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CIP Working with the Taoyuan City Government to Build a Safe Living Environment for Kanjin and Saowac Communities

  • 更新時間:2020/08/26 15:05:49

Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) Minister Icyang Parod and Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan visited the Kanjin and Saowac communities and surrounding areas on April 21 to carry out an inspection of a retaining wall being constructed on the left bank of sections 81 and 82 of the Dahan River (near Kanjin community), as well as to check on the progress of a drinking water quality improvement project for the two communities.

According to Mr. Icyang, the residents of the Kanjin and Saowac communities are unable to obtain official household registrations as their homes are located in a flood-risk area. As a result, these residents cannot apply for tap water with the Taiwan Water Corporation, and their communities are constantly under threat of flooding. The CIP and Taoyuan City Government have been actively working to improve the living conditions of the local indigenous peoples. A public hearing was held in 2017 to discuss how to allow residents to remain in place and yet ensure their safety. Finally, in February of 2018, Kanjin locals were able to obtain household registrations. The Taoyuan City Government excavated a well to divert groundwater for drinking water, but unfortunately, the water quality was not good enough for drinking. Therefore, in 2019, the CIP used a portion of its Forward-Looking Infrastructure Development Program budget to provide funding for the Taoyuan City Government to carry out a water quality improvement project for the Kanjin and Saowac communities to give local indigenous peoples clean water.

When the Taoyuan City Government completes the retaining wall on the left bank of sections 81 and 82 of the Dahan River, the frequency of flooding is expected to decrease, which will greatly increase the safety of the local indigenous people. Furthermore, the enhanced flood control facilities also mean that in the near future, Kanjin community will no longer be a flood-risk zone, opening the door to countless development opportunities for the local economy. Through the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program budget, Mr. Icyang has assured the Taoyuan City Government that the CIP will continue to support the expansion of public infrastructure to help local indigenous communities build sustainable housing.

Contact: Lin Ching-yuan (senior specialist)

Telephone: (02) 8995-3225