#OdettePH: Taiwan donates building materials to Cebu

The Taiwanese government has sent another batch of relief supplies to help Odette-stricken residents from various parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. | Photo by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Nearly two months after Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) tore through Cebu, aid from foreign governments continues to pour in.

The most recent involved construction materials from the Taiwanese government.

Taiwan’s Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines, in a press release, said at least 100 metric tons of various relief goods had been sent to the country recently.

The cargo arrived on February 8 at the port of Cebu.

This includes at least two containers of construction materials, such as corrugated sheets, plywood, tarpaulin, tie wires, nails and carpentry tools, destined for the provinces of Cebu, Bohol and Negros.

Ambassador Peiyung Hsu, representing TECO, also paid a courtesy call on Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on February 9.

During the meeting, Hsu brought news to the governor of Taiwan about the latest batch of donations.

Besides building materials, the Taiwanese government has also provided rice, food rations, building materials, hand tools and bottled water to other Odette-stricken areas of the country.

They handed over part of the donation that arrived on February 8 to Nature Kids for Siargao Association Inc. (NKSA), a non-governmental organization for Odette survivors on the island.

As a reminder, last December, the Taiwanese government also donated 10 metric tons of relief goods to Odette-affected provinces in the country. It included the 6,300 kilograms of rice for the Central Visayas.

Taiwan also provided financial assistance worth US$500,000 in the Philippines and donated an additional 6.7 million pesos to various Taiwanese private organizations.

“Taiwan’s contribution to the post-typhoon recovery and rehabilitation efforts embodies the spirit of ‘Taiwan can help and Taiwan helps’ and the Bayanihan spirit between Taiwan and the Philippines. Taiwan sincerely hopes that its humanitarian aid can help affected families rebuild their homes and resume normal lives,” TECO said in the same press release.

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