By Betheena Unite
Thousands of face masks from the government of China were distributed to evacuees and responders during the visit of Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian to an evacuation site in Batangas Province Friday.
Huang handed over 8,000 face masks and other necessities to evacuees taking shelter at the Batangas Sports Complex in Batangas City as he conveyed his deep sympathy to the affected families of the Taal Volcano eruption.
The Chinese ambassador said “China and the Philippines are good neighbors and good friends with kinship and cultural bond.”
“The Embassy is deeply worried about the Filipinos who have been unfortunately affected and stands ready to provide necessary disaster relief assistance. We are confident that under the strong leadership of the Philippines and Batangas government, those Filipino victims will restore the normal life at an earliest date,” Huang said in a statement Saturday.
Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas thanked the Chinese Embassy, saying China is the first country to donate to the province and Ambassador Huang the first ambassador to visit the evacuees.
Later that day, Huang donated 4,000 masks to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar. The donation will be delivered to disaster relief staff as soon as possible, Villar said.