China Donates Eight "Mobile Clinics" to the Philippines
On 20 December 2010, the Government of the People's Republic of China officially handed over eight "mobile clinics" (namely big motor vehicles equipped with diagnostic and treatment facilities, totally valued 85 million pesos) to the Department of Health of the Republic of the Philippines. Mr. Liu Jianchao, Ambassador of China to the Philippines, and Mr. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health Department of the Philippines, signed on the handover certificates in the ceremony held in DOH.
The donation is part of the grant of more than 100 million pesos offered by the Chinese Government to the Philippine Government to implement the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation signed on 15 January 2007, when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao paid an official visit to the Philippines.
Ambassador Liu Jianchao articulated that the past 35 years after the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Philippines has witnessed steady development of bilateral strategic cooperation. He also congratulated the Philippine government for making tremendous efforts in improving the medical care for the Philippine people in reaching the millennium goal and expressed China's willingness to assist Philippine people to fight poverty and improve people's livelihood.
Secretary Enrique Ona expressed his sincere appreciation to Chinese government. He said the donation is a very timely support since the Philippines is pursuing major reforms to enhance health facilities across the country. He hoped this donation would pave the way for more effective cooperation with the Chinese government.
Philippine Congresswoman Maria Zenaida Angping, Congresman Roman Romulo, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, DFA Executive Director Meynardo Monte-Algre, Chinese Economic and Commercial Counselor Wu Zhengping, officials of DOH and representatives from recipient hospitals attended the ceremony.