PDP Laban, the ruling political party in the Philippines, on Monday extended financial assistance for victims of a landslide in Sichuan Province in China.
The village of Xinmo was buried by a massive landslide that destroyed 40 homes in the village.
"This donation by PDP Laban is an affirmation of the friendship between the Philippines and China", said PDP Laban President and Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III.
The donation was received by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua in a simple ceremony at the Ambassador's Residence.
The PDP Laban delegation was led by Party Vice Chair and DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi.
The delegation included former Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos, Transco President and CEO Melvin Matibag, and the Chair of PDP Laban's Public Information Committee, Ron Munsayac.
Cusi said, "Our Chinese friends were there when we needed assistance for the displaced residents of Marawi. It is only proper that Filipinos also offer what we can to help during their time of need."
China donated ?15 million to help those displaced by the conflict in Marawi.
The reciprocal donations are indicative of the closer ties between China and the Philippines, as well as their ruling political parties.
PDP Laban and the Communist Party of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February, formalizing friendly ties between the two ruling parties.
Source: Senate of the Philippines