Ministry of the Interior Commends Taipei City, Taoyuan City and Tainan City for Excellence in Mortuary Service Administration
The results from the assessment of municipal, county and city government's mortuary service administration performance for 2019 have now been announced by the Ministry of the Interior. Taipei City, Taoyuan City, and Tainan City were each presented with a certificate of distinction by Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung personally on November 28, 2019. Hsu said that the promotion of mortuary service administration depended on close collaboration between the central and local governments. Local governments will hopefully observe and learn from each other through the assessment so they can better protect the mortuary rights of the general public.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the assessment of municipal, county and city government mortuary service administration is conducted once every two years. For the 5th assessment this year, the 22 municipal, county and city governments in Taiwan were divided into Division A (municipalities, cities) and Division B (counties). A grade of distinction was awarded to Taipei City, Taoyuan City and Tainan City. Taipei City Government has been active in promoting upgrades to mortuary facilities, eco-funerals, mortuary training and policy awareness. The city government has accumulated excellent experience and results on the assessment and implementation of regulations governing mortuary facilities and funeral services. Taoyuan City Government has developed medium and long-term planning for its mortuary facility upgrades and these are now being progressively implemented. Urban planning was also adjusted to deal with the problem of privately-owned funeral homes around Zhongli Life Park. The city government also performed well in mortuary service administration. Tainan City Government established a mortuary service administration fund to manage improvements to mortuary facilities within its jurisdiction, a model that other local governments should consider learning from. A comprehensive mortuary information network easy for the general public access was also setup as well so the city should be commended on the overall quality of its mortuary service administration.
The Ministry of the Interior noted that significant improvements have been made in the standard of mortuary service administration by municipal, city and county governments after 5 assessments over 10 years. The strengths and deficiencies identified during the assessment process provides local government with a reference for service improvements. By learning from the strengths of other municipal, county and city governments even as they actively correct their own short-comings, local governments can protect the rights of consumers and the general public, meet the needs of society, and look after the feelings of the deceased and their families. The Ministry also hoped that the society at large will not stint on their applause and encouragement for front-line mortuary service personnel.
Certificate of distinction being presented by Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung personally
Group photo of Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung and award recipient