Chinese Donations Poured in for the Victims of Landslide in South Leyte Total Amount Reached US$ 1.11 million

The Chinese Government and people are deeply concerned about the severe landslide occurred on February 17, 2006 in Southern Leyte Province of the Philippines which caused severe loss of life and property. Immediately after learning the disaster, H.E. Hu Jintao, the Chinese President sent his message of condolences to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The next day, the Chinese Government decided to donate US$ 1 million to the Philippines. In the following days, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) decided to donate US$ 50,000 respectively, and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries decided to donate US$ 10,000 to the people inflicted by the Landslide.

On February 20, H.E. Li Jinjun, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines turned over US$ 250, 000 donation in check on behalf of the Chinese Government to Hon. Alberto Romulo, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and confirmed US$ 750,000 worth of emergency material assistance for rehabilitation efforts in Southern Leyte. Ambassador Li once again expressed most sincere sympathy and cordial solicitude to the people of the inflicted area and deepest condolences to the victims and their families. Ambassador Li sincerely hoped that the people in the inflicted area would overcome the difficulties under the leadership of the Philippine Government and with the support of the international community. In his remarks, Secretary Romulo thanked Chinese President Hu Jintao for his sincere and heartfelt message of condolences and the immediate assistance to the victims of the landslide in Southern Leyte. He said that China's sustained support demonstrated the traditional friendship between the two countries at the deepest and broadest levels and that with the abiding support of friends like China in the international community and the determination and unflagging spirit of the Filipino people, the people in the inflicted area will overcome the tragedy.

On behalf of CNOOC, Mr. Deng Xijun, Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy turned over US$ 50,000 to Mr. Eduardo V. Mañalac, President and CEO of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) on March 1. Hon. Raphael Lotilla, Secretary of Energy and Hon. Celia C. Yangco, Undersecretary of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines witnessed the ceremony. The donation will be transferred to the afflicted area in Southern Leyte Province, through PNOC and the Philippine National Red Cross. On March 9, On, Mr. Deng Xijun, turned over US$ 50,000 to Hon. Richard J. Gordon, Chairman and CEO of the PNRC on behalf of RCSC. On the same day, Mr. Dai Xingyuan, cultural Attaché of the Chinese embassy turned over US$ 10,000 to PNRC on behalf of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

It is worth mentioning that, shortly after the landslide, Mr. Cui Luosheng, Chinese Consul General to Cebu visited the villages hit by landslide in Southern Leyte. Nine engineering personnel and two of their family members from the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation, engaging in contracting projects in the area, joined the rescue operations. They played important role in clearing and rebuilding the damaged road and bridges.

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