Taiwan donates rice to Philippines amid rising rice prices
Central News Agency
2014-08-16 10:28 PM
Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday donated 20 tons of rice to disadvantaged Filipinos in Taguig City, about 15 kilometers southeast of Manila, to help ease the pressure of rising rice prices there as a result of recent heavy rains. Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano attended the donation ceremony to thank Taiwan, expressing gratitude for Taiwan's generosity at time when it is also still recovering from gas explosions that ripped through Kaohsiung on July 31 and killed 30 people. The rice was distributed to 1,000 Taguig residents of low-lying areas by the Taiwan Association Philippines Inc., which made similar charity donations after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Southeast Asian country last November. To help with ongoing relief efforts, the association donated 300 of the 400 tons of rice it acquired from Taiwan's Council of Agriculture earlier this year to Haiyan-affected areas. The rest of the rice will be distributed to victims of future storms in the greater Manila area, it said. Association head Andy Cheng said he hoped that similar actions could "spread love from Taiwan to the international community." After Saturday's campaign, the association will head northward to Bulacan Province to distribute another 20 tons of rice to residents there. Taiwan has been donating rice to the Philippines since 2011, with the total volume surpassing 1,000 tons. (By Emerson Lam and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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