This week I am personally delivering the week’s city administration news including a ‘report on paving block construction works’ and a ‘romantic two-day trip in winter’.
1. One of the city’s policies I usually like to emphasize is that of prohibiting paving block construction works at the year’s end and during wintertime. I receive the relevant reports on a regular basis and share them with Seoul’s citizens.
As of January 4, there were two paving block construction works in progress in Seoul. One involving the placement of granite slab stones for the improvement of elevator convenience facilities at a subway station in Gangbuk-gu is undergoing the finishing touches; the other involves excavation work for the leading-in of underground utilities related to the new construction of ‘Any Tower’ in Seocho-gu. I was informed that the work will be completed by January 7.
I have heard that there will be no new construction works this week but I shall keep up to date on this matter. Thank you.
2. Seoul City has arranged a ‘Romantic two-day winter trip’ from January 7~8 for the families of needy veterans. The trip was prepared as part of the ‘comprehensive plan for veterans’ families’ being implemented by Seoul City for the first time among all local governments in combination with various cultural programs. In fact, I think that the families of veterans who gave their lives or were seriously injured on behalf of the nation have not received full and proper reparation for their sacrifice. So, last year, the Seoul City Government announced its new comprehensive policies for veterans and began implementing them. While monetary compensation is also important, what is more important is treating the veterans and their families respectfully and from the heart. The winter trip organized on this occasion is a part of these policies.
The outstanding feature of this trip is that it is mainly composed of games and experience-oriented programs designed to enable children and adults to create joyful memories together during the winter vacation. On the first day of the trip, the participants will visit a sheep ranch in Daegwallyeong Ridge where they can experience feeding the sheep themselves, and look around the Reunification & National Security Park. On the last day of the trip, they will go sledding in Pyeongchang Phoenix Park, a representative winter resort, and then relax their tired minds and bodies in a hot spring. They will also visit the birthplace of Empress Myeongseong and participate in traditional games.
From now on, Seoul City will be unsparing in its support for veterans’ families, both materially and spiritually, so that they can lead an honorable life and fully engage in cultural activities from which they may previously have been marginalized.