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Gwangju to Strengthen Its Welfare Policies in 2014
(GWANGJU = Newsis) The city of Gwangju announced on 24 December its welfare policy for the year of 2014 to create 16,400 jobs for the vulnerable social groups.

Gwangju plans to provide 9,800 jobs to those with disabilities and the elderlies, and 4,600 jobs to low-income group for self-support, 1,200 jobs of local social service investment project and some 800 jobs for supporting the expansion of the public medical institutions.

The number is 1,300 more compared to the last year. The city will also build two more to operate a total of 21 occupational rehabilitation centers to help the severely handicapped people develop self-reliance.

An emergency aid system will be introduced to strengthen the social safety net for the elderlies with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.

Protection of human rights will also be strengthened against the social welfare organizations.

The city will expand the range of its public-and-private joint investigation of human rights to the medical care hospitals and Chinese medicine clinics.

Gwangju also plans to establish the Gwangju welfare foundation to actively meet the demand for the growing social welfare and develop the suitable policies.

The foundation will form its commission in January 2014 and go through the relevant approval processes from March, and officially begin its operation in the second half of 2014.

“Many changes in the social welfare policies are expected from July 2014 including the implementation of the basic pension policy. We will make sure that the Gwangju welfare foundation minimizes the blind spot in the social welfare policies,” said an Gwangju official.

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Source: Newsis (Dec. 24, 2013)

** This article was translated from the Korean.