Cultural sites lack plans

​DANGER LOOMS: A DPP legislator said that more than 40 percent of local culture authorities nationwide have not yet submitted a required accident emergency planTaipei Times

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 30, 2019
By: Chung Li-hua and Dennis Xie  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

More than 1,000 cultural heritage sites nationwide do not have an accident emergency plan in

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ho Chih-wei, back row center, art historian and heritage conservationist Hsiao Wen-chieh, back row left, and National Fire Agency Deputy Director-General Hsieh Ching-hsu, back row right, speak at a news conference at the legislature in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chung Li-hua, Taipei Times\

place, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ho Chih-wei (何志偉) said yesterday, urging government agencies to protect the nation’s cultural assets.

Of the nation’s 2,442 sites, 1,008 need a “natural accident prevention and emergency plan,” as required by the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法) and Standard Operating Procedures of Disaster Prevention and Rescue for the Historical Buildings (古蹟及歷史建築消防救災處理原則), which state that authorities must submit a plan to local fire departments, Ho told a news conference in Taipei.

However, 41 percent of local culture authorities nationwide have not yet submitted a plan, he said, adding that 80 to 90 percent of relevant authorities have not done so in the top five ranking areas: Hsinchu, Kinmen and Yunlin counties, and Kaohsiung and Keelung.

In November 2013, Cingshan Temple (青山宮) in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華) was damaged in a fire, in which structures and flower and deity sculptures were partly destroyed, Ho said.

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