Japanese government helps respiratory patients in Uttaradit
Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in
Chiang Mai, and Mr. Songwut Subthawisin, Director of the Uttaradit
Hospital signed the funding agreement for respiratory equipment for
Uttaradit Hospital to provide home medical care.
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human
Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to
2,738,000 baht for “the Project for Procuring Medical Equipment for
Patients with Chronic Respiratory Disease in Uttaradit Province”. On 16
July, 2015, Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and
Mr. Songwut Subthawisin, Director of the Uttaradit Hospital, jointly
signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang
Uttaradit Province lies about 500 km north of Bangkok and about 250 km
South of Chiang Mai. The population of the province is about 460,000
people, mostly engaged in agriculture. The eastern part of the province
consists of mountainous areas which border Laos for 135km. Most of the
farmers in this area and in the neighboring areas are engaged in
slash-and-burn agriculture, so forest fires break out every dry-season
and result in serious problems such as respiratory disease from haze.
Uttaradit Hospital is a public hospital in Uttaradit Province under the
jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Health. The hospital plays a role
as a medical center of the province which receives and treats serious
case patients sent from the district level hospitals. Ideally, patients
with severe chronic respiratory disease need to receive inpatient
treatment in the hospital, however, the most of the patients don’t have
enough financial capacity to pay medical costs for long-term
hospitalization. At the same time, the medical ward of the hospital is
always full of hospitalized patients, so the department of internal
medicine has established a home medical care system.
Now the department lends medical oxygen tank sets for patients cared for
at home through the system, but there are only 25 sets which are not
enough for the number of patients. Moreover, as poor patients barely pay
the cost of replenishing oxygen to the tank when the tank is empty, some
patients are sent back to the hospital again, or even lose their lives.
If there were oxygen concentrators, the patients wouldn’t need to pay
the cost of replenishing oxygen and this would make a contribution to
improving the quality of life and fighting against illness of the
In response to a request from the Uttaradit Hospital, the Government of
Japan will bear the costs of purchasing oxygen concentrators and related
medical devices which will be lent to patients with chronic respiratory
disease in home care. It is expected that this support will contribute
to ensuring the improvement of the home medical care system provided by
The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which
contribute to improving the medical and healthcare services through its
Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).
New Immigration office opens at Promenada Resort Mall
Consuls, Honorary Consuls, government
officials and business leaders joined Immigration officials at the grand
opening party of the new Immigration Office at Promenada Resort Shopping
Mall on July 17, 2015.
Chiang Mai Immigration has moved services from the old office near the
airport to the ground floor of Promenada Resort Shopping Mall effective
July 20, 2015. The grand opening of the new office was held on July 17,
2015 and was presided over by Commander of Immigration Region 5 Pol.
Maj. Gen. Banthit Tungkhaseni, Chief of Chiang Mai Immigration, Pol.
Col. Rutjapong Saravanangkool, and Marc Vermeulen of Promenada Resort
The new office will cover extensions of stay based on retirement, as
well as medical cases. Also 90 day reporting will be done at the new
office, re-entry permits and extensions of tourist visas. The office is
open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and has separate stations for each
The new office is on the ground floor of
Promenada in Building A, there are separate desks for each service. The
office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed
holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Pol. Col. Rutjapong Saravanangkool, Chief of Chiang Mai Immigration
Office said that they plan on moving extensions for marriage and
business to the new office later on. The old office will be demolished
and a new one built on the same location. Re-locating services to
Promenada is part of the reconstruction process.
The Commander of Immigration Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Banthit Tungkhaseni
said the new office welcomed the new office noting that it will make
Immigration visits easier on residents with increased parking and allow
for people waiting for their turn to have a coffee, go shopping or have
lunch in the mall.
Marc Vermeulen of Promenada noted that there will be a free shuttle bus
from the old Immigration office to the new one for the first month as
well as the usual Promenada shuttles from downtown hotels.
The shuttle bus will depart the old Immigration office beginning at 7
a.m. and every half hour until 11:30 a.m. The return trip will also
depart every half hour beginning 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. but regular
shuttle buses to hotels will operate until nighttime.
The new office will support the queue system for retirement extensions
which can be done here 100 days in advance.
http://chiangmaiimm.com/th/queue-online.html. Pol. Col. Rutjapong also
encouraged residents to use the 90 day online system. Instructions for
the 90 day reporting are here on the Chiang Mai Mail
How to do a 90 day report online
It is now possible to make your 90 day report online. You can only apply
online from 7-15 days before the expiration of your current 90 day report.
