By Genalyn Kabiling
In a sign of solidarity with the Philippines, China has donated P15 million for the relief and rehabilitation of the war-torn city of Marawi.
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua handed over the check to President Duterte during a meeting in Malacañang on Tuesday.
The Palace said the donation would augment the resources of the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on providing relief, medical, and other assistance to the families displaced by the conflict.
“The said donation from China to the Philippines is an example of the flourishing partnership between the two countries and their shared commitment towards sustainable peace in the region,” a statement from the Presidential Communications Operations Office read.
As of Jun 26, the government has spent about P85.53 million worth of food packs and relief items for affected families. The relief assistance includes food packs, hygiene and dignity kits, kitchen utensils and tents.
The health department, on the other hand, has used P52 million for the health requirements of the Marawi evacuees.
Among the health services being provided for the displaced residents are medical check-ups, immunizations, medicines, mental and psycho-social services as well as food and water.
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