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President visits Daxi Cultural and Health Station in Daxi, Taoyuan, to meet elderly indigenous people in the Metropolitan Area

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  • Online Date:2023/05/10
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President Tsai Ing-wen visited the Daxi Cultural and Health Station in Taoyuan's Daxi District on March 21, accompanied by Vice Premier Cheng Wen-tsan and Icyang Parod, the Acting Chairperson of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, to observe the station's operations. This was her first visit to a cultural and health station in the metropolitan area. President Tsai pointed out that the number of indigenous people living in the metropolitan area is increasing year by year, and Taoyuan City has the second-highest indigenous population in the country, with a total population of more than 80,000. Therefore, providing appropriate professional care services that meet cultural needs for elderly indigenous people in the metropolitan area has become an important direction for the government's long-term care policies for indigenous people in recent years. Today, she listened to the daily lives of elderly indigenous people at the cultural and health station, learned from caregivers' experience, and dined with the elderly at the station to understand more about the meals provided on a regular basis.

Icyang Parod, the Acting Chairperson of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, stated that there are 481 cultural and health stations established nationwide as of 2023 – 76 of which are in the metropolitan area, compared to only nine in 2016. This is remarkable growth. Vice Premier Cheng Wen-tsan also stated that during his eight-year term as mayor of Taoyuan City, the number of cultural and health stations increased significantly from five to 35, made possible with the support of President Tsai and Acting Chairperson Icyang Parod. Icyang Parod further explained that the reason cultural and health stations can develop rapidly in the metropolitan area is due to President Tsai's directive in 2017 to transfer the cultural and health station budget from the Taiwan Lottery to the Long-term Care Services Development Fund. The Council of Indigenous Peoples also expanded the establishment of cultural and health stations from tribal areas to metropolitan area in the second half of 2017, enabling indigenous people living in both tribal and metropolitan areas to receive care from cultural and health stations and continue the traditional culture of mutual care.

Furthermore, Acting Chairperson Icyang Parod pointed out that the Council of Indigenous Peoples is also subsidizing the construction of the Indigenous Language Broadcasting Building in Taoyuan's metropolitan area, facilitated as, during the 2016 election campaign, President Tsai promised to find homes for employees of the Indigenous TV station. The building is scheduled to be completed in 2025. In addition, the Council of Indigenous Peoples is also subsidizing the construction of the International Indigenous Cultural and Creative Industries Park next to the building, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, allowing more people to learn about the cultural industries of indigenous people.