Amb. Huang: China will stand together with the Philippines to fight COVID-19 till final victory
2020/05/10
 

                                                  

On May 10, 2020, Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin jointly attended the turnover ceremony of COVID-19 medical supplies donated by Chinese government at the Department of the Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. The ceremony was also graced by National Task Force COVID-19 Chief Implementer, Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Presidential Chief of Protocol and Foreign Affairs Adviser Roberto Borje, Undersecretary Brigido D. Dulay and Assistant Secretary Meynardo Montealegre of Department of Foreign Affairs, Undersecretary Mario Villaverde of Department of Health and Economic and Commercial Counsellor Jiang Jianjun of Chinese Embassy.

Ambassador Huang said in order to help the Philippine government and people overcome the COVID-19 pandemic at the earliest and in accordance with the current needs of the Philippines in fighting against the pandemic, the Chinese government decided to donate new batches of emergency medical supplies to the Philippine government. These include 100 ventilators, 150,000 testing kits, 70,000 medical protective suits, 70,000 N95 medical masks, 1.3 million surgical mask and 70,000 medical protective goggles. The two chartered cargo planes of yesterday and today have delivered 150,000 testing kits and 18,000 medical protective suits. Other supplies are expected to arrive in Manila soon.

                                                  

Ambassador Huang emphasized that the COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge. Virus respects no borders or races. In the face of the pandemic, the world is a community of destiny. China firmly opposes politicizing public health issue by stigmatizing and sticking the virus label on a specific country or region. Such words and deeds will not only seriously undermine the efforts of international cooperation to fight the pandemic, but also sow the seeds of suspicion and even confrontation.

Ambassador Huang said that facts have proven that facing the common challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and the Philippines has once again continued the fine tradition of mutual support and mutual in calamity. We are committed to forging a new type of partnership, which sets a very good example for the international anti-pandemic cooperation. As a good friend, neighbor and partner of the Philippines, the Chinese government and people have always been deeply concerned about the health and safety of the Filipino people. We will as always, stand together with the Philippine government and people to jointly overcome the pandemic till the day of a final victory.

                                                

Ambassador Huang said that China appreciated and would bear it in mind for the valuable support and assistance rendered by the Philippine government and people amid our own most difficult times of combating the pandemic. To reciprocate the Philippines' help and demonstrate our unity and partnership, China has been providing support and assistance to the Philippines to the best of its ability ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Philippines in early March. Chinese government has donated a large amount of medical supplies and dispatched a 12-member medical expert team to the Philippines. We have been assisting the Philippine government in purchasing a large amount of anti-pandemic supplies and medicine from China. The Embassy have also been closely coordinated with relevant Chinese Agencies to facilitate the Philippine military aircraft and Navy vessel's trip to China to bring back the purchased supplies. China will continue to do its best to provide support and assistance to help the Philippines flatten and bring down the COVID-19 curve as soon as possible so as to pave the way for the early resumption of work and production as well as the normalcy of the livelihood of the people.

Secretary Locsin thanked the Chinese government for providing emergency anti-pandemic supplies to the Philippines once again, and thanked China for all kinds of assistance and technical support provided to help the Philippines overcome the pandemic. He emphasized that all the countries affected by the COVID-19 need to get together and stop pointing fingers. Instead we should continue to work hard together to find effective ways to defeat the virus and overcome the pandemic as soon as possible.

Secretary Galvez thanked China for providing assistance to the Philippines again and facilitating the Philippines to purchase and transport anti-pandemic supplies from China.

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