Immediately after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the eastern Visayas region, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO), on behalf of the Republic of China (Taiwan) government, conveyed its sincere condolences and sympathy to the Philippine government.
On November 10, just two days after the Super Typhoon made landfall, Taiwan government announced its pledge to donate $200,000 (P8.6 million) in cash to further express its commitment to provide all possible humanitarian assistance to aid the post-disaster relief missions.
The Taiwan government also swiftly coordinated with various humanitarian organizations in Taiwan like Tzu Chi foundation, Fa Gu Mountai Foundation, Taiwan Red Cross, Buddha Light Mountain Foundation, Nan Chiapas Foundation, Ling Joy Mountain Foundation to amass the relief goods to be transported to the ravaged Philippine provinces.
Thus far, the government has collected over 99 tons of relief goods, comprised of 94,534 items. Among these relief goods are ready-to-eat instant foods, blankets and tents for families that have been temporarily relocated.
The 12 C130 cargo aircrafts dispatched by the Taiwan Air Force will airlift all these goods to Cebu City instead of Tagbilaran City because of the current state of the Tagbilaran Airport.
November 12, 13 and 14. The first batch of relief goods weighing 16 tons was transported by two C130s on November 12, while the second batch was delivered by four C130s on November 13. Six C130s of the Taiwan Air Force airlifted the third batch of relief goods on November 14.
After the last batch of C130s successfully transported relief goods to Mactan International Airport, TECO Ambassador Ray¬mond Wang turned them over to Mercedita Jabagat, DSWD Regional Director for Central Visayas, and Lt. Gen. Roy Devera¬turda of the AFP Central Command.
The Taiwan government, through its representative office TECO, continues to closely watch the post-disaster operations and coordinate with relevant government agencies in the Philippines in order to assess what kind of additional aid is needed.