Manila, Philippines — Amidst the recent natural calamities devastating the Philippines, China has shown its solidarity by offering essential aid. The Chinese Embassy in Manila and their navy training ship Qi Jiguang have donated supplies worth P5 million to assist those affected by the Mayon Volcano eruption and Typhoon Betty. This act of kindness showcases the close bond between China and the Philippines, as stated by Huang Xilian, the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines. The ambassador emphasized that both countries always stand together through thick and thin.
On the 15th of June, there was a glimmer of hope for the people affected by the unrest of the Mayon Volcano. The Qi Jiguang docked at the Port of Manila carrying P4 million worth of relief supplies, which included over 103 metric tons of rice and other food items donated by China. Huang Xilian, who spearheaded the relief effort, stated that upon learning about the thousands of people who were forced to evacuate, China immediately mobilized resources to assist those in need. It’s worth noting that the food supplies that were given to the affected individuals were sourced from the Navy Ship crew’s daily supply, highlighting the selflessness of the crew members.
The Chinese Embassy has extended its helping hand as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) received its first batch of food donations. The donated rice and food items will be distributed to families who were affected by the recent unrest caused by Mayon Volcano. Secretary Rex Gatchalian expressed his gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for their generosity. The rice donations will be allocated among several public schools, government-owned evacuation centers, and other buildings that are now temporary shelters in various cities and towns including Santo Domingo, Malilipot, Guinobatan, Camalig, Ligao, Tabaco, and Daraga.
The Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office have reported that around 4,286 families or 15,241 individuals have been evacuated due to the recent Mayon Volcano unrest. These families are currently staying in different evacuation centers in Albay, and this donation from the Chinese Embassy will surely give them much-needed relief and assistance.
In addition to the relief provided by the Chinese Embassy for the Mayon Volcano Unrest, they also extended help to families affected by Typhoon Betty. The embassy gave P1 million in cash assistance to aid those who were affected by the strong winds and heavy rains brought by the typhoon in the northeastern part of the country last May.
The UAE government has also shown its support to the Philippines by donating around 50,000 kilograms of food items such as rice, cooking oil, powdered milk, salt, and sugar to the victims of the Mayon Volcano unrest. These donations arrived in Albay province on June 13th and were immediately handed over to the Albay provincial government for repacking and immediate distribution. This generous act from the UAE government will undoubtedly serve as a big help in providing much-needed assistance to the affected families.
Moreover, this collaboration between nations highlights the importance of international cooperation in addressing global challenges. It is a reminder that we are all part of a larger community and that we have a shared responsibility to help each other during times of need. As we navigate through these trying times, we must continue to foster partnerships and work together toward building a more resilient and sustainable future.
In conclusion, the support shown by China and the UAE to the Philippines during the recent natural calamities is a testament to the power of solidarity and compassion. It is a shining example of how countries can come together to provide aid and support to those affected by natural disasters. Let us hope that this spirit of unity will continue to inspire us all to do our part in making the world a better place for everyone.