News – Gyeonggi Global https://english.gg.go.kr Global Inspiration, Global Gyeonggi Province Fri, 09 Apr 2021 08:58:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://english.gg.go.kr/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/128.png News – Gyeonggi Global https://english.gg.go.kr 32 32 Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police use undercover investigations to crack down on illegal private loans https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/gyeonggi-province-special-judicial-police-use-undercover-investigations-to-crack-down-on-illegal-private-loans/ Sun, 07 Mar 2021 04:00:22 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17067 ○ Four undercover investigators and four online monitors to remain active in first half of year
– Intensive monitoring of illegal online private loans, real estate practices, and pyramid schemes; prevention of juvenile delinquency, etc.
– 64 illegal lenders arrested over two-year period (28 in 2019, 36 in 2020)
○ 16 personnel deployed to remove ads for illegal private loans, media harmful to minors, etc.
○ Gyeonggi Province “aims to minimize damage to residents by extending its undercover investigations of illicit online activities”

The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police have officially begun an operation using undercover “customers” to investigate and crack down on illicit activities.

A total of eight part-time agents (four undercover investigators and four online monitors) have been deployed for the first half of this year to investigate illegal ads, collect data related to investigations, and manage a corresponding database.

In 2019, Gyeonggi Province became the first local autonomy to employ the undercover “customer” tactic, with the Special Judicial Police having since arrested 64 illegal lenders over a two-year span, 28 arrests in 2019 and 36 in 2020.

Four online monitors were introduced this year to scrutinize websites and secure evidence for investigations related to illegal private loans, real estate practices, pyramid schemes (e.g., cryptocurrencies, stock leading rooms), and proxy purchases of drugs harmful to minors.

Starting on March 8, 16 agents will be dispatched on-site to collect illegal ads, which serve as important evidential material in the investigation process. These agents will visit downtown districts and areas frequented by youths in the province to remove ads for illegal loans as well as media harmful to minors, securing evidence crucial for investigations. The number of illegal ads removed during the past year amounted to approximately 294,000.

Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Superintendent Kim Yeong-su stated, “Cases of illegal private loans have increased due to COVID-19, and damages from illegal pyramid schemes and false advertisements have multiplied as well. We will minimize damages experienced by residents by expanding undercover investigations online to identify abusive acts in the real estate market, pyramid schemes, and proxy purchases of drugs that are harmful to minors.”

The Special Judicial Police, which were established in October 2018, concentrated efforts on eradicating illegal private loans, such as private high interest loans, and arrested 46 illegal online lenders last year.

Reports of damages stemming from online illegal lenders can be made via the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police website (www.gg.go.kr/gg_special_cop), through KakaoTalk, or by calling the Gyeonggi Province Call Center (031-120).

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Gyeonggi Province introduces clean buses equipped with air purifiers to eliminate particulate matter and viruses! https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/gyeonggi-province-introduces-clean-buses-equipped-with-air-purifiers-to-eliminate-particulate-matter-and-viruses/ Thu, 04 Mar 2021 04:00:49 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17071 ○ Gyeonggi Province to advance its clean bus pilot project for eliminating particulate matter and viruses by July
– Installation of air purifiers on bus ceilings; 99% of particulate matter and 93% of viruses/bacteria to be eliminated
○ Installations on 20 intercity buses and express buses operating on three routes in Gyeonggi Province that see high numbers of rush hour passengers
– Two express bus routes: Seongnam ↔ Incheon (#8806), Icheon ↔ Dong Seoul (#1336)
– One express city bus route: Pyeongtaek ↔ Gangnam (#6600)

Gyeonggi Province will introduce clean buses that can eliminate 99% of the particulate matter and 93% of the viruses and bacteria onboard.

Gyeonggi Province announced on March 4 that, for the first in the nation, it will operate clean buses; 20 clean buses equipped with air purifies that can eliminate particulate matter and viruses will begin operating this month on three routes so as to prevent health-related issues stemming from particulate matter and viral infections while ensuring a more pleasant bus environment.

Purifiers that can quickly remove particulate matter from passengers as well as in-bus pollutants will be installed on bus ceilings. Pre-filters will catch large dust particles while HEPA filters will eliminate 99% of particulate matter. UV disinfection lights will then eradicate more than 93% of harmful viruses and bacteria while carbon filters will remove unpleasant odors.

These easy-to-install purifiers, designed in consideration of optimal size and noise levels, are expected to receive positive responses from bus passengers and operators.

Gyeonggi Province will prioritize installation on 20 buses on one Seongnam-Incheon express bus route (#8806), one Icheon-Dong Seoul express bus route (#1336), and one Pyeongtaek-Gangnam express city bus route (#6600) that see high numbers of rush hour passengers.

