“THIS is a development for our kababayans to contain COVID-19. They have the experience to help us. Thank you for the continued outpouring of support, aid, love, and ‘malasakit’ (compassion) to the Filipino people.”
Thus said House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez as he joined House leaders on Wednesday in welcoming China’s offer to send a team of medical experts to the Philippines to defeat coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).
Romualdez, Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu, Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers and Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo said the Philippines needs all the assistance it may get from other nations to combat the dreaded virus.
Romualdez, chairman of the powerful House committee on rules, and the House other leaders expressed gratitude after Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian announced the humanitarian aid.
Romualdez added that the medical commitment will strengthen the Filipino people
in the COVID-19 fight.
Abu said China’s medical team will show compassion and remind the world about “Bayanihan” in the middle of pandemic.
“It’s really heartwarming to see other country offering assistance, reminding the whole world that staying united will help us win the battle against COVID-19,” said Abu.
Huang phoned Health Secretary Francisco Duque to inform the latter that China’s medical team main task is to help the Philippines fight COVID-19 by providing technical advice on epidemic prevention and control, as well as sharing medical treatment experience.
Barbers and Castelo said he expects Chinese doctors to teach Philippine authorities the proper way of eliminating COVID-19.
"Yes sa akin ‘yan (That's a yes for me)," said Barbers, the chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs. "We need all the help we can get so we may apply best practices all over the world here in our country.”
"All help we can get from anywhere is very much welcome specially from China because they have the experience, expertise and resources to address the pandemic," said Castelo, a vice chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila development. "China was able to contain the problem. They will be a big help to us.”
Health records said the new strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China. It first caught the world's attention in late December.
Since then, news coming from the mainland has centered at how the pandemic has been successfully contained.
With this, Beijing has begun sending different forms of assistance to other countries grappling with COVID-19, including the Philippines.