There are several private organizations engaged in public-benefit affairs for long time. Citations were given by the Ministry of Interior to 20 social charity associations, 120 outstanding professional associations and 36 personnel for their contributions. Vice President Chen Chien-Jen and Minister of Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung were present in the citation ceremony to express their gratitude to these groups for their ongoing inputs and contributions.
Photo of Vice President Chen and the award winning group
Hsu Kuo-Yung mentioned that NGOs have long been vital partners of the government in advocating national policies. However, only the efforts of the government cannot make sound policies. For this reason, the input and support of local groups will be indispensable. The voices of these groups are equally important to the policy-makers without which a positive communication network cannot be established. This is indeed the treasure of a democratic and free society.
Photo of Minister of Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung and the award winning group
According to the Ministry of Interior, the standards of evaluation for citation of this year is especially focused on public interest so that it is no longer just a matter of social welfare and charity. Even more, social associations engaged in sports and recreation, economic development, environmental protection and ecology are expected to join the cause for enacting benchmark effects so that both the private and public sectors of Taiwan could make a better Taiwan and wield a positive social influence.
A winner of the Public Interest Award in this year, the Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly, has always focuses the policy and law advocacy of based on the need of the elderly. For years, this group has been commissioned by the government in establishing the “Missing Elderly Search Center” in the advocacy to function as a guardian angel and the encouragement of wearing a smart bracelet to prevent elderly from getting loss in the streets. With the help of the bracelet, 99.9% of the missing elderly were found eventually.
For a long time, the Taiwan Environmental Information Association has been involved in environmental protection, and has launched the Ocean Dumps Monitoring Program. Through data analysis, they provide the public and the government reference for policy-making. They encourage the reduction of ocean dumps from their origins and held cleaning up the beaches campaigns for 29 instances that helped to clean up more than 5,000 kg of wastes left on beaches. They help to protect the beauty of our beaches and their effort has not been done in vain and is recognized with the presentation of the award.
The Ministry of Interior emphasized that NGOs are vital partners of the government in the pursuit of policies. They hope that these groups could continue to support Taiwan in their charity work. The Ministry of Interior will also continue its effort in “Reducing the resrtictions, respecting the self-regulatory, strengthening public supervision, and empowering the development of NGOs” to revitalize the liberal and democratic civic society of Taiwan.
Group photo of Vice President Chen, Minister Hsu Kuo-Yung, Minister without portfolio Audrey Tang and the award winning groups.