China donates ₱1-million cash aid, PPEs to Filipino medical frontliners

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Photo couretesy: Chinese Embassy in the Philippines website

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) – China announced on Friday its ₱1 million cash aid and personal protective equipment (PPE) donations to Filipino medical frontliners in a gesture of appreciation of their hard work in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian met with representatives of medical frontliners at the Chinese Embassy for the turnover of the cash aid and PPEs.

“The Chinese Embassy will continue to provide support and assistance to the best of its ability to the Philippines. We firmly believe that the dawn of victory will come at the earliest,” Huang said in a statement.

Medical frontliners from Makati Medical Center and St. Luke’s Medical Center will receive the latest donation from Beijing, which enjoys warm relations with Manila during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

On Thursday, the Chinese Embassy also turned over 130 ventilators to Philippines’ foreign affairs chief Teddy Boy Locsin Jr.

China previously donated to the country 2,000 COVID-19 testing kits last March 16, another batch of 100,000 COVID-19 test kits, 100,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N95 masks and 10,000 PPE sets last March 21, and some 150,000 test kits, 1.3 million surgical masks, 70,000 PPE sets, 70,000 N95 masks, 70,000 protective goggles, and 100 ventilators last May 10.

While on April 5, the Chinese government sent a team of medical experts in the country to help their Philippine counterparts’ COVID-19 response. Another batch of medical supplies was donated to the country on that day including 300,000 surgical masks, 30,000 medical N95 masks, 5,000 medical protective suits, 5,000 medical face shields, and 30 non-invasive ventilators.

The Chinese also launched the Huo-Yan Molecular and Diagnostic Pathology Laboratory in San Fernando City, Pampanga last May 8 to help the country boost its daily testing capacity and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease.

On the eve of the Philippines’ 122nd Independence Day, Chinese President Xi Jinping assured President Duterte the Philippines would be prioritized once China develops a vaccine against COVID-19.