Taiwan to donate US$200,000 to Philippines for its recovery from Usman storm

The tropical depression that struck the central Philippines at the end of 2018 has claimed more than 100 lives

Damaged bridge in Bicol (Photo from PHI gov. Information Agency)

Damaged bridge in Bicol (Photo from PHI gov. Information Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan) — The central Philippines was hit by a tropical depression named Usman at the end of last year, killing more than 100 people and forcing hundreds and thousands of local residents to be evacuated from their regions.

In light of the disaster, the Taiwan government has decided to donate US$200,000 to the Philippines authorities for recovery efforts, and promised to continue offering assistance to the victims of the affected areas, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Friday via a statement.

The Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila began coordinating with local authorities earlier in the week, according to local media reports.

More than 122 people have been killed after the tropical depression struck the Bicol Province and Eastern Visasyas of the Philippines on Dec. 29, 2018, said the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Jan. 3. Sixty people were injured and 28 were still missing.

MOFA stated that given the fact that there are approximately 150,000 migrant workers from the Philippines currently working in Taiwan, which has contributed to the close relationship between the two nations, the government of Taiwan decided to assist the southeastern nation with its recovery from the disaster.

TECO in the Philippines issued a statement shortly after the disaster, stating that “Taiwan is willing to cooperate with the Philippines by providing necessities and assistance specifically required by the affected people.” No Taiwanese people were affected by the tropical depression, according to the office.

The nation of the Philippines is the 10th largest trading partner for Taiwan, and Taiwan stands as the eighth largest trading partner for the archipelagic country.