Mayor Promotes Birth Incentives at Joint Wedding Event

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Mayor Promotes Birth Incentives at Joint Wedding Event

Mayor Promotes Birth Incentives at Joint Wedding Event

Mayor Hau Lung-bin presided over the 209th joint weddings organized by the city government at University of Taipei’s Tianmu Campus on September 20. He has conducted over 20 such ceremonies for more than 2000 couples during his term as the mayor of the capital.

According to Hau, the event involved the traditional ritual of the newlywed kneeling before their parents bidding farewell as a way of expressing gratitude. The organizers also invited kids of couples who have attended past joint weddings to “roll on the bed.” The tradition is a way of wishing couples good luck on conceiving babies. To help boost Taipei’s birth rate, the mayor promised to present the newlyweds with additional gifts if the bride becomes pregnant before the end of his current term – in less than four months’ time. As usual, Hau took the opportunity to promote the City’s childbirth incentives and child-rearing support, including the establishment of daycare centers and family halls in every administrative district, as well as cash subsidies totaling NT$195,000 for each newborn until the age of 5.Buoyed by the policies, Hau noted that Taipei has been leading the island in terms of birth rates for three consecutive years. Jokingly he urged the newlyweds to “work hard” to contribute to population growth and help Taipei extend this winning streak.

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  • Updated: 2014-9-23 15:30
  • Reviewed: 2014-9-23 15:30
  • Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government

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