Taiwanese exec vows to donate 20 initial wheelchairs

A high-ranking government official from Taiwan, People’s Republic of China has pledged to donate an initial 20 units of wheelchair intended for the persons with disabilities in Cagayan de Oro City.

This was bared recently by City Mayor Constantino “Tinnex” Jaraula after Representative Donald C.T. Lee of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) assured the wheelchair donation when he visited the city last week.

The Taiwanese Ambassador came over to formally turnover to the city officials the five (5) units of firetruck which were donated by the City Government of Tainan in Taiwan, the sister city of Cagayan de Oro.

In the wake of this development, Mayor Jaraula thanked the Taiwanese official for the wheelchair donation, saying that the units will greatly help disabled persons who can’t afford to buy their own wheelchairs.

It can be recalled that Mayor Jaraula invited the Taiwanese Ambassador to visit the city in an effort to strengthen the ties between the two (2) cities on areas along trade and diplomatic relations, cultural exchange and economic cooperation.

During his two-day visit in Cagayan de Oro City, Mayor Jaraula and city officials toured Ambassador Lee and TECO political division executive assistant Vincent Chen to the MacArthur Memorial Marker and the Malasag Eco-Tourism Village, aside from hosting a special dinner and cultural night in honor of the Taiwanese dignitaries.

The firetruck donation is considered as a major gain emanated from the sisterhood agreement entered into by and between the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Tainan, Taiwan sometime in 2005 when then Mayor and now Vice Mayor Vicente Y. Emano led a trade mission to Tainan.

It can be recalled that Tainan City Mayor Hsu Tain-Tsiar and then Ambassador Hsin-Hsing Wu led an 11-man delegation when they made a reciprocal visit to Cagayan de Oro City in April 2008.

After a successful two-day visit which they were feted with a special dinner and warmly received by the city officials, the Tainan city top officials pledged the five-unit firetruck donation as a show of their mutual cooperation on the sisterhood ties between the two cities.

The five (5) firetrucks are now assigned in barangays Balulang, Bulua, Macasandig, Bugo and to the Cagayan de Oro City Fire Station Headquarters. (City Information Office)
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