Ko Wen-je reveals policy proposals to curb low birthrate

  • Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je has proposed policy measures to address Taiwan’s low birthrate, including cash handouts for new mothers.
  • If elected, he plans to provide NT$100,000 to new mothers and NT$50,000 when they are three months pregnant.
  • He also intends to expand monthly child-rearing subsidies for parents with children up to the age of 12, amend maternity leave regulations to extend it to 14 weeks, establish more public daycare centers with extended hours, and create a “population development commission.”
  • Additionally, Ko aims to legalize surrogacy and egg cell donation, allocate a NT$10 billion fund for birthrate-related policies, and promote friendly policies for expectant mothers and parents.
  • Taiwan’s birthrate has fallen behind its mortality rate since 2020, and addressing this issue is crucial to prevent a significant population decline.

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