At his meeting with top aides, President Moon Jae-in, wearing a yellow ribbon badge in memory of the victims, emphasized that designating April 16th as "National Public Safety Day" is meant to help us never forget the lives lost through the Sewol tragedy and ensure his promise to build a safer Korea is kept.
"We must acknowledge again that building a safe Republic of Korea is the true way to honor the Sewol-ho victims."
He pointed out, however, that a recent poll suggests more than half the population think Korea's disaster response system has not changed significantly from four years ago.
The liberal leader noted that inspectors have completed the nationwide safety check of public facilitiesin response to his orders a couple of months ago after a string of fire-related accidents.
Adding comprehensive remedies for any safety hazards found during those checks should be formulated.
The government will hold a briefing on the results of the safety review next month.