Delivers P800,000-worth of supplies and equipment to rescue team
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua personally traveled to Tacloban City to turn over P800,000 worth of supplies and equipment for the local government’s rescue team.
The donation comprised of helmets, life preservers, extrication equipment, and first-aid kits, which will greatly improve rescue operations and responses to medical needs in disasters.
The ambassador received a grand welcome from a local school’s marching band as Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Sison Romualdez waited to greet him.
According to Romualdez, the city considers the Chinese Embassy’s donation very timely since Tacloban City Rescue Unit’s (Tacru) equipment had been damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The city government conducted a turnover ceremony for Ambassador Zhao, with Tacru chief Lutgarda Barredo-Raagas, Rep. Martin Romualdez, and Tacloban City chief Brando Bernadas in attendance.
On behalf on the people of Tacloban, Mayor Romualdez expressed the city’s gratitude for the ambassador’s assistance, which fulfills China’s commitment to helping the province’s typhoon-struck areas.
The following day, Ambassador Zhao paid a courtesy call on the province’s Vice Governor Carlo Petilla Loreto, where he promised to donate P1 million for the rehabilitation and refurbishment schools destroyed by the super typhoon. Loreto thanked the Chinese envoy for his generosity and assured they will utilize the donation immediately so that school children can study in better conditions.
The ambassador further visited two transitional sites namely Cali and Tagpuro, accompanied by Tacloban Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin, Assistant Regional Director for Operations of Department of Social Welfare and Development Resty Macuto, and Chief of Mission of International Organization for Migration Philippines Marco Boassa.
The families in the transitional sites were happy to receive livelihood items such as food, drinking water, emergency lamps, and other supplies and equipment as distributed by Ambassador Zhao. As a surprise, he also presented the children with recreational items such as basketballs and volleyballs.
China has already donated over 500 prefabricated houses immediately after Yolanda struck, which then served as schools to enable the students to resume classes immediately. China’s Peace Ark Hospital Ship and rescue and medical teams also assisted in Yolanda-hit areas.
Currently, donations and assistance from China to Central Visayas has accumulated to about $6 million.