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Taiwan donates medical masks to Phl 

Pauline Songco



Photosgraphs courtesy of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines ABOVE: The 300,000 medical masks donated by Taiwan to the Philippines were transferred by the staff of the Department of Health to its official vehicle. (Right): Ambassador Peiyung Hsu, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines, vice chairman Gilberto F. Lauengco of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, and representatives from Philippine government agencies in front of the medical masks donated by Taiwan.

The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated a generous amount of medical masks to the Philippines to help Filipino frontliners in need of more protective equipment.

Representative Peiyung Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines spearheaded the donation of 300,000 medical masks held at the NAIA airport on 15 April. Present at the handover were vice chairman Gilberto Lauengco of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office and representatives from the Department of Health.

Taiwan already conducted its first wave of medical assistance operations, donating 16 million medical masks and other supplies to the US, Europe, its diplomatic allies, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, its partner countries under Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy and other nations severely affected by the outbreak.

“Taiwan will continue to take concrete and substantive measures to show that Taiwan can help and Taiwan is helping, demonstrate the compassion and determination of its government and people, and reaffirm its sincere commitment to participating in international affairs,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Taiwan also called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to set aside political adversaries and abide by its charter’s call to work for the highest attainable human health. The nation also requested WHO to consider Taiwan in its meetings, mechanisms, and activities concerning COVID-19.

Nevertheless, Taiwan stressed that it will continue to work with the Philippines in enhancing the welfare of its respective people.