President to call weekly policy coordination meeting (update)

President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Saturday that she will call a policy coordination meeting every week starting Oct. 3 in the hope of making her administration's policymaking process more efficient and comprehensive.

Through the mechanism, her administration will set the direction and tempo of important policies and discuss how to divide up the work, said the president, who serves concurrently as chairwoman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Besides Tsai, the meeting will also be attended by Vice President Chen Chien-jen (???), Premier Lin Chuan (??) and Vice Premier Lin Hsi-yao (???), according to Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???).

Other participants include Ker Chien-ming (???), convener of the DPP caucus in the Legislative Yuan, Wu Ping-jui (???), secretary-general of the DPP caucus, DPP Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu (???), Chiu I-jen (???), CEO of the DPP's New Frontier Foundation think tank, and representatives of local governments controlled by the DPP.

Huang said the meeting will regularize discussions of major policies among the Presidential Office, the Cabinet and the DPP, helping to strengthen the government's policymaking process and improve the quality, speed and efficiency of its policymaking.

The implementation of a five-day work week is expected to be one of the main issues on the agenda of the Oct. 3 meeting.

Tsai's announcement came as surveys conducted by various organizations have indicated that her approval ratings have fallen below 50 percent in the four months since she took office May 20.

The latest survey released Sept. 26 by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation found that only 44.7 percent of the Taiwanese public approved of Tsai's handling of major national issues, compared with 52.3 percent in August and 69.9 percent when she first took office.

Meanwhile, only 34.6 percent of Taiwan's public thinks that Lin and his Cabinet are capable of resolving the nation's problems, while 40.9 percent do not share that confidence, the survey found.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel