CNOOC Donated US$ 50,000 to the Victims of Landslide in South Leyte Province, the Philippines

The Chinese Government and companies are deeply concerned about the severe landslide occurred in Southern Leyte Province of the Philippines. After the Chinese Government donated US$ 1 million to the Philippines, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) declared recently to donate US$ 50,000 to the people afflicted by the disaster. On behalf of CNOOC, Mr. Deng Xijun, Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy held the donation ceremony together with Mr. Eduardo V. Mañalac, President and CEO of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) on March 1, 2006. Hon. Raphael Lotilla, Secretary of Energy and Hon. Celia C. Yangco, Undersecretary of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines witnessed the ceremony. According to the wish of CNOOC, this donation will be transfered to the afflicted area in Southern Leyte Province, through PNOC and the Philippine National Red Cross.

Mr. Deng made a short speech at the ceremony, emphasizing that the Chinese Government and people are greatly concerned about the situation and relief efforts of Southern Leyte Province which was hit by severe landslides and suffered from huge loss of lives and property. Shortly after learning the incident, the Chinese Government took prompt measures to provide aid, and relevant Chinese companies like CNOOC made positive response as well. We hope that the people in the afflicted area will overcome the difficulties and rehabilitate their homeland at an early date. Mr. Mañalac, Secretary Lotilla and Undersecretary Yangco expressed their appreciation to CNOOC, and spoke highly of the support and assistance rendered by the Chinese Government and people.

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