The Taiwanese government provided $100,000 to the victims of the massive earthquake that rocked central Philippines early this week, its
office in Manila said.
David Chen, assistant to the representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), confirmed that the donation was made.
Taiwan was the first to provide a donation to the quake’s victims although major Western countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have already sent their condolences.
“As the closest neighbor and long-term partner of the Philippines, the government of the Republic of China [Taiwan] will donate US$100,000 to the Philippines,” Chen said in a text message to The Manila Times.
Taiwan and the Philippines are both claimants to the resource-rich region of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), as well as the narrow channel that separates Manila’s northernmost Batanes Island to southern Taiwan.
Raymond Wang, Taiwan’s representative to Manila, made the proposal to donate $100,000 for the earthquake relief operations.
Taipei’s government immediately approved the amount Wang specified.
“As the closest neighbor to the Philippines and a provider of international humanitarian aid, Taiwan, again, immediately reached out her helping hands to help join the Philippines’ calamity relief operations,” he said in a text message.
Bernice Camille V. Bauzon