During the pilot project period, Gyeonggi Province will measure and observe the levels of particulate matter and carbon dioxide in real time with grade 1 measuring devices certified by the Ministry of Environment. The evaluation of the project will be completed by July through a performance analysis, and the project will be expanded to cities and counties in the province in accordance with the results.

Driver A of bus #6600, who has more than twenty years of experience driving buses, commented, “The indoor air quality has improved after the air cleaning device was installed and breathing has become easier, which has improved my concentration level. The passengers are also satisfied, and I hope the number of clean buses is increased.”

Park Dae-geun, Director of Gyeonggi Province’s PM Countermeasure Division, stated, “A system that safely purifies polluted indoor air is necessary as frequent ventilation of city buses is difficult. We will strive to substantially promote the pilot project during this time of uneasiness with closed spaces due to COVID-19 so that everyone can ride buses with installed air purifiers.”

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Gyeonggi Province encourages athletes; KRW 1.75 Billion in “Sports New Deal” investments https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/gyeonggi-province-encourages-athletes-krw-1-75-billion-in-sports-new-deal-investments/ Thu, 04 Mar 2021 04:00:14 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17069 ○ Promotion of Gyeonggi Province’s “Sports New Deal” initiative for 2021 to support ailing sports industry
○ Comprised of three projects with a total budget of KRW 1.745 billion
– Support for short-term worker employment in the sports industry (KRW 960 million), support for disease control and prevention equipment provision (KRW 320 million), and support for production of contactless sports content (KRW 465 million)
○ Selection of subsidiary initiatives from each of Gyeonggi’s 31 cities and counties to execute the three projects
– Limited to sports bodies based on Gyeonggi Province’s Municipal Ordinance on the Promotion of Sports
○ Extended promotion of projects if this year’s pilot projects prove effective

On March 4, Gyeonggi Province revealed its plan to promote its Sports New Deal initiative for 2021 to support the ailing sports industry, which has been impacted by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, and to help workers in the sports industry with short-term jobs.

A total of KRW 1.745 billion will be allocated to the Sports New Deal initiative, which will be organized around three projects: support for short-term, three-month worker employment in the sports industry (KRW 960 million); support for disease control and prevention equipment provision (KRW 320 million); and support for contactless sports content production (KRW 465 million).

The first support project is geared to support the livelihood of 126 workers in Gyeonggi Province’s sports industry, those who are experiencing difficulties with unemployment or business discontinuance due to COVID-19, through the creation of short-term jobs for three-month periods. These individuals will be linked with sports groups selected by cities and counties to execute administrative mandates, and will receive pay of approximately KRW 2.2 million in accordance with the living wage of Gyeonggi Province for 2021. Three to six individuals will be employed in each sports group depending on the populations of each city and county.

The second support project aims to provide necessary disease control and prevention equipment (e.g. masks, portable thermometers) for use at sporting events and games, with supporting payments of KRW 9 million to KRW 11 million being allotted to each city and county based on population.

The third support project seeks to provide sports industry workers with opportunities for contactless activities as well as with assistance for activity costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sports workers can produce and submit various sports-related YouTube videos to city or county’s organizations for evaluations based on the number of views (50%) and likes (50%). Prize money will be awarded for videos ranked in 1st to 22nd place, with KRW 2 million being awarded to the 1st place video, KRW 1.5 million to 2nd place, KRW 1 million to 3rd place, and KRW 500 thousand for the 4th to 22nd place videos.

In order to promote the Sports New Deal initiative, Gyeonggi Province will select one subsidiary initiative in city and county to aid in the execution of the three primary projects. Subsidiary initiative applications will be accepted during a fifteen-day period from March 5 to 19, but limited to sporting organizations based on Gyeonggi Province’s Municipal Ordinance on the Promotion of Sports. The application announcement can be found on Gyeonggi Province’s website (http://www.gg.go.kr) via News > Announcements & Legislations > Announcements & Notices.

An official of Gyeonggi Province commented, “We hope to breathe life into the ailing sports industry through the Sports New Deal initiative, which we are promoting for the first time, and we plan to expand this project if it produces positive results.”

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Gyeonggi Province exposes fraudulent websites stealing money through fake disaster-related basic income payment notices https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/gyeonggi-province-exposes-fraudulent-websites-stealing-money-through-fake-disaster-related-basic-income-payment-notices/ Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:00:45 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17051 ○ Gyeonggi Province acts on resident report to expose fraudulent website on January 29; immediate deletion following notification of web portal
– Installation of malware after attaining access; scams users into micro-transactions via mobile phones
○ Gyeonggi Province to actively monitor websites via web portals; police to investigate upon exposure
○ Gyeonggi Province actively publicizes its disaster-related basic income website via social media
– Public advised to use Gyeonggi Province’s disaster-related basic income website (basicincome.gg.go.kr)

With plans underway for Gyeonggi Province to begin accepting applications for its 2nd round of disaster-related basic income on February 1, which will provide KRW 100,000 to every resident of the province to help overcome the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gyeonggi took immediate action upon discovery of fraudulent websites scamming residents into micro-transactions via their mobile phones.

