MANILA – The disaster relief operations in typhoon-hit areas in the Philippines got an added boost with the donation of five million patacas or approximately $630,000 (P27.5 million) from the government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
The amount will be remitted directly by the Macau Government to the Foreign Donation Account of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The donation was personally conveyed by the Macau SAR Chief Executive Chui Sai On (Fernando Chui) to Philippine Consul General to Macau Danilo Ibayan at the Office of the Chief Executive.
"The Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region is truly overwhelmed by the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan that swept through the Philippines early this month, which unfortunately led to so much suffering," Macau said in its message of sympathy.
Macau said it will continue to follow the situation in the affected regions and extend its sympathy and solidarity to the local Filipino community.
The Macau government grants Filipinos visa-free access to the territory for 30 days. There are at present about 18,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working in Macau.
Macau is the gaming center of the world with casino revenues in 2012 amounting to $38 billion, followed by Las Vegas, in the United States and Singapore. Macau has a very successful economy and its people enjoy one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
Macau SAR is less than two hours away from Manila by air and serves as a gateway to the booming mainland China.