You must access the following link with Internet Explorer. Firefox and
Chrome both have IE extensions that you can install if you prefer.
There will be a security warning but you can click OK.
Then you must accept the Immigration Bureau’s Terms of Service –tick the box
at the bottom of the Terms and then click Accept. You will then be taken to
a page where you choose Notification of staying in the Kingdom over 90 days.
You may also check the status of your submission on this page later on.
First, use all CAPITALS
Fill out the form as required – on the date field use their calendar.
When you reach the address portion, fill in your street address and then
choose the drop down menu for the Province. Chiang Mai is spelled CHING MAI
but don’t worry, it still works.
Once you choose CHING MAI from the drop down menu then go to AMPHUR and
choose your district from the drop down menu. Finally go to TAMBON and pick
the correct sub-district.
These fields do give you the option to type it in but do not type anything,
use the drop down menus.
You will receive an acknowledgement email. When the 90 day report is
approved you will receive a second email with the form stamped APPROVED and
the actual 90 day report. Print this out and put it in your passport.
Immigration Bus Map
A free shuttle will run from July 20 to August 20, 2015
from the old Immigration Office near Chiang Mai International Airport to the
new office at Promenada Resort Shopping Mall. The shuttle will depart from
the old office every half hour from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and depart
Promenada every half hour from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Promenada also runs
shuttle buses to downtown hotels.
Princess opens Math Olympiad
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited
Chiang Mai to open the International Math Olympiad at Chiang Mai
University Auditorium on July 9, 2015. This is the 56th International
Mathematics Olympiad to be held and the first to be held in Thailand.
More than a thousand students from 104 countries took part in the event
from July 4 -16, 2015. Students came from as far as Russia, the United
States, Canada, Britain and nearby China, Hong Kong and Japan among many
others. The event was brought to Thailand by the cooperation of three
educational institutions; the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching
Science and Technology, the Mathematical Association of Thailand under
Royal Patronage and the Foundation for the Promotion and Development of
Science Olympiad academic study under the patronage of HRH Princess
World Forestry Congress sees community leaders discuss sustainable forestry
Members of forest communities from Chiang
Mai and around South East Asia met in Bangkok for the World Forestry
“Invest in us for sustainable forests” say community forest members,
indigenous peoples and smallholders from Asia.
Local people from forest communities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar,
Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand and Nepal came together in Bangkok recently
to discuss forest issues that are priorities for them and to prepare for
the upcoming XIV World Forestry Congress. The Congress is the largest
and most significant gathering of the world's forestry sector, to take
place in Durban, South Africa in September 2015.
“If you want your country to be green, you need to invest in local
communities,” said Mr. Krirk Meemungkit, a forest farm smallholder from
Thailand. “I make my livelihood from a sustainable forest plantation,
and I’m using my knowledge to benefit other local people so they can
also develop sustainable forest plantations, and in turn they are
teaching other local people how to do this.”
“Local people can and want to protect forests, especially because
climate change is already making our lives more difficult,” said Ms.
Theya Chaw, an indigenous community member from PeinNeiKone, a remote
area of Myanmar, who traveled for more than seven days to reach the
meeting in Bangkok. “But to do this effectively we need resources.”
At the meeting, participants identified four priority areas, from local
perspectives, that forest decision-makers must invest in for forests to
be managed sustainably:
• Participatory processes for policy and enabling regulatory framework
• Formalizing tenure rights and the establishment of community forests
• Funds and resources for community forest implementation, and
• Capacity development for leadership empowerment, information access,
Under the four areas, solutions and best practices were identified,
along with specific actions and investments needed to scale these up –
to be shared and influence forest decision-makers on the global level at
the World Forestry Congress.
At the end of the meeting, the local people participating in the meeting
voted and elected four local people to represent them on the global
level at the upcoming World Forestry Congress in South Africa in
September 2015. These
The four local people include Mr. Em Sophoan, CF ChrosSvay, Cambodia;
Mr. Krirk Meemungkit, Small holder, Sa Kaeo Province, Thailand; Ms.
Theya Chaw, Indigenous representative, Myanmar and Ms. Hoang Thi Chuyen,
Member of Women's Union of Vietnam.
RECOFTC, which focuses on empowering local people through participatory
processes and promoting forestry from local peoples' perspectives in
Asia, conducted the meeting with simultaneous translation in seven
languages. The process enabled local people, who are often time not
directly included in regional meetings (as they are frequently conducted
in English) to participate fully.
