Firm commitment to national defense
President Park recently met with generals from the military. During the meeting, the generals pledged to further strengthen national defense.
Prior to the president’s visit, the Ministry of National Defense held a commander’s meeting that was attended by all branches of the military in order to analyze the recent movements of North Korea. They made a resolution to enhance defense readiness against any aggression from the North. North Korea has been showing unusual movements as of late, evidenced by the infiltration tunnels that were found in the DMZ. As always, our warmest appreciation should be extended to our soldiers for their continuous service under such harsh and cold weather conditions.
Add productivity to the Saemaeul (New Village) Project!
After being briefed on monthly economic trends, President Park presented the Diligence Medal of the Saemaul Awards to Kim Hak-seong, the Saemaul leader.
This is Kim Hak-seong’s vegetable farm. With about 400 residents living in 70 households, this village has been focusing on increasing the productivity of the Saemaeul Project by growing vegetables in greenhouses.
Residents in Mangwol-1-ri, Gwangju-gun, Gyeonggi-do worked together with their leader, Mr. Kim, to achieve a self-reliant community, raising an annual income of KRW 45 million, or 1.12 million for each household.
Let’s move on to news from the culture and public information department of Gyeongsangbuk-do. The province recently conducted soil testing in Geumreung-gun in an effort to increase food resources by improving the quality of the soil. Specifically, food production can be increased by putting quality soil into rice paddies and plowing deeply in autumn.
The sixth anniversary of the declaration of the National Education Charter was commemorated at the Capitol Building. At the ceremony, 1,807 people including Kim Gyeong-su, the president of the Sookmyeong Womens University that made a remarkable contribution to realizing the ideals of the National Education Charter, were presented with decorations, medals and citations. President Park said in his congratulatory address, which was read by Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil on his behalf, “Our national development of today and our national destiny of tomorrow really hinge on national education,” adding “We should anchor our minds on the National Education Charter and make all-out efforts to grow our power as a nation.”
The National Agricultural Cooperatives Federation recently opened an agricultural produce sales outlet for citizens in Sinchon, Seoul. Agricultural and livestock products are brought directly from production sites to the store where they can be purchased by consumers. This system ensures a higher income for producers and lower prices for consumers.
The Navy Welfare Center in Jinhae, Gyeongsangnam-do recently opened. The center has a large performance auditorium and various welfare facilities for soldiers. Named “Chungmuneungseon,” it provides an ideal resting place for soldiers in the navy.
The third Honor Awards ceremony hosted by the Korea Honorary Committee was held. Forty-one individuals received awards for filial piety, good parenting, excellence in housewifery, and outstanding leadership in the Saemaul Movement.
The testing of latest chemical firefighting equipment for security was conducted in Yeouido. This device can project water and foam as high as 100 meters and can extinguish a fire on the 31st floor of a building.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church Korea Association celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding in Korea. In addition to its mission work, the church has been engaged in education, medical service, relief and publishing activities for several years.
The 55th International Automobile Fair was held recently in Torino, the center of Italy’s automobile industry. 65 automakers from all around the world participated in the event and 240 cars were on display. Hyundai Motor Company exhibited the Pony, the first car produced in Korea, drawing keen attention and favorable comments.
In addition, buyers were attracted to the Pony Coupe that was designed for export, evidence that our automobile industry has gone beyond Korea’s borders.
Helping neighbors in need
As the year comes to an end, “Helping Neighbors” activities are being conducted nationwide. The Yangjihoe society and the wives of foreign diplomats stationed in Korea participated in relief activities at nursing schools run by the Korea Red Cross.
The 70th exhibition of artwork by contemporary Korean artists was held recently. The works on display included three pieces made by Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil. The profits from the exhibition will go towards funding orphanages and nursing homes.
In the meantime, various people have showed love for their neighbors, including lonely senior citizens, by giving them warm gifts to celebrate the year’s end.
Additionally, the Daeseong Briquette Co. led efforts to help poor neighbors that are suffering in the cold weather by donating briquettes for heating. Let us continue to help our neighbors in need.
This year, the nation’s rice production reached over 30 million seom (144 kilos), making it a bumper crop. In addition, a plan to supply grains is underway. However, saving grain is very important due to worldwide food shortages and to ensure that Korea can remain self-sufficient as far as food goes. Hence, the government has decided to lower the milling ratio for rice to reduce grain consumption. The milling ratio is set to the seventh degree because rice is delicious and nutritious at that level. We should control demand and foster an attitude of saving by eating rice that is mixed with other grains.
According to Daehan News’ statistics on the reduction of food consumption by 6 million households nationwide, if one household saves one hop (0.18 liter) it will amount to 6 million hops, or 6,000 gamas (80 kilos). That will equate to 2.19 million gamas in a year, a statistic that represents KRW 40 billion in retail value. That amount could finance the construction of an expressway between Seoul and Busan each year, or it could feed our soldiers for three years. Saving one hop of rice a day will make a huge difference. During this year-end season, we should refrain from making snacks or cakes with rice in order to do our part in saving it.