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- What is the general status of relations and exchanges between Taiwan and countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean?Collapse1.From July 2010 to June 2011, the government continued to promote the exchange of visits between heads of state, government leaders, as well as other officials, so as to consolidate and enhance the cooperative relations with countries in the region.
2.The government has also actively taken part in regional meetings and projects, expanded Taiwan's international participation, and raised its visibility internationally. Besides taking part in cooperative projects formulated in summits or ministerial meetings between Taiwan and its diplomatic allies in Central America and the Caribbean, Taiwan also took part in the System of Central American Integration (SICA), the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the Forum of Presidents of the Legislative Bodies of Central America (FOPREL), the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), and other international organizations and meetings, including bodies dedicated to the preservation and management of fishery resources. Taiwan is also expected to become a member of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) that is soon to be established. Taiwan's participation in this organization can help prevent it from being marginalized, solve fishing resource shortages and settle fishery disputes.
3.Taiwan strengthened cooperation with countries in the region in order to help improve the wellbeing of their peoples. In addition to joining humanitarian missions, exchanges between Taiwan and its allies covered the areas of information, medical care, education, culture, military, sports, energy, science and technology. Indeed, Taiwan's involvement further enhanced our bilateral friendships. In addition, Taiwan also continued to promote the signing of FTAs with other countries, to encourage Taiwanese businessmen to explore the markets there, and to boost bilateral economic development.
- What progress has Taiwan made on signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with its allies in Central America?CollapseI.The government has been actively promoting the signing of FTAs with its allies in Central America. We want to: strengthen economic and trade relations with countries in the region; enable Taiwanese enterprises in Central America to take advantage of the short distance to the US market and to rapidly respond to changes; help Taiwanese businesses and industries assess global markets; and assist our allies with developing their economies by sharing our successful model and experiences. The government has achieved some good results so far, including:
1.An FTA with Panama signed on August 1, 2003, came into effect on January 1, 2004.
2.An FTA with Guatemala signed on September 22, 2005, came into effect on July 1, 2006.
3.An FTA with Nicaragua signed on June 16, 2006, came into effect on January 1, 2008.
4.An FTA with El Salvador signed on May 7, 2007, came into effect on March 1, 2008.
5.An FTA with Honduras signed on May 7, 2007, came into effect on July 15, 2007.
Ⅱ.Through these agreements and based on their strengths, Taiwanese businesses can better complement their counterparts in Central America, which will help boost bilateral economic and trade cooperation.
- How has the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) enhanced trade and economic relations with its diplomatic allies in the Eastern Caribbean in recent years?CollapseThe government has continued to strengthen substantive relations with Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Eastern Caribbean. Besides increasing high-level visits and taking part in regional and international conferences, we have assisted governments in these countries through a variety of bilateral cooperative projects that address their development and improving living standards. We have enhanced our bilateral cooperation and exchanges in such areas as agricultural and fishing technology, media, culture, information and communication technology, tourism, and solar and geo-thermal energy, among others, so as to advance their overall economic development and create a win-win situation for Taiwan and its diplomatic allies.
- Please describe the bilateral trade relations between the US and Taiwan 2007.CollapseIn 2007, the US was one of the most important markets for Taiwan products. According to US Department of Commerce, bilateral trade between Taiwan and the US totaled US$ 64.66 billion with Taiwanese exports to the US contributing US$ 38.3 billion and imports US$26.36 billion. Taiwan was thus the United States’ 10th largest export market and 9th largest source of imports. Overall, Taiwan was ranked the United States’ 9th trading partner.
- How are relations between Taiwan and Canada?CollapseAt present, Taiwan maintains three offices in Canada, while Canada operates an office in Taipei. Both countries cherish the universal values of freedom, democracy and human rights; both are members of two important international trade organizations: the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Canada also supports Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the WHO and its related activities. The two countries enjoy close exchanges in the fields of commerce, trade, tourism, culture, education, science, technology, security, health and aboriginal affairs.
Currently, Taiwan ranks as Canada’s 11th largest trading partner in the world, and its 4th largest trading partner in Asia, after China, Japan and South Korea. The number of Taiwanese students is the 7th-largest among the international student body in Canada. Also, there are about 150,000 Taiwanese expatriates living in Canada today. From 1995 up to now, our two countries have signed the memorandum of understanding for cooperation on various subjects. These are examples of the ever closer ties between Canada and Taiwan.
- What is the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and how does it affect Taiwan-U.S. relations?CollapseThe United States Congress enacted the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) when the United States terminated governmental relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1979.
The enactment of the TRA was aimed at helping maintain peace, security and stability in the Western Pacific, and promoting the continuation of commercial, cultural, and other relations between Taiwan and the United States. It also ensures that any differences between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait shall be resolved by peaceful means.
According to the TRA, the United States will make available to Taiwan the necessary defense equipment and support services to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability. Under the Act, the U.S. President is obliged to promptly inform Congress of any threat to the security or the social or economic systems of the people of Taiwan, and of any danger to U.S. interests arising thereof. The U.S. President and Congress shall determine, in accordance with constitutional processes, appropriate actions by the U.S. in response to any such danger.
- What is TECRO?CollapseThe Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) is the principal representative office for the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the United States. As such, TECRO is responsible for maintaining and expanding bilateral relations between Taiwan and the United States. TECRO is headed by a representative and assisted by two deputy representatives.
TECRO oversees 12 offices known as Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices (TECO) in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Guam, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.
TECRO has a Political Division, a Congressional Liaison Division, a Consular Division, an Administrative Division, a Press Division, a Cultural Division, an Economic Division, a Science and Technology Division, a Defense Liaison Division and a Defense Procurement Division. These units are responsible for managing different aspects of bilateral relations between Taiwan and the United States.
- How does the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) promote democratization in Asia?CollapseThe Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), which formally came into being on June 17, 2003, is the first ever foundation aimed at assisting democracy in Asia. It is devoted to strengthening democracy and human rights both in Taiwan and abroad. It is primarily concerned with further consolidating Taiwan’s democratic system, promoting democracy in Asia and actively participating in the global democratic network.
In order to promote democratization in Asia, the TFD has successfully convened the first Biannual Meeting of the World Forum for Democratization in Asia and has held regional meetings and workshops for the Community of Democracies (CD). The foundation subsidizes Asia’s human rights groups and activists in their participation at international forums, and also sponsors international programs that are related to the promotion of democratization worldwide. To get an overview of TFD’s endeavors, we recommend that you visit their website at http://www.tfd.org.tw/english/index.html for further details.
- What are the main trends among international NGOs and what role can Taiwan play?CollapseVarious NGOs have been created to address all kinds of human concerns ranging from religion to transport, and from art to science. Since the end of the Cold War, however, the most significant NGO activities have concentrated in three areas: environmental protection, human rights and humanitarian aid. It is noteworthy that these are the three areas that Taiwanese NGOs are most devoted to, so they are very capable of sharing their experiences with the international community on these issues. Indeed, Taiwanese NGOs’ achievements and contributions in these areas have already attracted admiration from around the world.
In the future, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will keep encouraging Taiwanese NGOs to continue their excellent work in providing resources for humanitarian aid for those in need in the global village. We will also encourage them to hold international meetings or activities to raise awareness of environmental protection and human rights. In short, Taiwanese NGOs will continue to be indispensable actors in the international arena. We hope some day, with their efforts, our planet will be well protected and human rights will be respected everywhere.
- How does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs work with INGOs in the fields of humanitarian relief?CollapseTaiwan is willing and able to provide humanitarian relief around the world. In the past, Taiwan has provided considerable amounts of humanitarian relief to Afghanistan and Iraq. Over 30 charitable organizations have joined the government in providing emergency relief in over 50 countries. Volunteers and specialists recruited by Taiwan’s NGOs offer their services wherever needed, irrespective of whether the beneficiary countries maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Taiwan’s governmental agencies provide all possible assistance.
In 2006, for example, in the wake of the 2005 northern Pakistan earthquake, Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps 台灣路竹會 cooperated with the Japan Platform, a Japanese NGO, to donate1000 tons of rice to the earthquake victims in the devastated area. This case marked an excellent paradigm of Taiwan-Japan bilateral cooperation in humanitarian relief. The Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation財團法人羅慧夫顱顏基金會organized medical missions to the southern island of Mindanao located in the south of the Philippines and Dominican Republic. In order to address some important issues on global humanitarian relief and to promote international cooperation, the Eden Social Welfare Foundation財團法人伊甸社會福利基金會 held an international conference “Workability International” in Taiwan. Many international charity organizations and groups attended and actively participated in the event. In addition, the Foundation donated 336 wheelchairs to Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Nicaragua and Paraguay in 2006. The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu-Chi Foundation財團法人中華民國佛教慈善事業基金會donated 500 “Tzu Chi family care box” to the victims in the remote areas of Micronesia. To facilitate Taiwanese NGOs’ humanitarian relief and international development, the government has been playing a media role in communication and diplomatic assistance.
