Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, Representative of Taiwan ROC, accompanied by a delegation of clean energy technology Assessment Mission, on behalf of the ROC (Taiwan) Government, donated P1-million and one batch of instant noodles to Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco at the Batanes Government Square in Basco on November 23.
Representative Lin emphasize at the donation ceremony that, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” He pointed out the geographic proximity and close bond between Taiwan and the Philippines by stressing that, Batanes is actually the nearest Philippine province to Taiwan. He further stated that Taiwan fishing vessels often arrive at Batanes for necessary supplies and they receive warm welcome from the locals. This shows that Taiwanese and Filipinos enjoy longstanding friendship. Therefore, when Batanes needs assistance due to the wrecking of typhoon, Taiwan of course will extend a helping hand.
Taiwan’s immediate relief action toward Batanes reflects ROC (Taiwan)’s recent launched “New Southbound Policy,” in which Taiwan attaches significant importance to the Philippines.
Representative Lin went on to point out that Batanes suffered a heavy loss by September typhoon Meranti which caused severe damage in housing and infrastructure. However, Batanes is not alone. Taiwan, as a genuine friend and close neighbor of the Philippines, is quick to respond by expressing sympathy to the victims and providing P1-million for the relief work.
Taiwan wishes the best for the victims and hopes that they can return to their normal lives soon, and that the reconstruction may be carried out smoothly to regain its charm in no time. Taiwan’s timely donation is a testimony of solid and robust Taiwan-Philippine relationship that has been growing stronger in the past years.
Second Secretary Takuhiro Watanabe led the “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) 1 Promotion” on November 16 in Cotabato City. The activity was organized by the Embassy of Japan (EOJ) in partnership with the local NGOs.
Almost 32 participants and representatives from various Philippine non-government organizations in Cotabato and nearby areas attended the event.
In his opening address, Watanabe mentioned that EOJ has implemented 519 projects amounting to US$ 30,336,247 in the Philippines, which provided facilities and equipment for education, health, agriculture and capacity building under the GGP. EOJ has been prioritizing and supporting promotion of socio-economic and development especially in Mindanao area since J-BIRD’s2 implementation in 2006.
Watanabe emphasized that the promotion is a chance for the participants to understand the GGP scheme as well as assurance of Japan’s continuous participation in promoting socio-economic assistance in Mindanao.
In addition, the promotion was held to introduce and explain to all the participants more about GGP including the kind of projects the program supports and the process of application.
At the end of the presentation, participants were given the chance to make clarifications and ask questions about GGP. Many of them have expressed their interest in GGP and want to improve the condition of their communities through this scheme.