By The Numbers

Lets hear the numbers:

10,000 jobs for part-time seekers and 150,000 jobs in all various categories!

Taiwans President Ma Ying-jeou (L) counts shopping vouchers at a school near his residence in Taipei on January 18, 2009, while interior minister Liao Liao-yi (C) looked on January 18, 2009. Taiwan for the first time distributed multi-billion dollars worth of shopping coupons to its citizens to boost the economy being hammered by the severe global economic recession.

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou (L) counts shopping vouchers at a school near his residence in Taipei on January 18, 2009, while interior minister Liao Liao-yi (C) looked on January 18, 2009. Taiwan for the first time distributed multi-billion dollars worth of shopping coupons to its citizens to boost the economy being hammered by the severe global economic recession.

Wow, President Ma Ying-Jeou has accompanied the poor orphan children during the holidays, given shopping vouchers to the citizens, taken the liberty of handing out lucky-money in person on Chinese New Year’s morning in LongShan Temple, AND NOW is bold enough to release such numbers of available jobs!

And how!  Just in time!  So many post-holiday blues, even psychiatrists are contributing with a little pep to keep the public’s heads up.  Not to mention with the recent blow of: 46% white-collar workers were forced on unpaid leaves, who wouldn’t have the blues!  Especially with having to hand out oh-so-many “lucky money” yourself, be it that you are married, or working.

Before any one of you takes advantage on the over-whelming number given by government statistics, listen to THIS:  Taipei City is lending a public service to YOU, they are offering training courses for all you unemployed.  Read up and you will get a full view of all that’s mentioned here.  Congratulations, you lucky one.

Labourers resume working at a subway construction site in Taipei on February 2, 2009 after the Lunar New Year holidays. Taiwan will launch a four-year economic stimulus drive in a bid to create 150,000 new jobs and bring unemployment to below 4.5 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said.

Labourers resume working at a subway construction site in Taipei on February 2, 2009 after the Lunar New Year holidays. Taiwan will launch a four-year economic stimulus drive in a bid to create 150,000 new jobs and bring unemployment to below 4.5 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said.

The Deep Hole, The Other Numbers:

The white-collar workers were forced on unpaid leaves up to 10 days each month since October, 2009!  That is a huge deduction, one’s wage being reduced by 1/3 on average!  If you are this of whom we are mentioning, consider yourself lucky for not having been laid off!  There has been considerable cut-backs in numerous companies, others were forced to close down.  What were hundreds looking for employment, now are coming by the thousands!

Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) in late December of 2008, revealed a result of unpaid leave practice of a whopping 741,000 people working less than 35 hours a week in November, while increasing to 205,000 people over October’s total of 536,000.  December totaled in 549,000, the highest recorded since October, an increase of 4.64%!

Taiwanese addicted to video-gaming

Taiwanese addicted to video-gaming.

Who Brought the Psychiatrist?

First day back to work after the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday, has been stressful for all as a reminder which we do not want to go back to.  Many have fallen into a pattern of over-sleeping or going to bed later than usual due to stress, you may even have accompanies holiday activities with playing mahjong or video games, and consuming larger meals than on average.

We all know how hypnotizing watching TV while eating can be: we just opened the bag of chips and suddenly, what felt like two minutes, half an hour has passed and the bag is empty!  But I only ate a couple, how did this happen?!!  Yes, we are all too familiar with this situation, as it is a great stress reliever after a long hard day at work.

Such blues leave us with an overwhelming feeling of discomfort and inability to adapt our daily working routine so psychiatrists recommend activities that are easy and hold very small to no strain to the body or mind.

Doctor Jiang Han-Guang (江漢光), a psychiatrist at Shu-Tien Memorial Hospital offers an advice, “First, face the reality of having to go back to work, and tell yourself that the period between the holiday and going to work is a continuous process…  Prepare yourself emtoionally, for a new start.”

The doctor says that those fortunate with free time before returning to work could arrange for such leisure, outdoor activities or taking cat naps in the afternoon to increase energy and metabolism for a healthy, sound mind.  Preparation is easy and can well smooth-out our first day back in the office, whichever line of work you may be in.

Another psychiatrist, Tom Yang (楊聰財) of the Cardinal Tien Hospital, mentions how some may fall into the habit of drinking to fall asleep due to late-nights or stress from the workday.  The doctor advises against this, of course, saying that by doing so – will lead to waking up with more stress, such as a hang-over, and leave you worse off than before.

“Post-holiday syndrome will peak again one week after the first day back to work because for those who have suffered one week of insomnia, serious problems such as anxiety and depression may surface.  As a result, they have to go see the doctor for help by medication,”  says Yang.

A mainland Chinese woman married into a local family happily makes use at a supermarket of food stamps issued by the Kaohsiung City Government. She said the NT$1,000 worth of food purchased with the coupons will be enough to feed her family of eight for four to five days.

A mainland Chinese woman married into a local family happily makes use at a supermarket of food stamps issued by the Kaohsiung City Government. She said the NT$1,000 worth of food purchased with the coupons will be enough to feed her family of eight for four to five days.

Get in Line!

