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.