According to TECO, the Taiwanese Compatriot Association in the Philippines and the Taiwan Association in Cebu spearheaded the initiative to help health workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to TECO, “On 5 May 2020, Secretary-General Yao-I WANG of Taiwan Association in Cebu, on behalf of his own Association and Taiwanese Compatriot Association in the Philippines, jointly donated 10,000 medical masks to Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center,”
“It is hoped that these medical masks will assist the Philippine medical front liners in Cebu with the containment of COVID-19 pandemic. More power!” it added.
Other Taiwanese groups also donated 1,500 personal protective equipment kits to the Philippine National Police, Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center (CGHMC), and National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), and another 5,000 face masks to the Department of Health.
All these efforts came despite recent issues between the Philippines and Taiwan in which after a Philippine labor attaché in Taiwan sought for the deportation of a Filipina worker who criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s COVID-19 response — despite deportation being the sole responsibility of the host country.