The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has donated 7 metric tons of much-needed medical supplies to the Philippines. The donation arrived in the Philippines April 29.
“This medical assistance in the time of COVID-19 is only the latest of numerous instances in which the UAE has come to the aid of the Filipino people,” Philippine Ambassador to UAE Hjayceelyn M. Quintana said in a statement.
“The Philippines has proven, time and again, that the UAE is a genuine friend at crucial times and therefore our leaders and the Filipino people will always remember UAE’s gesture of kindness, generosity and humanity especially at this time when all countries have their own challenges to overcome,” she added.
According to Philippine Embassy in UAE, in 2013, the UAE donated US$10 million (AED36.7 million) to victims of Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Typhoon Yolanda) in the Philippines, as directed by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Moreover, the UAE’s Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) launched a campaign with the Philippine Embassy to aid 200,000 displaced families affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, upon the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Also several days ago, Ambassador Quintana and ERC representatives distributed food boxes donated by the ERC to Filipino residents in the UAE affected by COVID19 and other vulnerable groups who are unable to go out to get food supply.