Taiwan donates $200,000 to disaster-stricken Davao

/ 03:07 PM February 28, 2024
Taiwan donates $200,000 to disaster-stricken Davao

Taiwanese and Philippine officials, led by Manila Economic Cooperation Office chief Silvestre Bello III, hold a copy of the check for a 200,000-dollar donation made by Taiwan for landslide and other disaster survivors in Davao Region. PHOTO FROM MECO

The government of Taiwan on Tuesday (February 28) donated $200,000 (about P11.2 million) in cash assistance to the Philippines for families severely affected by the flooding and landslides in three Davao provinces early this month.

“By providing this humanitarian funding, Taiwan hopes to extend a helping hand in support of the (government’s) disaster response efforts and aid to the survivors in Davao region,” Ambassador Wallace Chow, of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines, said.


The donation, intended for distribution by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, was received by Chairman Silvestre H. Bello III of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), the representative office of the Philippines in Taiwan, a democratic country.

Bello said the donation “will go a long way to help the families of those who perished in that disaster, and assist those who survived the tragedy to recover their lives.”


“We are deeply touched by your government’s sincere concern and display of compassion for our people at this time of great grief and need,” he said.

Bello added, “And we are most thankful for your generosity, not only as a neighbor but more so as as a long-time friend of the Filipino people.”

“On behalf of our President, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and grateful Filipinos, we thank your government and the people of Taiwan for your very kind assistance,” he said.

The cash donation was the latest aid from the independent nation of Taiwan.

In late December, Taiwan donated 1,000-metric tons of rice to the country.

This was received by MECO and turned over to DSWD for distribution to families and communities hit hard by calamities and disasters. The donation was already turned over by MECO to the DSWD last month.

Similar forms of assistance were extended by Taiwan to the Philippines in recent years marking stronger relations between the two neighboring countries.


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