LAST Thursday, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso hied down to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) warehouse early in the morning to receive from Chinese officials another batch of donated medical supplies, this time from the Guangzhou municipal district of China and intended for the City of Manila.
The medical supplies are composed of some 200,000 pieces of N95 masks, 100,000 surgical masks and 2,000 portable thermal scanners which Moreno said will be distributed to the city’s more than 900 barangays and frontline workers who are fighting the spread of COVID-19. It was the second big batch of donated supplies from the Chinese government in 5 days.
Last March 21, some 100,000 COVID-19 test kits, 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment (so essential to our health workers) and 10,000 N95 masks arrived at the NAIA and turned over by Ambassador Huang Xilian to Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr.
Locsin said, “It is a model for what the rest of the world should be doing. Instead of blaming each other from what’s happening, we should all start working together to help each other.”
Ambassador Huang Xilian of the embassy of the People’s Republic of China expressed China’s sentiment thus: “The Chinese people stand ready to help their Philippine brothers and sisters to go through this difficult time.”
China has been assisting more than 80 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) in the fight against COVID-19. It will also send hundreds of millions of test kits, masks and protective clothing to all these countries, in the true spirit of the “Community of Shared Future of Mankind.”
The COVID-19 pandemic, if at all, taught the global community that man’s virulent enemies are tiny microbes, germs, bacteria and viruses that keep on mutating and coming back to kill. These enemies know no border, creed, culture or age — they just strike at will against animals and men.
Governments and cultures, therefore should learn from this sad experience from now on. The bulk of government spending should go to science, medicine, research, and education to salvage the present generation and save the future ones from the scourge of pandemics.