Fri, Nov 15, 2013 - Page 4 News List

Cabinet sets up coordination platform for private donations to the Philippines

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

A handout released by the Taiwan Military News Agency shows a C-130 military cargo plane ready to take off for the Philippines from the Hsinchu Air Base yesterday.

Photo: EPA / Taiwan Military News Agency

The government has established an inter-governmental platform to coordinate the departments and agencies involved in handling financial and other assistance donated by individuals, organizations and groups to the typhoon-stricken Philippines, Executive Yuan spokesperson Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) said yesterday.

At yesterday’s weekly Cabinet meeting, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) designated Minister Without Portfolio Lin Junq-tzer (林政則) to lead the platform to make sure aid offered by the people of Taiwan is delivered promptly.

According to Cheng, Overseas Community Affairs Council Minister Steven Chen (陳士魁) suggested during the meeting that the government hold off delivering more supplies because too many goods being sent to the Philippines could hold up distribution of the items to the victims.

Meanwhile, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said six C-130 military transport aircraft delivered a total of 40 tonnes of relief goods yesterday, the last batch from the 100 tonnes that had been donated since Typhoon Haiyan struck on Friday last week.

The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei yesterday issued a statement of thanks on behalf of Philippine nation and government to Taiwan’s government, the Taiwanese and members of the international community from both the public and private sector for their efforts to help.

Due to the loss of electricity and communication links in many areas hit by the typhoon, the scale of the devastation and casualty numbers have been hard to come by, the MECO statement said.

The office said that much still needs to be done to assist typhoon survivors and to help rehabilitate areas impacted by Haiyan.

Donations of cash or goods, including ready-to-eat food, water, tents, blankets, face masks and generators can be dropped off at MECO or any EEC, LBC or Goldstar outlet in Taiwan, the statement said.

Coordination with MECO for the delivery of relief goods and other donations can be made with its office in Taipei or branches in Greater Taichung and Greater Kaohsiung, the statement said.

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