HUMANITARIAN GESTURE AS ASEAN
SUAL—The five Vietnamese fishermen arrested for poaching returned to their homes supplied with enough provisions for food for their travel back to Vietnam.
“It is a humanitarian act on the part of the government that we help the Vietnamese fishermen,” Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Emmanuel Leyco said.
DSWD was among the government agencies that extended assistance to the five fishermen on their return to their country.
The Department gave them provisions consisted of 20 kilos of commercial rice, 20 kilos of fresh meat, 5 liters of cooking oil, 15 kilos of vegetables, 600 liters of drinking water, two liters of soy sauce, two kilos of salt, 1000 liters of running water, five hygiene kits, five pieces of malongs and ten laminated packs.
Leyco also said that the gesture emphasizes the importance of regional solidarity among members of ASEAN nations.
This is a good opportunity for the Philippines and Vietnam to strengthen its ties. After all, we are neighbors,” he said.
Also present in the send-off is Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Ly Quoc Tuan who expressed his gratitude to Pres. Duterte. (Eva Visperas)