The Chinese Government and companies are deeply concerned about the severe landslide occurred in Southern Leyte of the Philippines. After the Chinese Government donated US$ 1 million to the Philippines, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) declared recently to donate US$ 50,000 to the people afflicted by the disaster, in which US$30,000 have been turned to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent to be used for alleviating the disaster in Southern Leyte. The rest US$ 20,000 is to donate to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
On behalf of RCSC, Mr. Deng Xijun, Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Counselor of the China Embassy held the donation ceremony together with Hon. Richard J. Gordon, Chairman and CEO of the PNRC on March 9, 2006. Officials from the PNRC headquarter witnessed the ceremony.
Mr. Deng made a short speech at the ceremony, emphasizing that the Chinese Government, people, as well as relative Non-Government Organizations including the RCSC are greatly concerned about the situation and relief efforts of Southern Leyte. After learning the disaster, the Chinese Government decided to donate one million US dollars to the Philippines to assist the relief and rehabilitation efforts. Today, I am honored to handover the donation from the RCSC to the PNRC, hoping it could be put in use as soon as possible.
On behalf of the PNRC and Philippine people, Senator Gordon expressed their deeply appreciation to the RCSC, and spoke highly of the timing support and assistance rendered by the RCSC as well as the Chinese Government and people. The Senator praised the successful cooperation between the PNRC and the RCSC both in bilateral and international levels and hoping that the two NGOs will further make joint efforts in alleviating disasters and promoting social welfare.