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DPP's Tsai vows to push affordable housing if elected

2015/08/30 19:53:54

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) vowed on Sunday to push affordable housing if she is elected president next year.

If elected next year, the DPP administration will work with local governments to create 200,000 units of affordable housing over a period of eight years, Tsai said at the inauguration of a campaign club in northern Taiwan's Taoyuan that was formed to support her presidential bid.

The affordable housing units will not become a tool to drive up housing prices, nor will they have poor living conditions, Tsai said.

She said the housing units will charge reasonable rent and provide a quality living environment for young people, middle class workers, single-parent families and other groups.

In addition to affordable housing, Tsai vowed to tighten food safety by setting up institutions to regulate toxins and hazardous chemicals; amending laws to increase the responsibility of food manufacturers; and raising rewards for reporting food safety violations.

Tsai also promised to introduce childcare and long-term care services in communities for the young and the elderly, so that their family members can go to work without worries.

The presidential candidate also vowed to convene a national conference and invite people from all professions to join the conference to discuss the sustainability of Taiwan's pension system, in order to make the system a more equal one.

Finally, Tsai said she will step up drug prevention, anti-fraud efforts and better protect the safety of women and children if she gets elected.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Christie Chen)