President Chen Shui-bian (
Michel Lu (
As it normally takes two to three weeks to open an official account for relief funds, which would slow down Taiwan's aid to the affected countries, the government might take the same action as it did to collect aid for Iraqi war refugees last year -- having the ministry's chief launch a public activity aimed at calling for donations to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Taiwan that are able to transfer relief to the affected countries in the shortest possible time, according to Lu.
Lu said the ministry is scheduled to meet with representatives of the country's nearly 20 NGO groups today to discuss the best ways to provide humanitarian aid to the affected countries. The ministry urged people who want to travel in the region to check travel warnings.