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MOI must have better housing registration plan: Taipei City

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Government strongly suggested to the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) in a press conference yesterday that due to glitches plaguing the new household registration system, the central government may need to come up with a more complete plan in the future.

Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin stated that the household registration department in Taipei City is generally perceived by citizens to be the best service department. In addition, the Taipei City Government also actively took action to deal with problems immediately. However, citizens still criticize city government over the issue. Hau said he felt it is unfair to local government workers since the central government did not have comprehensive plans to deal with the glitches that caused considerable trouble for local governments.

To deal with the glitches, the Taipei City Government issued several temporary identity documents. However, some of the temporary identity documents issued yesterday were different from the central government's authorized format.

The Taipei City Government explained that this was caused by the fact that the Department of Civil Affairs (DOCA) decided on an emergency method to deal with the problem before the central government.

According to DOCA commissioner Huang Lu Ching-ju (黃呂錦茹), 6,478 people came to the administrative office to process household registration affairs on Monday. Among them, 1,304 people could not get new identity documents.

The DOCA issued 117 temporary identity documents for people who needed them urgently. Huang Lu suggested that the central government fix the new system completely before May, since the local government needs to prepare the name lists for the elections and will need the support of the household registration system at that time.

Household Registration System Works Better

Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇), deputy interior minister, pointed out yesterday morning that the new Household Registration and Conscription Information System were more stable, and most of the minor glitches were fixed immediately in local governments.

The new household registration system in Banqiao District, New Taipei City crashed at 8 a.m. yesterday, with workers in Banqiao District needing to spend 30 minutes re-linking to the main system. Although there were still some other minor glitches, the new system was basically stabilized yesterday, according to Hsiao.

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