39 dialysis machines worth at least P100 million and a million pieces of surgical masks were donated to the Philippine government by the Temasek Foundation of Singapore.
"We are here with the Philippines for the long run because we are neighbors, we are friends. As the (Covid) story goes - no one is safe until everyone is safe. Now if you flip it around, if the Philippines succeeds, Singapore succeeds," Temasek Foundation International chief executive Benedict Cheong said.
"If the Philippines and Indonesia and Thailand and Malaysia and everyone in the ASEAN succeed, we succeed. So we must succeed together," he added.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. expressed his gratitude to the foundation and is optimistic that the equipment could help save more lives in the Philippines.
"This is a key piece of medical equipment for the Philippines. What you're giving here is a gift of many more years for our loved ones... Gratitude is very deep," he said in his remarks.
The donation includes 15 dialysis machines – multiFiltrate with CICA, eight hemodialysis 4008S, and 16 hemodialysis AQUA C.
Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Robert Borje and Health Undersecretary Ma. Carolina Vidal-Taino also expressed their gratitude to Temasek, with Vidal-Taino giving assurance of the timely release and distribution of the machines to respective hospital recipients in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Singaporean Ambassador to Manila Gerard Ho Wei Hong described the donations as a reflection of the close partnership and friendship between the two nations.
"This is the time where all of us face massive challenges because of the situation and when you can you should extend a helping hand to help each other. And this is what Temasek Foundation has always been about," he said.
Last year, Temasek's aid to Manila was amounting to around P600 million with the latest donation is worth at least P100 million, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap, who represented the Department of Health, said.
The machines, including the surgical masks, will be shipped to the country by April 11, 2021, Temasek said.
Based on its website, Temasek Foundation International is a non-profit organization that supports a diverse range of programs that uplift lives and advance communities in Singapore and beyond.
Source: Philippine News Agency (PNA)