MANILA – Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hjayceelyn Quintana led the 650,000-strong Filipino community in thanking the UAE for sending much-needed medical aid for the front-liners in the Philippines fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The UAE government said that seven metric tons of medical supplies arrived in Manila on April 29 via a special plane. The embassy of UAE in Manila and the Philippines embassy in UAE coordinated the delivery and acceptance of the humanitarian aid.
In thanking the UAE, Quintana said: “this medical assistance in the time of Covid-19 is only the latest of numerous instances in which the UAE has come to the aid of the Filipino people.”
Quintana said in November 2013, the UAE donated USD10 million to victims of Typhoon “Haiyan” (a.k.a. Typhoon Yolanda) in the Philippines, as directed by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Earlier this year, the UAE’s Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) launched a campaign with the Philippine Embassy to aid 200,000 displaced families affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, upon the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
A week ago, Quintana and the ERC representatives distributed food boxes to Filipino residents in the UAE affected by Covid-19 and other vulnerable groups who were unable to fill their food supply due to restrictions.
“The Philippines has witnessed, time and again, that the UAE is a genuine friend at crucial times and therefore our leaders and the Filipino people will always remember UAE’s gesture of kindness, generosity, and humanity especially at this time when all countries have their challenges to overcome,” Quintana said. (PR)