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Chinese Embassy visits jobless teacher

Chinese Embassy helps teacher who turned to vending chips and bread

MANILA – Chinese Embassy Counsellor Xie Yonghui paid a visit to teacher Eloisa Gicar at her makeshift store in Caloocan City. The diplomat turned over P50,000 in cash, 100 kilos of rice, 10 liters of cooking oil, 100 medical protective masks and other materials from the Embassy.

In a statement, Counsellor Xie relayed Ambassador Huang Xilian’s cordial greetings and said that it is both the Chinese and the Philippine tradition to respect teachers.

With the Philippine National Teacher’s Month a few weeks away, Counsellor Xie said they wish teacher Gicar and all teachers in the country they would stay safe and healthy until humanity wins over COVID-19.

From the onset of the pandemic, according to the statement, China and the Philippines have been helping and supporting each other and built closer partnership through anti-pandemic cooperation.

China has extended a large amount of medical supplies and sent an experts’ team to help the Philippines in its fight against COVID-19. The latest assistance includes “Friendship Bags” containing essential goods to those in need.

Ms. Gicar expressed her gratitude to Ambassador Huang Xilian and the Chinese Embassy for the assistance. Due to the pandemic, 65-year old Ms. Gicar lost her job at a private school and resorted to selling bread and chips that went viral on social media and touched a lot of people in China.

After learning of Ms. Gicar’s plight, the Embassy reached out to the family to express its support and solidarity. (Melo M. Acuña)

Chinese Embassy Counsellor Xie Yonghui paid 65-year old teacher Eloisa Gicar who lost her job due to COVID-19 pandemic. Counsellor Xie said both the Philippines and China are respectful of their countries' teachers. (Chinese Embassy photos)

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