- How to apply for a port entering permit? CollapseOne could apply for a temporary, a long-term or a permanent port entering permit through the security department.
- What kind of foreign seamen is eligible for temporary permit to stay? What are the procedures and what should we pay attention to? Collapse（1） Who is eligible? Foreign seamen who are aboard the ship or those foreign personnel who need to enter the country due to the nature of their work aboard the ship?
（2）Application procedure: For applying a temporary entry permit for foreign sea personnel, the shipping representative should submit a temporary entry application form to the international affairs section of the bureau before the temporary entry occurs.
1. In the application for temporary stay, the foreign seaman should fill out the name, address, CEO, person-in-charge, ship’s call sign, and estimated time of port entry; the company chop should be affixed to the document. The handwriting on the seamen logs should be legible and the information should be accurate. Japanese seamen should have Chinese names.
2. Individuals who are allowed to temporarily stay in the country is limited to entering and exiting through the same port; limit of the length of stay is the day the mode of transportation leaves the country.
3. If the application is approved, the individual, for whom the application was filed, should abide by the laws of the ROC; the applicant should be responsible for all expenses incurred by the individual in the course of his stay; the applicant should also provide all the necessary assistance.
4. The application for temporary entry into the country should be filed two days before the ship enters port.
- Who is eligible for temporary passes for boarding a ship by a foreign national? What are the procedures and what should we pay attention to?Collapse（1）Who is eligible? Foreign nationals who needs to embark and disembark from the ship for business, government, or family purposes.
（2）Application procedures: two copies of application form submitted by the government agency or corporation the individual belongs to and passport or ARC of the applicant to the international affairs section of the bureau.
1. No. of people: Not more than 15 people each time per company or government agency; for repair companies, a maximum of 40 people; extensions may be granted for special situations.
2. Time: eight to twenty-four hours per day in principle; extensions may be granted for special situations.
3. Deadline: one to seven days; extensions may be granted for special situations
4. Should ship personnel be unable to leave the ship due to work or other mitigating circumstances, the shipping company should be responsible for applying for a permit to board, with the directive to be barred from disembarking one hour before the ship sails.
5. Applications for temporary passes to board ships for foreign nationals should be filed as soon as they arrive.
- Who is eligible to apply for temporary port passes? What are the procedures and what should we pay attention to? Collapse（1）Who is eligible? Foreign nationals who require entry into the port area due to business and government demands.
（2）Application procedures: Two copies of application form submitted by the government agency or corporation the individual belongs to and passport or ARC of the applicant to the international affairs section of the bureau.
1. Temporary passes for extension of working days, with a maximum limit of ten days.
2. Application for temporary passes to port areas for foreign nationals must be filed as soon as they arrive
- When a foreign seaman is deported, who can apply to stay on for medical reasons? How does the application process go? What should applicants attention to?Collapse（1）Who is eligible: Foreign seamen or foreign nationals serving on ships with the following conditions:
1. Section 1 Article 18 of the Immigration Act and Section 2 Article 3 of the Regulations for temporary entry permit for foreign nationals (deportation of foreign nationals).
2. Section 1 Article 18 of the Immigration Act (application to stay for medical reasons).
1. Application for deportation of a foreign seaman rests on the shipping service representative submitting the deportation application form and the captain’s report after the ship enters port to the international affairs section of this bureau. Attached documentation should include the applicant’s passport (seamen service log) and ticket for that day’s or the earliest mode of transportation going out of the country.
2. Applying for foreign nationals to undergo medical treatment in the country rests on the shipping service representative submitting an application form and the captain’s report to the international affairs section of the bureau (a doctor’s certificate should be submitted after the treatment is complete).
1. Foreign seamen applying for deportation must stay until the same day or the earliest time the specific mode of transportation leaves the country.
2. For applications for foreign seamen to stay for medical reasons, after review of the case by the international affairs section of the bureau, a temporary permit to stay may be issued; if, after the reason has been eliminated, and deportation is still necessary, then it shall be carried out accordingly.
