Taiwan on Wednesday donated 5 million pesos (US$100,568) and food supplies to the Philippines for relief and reconstruction in Cagayan province, which was battered by a super typhoon in October.
Gary Lin (林松煥), Taiwan’s representative to the Philippines, handed over the donation to Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba at a ceremony in the Cagayan Provincial government square.
Meanwhile, the Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation donated 2,300 sacks of rice, each weighing 20 kilograms, to families affected by Super Typhoon Haima, which killed dozens of people and caused agricultural damage of about US$140 million in Cagayan province.
At the donation ceremony, Lin said Taiwanese fishing vessels often stop in Cagayan for supplies and maintenance and they usually receive friendly assistance from the people there.
It is now Taiwan’s turn to make a humanitarian gesture by helping with the reconstruction in the wake Typhoon Haima, he said.
In turn, Mamba expressed appreciation for the donations, saying that they demonstrated the solid friendship between the peoples of the two sides.
After the ceremony in Cagayan, Lin and the Tzu Chi team traveled to Buguey and Aparri, where they donated 500,000 Philippine pesos and 1,000 sacks of rice to each of the two Cagayan municipalities.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel