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New Reservist Counseling Center Inaugurated in Shilin

New Reservist Counseling Center Inaugurated in ShilinMayor Ko Wen-je presided over the inauguration event of a new reservist counseling center in the district of Shilin on July 7. He also attended a flag presentation ceremony for the local neighborhood watch at the new center.
 
During his address, the mayor noted that the center is the last piece to the puzzle, whose existence ensures that reservists will have a place to meet, relax, and train at locations across all 12 of the city’s administrative districts.
 
Ko recalled that the idea emerged from City Councilor Chen Chung-wen’s comment on the possibility of building similar facilities for each district at the opening of the reservist counseling center in Beitou two years ago. He also recalled Chen’s suggestion about how the reservists can play an important role in the case of natural disaster, and how conducting cross-district training is important for such support.
 
He also asked for help from Compulsory Military Service Commissioner Fu Yung-mao, who happens to be a retired senior officer in the ROC Army and commands much respect among members of the armed forces.
 
Noting the limited resources of the public sector, he admitted that it will take a long time for cleaning up in the aftermath of a major typhoon if relying upon only the staff from the Labor Department and the Parks and Street Lights Office. That is why he is asking everyone to help out. However, it is also necessary to train and maintain equipment, so everything will be ready when the need appears.
 
The mayor also expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Defense and reservists who helped out during the disaster prevention drill in March. He believes that to make Taipei a safer city, disaster prevention education and training should be carried out at the level of boroughs.