3. The representative of the shipping company should be responsible for veracity of the information on the foreign seaman who is being deported or asked to stay for medical reasons. For seamen who are deported, the plane ticket or other documents of proof should be submitted to the person-in-charge at the international affairs section of the bureau.
4. Application for deportation or stay for medical reason of foreign seamen should be filed as soon as the ship enters port.
- What are the fees involved in applying for a certificate of written police record?CollapseEach copy of the certificate will cost NT$250, or US$11 for international applications.
- Can other people apply a certificate of written police record for me? May I ask somebody else to apply for me online? CollapseIf the individual is unable to apply on his/her own, then another person may apply online on his/her behalf. However, the assigned person should fill in his own name in the space on the commission document. If the applicant is a minor, the legal guardian should be apply on his behalf.
- .Are there any penalties for a person who applies for the certificate of written police record and does not pay or come to get it?CollapseThe police bureau will notify the person to come in and get the document. It becomes null and void should the applicant fail to come and get it within seven days.
- Are foreign religious and legal persons allowed to own land in Taiwan?CollapseForeign nationals may acquire real estate rights if the purchase is approved under the relevant regulations in the Land Act. This is based on Articles 11 and 12 of Enforcement Regulations for General Principles of Civil Code as well as Article 4 of Operational Directions for Foreigners to Acquire Land Rights in Taiwan such as “Foreign legal persons shall be established except in circumstances forbidden by law,” “Foreign legal persons who have been approved have the same rights as those of Chinese legal persons within the limits of the law,”and“If a foreign legal person applies for acquiring or creating land rights in Taiwan, it shall be first recognized by the Taiwan laws before to act as a subject of rights.”This means that foreign legal persons should first obtain approval according to the mandates of the law to be allowed to acquire land rights.
- What are the laws governing the sale and purchase of real estate by foreign nationals in Taiwan? What documents do they have to prepare? Collapse1. Acquisition of real estate by foreign nationals in Taiwan is governed by Articles 17 and 20 of the Land Act, as well as relevant regulations in the “Operational Directions for Foreigners to Acquire Land Rights in Taiwan”
2. Foreign nationals purchasing real estate are required to submit the following documents to the Land Registration Office where the land is located :
（1）Application form for land registration
（2）Identification documents of obligor and oblige of changes in land rights
（3）Contract of sale and purchase
（4）Tax payment or tax exemption documents (e.g. land value increment tax or tax on land ownership registration)
（5）Certificate of Reciprocity (has included in the table of reciprocal countries, therefore not necessary)
（6）Certificate of zoning for land use (do not need to submit if the land is considered non-urban)
（7）Land ownership certificate
（8）Authorization document ( attach if individual is unable to apply personally)
（9）Other documents of evidence required according to the provisions of the Central Land Administration
3. In addition, for the procedures, information, and documentation involved in the acquisition of land rights by foreign nationals in Taiwan, please visit the global website of the Department of Land Administration at http://www.land.moi.gov.tw and download information on“free download,” “application form,”and “land rights category”
- Can nationals from countries which are not included in the equal reciprocal countries purchase real estate in Taiwan?Collapse1. The approval shall be based on Article 18 of the Land Act which states that “the acquisition of land rights by foreign nationals in the ROC should be, according to the mandates of the law, equal to the rights ROC nationals enjoy in the host country.” In addition, “In applying for acquisition of land rights, the individual must attach documentation from relevant agencies as proof that his country has extended the same rights to ROC nationals.”
2. Nationals from countries which have not been included on the list of “List of Reciprocal Nations for Foreigners Acquiring Land in Taiwan, R.O.C.” of Tai-Nei-Tzu-Ti No. 0960192146 promulgated on December 11, 2007, should attach documents proving reciprocity. This means that there are documents showing that the country has extended the same rights to ROC nationals; it is notarized by the Taiwan embassy, consular office, representative office, and other MOFA accredited agencies.
- Who is considered “of conscription age?” How do you calculate the conscription age of 19? How is conscription age calculated?CollapseAccording to the laws of the ROC, all male citizens 19 years of age on January 1 to 40 years of age on December 31 are obligated to render mandatory military service; they are considered draftees. Male individuals of conscription age are those who possess ROC citizenship and who are 19 years of age on January 1, and the calculation method is as follows: the current year minus the birth year yielding an answer of 19 and above is considered conscription age (e.g. 2006 – 1987 = 19). Draftees who were born between January 1 and December 31 in 1987 are considered as being 19 years of age from January 1 to December 31 of 2006.
