Chinese assistance arrives in Cagayan and Isabela
Chinese Consulate brings relief to Cagayan and Isabela
MANILA – The Laoag-based Consulate of the People’s Republic of China with the assistance from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Manila, donated some 42,000 packs weighing 84 tons of rice to the disaster-affected residents of Cagayan and Isabela provinces yesterday.
The donation was part of the 3 million Renminbi or P22 million provided by the Chinese government to the Philippines in response to the series of strong typhoons that hit the area, according to the statement of the Chinese Embassy in Manila.
Consul General Zhou Youbin expressed his concern and the sympathies of Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian to the provincial governors of Cagayan and Isabela. The ranking Chinese official took note the most recent flood was the worst in the history of both provinces in four decades where local residents incurred losses in life and private property as well as government infrastructure.
He said in times of difficulties brought about by natural calamities, China will, as always, stand firmly with the Philippine government and people in solidarity.
“I wish the victims will overcome the difficulties and resume their normal lives at the soonest time,” he was quoted saying.
Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba and Isabela Governor Rodolfo Albano III received the donations and expressed their sincere appreciation for the kind gesture. They added since the outbreak of the pandemic, China has provided help to the Philippines.
This time, with the severest floods, the Chinese expressed their concern for the affected people. They attributed the concern to the warmth and strength of friendship between the Philippines and China.
The local Chinese communities of Tuguegarao and Isabela cities assisted in the delivery of the donations. (Melo M. Acuna)
Chinese consulate officials from Laoag City turned over relief assistance to typhoon victims in Cagayan and Isabela. (Photos from Chinese Embassy in Manila.)