Social welfare dept. welcomes PHP100-M assistance from Chinese gov’t

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Wednesday it is thankful for the growing solidarity between the Philippine government and the People's Republic of China with the latter's PHP100 million cash aid for the department's anti-poverty programs.

The donation was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City last December 16.

The donation aims to finance livelihood programs and strengthen the department's anti-poverty and disaster relief programs.

"I am particularly happy that this money will be used for the Sustainable Livelihood Program, which is an important focus of our department. We are trying to develop and strengthen our programs that will create jobs, create businesses so that the poor can stand on their own, as well as assistance to our community-initiated development programs, disaster response and protective services," Taguiwalo said.

Jianhua meanwhile assured the Philippine government that the Chinese Embassy will continue to work with the DSWD to help the people in the poorest areas of the country.

Last November, the People's Republic of China turned over PHP35 million to the DSWD to help fund the department's recovery and rehabilitation efforts for calamity-stricken areas. This is in addition to the Chinese government's PHP60 million donation for families affected by Typhoon Lawin.

Taguiwalo said the amount will go a long way in helping the citizens and is proof that the government and China are committed to help the Filipino people.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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