In response to the coronavirus recession, the Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) rolled out the “Give Me 5: Hakka E-Voucher 2.0” program to help boost tourism in Hakka areas.
An NT$200 million special budget was approved by the Executive Yuan for HAC to issue 400,000 vouchers, each valued at NT$500. The number of this year’s vouchers will be 120,000 more than those distributed under the Hakka E-Voucher 1.0 program last year. The purpose of increasing the number of the vouchers is, apart from boosting local economy, to entice people to travel to Hakka villages and enjoy Hakka culture.
People who are eligible to obtain the Quintuple Stimulus Vouchers (五倍券) including Taiwanese nationals, foreign spouses with permanent residency in Taiwan, and foreigners with Alien Permanent Resident Certificate can register at https://5000.gov.tw/en/ starting on Sept. 22 through Oct. 29 and participate in the draw of the Hakka vouchers. The lucky winners are notified by a text message, and the list of the winners is published on the abovementioned website.
It is expected that the Hakka e-vouchers will be issued in mid-November and remain valid until next April. To encourage the public to visit Hakka villages, the vouchers shall be used in the Hakka areas.
Since Oct. 8, HAC has invited local enterprises such as retail stores, restaurants, and guesthouses from 70 key development areas of Hakka culture across Taiwan, not including e-commerce sellers, department stores, hypermarkets, and chain stores, to take part in the relief project for boosting industries in Hakka settlements.
There are five online briefings on “Hakka E-Voucher 2.0” from Oct. 15 through 21. Shopkeepers who are interested in the project are welcome to sign up. For detailed information, please visit the website https://www.hakka500.tw/ or add the official LINE account: @hakka500.