China Overseas Chinese Network, August 9th, title: Return to "improved and strengthened community isolation"! What about the overseas Chinese in this country?

  According to a news released by the Philippine Ministry of Health on August 7, the Philippines added 3,379 confirmed cases that day, bringing a total of 122,754 cases. In addition, there were 24 new deaths and a total of 2168 deaths. At the same time, 96 new cases were cured.

  The epidemic rebounded. On the evening of August 2, Philippine President Duterte approved the capital Metro Manila and nearby provinces to return to the "Improved Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)" from August 4 to 18. The Philippine Department of Transportation also stipulated that from August 15th, in addition to wearing masks, passengers on trains, buses and other public transportation must wear face masks.

On July 7, local time, a large stall in the Makati Greenbelt business district in the CBD of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, resumed business. Since the Philippines entered the second phase of the national epidemic, many industries have gradually resumed production and work. Photo by China News Agency reporter Guan Xiangdong

  In March, the Philippines implemented strict community isolation measures to curb the spread of the epidemic. However, since June, localities have gradually relaxed the community isolation measures in most areas and allowed various industries to gradually resume production and work. This has led to the continuous emergence of clusters of infections. Together with the strengthening of local testing capabilities, the number of people tested has increased, and the number of people diagnosed recently constant increase.

On June 21, Manila public transportation Jeepney was ready to resume business. Photo by China News Agency reporter Guan Xiangdong

  The epidemic has rebounded, and the "reclosed" areas have entered the improved and strengthened community quarantine (MECQ). The pass system has been reactivated to restrict people from going out, urban public transportation, domestic and some international flights have been suspended, dine-in restaurants and barber and beauty shops have been closed , Government departments also mainly work from home.

  As a result, the plan to resume work of Chinese businessmen in the Philippines fell through.

  Philippine Chinese Business Group and SM Group Vice Chairman Teresita Sy-Coson previously issued a statement hoping to "return to work" as soon as possible, stating that the gradual recovery of business and transportation will help reduce the unemployment rate. Filipinos need stable jobs to survive the epidemic, and businesses and the private sector can help.

  The Chinese businessmen who wanted to do a big job after unblocking the seal were once again waiting.

On August 4, the Metro Manila (NCR), the capital of the Philippines, and several nearby provinces returned to the "Improved Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)". In the green belt of Manila's top business district, the restaurant can be found. Photo by China News Agency reporter Guan Xiangdong

  To help the Philippines survive the epidemic, Chinese businessmen resume their normal lives as soon as possible, and overseas Chinese and Chinese communities in the Philippines have extended a helping hand.

  The Philippine Chinese Society Disaster Relief Foundation distributed rice to local people in difficulties, and also donated 6,000 medical surgical masks to the Prosecutors League of Manila. They said that they would risk their lives and health and safety during the epidemic. grateful.

  In order to assist the government in promoting nucleic acid testing, the Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce donated 15 million pesos to the Philippine National Red Cross to assist the local establishment of the new coronavirus testing laboratory.

  China and the Philippines are also watching and helping each other and cooperating to fight the epidemic.

  At the beginning of the outbreak, the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in the Philippines launched the "Friendship Package" project to donate basic living supplies to local people to help people who are facing difficulties tide over the difficulties.

The Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian (fourth from left) and Manila Mayor Moreno (sixth from right) attended the "Friendship Package" life aid material donation ceremony at the Manila City Hall. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines

  The epidemic rebounded. On July 27, Philippine President Duterte revealed in his State of the Union address that he had made a request to the Chinese side and hoped that China's new crown virus vaccine would be given priority to the Philippines after the successful research and development. The President said, "I hope we can buy the first batch" in order to "let us return to normal as soon as possible."

  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated at a regular press conference on the 28th that the Philippines is a friendly neighbor of China and China is willing to give priority to the needs of the Philippines in terms of vaccines.

  Later, more than 60 Philippine overseas Chinese leaders expressed their gratitude to China's willingness to give priority to the needs of the Philippines in terms of vaccines. They believed that this was another move to make the Filipino people truly feel China's friendship after China aided the Philippines with a large number of anti-epidemic supplies and dispatched medical teams. Compatriots in the Philippines also feel the warmth of their ancestral (home) country.

In the large membership-based supermarket chain S&R located in BGC New City, Manila, cashiers and card-entered members wear masks and face shields for careful protection, and use social distancing to check out and shop. Photo by China News Agency reporter Guan Xiangdong

  The epidemic has rebounded, and all parties in the Philippines have also taken measures to deal with the epidemic. The Philippine Inter-agency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Minister of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), who is responsible for coordinating the quarantine work, announced on social media. , DPWH is building 23 quarantine facilities and is expected to add 2,417 quarantine beds by the end of August.

  The Philippine Department of Budget and Management (DBM) stated that the next budget proposal will focus on improving the medical insurance system.

  Philippine President Duterte issued a State of the Union address on July 27, expounding the country's determination and plan to fight the epidemic, recovery, and development, and said that the Philippines is currently in a difficult time, but do not despair!

  I believe that under such a situation, the epidemic situation in the Philippines will gradually improve, and the lives of overseas Chinese in the Philippines will gradually return to normal.

  At the moment, what everyone can do is wait patiently. As President Duterte said,

  Don't despair in difficult times.

  (Source: China News Network, Philippines "World News", China Overseas, People etc; Author: Xu Wenxin; ID: qiaowangzhongguo)