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Two Disaster Prevention Communities in Taipei Acquire Central Gov Certification

Two communities in Taipei recognized by SWCB for their disaster prevention effortsIn the interest of strengthening disaster prevention works and related supervision and evaluation mechanisms, the Executive Yuan held the 2020 Disaster Prevention and Response Work Joint Evaluation Session for A District (Taipei, Taoyuan, Keelung, and Hsinchu cities) at New Taipei City Government on October 30.
Since 2010, the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) has promoted self-driven community disaster prevention works in compliance with the policies of the Executive Yuan Council of Agriculture’s Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB). By holding seminars to educate the residents on disaster prevention and avoidance, it worked with communities located along major rivers with potential mudslide risk to conduct disaster prevention drills in the interest of raising awareness among community members.
According to GEO Section Chief Chu Hsin-an, the evaluation process for this year examined elements such as document review, showcase material assessment, clips on related drills and river dredging, and samples of disaster prevention pamphlets and tools.
The SWCB also issues Self-driven Disaster Prevention Community 2.0 certification to honor communities which successfully implements the Soil and Water Conservation Area Self-Driven Disaster Prevention Community 2.0 Promotion Project. For 2020, GEO nominated Xishan Borough in Shilin District and Taihe Borough in Xinyi District for the certification. Both boroughs successfully passed the evaluation and acquired the certification.
The award ceremony was held at the NTUH International Convention Center on November 3. Chief Lin Cheng-yi of Taihe Borough and Shilin District Office received the certification from the Deputy Minister of the Council of Agriculture.