- Should male individuals with dual citizenship render military service? How does one acquire overseas Chinese status?Collapse According to Article 20 of Taiwan’s Constitution and Article 1 of the Conscription Law, males individuals with ROC citizenship are obliged with render mandatory military service; they are covered by the relevant conscription law. As for the country’s overseas Chinese status, it is obtained through application; one does not become an “overseas Chinese” by having dual citizenship. Those who do not have overseas Chinese status belong to the category of regular conscripted males. For the application for overseas Chinese status, individuals can apply for certificate of overseas Chinese passport status visa with the ROC consular offices in foreign countries. In Taiwan, application for overseas Chinese status can be filed with the consular affairs bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or an “Overseas Compatriot Identity Certificate for Military Service Purpose” with the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission. Male individuals of conscription age with “Overseas Compatriot Identity Certificate for Military Service Purpose” or “Overseas Chinese Passport Status Visa” are considered overseas Chinese draftees.
- What are the regulations governing overseas Chinese draftees?CollapseAccording to the amended “Conscription Regulations for Naturalized Aliens and Returning Overseas Chinese” announced on December 30, 2002, regulations concerning overseas Chinese draftees are: Male individuals of conscription age who have registered household as well as overseas Chinese status shall be conscripted if they have been residing in the country for a full year, starting from the day they arrived. Male individuals who are stateless and have overseas Chinese status and who have come back to the country voluntarily and underwent household registration for the first time shall also be conscripted if they have been residing in the country for one full year, starting form the day they arrived. The method for calculating the residency time of overseas Chinese is as such: (1) living in the country for one full year; (2) male individuals of conscripted age born before 1984 and have lived in the country for more than four months three times; and (3) male individuals of conscription age born after 1985, who had lived in Taiwan in excess of 183 days, between January 1 through December 31, for two years. Once an overseas Chinese draftee needs to be conscripted according to law, his conscription responsibilities will be exactly the same as those of the regular draftees. In terms of rendering military services, according to the recruitment processing of the Conscription Law, draftees should submit to military register investigation after which they would be notified to undergo conscription examination (physical checkup) in accredited hospitals. The examination results will determine the physical status of substitute service draftees. The draftees would participate in drawing lots; then according to the branch and number, be recruited into the camps. Those who are willing to render substitute services should apply for rendering of substitute service according to regulations during the process of determining the physical status of substitute services draftees. If examination results consider the applicant as being eligible for substitute services, then he should join the lot drawing and enter camp to render substitute services based on the lot number. If he has physical status of military service exemption, then he is exempted from military services.
- How should a male Taiwanese national be in order to be eligible for overseas Chinese passport Status Visa? How does one obtain such a document? What government agency is responsible for answering questions regarding this issue?CollapseA male national of Taiwan should immigrate to another country before the age of 15 in order to be eligible for Overseas Chinese passport status visa. If they meet the qualifications for the status visa, male nationals who immigrated to other countries from Taiwan, should apply with the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs or ROC consular offices abroad to revoke the seal of non-rendering of military service. Overseas Chinese Passport Status Visa are given to: （1）those who went out of the country before turning 15 on December 31 of that year;（2）possess a valid ROC passport;（3）obtained valid permanent residency in the foreign country;（4）has lived in the foreign country for four years cumulatively;（5）has lived in the foreign country for six consecutive months or eight months and above annually in a span of two years; and （6）who returned to the country close to the conscription age from January 1 of the year they turned sixteen to December 31 of the year they turned 18 and lived for not more than 183 days annually. Furthermore, after reaching the conscription age of 19 on January 1st of that year, individuals who do not possess the qualifications mentioned in items 3, 4, and 5 should never have gone out of the country before. In terms of issues pertaining to overseas Chinese passport status visa, one can go directly to the Overseas Compatriot affairs Commission, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA, or any of our embassies and consular offices abroad.
- Can naturalized individuals with foreign passports be restricted by the Conscription Law of the ROC?CollapseAccording to Section 1 Article 5 of the “Conscription Regulations for Naturalized Aliens and Returning Overseas Chinese,” a male overseas Chinese entering the country using a foreign passport and who is of conscription age, is covered by the relevant regulations governing returning overseas Chinese. Also, according to Article 14 of the “Regulations for Exit of Draftees,” individuals of conscription age who have a registered household here in Taiwan and possessing dual citizenship, should use their ROC passports in entering and exiting the country. Those who enter using their foreign passports are still considered as being eligible for conscription and will be restricted from exiting the country (this restriction shall be lifted when the individual has rendered the mandatory military service).
