Taiwanese business group donates food in remote area of Philippines

Coronavirus lockdown threatening livelihood of farmers in outlying areas

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Taiwanese representative in the Philippines Michael Hsu (right) donating food in Rizal Province 

Taiwanese representative in the Philippines Michael Hsu (right) donating food in Rizal Province  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With the Philippine capital of Manila locked down due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a Taiwanese business association has donated rice and vegetables to isolated impoverished families in Rizal Province.

A delegation from the Taiwanese Association Philippines Youth Chapter (TAPYC) traveled to the mountainous Calawis area to hand out food to 325 households, CNA reported.

As none of the families have electricity, they do not even have refrigerators for their food, making their lives extremely difficult during the lockdown, according to a French-based NGO active in the region. Many locals have also lost their main source of income since they are unable to enter Manila to sell local products.

TAPYC had originally planned to donate canned food, but a local group advised them to buy fresh food, thus simultaneously helping Filipino farmers and the environment, CNA reported.