Philippines thanks Taiwan for typhoon relief at national day event
Central News Agency
2014-06-12 09:38 PM
Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Philippine officials reiterated their gratitude to Taiwan at a Thursday national day celebration in Taipei for assistance following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Southeast Asian country last November. "The strength of our friendship was never more profoundly manifested than in the response of Taiwan" to the destruction brought by Haiyan, said Philippine representative to Taiwan Antonio Basilio. "The quick and timely response and the scope and magnitude of this generosity will forever be remembered by our people," he said. Amadeo Perez, chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), the Philippines' representative office in Taiwan, also noted the relief supplies and cash donations given by Taiwan to the victims after the monstrous storm left at least 6,300 people dead in the country. In addition to the Taiwan government, many Taiwan-based non-governmental organizations rose to the occasion to help out, Perez said. Among them was the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, which helped build temporary school buildings for schoolchildren in the central province of Leyte, one of the hardest-hit areas. A video made especially for the event also showed the gratitude of the people of the Philippines, featuring many residents of storm-battered areas offering their thanks. After the video, Perez led the MECO team, including Basilio, in saying a big "thank you" to Taiwan in front of several gathered officials, including Taiwan's Deputy Foreign Minister Ting Joseph Shih, as well as foreign officials based in Taiwan. MECO also took out space the same day in some local newspapers to express gratitude for Taiwan's post-disaster assistance. Called the deadliest typhoon ever to make landfall in the Philippines, Haiyan left at least 6,300 people dead, 28,626 injured and 1,785 missing as of the end of May, according to data from the Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. (By Elaine Hou)
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