- DAVAO CITY, March 20, 2017 — The Philippines has donated $300,000 in humanitarian assistance to Myanmar’s Rakhine State, the Presidential Communications Office reported in a release.
The aid was given by President Rodrigo Duterte in his meeting with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the Call Room of the Presidential Palace in Myanmar.
The amount, according to the PCO, is “the biggest donation made so far made by an ASEAN member state to Myanmar’s Rakhine State this year.”
Myanmar was among the first countries to send help to the Philippines when supertyphoon Yolanda hit parts of Visayas in 2013.
Myanmar’s former president U Thein Sein was also the first to visit Bantayan island in Cebu after it was devastated by supertyphoon Yolanda.
President Duterte also met with Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the Horizon Lake View Hotel.