Gyeonggi Province asked that residents exercise special caution in avoiding dubious links to unknown websites as notices for the 2nd round of disaster-related basic income payments and resident verification procedures are undertaken only through the official website (basicincome.gg.go.kr).

According to Gyeonggi Province on January 31, a report was made at approximately 6 PM on January 29 by a resident that led to the discovery of a fraudulent website for basic income application, prompting the province to take immediate action.

The website was found after searching for the keywords “application guide for 2nd disaster-related basic income.” Accessing the website automatically led to the installation of malware on devices through which it was accessed. If a user entered a mobile phone number to receive the disaster-related basic income payment, the fraudulent website would initiate micro-transactions without user consent. The individual who reported the fraudulent website did not fall victim to the scam.

After receiving the report, Gyeonggi Province made a request to the related web portal, Daum, for action to be taken, leading to the subsequent deletion of the fraudulent website. After deletion, Gyeonggi Province continued monitoring and discovered thirteen additional fraudulent websites, all of which were deleted after being reported to the relevant web portal.

To prevent further occurrences, Gyeonggi Province is publicizing the official link (basicincome.gg.go.kr) via its official website and social media channels. Thorough monitoring of online forums, blogs and social media has also been reinforced. As of January 31, Gyeonggi Province reported zero cases of reported damage.

Gyeonggi Province has requested that searches and discoveries of fraudulent websites found through the keywords “Gyeonggi Province disaster-related basic income (etc.)” on NAVER, Daum and other web portals be automatically intercepted. Gyeonggi Province plans to deal sternly with such fraudulent websites through criminal investigations.

Public Relations and Planning Bureau Director General Lee Seong-ho said, “With the recent notices about Gyeonggi Province’s 2nd round of disaster-related basic income sent out by credit card companies, the Gyeonggi website has been accessed by many interested residents.” He added, “We will actively monitor websites so that residents do not fall victim to these fraudulent websites.”

Gyeonggi Province’s 2nd round of disaster-related basic income payments will be made available through three options – online application, on-site receipt, and a visiting service – so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Starting February 1, applicants can select from among twelve credit card companies or Gyeonggi Province’s local currency card and conveniently apply online. After verifying one’s residence in Gyeonggi Province on the official application website, individuals can select the card company through which they will receive the disaster-related basic income payment, which they can then use via the selected card.

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(Additional photo) (Press conference) “Payment of 2nd disaster-related basic income before Lunar New Year holiday desirable” – Governor Lee Jaemyung https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/additional-photo-press-conference-payment-of-2nd-disaster-related-basic-income-before-lunar-new-year-holiday-desirable-governor-lee-jaemyung/ Thu, 28 Jan 2021 08:00:45 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17053 ○ Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jaemyung held a press conference on January 28 to address the payment method for the 2nd round of disaster-related basic income.
– “Heart grew heavy” upon hearing pleas for help from Gyeonggi members of the Korea Merchant Association
– Careful examination of payment timing in consideration of momentary preventive measures; analysis of preventive measure conditions for ten days
– Determined that the present time with the third infection wave is suitable considering all circumstances including preventive measures and the economy
– Regret potential economic damage if appropriate actions are not taken; the ‘golden hour’ must not be missed
– Meticulous preparations for complementary measures must be made to prevent contagion problems in the payment process
– Expression of gratitude to Pocheon City for decision to pay KRW 200,000 in disaster-related basic income to every resident; announced concurrence with Gyeonggi Province payment
○ Applications for 2nd round of disaster-related basic income to start February 1; use of payment from February 2 at earliest
○ Reinforced preventive measures compared to 1st payment round; dispersed payment procedures through online, on-site, and visiting application services
– Online applications accepted from February 1 to March 14; available through Gyeonggi Province’s local currency card and twelve other credit cards
– On-site receipt to be made as pre-payment through Gyeonggi Province local currency card at local administration and welfare centers starting March 1
– Visiting application services provided to vulnerable individuals who have difficulty with online applications and on-site receipt
– Use of Gyeonggi Province’s local currency at applicable businesses of one’s registered residential location for three months (until June 30) starting from the day that the approval text message is received

Online applications began on February 1 for Gyeonggi Province’s 2nd round of disaster-related basic income, which pays KRW 100,000 to each resident of Gyeonggi Province, to help residents overcome the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. At least a day or two is required for online application and approval; applicants who applied on February 1 to be granted use of the disaster-related basic income as early as February 2.

