MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan - Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Representative in the Philippines Ambassador Raymond L.S. Wang led the other day a group of Taiwanese visitors in donating 2,000 sacks of rice for victims of the typhoon that inundated Calumpit and Hagonoy last year.
The bags of rice were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in simple ceremonies dubbed, "Love from Taiwan," graced by Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and 1st District Marivic R. Sy Alvarado.
Wang and the Taiwan Association of the Philippines (TAP) expressed deep concern over the devastation wrought by typhoons "Pedring" and "Quiel" late last year which left many parts of Hagonoy and Calumpit under water for over a month.
In his speech, Gov. Alvarado recognized the Taiwanese people's understanding of the situation in Bulacan and how massive flooding had destroyed agricultural fields, especially rice which is the staple food of many Asians.
"This donation is a big help to our countrymen who have severely suffered the consequences of past typhoons and we thank Taiwan and its people that, even months after the flood, they continue to offer their help," Alvarado said.
Provincial Administrator Jim Valerio said 2,000 bags of rice were distributed to 2,000 families adversely affected by the flooding.
Valerio lauded the Taiwanese visitors for proceeding to the Hagonoy Central School in Barangay Sto. Niño, and the Calumpit Covered Court in Barangay Poblacion, to personally see through the distribution of the sacks of rice.
"We're hoping that this occasion will also further strengthen our ties with them," Valerio said.