Taiwan donates 200 tons of rice to Philippines for typhoon relief

Manila, June 9 (CNA) Taiwan donated 200 tons of rice to the Philippines Monday to help with ongoing relief efforts after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Southeast Asian country last November. Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Raymond Wang and Andy Cheng, head of Taiwan Association Philippines Inc., presented the rice symbolically to eight members of the Philippine House of Representatives from the affected areas. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. was on hand to accept the rice, which had the words "Love from Taiwan" written on the bags.
Belmonte expressed his gratitude for the concern shown by the Taiwanese and hoped that the friendship between the two countries will not only be displayed following natural disasters but also through close communication at all times. Wang said he hoped the caring of Taiwanese people could "reach every corner that has a need" and that people in the affected areas could return to a normal life soon. Taiwan has continued to provide assistance seven months after the disastrous typhoon. Taiwan's representative office donated more than US$1.5 million to the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and the Philippine branch of Tzu Chi Foundation, Taiwan's largest charity group, on June 3. It has donated more than US$12.22 million in supplies and other aid to the Philippines since the deadly typhoon struck on Nov. 8, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, called Yolanda in the Philippines, left at least 6,300 people dead and around 700,000 people homeless, and only 40 percent of the affected areas have returned to normal, according to the Philippines' Department of Social Welfare.
(By Emerson Lam and Lilian Wu)