- How is the military service issue for naturalized males who have come back to the country to study be handled?CollapseA male overseas Chinese returning to the country to study need not face the issue of military conscription if he is below conscription age (18 years); his education shall be governed by the regulations from the Ministry of Education and the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission. For overseas male Chinese of conscription age, who is returning home to study, according to Section 2 Article 4 of the “Conscription Regulations for Naturalized Aliens and Returning Overseas Chinese,” amended on December 30, 2002, time spent returning home to study shall not counted as residency time for those who are eligible for suspended draft. However, after leaving school (upon a leave of absence, dropping out, or graduation), then time of residency in Taiwan shall be calculated according to law; after establishing one full year of residency, the individual shall be conscripted. In addition, to complement the government’s overseas Chinese policies, which provides counseling and guidance to those returning home to study, time spent by individuals attending preparatory classes at the National Overseas Chinese University shall not be include din the calculation of residency.
- What are the objectives of the architecture and building research?CollapseThe objectives of the architecture and building research are essentially : to promote the architectural research and development, to strengthen the standard of building safety and construction technology, as well as to improve the quality of living environment.
- How is the performance of the Architecture and Building Research Institute(ABRI)?CollapseSince 1995, the ABRI has completed a total of 792 research projects and their applications, including fire safety of buildings, seismic disaster prevention of buildings, urban disaster prevention, building automation technology, green building and environmental control technology, and planning building of uses.
- What is the uision of building envivonment for Taiwan?CollapseIn addition to the above five major technology research projects, the ABRI is also committed to the development and promotion of green architecture technology and green building labeling system, in order to create a high-quality living environment and to maintain Taiwan as a sustainable silicon island.
- Procedures for handling carbon monoxide poisoning?Collapse1.Open the windows, and move the victim to a place with adequate ventilation.
2.Keep the victim’s airway open and unobstructed; conduct CPR if necessary.
3.Loosen the victim’s clothing.
4.Observe the victim’s breathing continuously, and send the victim to the hospital immediately
- How electric appliances are used to avoid disastrous events? Collapse1.If that no-fuse breaker is suddenly disconnected and fuses melt to disconnect, as
often happens, ask professional technicians to check and repair them.
2.When not using electrical appliances, turn off at the source of electricity, leaving
then the spot so as safe.
3.If electrical wires unfortunately have a short circuit, cut off the source of
electricity immediately. Before the source of electricity is cut off, do not use water
for extinction, so as not to cause electrical conduction.
4.Do not tie up extension wires or over-long electricity wires (this will probably cause
fire because of storing up heat). Also do not use electricity surpassing the proper
5.Check at any time whether electricity wires have any damage.
6.The plug of the electrical appliance should be tightly plugged in. If it is loose,
high heat and sparks can possibly result.
- What attention should be paid in order to protect ordinary houses from fire?CollapseIn order to create a safe life, prevention is the only way. One should always have an awareness of crisis and also understand knowledge of fire-fighting safety and ways of protecting life and avoiding disaster.
1.When cooking, one should roll up the sleeves and should neither wear wide or loose clothes nor let oneself be distracted.
2.After drinking wine or taking medicine, avoid using the oven and smoking.
3.When smoking, one should use an ashtray which has a large open mouth and a deep container so that it cannot easily fall over.
4.Set up the “stand-alone smoke alarm” in the room.
5.Use the timing control to turn off electrical appliances.
6.Senior or disabled people had better to live in the rooms near the exit for ease of escape.
7.When an electric heater, one should keep it a distance of over 1 meter from combustible material.
- Prevention of Electric Fire – Incandescent LampCollapseIncandescent lamp is common lighting equipment at home, but can easily cause danger when used improperly. It should be used carefully.
1. Do not use incandescent lamp for other purposes except for lighting, for example, drying clothes.
2. Pay attention to things like curtain; avoid danger caused by these things being hung on the lamp because of wind.
3. Surface of the incandescent lamp has high temperature; be careful not to be scalded.
4. Incandescent lamp should be switched off when not in use, to ensure safety.
- In case of a fire, what are the rules that must be noted for fleeing?CollapseDo not panic in case of a fire. Generally speaking, there are three kinds of fleeing situations: firstly, escaping from a disaster; secondly, waiting for rescue; thirdly, no rescue can be expected. The ways for survival are detailed as follows:
1. Escaping from a disaster
(1) Do not use an escalator. Go for the escape stairs according to the emergency direction signs.