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jaemyung held a press conference at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government complex on January 28 to announce the payment methods for the 2nd round of disaster-related basic income. Governor Lee made stated: “Payment of the disaster-related basic income before the Lunar New Year was deemed appropriate in consideration of all present conditions, including the economy and preventive measures, at this point in time during the third wave of infections.”

Governor Lee first spoke of the visit by provincial members of the Korea Merchant Association to the Gyeonggido Assembly on January 27, saying, “My heart grew heavy upon hearing the words, ‘We came because we are hungry. Our families are about to be kicked out into the streets. Help us!’”

Governor Lee stated, “We carefully examined the timing of the payment in consideration of momentary preventive measures, including advice from the leadership of the Democratic Party. According to a meticulous, ten-day analysis of COVID-19 preventive measures, it was determined by Gyeonggi Province that this point in time during the third wave of infections was most suitable. Waiting for a time at which the spread of the virus has abated, when a fourth wave can be expected several months into the future, is like waiting for the COVID-19 pandemic to come to an end. Now is a suitable time for payment of the disaster-related basic income in terms of the economic circumstances.”

Excluding the recent cluster infections centered around specific groups, the number of new confirmed daily cases, which once surpassed 1,000 after the third wave, has remained around 300-400 for over a week. Accordingly, this point in time was determined to be appropriate for payment of the basic income.

In terms of economic circumstances, consumption demand during the first mass infection last February dropped rapidly, and credit card sales fell 74% compared to the previous year. However, after the 1st round of disaster-related basic income payments in April, sales were restored to the average annual rate, and in May, sales hit a high point of 109% compared to the previous year. Sales began to drop in August and September, and credit card sales in December dropped to a low point of 64% compared to winter of the previous year.

Concerning this, Governor Lee stated, “In the past few years, our society has reflected on the necessity for not missing the ‘golden hour.’ If we do not act at this moment and the economy deteriorates to the point where it cannot be recovered, we might once again feel deep regret.”

Regarding concern over the increased risk in terms of preventive measures, Governor Lee stressed, “We have been more cooperative in pursuing preventive measures than other countries, and we will not violate preventive measures just so that each individual can spend the KRW 100,000 received through the 2nd round of disaster-related basic income. We made careful preparations to prevent any contagion problems that may occur during the payment process.”

Regarding Pocheon City’s decision to make a disaster-related basic income payment of KRW 200,000 to every Pocheon resident, Governor Lee stated, “We thank Pocheon for making this bold decision despite the city’s circumstances in which its fiscal independence ranks among the lowest of all thirty-one cities and counties in the province. The residents of Pocheon will receive combined disaster-related basic income payments from Gyeonggi Province and Pocheon totaling KRW 300,000 per person, KRW 1,200,000 per four-member household.”

■ How to apply for Gyeonggi Province’s 2nd round of disaster-related basic income

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce resident inconvenience, the 2nd round of disaster-related basic income will be paid through one of three methods: online application, on-site receipt, or a visiting application service.

Online applications can be made from 9 AM to 11 PM from February 1 to March 14. Applicants can choose an existing Gyeonggi Province local currency card or from among twelve credit card services for application convenience. To this end, the province has entered agreements with twelve card companies: KB Kookmin Bank, the Industrial Bank of Korea, Nonghyup Bank, Lotte Card, Samsung Card, Suhyup Bank, Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank, KEB Hana Bank, Hyundai Card, BC Card, and Standard Chartered Korea.

On the official application website, which opens on February 1, residents must verify their residence in Gyeonggi Province and select the card company through which the disaster-related basic income payment will be made. The disaster-related basic income payment will be available for use through all cards associated with the selected card company.

Unlike the 1st round payment, online applications will be accepted in accordance with a five-day rotation system according to one’s year of birth. For the four-week period from February 1 to 28, residents whose year of birth ends with 1 or 6 can apply on Mondays, 2 or 7 on Tuesdays, 3 or 8 on Wednesdays, 4 or 9 on Thursdays, and 5 or 0 on Fridays. Anyone can apply on Saturdays and Sundays, regardless of their year of birth, and the five-day rotation system will not apply to weekday and weekend applications from March 1 to 14.

Through the online application process, parents or legal guardians can apply on behalf of minors in the same household are who registered at the same residence. However, this does not apply to adults in the same household.

Additionally, residents who find the online application process difficult can apply for the disaster-related basic income payment through on-site receipt.