“When we have the capacity, we can do anything,” said Mr Em Sohorn,
manager of a sustainable bamboo enterprise in Chrous Svay community
2 million Yaba and 50 kg of Ya Ice seized in Chiang Mai arrest
Pol. Lt. Gen. Tanitsak Teerasawat and Region
5 Police with the two suspects arrested with 2 million Yaba pills and 50
kilograms of Ya Ice on July 8, 2015.
The Commissioner of Region 5 Police announced the arrest of two
suspects and the seizure of 2 million methamphetamine pills and 50
kilograms of crystal methamphetamines on July 9, 2015.
Commissioner Pol. Lt. Gen. Tanitsak Teerasawat and Chiang Mai Deputy
Governor Chana Pangpibul announced the arrest of Somchai Theptim, of
Chonburi and Mongkol Chamto, of Samut Sakhon. The two men were arrested
in an undercover buy operation by police at Big C Extra on July 8 at 10
The two men confessed to police after the arrest that they had been
hired by someone to carry the drugs from the border to Central Thailand.
46 projects for Chiang Mai proposed at mobile Cabinet meeting
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and government
officials review water management solutions for Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and government officials met with
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at the mobile Cabinet meeting held at the
Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Center (CMICE) on June 30
to propose necessary and needed infrastructure projects for consideration.
Forty-six projects were prosed including waste management, water management,
mass transit, road improvements, a second airport, a new reservoir, and
rehabilitation of the Mae Kha Canal.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha talked about the ongoing water issues that
Chiang Mai and Thailand face and expressed his opinion that finding
solutions to water shortages and drought required better management from the
agriculture and consumer sectors. He noted that the agricultural sector will
need to change its growing and production practices and change to crops that
use less water.
The Damrongdhama Center also established a temporary complaint center for
members of the public at CMICE and twenty complaints were filed with the
Center. These will be sent on to the Prime Minister for review.
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya told the Chiang Mai Mail that the proposals
are being passed on to the relevant Ministries and expressed optimism that
they would be approved for Chiang Mai.
100,000 Yaba pills seized in Pha Muang Task Force ambush in Chiang Rai
Col. Prapat Phopsuwan of the Pha Muang Task
Force, Chiang Rai and Worayan Bunarat, Mae Fah Luang District Chief with
the 100,000 Yaba pills found after Pha Muang Task Force officers tried
to intercept smugglers in Mae Fah Luang District in Chiang Rai.
The Pha Muang Task Force in Chiang Rai announced the seizure of 100,000
methamphetamine or Yaba pills in Mae Fah Luang District of Chiang Rai on
June 27, 2015 after rangers ambushed drug traffickers in a remote
Col. Prapat Phopsuwan of the Pha Muang Task Force, Chiang Rai and
Worayan Bunarat, Mae Fah Luang District Chief, held a press conference
to announce the seizure.
Rangers had received a tip off that drug traffickers would be moving
Yaba through the area and set up an ambush to intercept the group at
10:30 p.m. on June 26, 2015. Officials encountered a group of around 2 –
4 men carrying sacks and called on them to stop. One man opened fire on
the officers who returned fire. After a five minute firefight the men
fled the area leaving behind a sack with 100,000 methamphetamine
Three drug arrests in Chiang Mai yield 37,000 Yaba pills
Chiang Mai Provincial Police
arrested four men and two women for drug dealing in Chiang Mai
province in one day.
Chiang Mai Provincial Police announced the seizure of
37,000 methamphetamine or Yaba pills in three separate arrests
in the province on one day alone on July 3, 2015.
Pol.Maj.Gen.Montri Sambunnanont, Commander of Chiang Mai
Provincial police announced that six people had been arrested
for trafficking and dealing of illegal drugs and that the police
had seized a total of 37,000 methamphetamine pills in the
arrests that took place in Doi Tao, Chiang Dao and Mae Rim.
The first case saw Doi Tao Police working with the Provincial
Police to arrest three people suspected of dealing drugs and
seized of 15,150 Yaba tablets hidden in a cooler.
In the second case Chiang Dao Police arrested a man and woman
with 10,000 Yaba tablets in a sting arrest. The police had
arranged with the suspects to deliver the drugs in front of the
Chiang Dao Wittayakhom school.
The final case in Mae Rim also involved a sting arrest with
police arranging to buy drugs at the parking area near the 7-11
Pong Yang Nai Branch in Mae Rim where they arrested a Chiang Mai
man with 12,000 Yaba tablets.