(2) Cover the mouth and nose with a wet towel or handkerchief. This may avoid the attack of the smoke. Then flee along the wall.
(3) Take a low crawling posture in strong smoke: There is residual air in space below 30cm from the floor in a fire. Attention should be paid to the convenience and speed of crawling.
(4) Use a transparent plastic bag for survival: Take a 100cm long and 60cm wide plastic bag. Spread it open and fill it with air, cover the whole head with it and flee towards a safe direction.
2. Waiting for rescue indoor
(1) Use escaping equipment, including rope, jack ladder, escape sling, rescue bag, etc.
(2) Use plastic cloth or wet towel, bed sheet, clothes, etc. to stuff edges of the door. Ventilating intakes of the central air conditioning system should also be stuffed to prevent smoke from coming in.
(3) Try every means to tell people outside your location to wait for rescue.
(4) In case you are unfortunately trapped in a room, go to the place near the balcony or window to wait for rescue.
3. When no rescue can be expected Never give up the will of survival even when no rescue can be expected. Stay calm in this case, make use of the articles or the landform or things on the spot. Try your best to escape.
(1) Roll up bed sheet or curtain within the room into a rope shape, and tie up the ends to make an escape rope. Tie one end of the rope to a pillar or fixture within the room, and throw the other end out of the balcony or window. Climb down for escape.
(2) Climb down to a safe floor or the ground using the drainpipe outside the house for escape.
(3) Never jump down from height, because jumping down will cause death or serious injury. Stay in the room quietly and try your best to avoid the attack of the fire or smoke. Wait for the rescue of firemen.
- What precautions should be taken when using a gas heater?CollapseWhen liquefied petroleum or natural gas is not completely burnt, smell-less and color-less carbon monoxide will be produced. The combination of carbon monoxide with red blood cell is much more powerful than the combination of oxygen with red blood cell. Therefore, when overly inhaled, people will unconsciously fall into coma and fail to move. People will die in a few minutes without timely rescue.
Causes of carbon monoxide toxication are mostly improper installation of the gas heater, cooking in poorly ventilated places, burning wood in poorly ventilated room for warming, staying in a closed automobile of prolonged ignition. The following precautions should be taken:
1. Gas and heater must be installed in places with good ventilation.
2. Never burn wood or coal indoor for warming; good ventilation should be ensured.
3. Automobile should not be ignited for long time in poorly ventilated basement or closed garage.
- Items Should Be Noted When Enter and Exit from Public Places CollapseImproper management and insufficient training of employees are main factors of important injuries of the fire happened in public places. However, in addition to the owner's responsibility of keeping the safety of fire fighting, we should observe the following maters while entering public places in order to ensure our safety:
1.The motorcycles placed outside of he business office is very disorderedly or the appearance of motorcycle is odd mean that the people entering and exiting from the place are very complicated with greater opportunity of happening of dispute or arson.
2.Consume at low-floor as could as possible that the better is at first floor.
3.Is the external wall be sealed with advertisement or covered by iron window? Does the interior decoration use a lot of combustible materials?
- Which department should one report to, if any relative or friend fall over the embankment while life or death is an unknown situation?CollapsePlease report to the nearby security or police station. Reported station will then inform the coast guard and patrol for searching and rescuing. If it is urgent, the reported police officer could also take immediate action, for example pack necessary equipment for rescuing mission. If the missing person is found death, the case will be transferred to the criminal department for investigation; the criminal department will also inform the person’s family.
- Can I rent the land which managed by Land Reclamation Office , Construction & Planning Agency, Ministry of Interior ? CollapseNo, because the land which managed by the Office is National Property. Abide by “National Property Act”Article 28:The competent authority or administration authority shall not dispose or make profits from public use property, the land can not be rented.
- What type of charges will be applied to entering port without permit or doing business without application?CollapseThere were 89 (case/ person) charged for entering restricted area without permit from 1999 to October 2002.
Current Penalty: According to the Law of social discipline Vol. 71, a written warning will be given to the first time violation; a fine of or less than $ NT 6,000 will be charged to the second time violation.
