Hainan province in China will donate around 30,000 pieces of face masks to Palawan for the use of medical and health care practitioners and volunteers serving the frontlines against COVID-19, an official of the provincial government said Wednesday.

Provincial Information Officer (PIO) Winston Arzaga said in a live Facebook public address that Hainan is a “sister province” of Palawan, which is willing to help its fight against COVID-19.

“Yong Hainan is isang malaking probinsya sa China kung saan nandoon din ang ating mga scholars. Mayroon tayong sisterhood agreement sa kanila. Sila ay magpapadala ng 20,000 to 30,000 na mga high-end na face masks,” Arzaga said.

The sister pact was signed between officials of Hainan and Palawan in 2017 to strengthen bilateral relations, particularly in promoting economic growth, development in the trade and commerce, tourism fishery, education, and culture and friendly exchanges.

Arzaga said the masks will be sent by Hainan province to Manila, where it can be picked up.

“Yan ay ready for pick up at may mga ginagawa nang hakbang governor [Jose Alvarez] para mapadala sa Manila’ yan at madala dito sa Palawan. Malaking bagay ito dahil tulong rin ito ng ating kapatid na probinsya sa China,” he said.

Personal Protective Equipment

Aside from the face mask donation, Arzaga also reported that the provincial government has already purchased some P46 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) for distribution to frontliners in Palawan.

The PPE units are protective clothing and other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from COVID-19 infection.

“I hope na kapag dumating itong mga galing China ay magamit ng mga frontliners natin. Maliban dyan ay nakabili na tayo ng PPE worth P46 million and N95 na masks. Naka-ready na po ‘yan at hinihintay na lang ang deliveries,” Arzaga added.

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