Starting March 1, residents can visit the administration and welfare centers in the district of their residence with an ID card for pre-payment of disaster-related basic income on a Gyeonggi Province local currency card. Residents can visit their local administration and welfare centers and receive a card on the day of application or recharge their existing Gyeonggi Province local currency card.

Applications will be accepted from 9 AM to 6 PM on weekdays, and in consideration of office workers who cannot apply on weekdays, centers will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays for four weeks from March 1 to March 27.

However, to minimize on-site congestion for the 2nd round of disaster-related basic income payments, applications will be accepted during the week according to visitors’ year of birth so as to ensure compliance with contagion prevention and social distancing measures.

On the first week from March 1 to 6, residents born before 1959 can apply. On the second week from March 8 to 13, residents born between 1960 and 1969 can apply. On the third week from March 15 to 20, residents born between 1970 to 1979 can apply. On the fourth week from March 22 to 27, residents born after 1980 can apply.

Concurrently, the same five-day rotation system for online applications will be applied to on-site applications. For four weeks from March 1 to 27, applications made between Monday to Friday will be received according to one’s year of birth, and minors can apply on Saturdays. The five-day rotation system will not apply from March 29 to April 30, and applications will only be accepted from Monday to Friday.

On-site receipt of payment by proxy for families with minors will be possible, but authorization must be indicated on the application form for adult family members. Those who apply for and receive unauthorized payments in place of other family members can be prosecuted for fraud and forgery of private documents.

Third, visiting application services will be offered to vulnerable individuals who find online applications and on-site visits difficult. Visiting application services will be available to senior citizens, the disabled, low-income single-parent households, and recipients of the basic livelihood security; the service will be available from February 1 to February 28. During the 1st round of disaster-related basic income payments, there were 55,000 recipients of the visiting service in total, while the number for the 2nd payment round is expected to increase sharply to approximately 1.47 million, dispersing demand for on-site applications.

Non-Korean residents can apply online and on-site from April 1 to April 30.

■ How to use Gyeonggi Province’s 2nd disaster-related basic income payment

The usage period falls within three months of the date that the approval text message is received up until June 30, which is the final date upon which usage is possible. Any balance remaining afterwards will be recovered.

The disaster-related basic income payment can be used at those businesses within the district of one’s registered residence that accept Gyeonggi Province local currency. Upon making a purchase with a credit card or check card at a business that accepts the local currency, the purchase amount will automatically be deducted from the disaster-related basic income balance.

The disaster-related basic income payment can only be used at business with less than KRW 1 billion in annual sales; it cannot be used at department stores, large markets, corporate supermarkets, entertainment businesses, gambling operations, and stores under direct management of franchises. Detailed information about local businesses can be found on the Gyeonggi Province local currency website or on the websites of the credit card companies supporting disaster-related basic income.

As with the 1st round of disaster-related basic income, Gyeonggi Province will strictly control illegal acts involving local currency such as price gouging or cashback fees. Upon disclosure of such acts, the province will prosecute the parties involved in the transactions, taking strict action against perpetrating shops and individuals through regulations concerning tax investigations and the cancellation of affiliations.

Discovery of illegal acts involving local currency or any related act of discrimination can be reported via Gyeonggi Province’s Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram channels, through its blog, or by contacting the Gyeonggi Call Center (031-120).

At the end of the press conference, Governor Lee stressed, “Gyeonggi Province’s disaster-related basic income will not be sufficient, but we hope that this proves to be an opportunity for all residents to be reassured with hope and courage amid the sacrifices made and difficulties encountered during this time. We will continue to protect the lives and safety of residents through comprehensive preventive measures while restoring the stagnant local economy through bold economic initiatives.”

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Income loss compensation for vulnerable worker sick leave this year; recipient range to be expanded as leading preventive measures https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/income-loss-compensation-for-vulnerable-worker-sick-leave-this-year-recipient-range-to-be-expanded-as-leading-preventive-measures/ Wed, 27 Jan 2021 08:00:38 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17054 ○ Income loss compensation for vulnerable workers taking sick leave for early COVID-19 testing
– Applications accepted from February 1 to December 10; payment of KRW 230,000 in local currency per individual
○ Recipients include part-time laborers, day laborers, workers in special employment categories, and care workers who work less than 40 hours a week
– Relaxation of payment conditions to include all symptomatic and asymptomatic vulnerable workers who are tested
– Support range extended to all non-Koreans registered and residing in Gyeonggi Province including Koreans with foreign citizenship

This year, Gyeonggi Province will provide income loss compensation of KRW 230,000 per individual for sick leave taken by vulnerable workers so as to allow these individuals to be tested for COVID-19 without concern for their livelihoods.

