Another 288 Filipinos in Shanghai Receive Emergency Food Supplies in Second Round of DFA-PCG Welfare Aid
288 Filipinos received Emergency Food Assistance from the DFA and the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai on 22-24 May 2022. (Shanghai PCG photo)
SHANGHAI 27 May 2022 – Another 288 Filipinos across Shanghai received emergency food packs on 22-24 May 2022 amidst the lockdown in the city.
On 07-09 May, 247 Filipinos benefited from the first round of deliveries, for a total 535 beneficiaries for the two rounds.
The deliveries, undertaken by a third-party provider, represent the second batch of emergency food aid to Filipinos most affected by lockdown-related food supply challenges, under Welfare Assistance approved by the Department of Foreign Affairs on the recommendation of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Shanghai.
Each beneficiary received multiple packages. Apart from essential food items such as rice, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits, cooking oil and dry goods, they also received a taste of home via a selection of locally available Philippine-branded canned fish and meat products, noodles, soup mixes, sauces, biscuits, snack items, and condiments.
Many beneficiaries expressed their appreciation and delight via messages and photographs sent to the PCG. News of the Philippine Government’s food assistance again made its way onto social media platforms, earning laudatory comments from Chinese and other foreign nationals.
The PCG-helmed emergency food assistance was a collaborative effort. The Philippine Trade and Investment Center- Shanghai led supply-side organization with Shanghai Jinglv DianJing Corp. Ltd., Lianyugang Dawn Trading Co. Ltd., Century Pacific China, and Liwayway China Co. Ltd., makers of Oishi, an officially recognized “China famous brand”. The PCG also solicited the inputs of key Filipino Community organizations during planning to survey and solve anticipated hurdles.
During execution, combined teams of PCG personnel and Filipino volunteers tracked and troubleshooted deliveries in real time, liaising with the third-party logistics provider and individual recipients to ensure that deliveries reach their doorsteps.
The food packs are part of a larger assistance effort for Filipinos in Shanghai. A parallel assistance track is being undertaken for members of the Overseas Workers Welfare
Agency (OWWA), in coordination with the said agency’s officials at the OWWA Headquarters in Manila and the OWWA Office in Hong Kong, which covers Shanghai. END
Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai and Filipino Community leaders held multiple online planning meetings to see the project through. (Shanghai PCG photo)
For more information, visit http://shanghaipcg.dfa.gov.ph/.