, Mr. Yang Cheng-fan spoke on "Climate Change and Major Disaster Prevention". The speaker first mentioned the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA), Ministry of Health and Welfare’s current financial situation and future direction. The speaker also pointed out the recent upper limit for “the upper limit of difference in amount of self-paid medical materials” set by the NHIA for the first time, which aroused controversy and caused strong backlash in the medical community. The speaker went on with the topic of the day and cited the Puyuma Express derailment incident as the example. In the face of such a major accident, “the deprivation of the survival space or serious injuries caused after being thrown out of the window or being hit by luggage” are most frequently encountered when the train derails from the tracks and overturns. Thus, in addition to holding your head and bending your knees to minimize contact area, the most important protection is to change the system regulations, such as mandatorily fastening seat belts, properly securing luggage, etc., in order to have a chance to reduce personal injury during a major train accident.
After the speech, Secretary General Huang Chin-ying presented a gift to the speakers on behalf of the foundation, and played a brainstorm game. Then, attendees expressed and exchanged their opinions and views during the piggy hour. The June Archilife Public Policy Communion ended smoothly.