Ilocos Norte gets P3.86 million worth of COVID-19 donations from China


Sep. 01, 2021 ...

Ilocos Norte has received medical supplies and equipment worth P3.86 million from the People's Republic of China to bolster the province's COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The donation was formalized through an online turnover ceremony yesterday, August 31, which was attended by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian, Chinese Consul and Head of Post Zhou Youbin, Provincial Health Consultant Dr. Rogelio Balbag, Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital OIC Dr. Walberg Samonte, Dingras District Hospital OIC Dr. Rolando Andres, and Bangui District Hospital OIC Dr. Alvin Alcoriza.

Each beneficiary hospital will get China-donated medical beds, personal protective equipment, oxygen tanks, and other medical supplies.

Governor Manotoc thanked the People's Republic of China for its continuous support in the form of donations, especially now that Ilocos Norte is grappling with its worst COVID-19 outbreak.

"During the beginning of the pandemic, I made sure to emphasize our support and friendship with the People's Republic of China in their darkest hour. Now, in our darkest hour, we are grateful and humbled that the Chinese Consulate and the Embassy are here to support us in reciprocity.

"We deeply appreciate the turn-over of this medical equipment, and on behalf of the great people of Ilocos Norte, we cannot express our gratitude enough... If there is anything we can do, please know that I and the Province of Ilocos Norte are with you," he remarked.

Moreover, Chinese Ambassador Huang expressed his delight in donating medical supplies to assist Ilocos Norte in curbing the spread of COVID-19, noting Governor Manotoc's remarkable Facebook post showing solidarity with China and the Chinese people during the COVID-19 outbreak in their country.

"Rest assured that we will continue to do our best to provide immediate assistance and support to the province of Ilocos Norte and the Philippines. I am fully convinced that, under the leadership of Governor Manotoc, Ilocos Norte will defeat the pandemic and achieve economic recovery and better livelihood for the people," Chinese Ambassador Huang stated.