On behalf of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Representative Peiyung Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) donated 300,000 medical masks to the government of the Republic of the Philippines for protecting frontline medical and health workers combating COVID-19 pandemic.
The handover of the donation was held at the NAIA airport upon the arrival of the said masks on Wednesday, 15 April 2020. The donation was received by representatives from the Manila Economic and Cultural Office and the Department of Health of the Philippines.
Taiwan has already conducted two waves of medical assistance operations donating 16 million medical masks and other medical supplies to the US, Europe, diplomatic allies, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, partner countries under Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, and other friendly nations severely affected by the pandemic.
TECO Representative Hsu said that as we are close neighbors, Taiwan always stands together with our friends in the Philippines whenever there is a need and that the donation from Taiwan demonstrates true friendship between the two countries.
Considering Taiwan’s robust experience and contributions, it is absurd that Taiwan is barred from sharing experience and critical information that could be used to better coordinate international efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Taiwan once again calls on the WHO to cast aside political considerations, abide by the WHO Charter’s call to work for the highest attainable standard of human health, and bring Taiwan fully into its meetings, mechanisms, and activities, particularly those concerning COVID-19.
During the time of isolation, we choose solidarity. Looking ahead, Taiwan will continue working with the Philippines to enhance the welfare of our two peoples. Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines