In coordination with the government reformprogram and operation consolidation, administration of lighthouses,formerly under Directorate General of Customs, Ministry of Finance, was handedover to MPB. The kick-off ceremony washeld at Keelung Lighthouse.
The 176-person staff was transferred fromDirectorate General of Customs along with the transfer of the operations.The Provisional Organization Ordinance was amended to include the SpecialistEmployee Grade Level System, CustomsPersonnel System and General Public Service Employee Ranking Systems. The old systemapplies to the transferred staff, but new employees were recruited under thegeneral public service system.
MPB took over the the Commercial PortDevelopment Fund and a budget for this fund is planned starting fromthis year.
Minister of MOTC Mao Chi-Kuo accompanied by Director-General Li Juel-Der on a visit to survey lighthouse operations. He encouraged the staff to promote tourism with the valuable lighthouse resources.