China Donates Heavy Equipment for Marawi Rehabilitation
2017/10/27

    The turnover ceremony of 47 pieces of heavy equipment from China for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City took place on the morning of 24 October 2017 at the DPWH headquarter.

    During the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Zhao Jianhua said he was glad that China is the first country to donate and deliver rehabilitation equipment to the Philippines."There is a Chinese saying, that is, when you want to do something good, then do it timely,"he said. Ambassador Zhao congratulated the Philippine government on the victory of the anti-terror campaign in Marawi, and recalled that China has been standing together with the Philippines from the very beginning of the campaign, and has donated two batches of rifles and ammunition to the AFP as well as humanitarian assistance so far. Since the Philippine government is now quickly planning the rebuilding and recovery of Marawi City, a new Marawi City rising from ashes and ruins will surely have great and positive impact on the future of Mindanao. In this important reconstruction process, China will always be a friend and partner.

    Present during the turn over rites were Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark Villar, ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, among others. In their remarks, they expressed heart-felt gratitude to the Chinese Government and people, and promised that as a symbol of friendship between China and the Philippines, the donated equipment will be put into full and good use for the reconstruction of Marawi City.

    The 47 pieces of heavy equipment, which include eight excavators, eight wheel loaders, five compactors, five track type tractors, five bulldozers,eight dump trucks and eight cement mixers, are worth around RMB20 million (USD3 million) in total, and have been shipped from China to Ilegan City on 9 Oct 2017.

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