Gyeonggi Province’s income loss compensation for vulnerable worker sick leave is part of the province’s protective measures for laborers that were initiated last year. It allows day laborers and vulnerable workers in the province to be safely tested for COVID-19 without concern for their livelihoods.

Eligible support recipients include workers in vulnerable groups in the province, such as part-time laborers, day laborers, workers in special employment categories, and care workers who work less than 40 hours a week, who were tested for COVID-19 and engaged in self-quarantine until receiving notification of the test results.

Unlike last year, all symptomatic and asymptomatic vulnerable workers who undergo testing are eligible for the support in accordance with the government’s stance regarding the enforcement of extended testing for COVID-19. This was initiated to reinforce measures to protect the livelihoods of vulnerable workers as well as to prevent the emergence of infection clusters.

The range of eligible non-Koreans has also increased. Last year, support was limited to permanent residents and marriage immigrants, but this year, all registered non-Koreans who reside in Gyeonggi Province can apply for the support, including Koreans of foreign citizenship.

The application period runs from February 1 to December 10. Applications can be submitted via email, post or on-site visit with the required documents (application form, copy of ID, letters regarding fulfillment of self-quarantine and compensation fraud, proof of qualification, etc.).

Non-Koreans can apply after receiving negative test results from a community health center or screening clinic.

Online applications are encouraged so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Payments will be made via local currency or a pre-paid card after evaluation of the required documents.

Kim Gyu-sik, Director General of Gyeonggi Province’s Labor Bureau, said, “Despite tests being available for free when the social distancing level is 2 or higher, day laborers and vulnerable workers whose livelihoods depend on daily wages cannot leave their workplaces to get tested. Through this system, we will enable vulnerable workers to be tested promptly and resolve the problem of blind spots in the prevention network.”

Through a social networking site last June, Governor Lee stated, “Vulnerable workers cannot take a break when they are ill, cannot stop even when exposed to dangers, and must work even two or three jobs.” He added, “Although bold preventive measures are crucial, we will look after the most vulnerable individuals and affected locations together with the thirty-one cities and counties of the province.”

More information about the support program can be obtained by contacting the Gyeonggi Province Call Center (031-120) or city/county offices.

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“Realizing a world with respect for labor” – Gyeonggi Province Governor to implement Korea’s first fair allowance for temporary workers from January https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/realizing-a-world-with-respect-for-labor-gyeonggi-province-governor-to-implement-koreas-first-fair-allowance-for-temporary-workers-from-january/ Wed, 06 Jan 2021 06:00:15 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17047 ○ Gyeonggi Province’s first policy of 2021 to provide fair allowance to temporary workers from January
– Reflects Governor Lee Jaemyung’s view that “lower wages for workers with unstable jobs is twofold discrimination”
○ Gyeonggi Province’s fair allowance to be granted in proportion to job instability from 5 to 10% of base pay
– 1,792 fixed-term workers of Gyeonggi Province and public institutions to benefit from policy this year

Gyeonggi Province’s first policy of the year to provide a fair allowance to temporary workers will be implemented from January.

This policy, the first of its kind to be implemented in the nation, reflects Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jaemyung’s view that “lower wages for workers with unstable jobs is twofold discrimination,” and that “even the public sector should focus more on temporary than permanent workers so as to pay more wages to temporary workers with shorter employment periods.”

The main element of this policy is the payment of a compensatory allowance of 5 to 10% of base pay in proportion to employment instability considering the employment period of fixed-term workers of Gyeonggi Province and public institutions.

This year’s beneficiaries total 1,792; 1,007 and 785 fixed-term workers of Gyeonggi Province and public institutions, respectively. This includes workers newly employed in 2021 who are waiting to assume duties and workers employed in 2020 and contracted until this year. For this purpose, an amount of KRW 1.8 billion has been budgeted this year.

Fixed-term workers employed for less than two months will receive KRW 337,000 with 10% of their base pay applied; those employed for less than four months will receive KRW 707,000 with 9% applied; and those employed for less than six months will receive KRW 988,000 with 8% applied.

Those employed for less than eight months will receive KRW 1,179,000 with 7% applied; those employed for less than 10 months will receive KRW 1,280,000 with 6% applied; and those employed for 12 months will receive KRW 1,291,000 with 5% applied.

The amount will be paid in a lump sum upon contract expiration. However, workers who were employed in the previous year will be given an allowance for their employment period in 2021.

To design this program, Gyeonggi Province referred to the employment instability allowance of France, the employment dismissal allowance of Spain, and the wage subsidy program of Australia, as well as the findings of surveys of residents and public officials in the Korean capital region.

France grants an employment instability allowance of 10% of an employee’s total wages, while Australia grants 15 to 30%, and Spain 5%.