As mentioned, the Taipei City Government is coordinating with local service industry in providing you with assured training courses for the unemployed, this according to Taipei City Mayor, Hau Lung-Bin.

At the Taipei Government’s Lunar Year reception, the Taipei Mayor complained that the government can no longer ignore the fact that the economy is on a downward spiral, bringing the country down with it as can be seen in the current state of unemployment rate.  It is a very scare thought, the future outcome if this keeps persisting the way it has.  Taipei is currently coordinating with labour-intensive companies, especially the service industries, to provide with training courses at reintroducing us to the workforce.  The City’s Bureau of Labour and Department of Social Welfare are all in open arms to provide assistance to those who may be left out, the low income families and unemployed.

Luck you!  But that’s not all!  No, you will also receive from the Taipei City Government, issued as of this coming March 1st, food vouchers once the social workers have finalized the selection process.  These new vouchers will finally relieve the lower income families as the idea has come in wake of a similar program implemented by the KaohSiung City Government earlier this year.

In an amazing show of display, Premier Su Jun-Pin bows in appology to the public for the 16% fuel prices hike.  Liu, in the past May, anounced fuel price hikes of up to 16 percent by the islands key state-owned petrol firm to combat hoarders, as Asia grapples with soaring crude prices.

In an amazing show of display, Premier Su Jun-Pin bows in appology to the public for the 16% fuel prices hike. Liu, in the past May, anounced fuel price hikes of up to 16 percent by the island's key state-owned petrol firm to combat hoarders, as Asia grapples with soaring crude prices.

Government Wants YOU!

Yes, yes it is all true!  Officially announced February 1st – yesterday, the Executive Yuan spokesman himself, Su Jun-Pin has so confirmed.  President Ma’s promise to us all is AT LAST unfolding before our eyes, and just in due time!  The goal is to hold the annual jobless rate just below 4.5%, of course, this is statistics offered by all those who have claimed unemployment to the official government agencies.  We already see people jumping off buildings at 6%, I think we can all survive much better off at 4.5% as hoped for.

Su, who is as well the minister to the Governmemnt Information Office, is all to thank for.  He was the one with all the “inter-ministerial brainstorming session,” gathering at all available government resources to fionally come up with this amazing solution.  Indeed, the Executive Yuan deserve a huge applause.  No, not from the government, but from all of us: they are saving us!

The two-hour meeting held by Premier Liu Chao-Shiuan (劉兆玄), discussed over a few final decisions which includes: expanding public infrastructure construction budget, which has reached unanimous support.  So we know, through this, our real estate will not be harmed!  With so much of the government’s help, the cycle is truly round and all comes back to us.

Explanation on the numbers: of the new jobs, 120,000 to 140,000 openings are via the launch of public infrastructure construction projects while the public sector is adding another 20,000/+ service jobs.  Thank you, Minister-without-Portfolio, Tsai Hsung-Hsiung!

The construction projects will include sewer systems, urban rejuvenation, commercian zone facelifts and sidewalk improvement.  During the worst of times that we are in, Taiwan is making a huge step up and bringing all of us along with it.  Who is not proud to be Taiwanese today?

For all those fresh out of colleges or universities, you are not excluded!!  In response to Premier Lu’s concerns for all you beloved students, the Ministry of Education is offering to collaborate with priavte enterprises in arranging internship programs for you!

So what jobs are we looking for and who is all this help directed to?  Contstruction, Public Service, Real Estate, and all you College/University graduates.

In arrangement of representatives of Executive Yuan agencies, they gathered to ensure the vision outlined by President Ma could be effectively launch within executive plans and initiatives, thereby helping to meet the needs of Taiwans citizens.

In arrangement of representatives of Executive Yuan agencies, they gathered to ensure the vision outlined by President Ma could be effectively launch within executive plans and initiatives, thereby helping to meet the needs of Taiwan's citizens.

Shaking Hands:

We have overcome, as a nation, against the global financial crisis at last!

President Ma said that while it may have been “unfortunate” that the administration had to so bravely tackle-on the pressures of rising oil, electricity and commodity prices on top of like global economic downturn as their first day of work in May 2008, these challenges however, served as test of the government.  Indeed, it has taken a series of measures, meetings and time to find an answer.  It is not easy: in most presidential terms, promises usually take two years to forfill, especially in areas such as finances!!

“The efficacy of these measures is gradually emerging and even the foreign media has given a nod to our policies because we mitigated the external pressure by designing effective measures, which might help us to turn things around.”  Ma explains.

The effects of the shopping voucher program might be short-term, but at least everyone was able to have a good Chinese New Year,” Ma said.

“The program was a humanitarian one and a response to public opinion.”

At last, proof that the President is keen in listening to our humanitarian needs and cries!!

91 percent of eligible citizens received their (minimum) NT$3, 600 (equivalent of USD $107) worth of vouchers last month, January 18th.  These vouchers are the result of an NTD $85.7 billion program, which is just an arm of the government’s economic stimulus package.

The presidents concludes with a cheer, “We should all applaud the Executive Yuan.”

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~ by Lan on 2008 MonUTC2009-02-02T15:06:10+00:00. 15.

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