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China would provide 756K rice bags to provinces affected by ‘Odette.’

After the Chinese government handed over 150,000 sacks of rice to the Philippine government on Wednesday, more aid packets are on their way to typhoon-ravaged Visayas and Mindanao.

The 4,725 metric tons of products bring the total rice gift to the Philippines to 10,000 metric tons, which came as the Philippines began relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette, which hit the country last week.

“This China rice arrived in such a timely manner that we were able to use it in the repackaging of food packs for the victims of Typhoon Odette. We express our profound gratitude to the people of the People’s Republic of China for their generosity and unwavering support to the Philippines on behalf of the Philippine government “During the transition in Pasay, Director of Social Welfare and Development Emmanuel Privado remarked.

The rice contribution is expected to aid at least 756,000 families in Siargao, the Dinagat Islands, Cebu, Bohol, the Negros Oriental and Occidental, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Palawan, where it will be included in government food packets.

At least 1,500 metric tons (MT) of the rice help has already arrived in Cebu, while 3,225 MT has arrived in Manila for immediate deployment, according to Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian, who formally handed over the rice aid.

“I am relieved to see that the Philippine government and people have quickly initiated orderly and efficient rescue and relief operations in response to the calamity. I’m looking forward to China-assisted rice contributing to the humanitarian effort “he stated

The super typhoon hit Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, and Caraga provinces, as well as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, affecting around 1.3 million people.

Transportation remained an issue, according to Privado, but more than 20 trucks carrying 1,000 to 1,400 food packs each were on their way to various places in the Visayas and Mindanao.

“Ang trucks sa ports nagpi-pile ngayon (Right now trucks piled up in ports). Our deliveries, on the other hand, are ongoing “In an interview, he stated.

Three trucks left the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s National Resource Operations Center in Pasay on Wednesday morning, destined for Bohol and Dumaguete.

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