Taiwan donated US$500,000 to the Philippines to assist with disaster relief after a category 5 typhoon swept through the country, leaving at least 375 dead, and 400,000 displaced or homeless.
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that Taiwan and the Philippines were neighbors who “shared weal and woe” and that Taiwan will stand with the Philippines.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a press release this evening, December 22, that Typhoon Rai had hit the Philippines with a devastating force, causing serious flooding and landslides in the central and southern parts of the Philippines. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte also announced today that six major regions had been severely affected by the typhoon.
In a ceremony presided over by Joseph Wu and Chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, Wilfredo B. Fernandez, the government of Taiwan donated the funds to assist in post-disaster reconstruction.
Minister Wu expressed sincere condolences to the government and people of the Philippines on behalf of the government and people of Taiwan, saying that he hoped that normal life would be restored to the people in affected areas as soon as possible. Wu said that the Philippines is an important partner of Taiwan, and that there are currently around 150,000 Filipino people living in Taiwan as migrant workers or new residents.
Fernandez thanked Taiwan for its generous donation, and said that the government of the Philippines will properly use the funds to allocate the necessary resources to the people in need.
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