China has stepped up its relief assistance to the Philippines amid the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda.
According to the Chinese Embassy in Manila, the P73 million worth of aid that the Chinese government earlier pledged, composed of 10,000 blankets and 2,600 tents that can hold a capacity of 6 to 10 people, has been delivered to the Philippines. Likewise, the first batch of 80 doctors and nurses has arrived last Wednesday. Also, a charted airplane will bring around 2,000 tents, medicines and medical devices to the disaster area on Nov. 23. The Chinese embassy said all the medicine and medical equipment brought to the Philippines will be left beging upon the conclusion of their mission.
In addition, the Chinese government is poised to send the Peace Ark Hospital Ship, the first 10,000- ton-class hospital ship in the world, to the Philippines for medical aid. The ship is equipped with 217 types and 2406 units of advanced medical systems including CT Scan room, digital X-ray photographic studio, blood bank, oxygen generation station, compressed air system, and pharmacy. It is equipped with 300 ward beds of various types, including 20 intensive care unite (ICU) ward beds, 109 ward beds for serious injuries, 67 burn ward beds, 94 regular ward beds, and 10 beds of quarantine ward. There is also tele-medicine diagnose system, and three lifts with special specifications for transferring the wounded on the board.
According to the embassy, the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, a well-known NGO named after the late Chinese Honorary President, is currently preparing 200 mobile houses worth an estimated P22.4 million to be donated to Leyte, East Samar, and Bohol.
Furthermore, Chinese companies based in the Philippines have been mobilizing and organizing their staff to extend relief aid to the victims of Yolanda. “The Association of Chinese Companies in the Philippines are also taking part in this efforts,” the embassy said. So far, they have donated P7.5 million for the procurement of at least three payloaders needed for the clearing operations in the disaster-stricken aread.
Huawei Co., an international frontrunner of telecom industry and a major partner of Globe telecommunications, has been working around the clock in restoring the lifeline of communication in typhoon-affected areas. The Chinese embassy said after typhoon Yolanda caused massive breakdown to its operation network, the company immediately assessed the losses, set up a team of experts, and sent more than a dozen engineers to Tacloban with much-needed facilities. Last week, the company successfully set up the satellite telephone system and enabling the very first phone call to the area outside typhoon-hit area. Huawei promptly offered local victims the chance to call their relatives and friends outside the hard-hit area.
Meanwhile, China National Grid Co., the technical partner of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines(NGCP), has donated $100,000 for the victims of the storm. It also contributed to the restoration of the power system in the typhoon-hit areas. As of press tme, it is sending technical expert to the Philippines to join NGCP’s post-disaster rebuilding efforts in order to work out the restoration of the power grids in the disaster areas.
Finally, the Chinese embassy said it has been working around to clock to facilitate the distribution of relief aid. It has joined the Chinese government’s efforts by donating P1.2 million worth of emergency supplies, including radios, emergency lights and flashlights to Leyte and Samar.
by Roy Mabasa
November 21, 2013
Source: Manila Bulletin