By: Emerson Lim
Taipei, April 15 (CNA) A shipment of 300,000 surgical face masks donated by Taiwan to the Philippines arrived in the capital Manila on Wednesday to help the neighboring country fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Gilberto Lauengco, vice chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), formally accepted the donation from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Representative Michael Hsu (徐佩勇) at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
The 300,000 masks were shipped to the Philippines on EVA Air, one of Taiwan's two major airlines.
"MECO, on behalf of the Philippine government, thanks the Taiwan government for its kind gesture of helping with its efforts against the pandemic and the donation will be a welcome reinforcement for hospital frontliners," according to a statement issued by MECO, the de facto Philippine embassy in Taiwan. [FULL STORY]