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The Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the People’s Republic of China Ambassador Huang Xilian led the ceremonial handover of gratis equipment from China’s Ministry of National Defense held at the AFP Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo Quezon City on 09 February 2022.

The Chinese government donated military equipment and transport vehicles worth over PhP 608 Million to the Philippines which also includes rescue and relief equipment, ambulances, fire trucks, explosive ordnance disposal robots, dump trucks, bomb disposal units, drone systems, detectors and x-ray machines.

During his speech, Ambassador Huang Xilian mentioned the strong bond between China a nd the Philippines as friends and neighboring countries. “In the spirit of bayanihan, we are willing to work hand in hand with the Philippines to continue strengthening the bilateral ties, pragmatic exchanges and maintain peace and stability in the region,” he added.

The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Administrator Usec. Ernesto G. Carolina also attended the hand-over ceremony along with Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Andres Centino, PA and other chiefs of the DND bureaus.

After the event, DND relayed the good news that several units of the transport vehicles donated by China will be granted to the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office including one (1) unit of forty-two (42) seater bus and two (2) units of nineteen (19) seater coasters. PVAO is also grateful for these donations which can all be used to serve veterans and aid employees better in the future.

On behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte, DND Secretay Lorenzana expressed his gratitude towards China for their generous support to the Philippines’ defense and security sector. He also looked back on the history between China and the Philippines including the contributions of the Chinese Filipino Community in fighting for the Philippines’ liberty during the Second World War .

“As partners, Philippines gain much in trade, infrastructure, technology and people-to-people exchange. Indeed, there is more we can achieve by working together,” Secretary Lorenzana said.