Taiwan’s trade groups extend financial aid to quake victims

A Taiwanese non-profit trade organization extended financial assistance to earthquake victims of Davao City and Davao del Sur.

The financial aid amounting to P300,000 was received by Davao City from the Taiwan Association Incorporated and another P1 million (20,000 US dollars) was donated to Davao del Sur by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

The financial assistance were personally extended by TAITRA Chairman James Huang to Dr. Malou Monteverde, a trustee of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (DCCCII) and Governor Douglas Cagas during the opening of the Taiwan Expo 2019 held at SM Lanang Premier’s  SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City on Friday.     

“The expo encourages more cooperation between the Philippines and Taiwan. This is the first kind in Davao and we have come to Davao in a time when the island of Mindanao is tested by Mother Nature and before we came here some friends suggested that we postponed the expo for security concern. And I said no. We must come. Actually we are used to earthquakes in Taiwan,” Huang said.

Huang said despite of all the calamities he believes Taiwan as the closest friend and neighbor of the Philippines, they must come and standby the Filipino people.

“This is the time that Taiwan should come and I want to say to all Filipinos that today we are all Filipinos. We are all Mindanaons and Taiwan and the Philippines, we are family,” he said.

Founded in 1970, TAITRA is Taiwan’s foremost non-profit trade promoting organization, Sponsored by the government and industry organizations, TAITRA assists enterprises to expand their global market reach.

With a headquarter in Taipei, TAITRA has a team of 1,300 specialists and operates five local offices in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung as well as 60 branches worldwide. Together with Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and Taiwan Trade Center (TTC), TAITRA has formed a global network dedicated to promoting world trade.