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DCA Turns Matchmaker for Single Employees

The Department of Civil Affairs (DCA) organized a matchmaking event at Taipei Xiahai Temple of the City God on July 24. Participants include single female workers from city agencies and single male workers from various private corporations, such as D-Links, Elitegroup Computer Systems, and First Bank.

Mayor Hau Lung-bin attended the opening ceremony of the city-sponsored singles party. Speaking before the audience, he wishes the best of luck to the 30 pairs of men and women in finding their perfect match. The mayor also elaborated on the city government’s new policy to boost birthrates, reminding that couples giving birth or raising infants are eligible to receive grants of NT$ 20,000 for each birth and a monthly subsidy of NT$2,500 to cover child-rearing expenses.
Statistics reveal that the average age of marriage in Taipei is 33 years old for men and 30 years old for women; this indicates a prevailing trend of marrying late. In addition, the city has seen a significant drop in birthrate to less than 20,000 newborns per year.
According to DCA Commissioner Huang Lu Ching-ju, the proposed subsidy scheme also offers a complete tuition waiver for 5-year-olds enrolled in public kindergartens; those attending private kindergartens will receive an annual tuition subsidy of NT$25,000 as well.
All of these programs – including the arrangement of matchmaking events for staff members who are singles – are part of the government’s bid to halt the decline in the number of marriages and newborns.