By: Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The presidential candidate of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu (朱立倫), pledged Wednesday that if elected, he will expand his public childcare policy, which is being implemented in New Taipei, to every place in Taiwan.
At present, there are 40 public childcare centers in New Taipei, more than the total number in country’s other five municipalities, said Chu, the mayor of New Taipei City.
If elected, Chu said, he will establish public childcare centers throughout Taiwan by integrating government and private resources.
Chu said he will also expand a free lunchbox program for needy children, from New Taipei to all other areas of Taiwan. In New Taipei, young people from disadvantaged families can obtain free lunchboxes at convenience stores though a program initiated by the city government, he noted. [FULL STORY]