The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) lauded the Senate for recognizing the generosity of the leadership of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Filipinos amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The DFA made the statement after the Senate unanimously adopted on March 10 a resolution expressing profound appreciation to Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, for being a friend to Filipinos in the UAE and in the Philippines in the course of the ongoing global health crisis.
In a tweet, the DFA thanked the Senate for its gesture. The department likewise lauded the UAE for its generosity to Filipinos.
“@DFAPHL thanks @SenatePH for recognizing the UAE leadership’s generosity to Filipinos, especially in times of need,” it wrote in a tweet Friday evening.
“Indeed a gracious and dependable friend of the Filipino people. Mabrouk!” it added.
Senate Resolution No. 671 hailed the Sheikh, who is also Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, for his compassion, concern, friendship, solidarity, and support to the Filipinos.
The resolution, filed by Senator Richard Gordon and to which all senators sought to be made co-authors, was adopted a day before Al Nahyan celebrated his 60th birthday on March 11.
In his sponsorship speech, Gordon said it was timely that the country recognize the Arab leader for being a true friend of the Philippines.
“Upon his instructions, assistance had been sent for various disaster-struck areas in our country,” he said.
“Our dear friend His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be celebrating his 60th birthday tomorrow. He was born on March 11, 1961. It is timely that we show to him, our people’s appreciation for his gestures of friendship by the recognition of the Senate of the Philippines…” he added.
Under the Sheikh’s directive, the UAE, through the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), worked with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in building a P19-million worth health center in Dolores, Eastern Samar after typhoon Yolanda struck the Visayas and rebuilt schools, amounting to AED 27-million.
After Typhoon Rolly hit the country, the UAE government allocated $9.5 million for the communities affected. The ERC likewise sent a humanitarian mission during the eruption of Taal Volcano last year to providing assistance to the affected residents and launched a donation campaign for their benefit.
When COVID-19 reached the Philippines, the UAE sent seven metric tons of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and medical aid that benefited approximately 7,000 Filipino medical frontliners.
The Crown Prince also gave the highest honor to Filipino medical frontliners serving in the fight against the disease in the UAE by personally checking on their conditions and provided free vaccination to all UAE residents, including close to 700,000 Filipinos there.