The surveys also revealed that 76.5% of Korean capital region residents and 87.2% of Gyeonggi provincial officials thought a fair allowance was necessary. As for the amount of the allowance, residents indicated 8.6% as appropriate, whereas provincial officials indicated 14.83%.

To effectively implement the system, Gyeonggi Province will disseminate guidelines to each department of the provincial government and public institutions after collating the ideas of related agencies.

Gyeonggi Province Labor Bureau Director General Kim Gyu-sik said, “This policy will function as an opportunity to stabilize the livelihoods and employment of temporary workers. Through proactive and successful measures by the public sector, we will endeavor to expand the policy to the private sector so as to realize a fair world in which labor is respected.”

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Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jaemyung: “All people deserve respect… there is no reason for discrimination” – Dormitories for migrant workers in farming regions to be inspected https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/gyeonggi-province-governor-lee-jaemyung-all-people-deserve-respect-there-is-no-reason-for-discrimination-dormitories-for-migrant-workers-in-farming-regions-to-be-inspected/ Tue, 05 Jan 2021 06:00:22 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17049 ○ Gyeonggi Province to inspect dormitories and housing environments for migrant workers in farming regions
– Measures to improve migrant worker housing environments in farming regions follow death of a migrant worker in a Pocheon greenhouse
○ Detailed inspections to be conducted over 2-week period in cooperation with local government offices from January 4 to 15
– Task force tformed for on-site inspections
○ Governor Lee Jaemyung: “… there is no reason for discrimination regardless of skin color or language. Based in these inspections, we will prepare measures to ensure safer living environments for migrant workers.”

Following the recent death of a Cambodian migrant worker in a farm greenhouse in Pocheon City, Gyeonggi Province has implemented measures to closely inspect the housing conditions of migrant workers in farming and fishing regions of the province.

The aim of this initiative is to devise guidelines to improve housing conditions for migrant workers and create safer living environments by reducing the blind spots in terms of human rights.

The inspections of migrant worker dormitories in farming and fishing regions will be performed over a 2-week period in cooperation with local government offices from January 4 to 15.

Based on information from the Ministry of Employment and Labor statistics (as of the end of November 2020), 2,280 operations in farming, livestock and fishing regions of Gyeonggi Province will be subject to inspection. Operations not reflected in this figure will also be inspected with the assistance of local government offices.

The inspections, undertaken in accordance with the Enforcement Decree of the Labor Standards Act, will focus on housing conditions and installation sites, as well as the provision of restrooms, washing and bathing facilities, heating and ventilation systems, and safety equipment. Electrical wiring will also be inspected.

In relation to this, a task force led by Gyeonggi Province Labor Bureau Director General Kim Gyu-sik and comprised of members of the Foreigner Policy Division, Agricultural Policy Division, Livestock Policy Division, Maritime and Fisheries Division, and other related divisions will perform thorough inspections.

Through these inspections, Gyeonggi Province plans to improve living conditions for migrant workers at a provincial level, and also to propose better policies and measures to the central government as required.

Furthermore, any violation or risk factor entailing potential death by fire or hypothermia will require immediate rectification or amendment so as to ensure housing facility safety.

In relation to this, Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Han-gyu will visit migrant worker dormitories on a farm in Pocheon City on the January 5th to ascertain the situation and discuss improvement measures.

Governor Lee Jaemyung mentioned the death in Pocheon on social media on December 24, saying, “Autopsy results say the cause of death was poor health, but that does not change the gravity of this issue because the deceased lived in a greenhouse without receiving proper medical treatment or space in which recover.” Lee asserted, “All people deserve respect and there is no reason for discrimination regardless of skin color or language. Based in these inspections, we will prepare measures to ensure safer living environments for migrant workers.”

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(COVID-19 Emergency Response Unit Regular Press Conference) Gyeonggi Province to establish 72 temporary screening clinics—active testing essential even for asymptomatic individuals https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/covid-19-emergency-response-unit-regular-press-conference-gyeonggi-province-to-establish-72-temporary-screening-clinics-active-testing-essential-even-for-asymptomatic-individuals/ Tue, 15 Dec 2020 06:00:31 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17042 ○ Gyeonggi Province to establish temporary screening clinics at Suwon Station and Beomgye Station for public convenience
– 72 new clinics to be installed; 52 clinics to be completed by December 15; remaining 20 to be established sequentially
– 2,938 tests performed at 39 temporary screening clinics as of midnight, December 15; 0 confirmed cases found
○ 684 beds secured at ten clinics for regular patients as of midnight, December 15; 86.5% (592 beds) currently occupied
– 48 of 49 beds for critical patients currently occupied
○ 4 additional community treatment centers to be established by end of month; maximum capacity of 2,876 patients

