The Chinese government has contributed P1 billion military aid to the Philippines.
According to Huang Xilian, the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, the first batch of military supplies, which included rescue and relief equipment, landed in Manila on January 16.
Huang said that it will be formally handed over to the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines next month.
Another batch will be delivered at a later date.
“I hope that the donation will play a role in maintaining peace and fighting terrorism as well as providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response mission of Typhoon Odette,” Huang said.
“China will continue to support the Philippines’ disaster relief and recovery efforts and the AFP capability building to the best of its ability,” he added.
In his statement, the ambassador noted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge to assisting the Philippines in its counternarcotics and counterterrorism initiatives during his state visit in 2018.
During his 2020 visit to Manila, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe promised to donate military equipment.
Meanwhile, the Japanese government announced that it had already exchanged a verbal note with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) regarding its gift for Odette-affected areas in the Philippines.
The Japanese government will fund the IFRC with $1.83 million to offer emergency shelter, food, and non-food supplies to typhoon survivors in Surigao del Norte, Bohol, Southern Leyte, and Palawan.
“Other provisions by the IFRC will be emergency health assistance, including medical aid through the Philippine Red Cross’ emergency medical unit, mental health and psychosocial support and essential COVID-19 prevention and protection services,” the Japanese embassy in Manila said.
“This initiative will provide and meet their immediate needs in a safe and dignified manner, to self-recover from the crisis in a sustainable way and strengthen their resilience to shocks,” it added.
The contribution to the IFRC is part of Japan’s commitment to offer $13 million in aid to Odette survivors.
Japan will also provide funding to the World Food Program ($5 million), the International Organization for Migration ($4.2 million), the United Nations Children’s Fund ($1.6 million), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ($200,000), and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees ($170,000).
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