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By: Mylen Manto | Published Tuesday, June 9, 2020
The Cebu Provincial Government received 2,292 bags of rice at 10 kilos each from the Chinese Consulate General in Cebu on June 9 marking the 45 years of solidarity between the Philippines and People’s Republic of China. (Junjie Mendoza)

Marking the 45th year of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Consulate General in Cebu turned over more than 2,000 bags of rice to the Cebu Provincial Government today, June 9, 2020. 

“Xiexie! (Thank you!) You have given us so much. You are also helping our local economy,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia expressed as she received 2,292 bags of rice at 10 kilograms each from Consul General Jia Li. The rice was sourced locally.

China donated a total of 7,292 bags of rice for Cebu Island worth P3.5 million. 

Aside from the 2,292 bags turned over to the Capitol, 3,000 bags were given to the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas while 2,000 bags were donated to Cebu City Government. 

Donating bags of rice is one of China’s “modest ways” of expressing diplomatic relations between their country and the Philippines.

“This is our way of showing solidarity with the Filipinos in its fight against Covid-19, our common enemy,” Li said.

Garcia expressed appreciation for China’s efforts and assistance to Cebu especially the medical supplies earlier donated which were a great help to the Province’s frontliners. 

China’s donated medical supplies to support Cebu Province’s anti-Covid efforts included 5,000 N-95 masks, 500 surgical masks, 900 gloves, 800 personal protective equipment, 1,020 caps, and 800 goggles, among others. (Mylen Manto)