Gyeonggi Province announced that it has established a total of 52 temporary COVID-19 screening clinics as of December 15, requesting active public participation in preemptive testing.
During a regular press conference on December 15, COVID-19 Emergency Response Unit co-head Lee Hee-yeong announced that a total of 52 temporary screening clinics will be set up in accessible locations, including Suwon Station and Beomgye Station, by the end of the day. Lee also mentioned that, in order to avert a third wave of COVID-19 infections, it is important to preemptively identify asymptomatic cases. Therefore, residents are being asked to visit the temporary screening clinics even if they are not exhibiting any symptoms such as fevers or respiratory problems.
A total of 2,938 residents have been tested at 39 temporary screening clinics in Gyeonggi Province as of midnight on December 15 with no positive cases having been identified. Gyeonggi Province will establish 20 additional temporary screening clinics following December 16 in consideration of area circumstances for a total of 72 clinics.
As of midnight on December 15, 684 beds for regular patients had been secured from ten clinics with 86.5% (592 beds) currently being occupied. In terms of critical patients, 48 of the 49 designated beds are currently occupied.
Gyeonggi Province’s community treatment centers #3, #4, #6, #7 and #8 are occupied by 1,115 patients, accounting for 89.3% of total capacity as of 6 PM on December 14, with space for 133 new patients remaining. The SK Telecom Human Resources Development Center in Icheon was designated as the 9th community treatment center on December 14, and the Seongnam Citizens Medical Center has been designated as a dedicated hospital with 71 wards for 142 inpatients.
Gyeonggi Province plans to establish four additional community treatment centers before the end of December. Kyonggi University’s Suwon Campus dormitories, the Korea Expressway Corporation Training Center, Cheonan Sangnok Resort, and Goyang Dongyang Human Resources Center will be able to accommodate 2,000, 206, 440 and 230 patients, respectively.
Designation of the Korea Standard Association Learning Center in Anseong City and the dormitories of Hankyong National University as additional community treatment centers is being discussed. Resorts, university dormitories, and other suitable facilities are being considered for use as treatment centers in cooperation with local governments.
As of 10 PM on December 14, Gyeonggi Province had 278 home-care monitoring personnel drawn from 25 cities and counties, 16 of whom have been transferred to medical institutions and 88 to community treatment centers.
Lee said, “The recent COVID-19 wave entails the full implementation of our quarantine measures. In this time when asymptomatic and uninfected individuals co-mingle, social distancing through the avoidance of private gatherings and multi-purpose facilities is the most effective means by which to safeguard others as well as ourselves.”

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Gyeonggi Real Estate web portal English and other new services start on December 15 https://english.gg.go.kr/blog/daily-news/gyeonggi-real-estate-web-portal-english-and-other-new-services-start-on-december-15/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 02:18:02 +0000 http://english.gg.go.kr/?post_type=daily-news&p=17037 ○ Street address and place names to be provided in English for convenience of non-Korean residents
○ Topographic map with 5-meter contour interval to show geographic features and altitudes of Gyeonggi Province
○ More resident-requested services included, such as land lot information

The Gyeonggi Real Estate web portal (gris.gg.go.kr) will feature new services, including a topographic map with English labeling, starting December 15. It will also improve some of its existing services, provide information on land lots and real estate agencies, and offer printable maps.
The English map on the Gyeonggi Real Estate web portal features English labeling of administrative regions, street addresses, landmarks, public offices, and buildings in Gyeonggi Province. This provides non-Korean residents who are not proficient in Korean with access to Gyeonggi Province’s real estate and map services.
The topographic map that shows terrain elevation and gradient as well as other geographic features of Gyeonggi Province.
These improvements reflect the opinions of Gyeonggi residents in terms of the improvement of services as revealed through a survey and the web portal.
Regarding land lot information provided via map services, users can select land lots from the map and identify them by different colors. The web portal’s one-stop services have seen improvements in visibility through the highlighting of lines demarcating lots searched by users.
The web portal’s real estate agency section provides more comprehensive data, such as agency business information including owner, accredited agents and staff. Furthermore, when printing continuous cadastral maps, users can use clearer fonts.
The Gyeonggi Real Estate web portal opened in February 2011 with the aim of ensuring easy access to Gyeonggi Province’s real estate data. Today, it provides diverse information, such as real estate transaction costs, land lot information, development plans, aerial cadastral maps, street address maps, and other tailored services.
A Gyeonggi provincial official said, “Gyeonggi residents will be able to use our web portal more easily with our newly launched services. We will continue to listen to public requests and incorporate them into our services.”

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