By Antonio Colina
DAVAO CITY – The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao raised P2 million for the 3,000 families displaced by the flooding in Los Amigos, Tugbok, Talomo, Bangkal, Ulas, and Matina Pangi last August 28.
Chinese Consul General Li Lin said, in an interview, that the amount was culled from the proceeds of the Chinese charity event at the Davao City Los Amigos (DCLA) Plaza and donations from the Davao Chinese Multi-Sectoral Association and China-based FiberHome Telecommunication Technologies Co., Ltd.
He said the consular office will use the funds to buy cooking utensils, blankets, and hygiene kits for the flood-affected residents, and school bags for the school children after learning that a big number of Dabawenyos in flood-affected areas had been displaced.
“It’s a friendly-gesture because the local Chinese communities have been well taken care of for a very long time. When our relatives are in difficulty, I think it’s time for us to extend our helping hands,” he said.
Madan Aiping Chiu, the wife of the consul general, said most of the merchandise, mostly food items, sold at the charity event were imported directly from Jinjiang, a sister city of Davao. Xiamen Airlines launched Davao-Quanzhou (Jinjiang City) flights on December 18, 2018.
She added the donations would be turned over to the City Government of Davao on Monday.
City Mayor Sara Duterte signed a sister city pact with her counterparts in Jinjiang during her city there on November 12 to 14, 2018. Soon after the signing, the city has generated interest from the Chinese businesses to invest here.