Regulations applied for entering Hualien port restricted area without permit :
Port business regulation Vol. 18: One is not allowed to have below activities within the port restricted area:
1. Anchor within areas with under-water cable construction.
3. Oyster cultivation
4. Any activity that will pollute or affect port safety.
5. Port business regulation Vol. 46: Violating Port business regulation Vol. 18 will be charged for a fine of minimum $NT 90,000 and maximum $ NT 900,000.
According to the Law of social discipline Vol. 71, entering a restricted department or office, where a sign of “Do Not Enter” is clearly posted, will be charged for a fine of or less than $ NT 6,000. A written warning will be given to the first time violation; a fine of or less than $ NT 6,000 will be charged to the second time violation.
- Which department is in charge of lost of goods within the port area? CollapseOne could report to any officer on duty and complete a report form; an assigned officer will be investigating related locations and facts followed by jurisdiction, the claimer will also receive a police report. Once the case is solved, it will be transferred to the local court.
- How to apply for a port entering permit? CollapseOne could apply for a temporary, a long-term or a permanent port entering permit through the security department.
- When will ecotour guides be required to lead groups into ecologically protected areas?CollapseCurrently, this park has not yet implemented regulations requiring a qualified ecotour guide to lead groups into the park’s ecologically protected areas. Ecotour guide training is underway. As soon as a predetermined number of ecotour guides have been fully trained this regulation will come into effect.
- When did Yushan National Park’s website begin development? When was this website completed? What was the cost of developing this website?CollapseThis website began development in May of 1996. It was completed in October of 1996 and officially online on October 22, 1996. The cost of building this website was NT$410,000.
- Which division of Yushan National Park Headquarters is responsible for website maintenance?CollapseInformation technology staff of the Division of Planning and Management are responsible for maintaining this website. Information technology staff can be reached by phone at 886-49-2773121 ext.211.
- .How can I get a job at Yushan National Park Headquarters? (Personnel Office)CollapseYushan National Park is a government unit. Thus, all persons wishing to work atYushan National Park must have the qualifications of a civil servant.
1. First, it is necessary to pass the general civil service exam and related tests for the area in which you wish to apply.
2. Job openings and application deadlines are posted on websites and in publications of this park’s headquarters, Ministry of Personnel under the Executive Yuan and Ministry of Personnel under the Examination Yuan, etc.
3. The Personnel Office of Yushan National Park Headquarters can be reached by phone at 886-49-2348286, 2348287.
- When is the recruitment period for docents? (Division of Interpretation)CollapseDocent recruitment is carried out every year in July. For detailed information, please go to the park’s website in June and click on ‘Hot.’ The Division of Interpretation can be contacted by phone at 886-49-2773121 ext. 241~249.
- What are Sewers？CollapseSewers transport wastewater from buildings to treatment facilities. Sewers are pipelines that connect buildings to horizontal 'mains'. The sewer mains often connect to larger mains, and then to the wastewater treatment site. Vertical pipes, called manholes, connect the mains to the surface. Sewers are generally gravity powered, though pumps may be used if necessary.
- How can I obtain a Yushan National Park travel guide?CollapseSend a letter and return self-addressed stamped envelope (with NT$7 return postage). In the letter, please specify the type of information needed. Send to: Division of Park Recreation and Tourism, Yushan National Park Headquarters, 300, Sec. 1, Chung Shan Rd., Shuili Hsiang,Nantou County 553, Taiwan. The Division of Park Recreation and Tourism can be contacted by phone at 886-49-2773121 ext. 221, 222, 223
- How can I apply for a Yushan climbing certificate? (Division of Park Recreation and Tourism)Collapse(1) A photo taken at the summit of Yushan (3” x 5” individual or group photo)
(2) Date summit was reached (after April 10, 1985)
(3) Applicant’s Chinese and English names, contact telephone number and mailing address
(4) Processing fee: NT$300/person/copy (including return postage) At the time of application:
1. For those applying by mail: Include a postal money order made out to Employee Cooperative, Yushan National Park Headquarters. Send to: Employee Cooperative, Yushan National Park Headquarters, No. 300, Sec. 1, Jungshan Rd., Shueili Shiang, Nantou, Taiwan 553, R.O.C.
2. For those applying in person: Payment may be made in cash. The certificate will be mailed to the pplicant’s mailing address. The Division of Park Recreation and Tourism can be reached by telephone at 886-49-2773121 ext. 221, 222, 223.
The Employee Cooperative can be reached by phone at 886-49-2773121 ext. 228 or 609.