Philippines receives 300,000 medical masks from Taiwan

Philippines receives 300,000 medical masks from Taiwan

Philippine neighbor Republic of China (Taiwan) , through its country representative Peiyung Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) donated 300,000 medical masks to the government of the Republic of the Philippines for protecting frontline medical and health workers combating COVID-19 pandemic.

The handover of the medical masks was held at the NAIA airport upon the arrival of the said masks on Wednesday, 15 April 2020. The donation was received by representatives from the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) and the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines.

As per the government of Taiwan it has already conducted two waves of medical assistance operations donating 16 million medical masks and other medical supplies to the US, Europe, diplomatic allies, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, partner countries under Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, and other friendly nations severely affected by the pandemic.

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Vice Chairman Gilberto Lauengco (R) receives 300,000 medical masks from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Representative Michael Hsu (L) in a turnover ceremony in Manila, April 15, 2020 (photo credit to ABS-CBN )

TECO Representative Hsu during the handover ceremony said that as we are close neighbors, Taiwan always stands together with our friends in the Philippines whenever there is a need and that the donation from Taiwan demonstrates true friendship between the two countries.

During the time of isolation, we choose solidarity. Looking ahead, Taiwan will continue working with the Philippines to enhance the welfare of our two peoples. 

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