China on Wednesday offered US $ 1 million in cash and an additional 4,725 tonnes of rice to help victims of Typhoon Rai in the Philippines.
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian announced attendance at the ceremony to hand over the rice, the last batch of 10,000 tonnes that China donated to the Philippines.
The emergency cash assistance is intended to support the relief and recovery efforts of the Philippine government and people from the disaster caused by the devastating typhoon, Huang said, expressing hope that the new batch of rice will help operations. relief efforts from the Philippines during the typhoon. affected areas.
On Tuesday, the Chinese Embassy in Manila collected 20,000 food packages containing rice, canned food and packets of noodles. Huang said relief efforts had reached typhoon-affected areas such as Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro City, Surigao City, among others.
Huang said China will continue to support the Philippines’ relief and recovery efforts “to the best of its ability.”
“China and the Philippines are close and friendly neighbors who always help and support each other in difficult times,” the ambassador said.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday evening declared a state of calamity in several regions in order to speed up relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Rai.
Philippine director of social protection Emmanuel Privado, who received the rice donated by China on Wednesday, thanked the Chinese government for its generosity.
Privado said the Chinese donations were timely, saying his government was distributing relief to victims of the typhoon.
“We express our sincere gratitude to the Chinese people for these donations. It is so timely. The victims of the typhoon will benefit from it,” he said.
Typhoon Rai, which hit the Philippines last week, affected more than 1.3 million people and is believed to have killed at least 375 people in central and southern Philippines and parts of the main island of Luzon.