Vietnam to donate rice for Marawi residents as part of APEC talks
As part of the talks held at the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, Vietnam, the major source of rice imports by the Philippines, has pledged to support the rehabilitation of war-ravaged Marawi City and initially donated 4,000 bags of rice, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.
Piñol said that Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang made the commitment during the bilateral talks with the Philippine delegation during APEC forum held in Vietnam.
“President Rodrigo Duterte thanked the Vietnamese President and pledged to work in the rescue of Vietnamese sailors abducted by the Abu Sayyaf in the Southern Philippines. By sheer coincidence, Philippine troops succeeded in rescuing the abducted Vietnamese nationals a day after the Bilateral Talks,” Piñol said.
According to him, Quang also assured Duterte of his country’s support in its agricultural development initiatives.
As of now, the Philippines imports at least 5 percent of its rice requirements from Vietnam and Thailand.
The country’s bilateral talks with Vietnam was one of the four engagements of Duterte in the sidelines of the 25th APEC in Vietnam. The three others were with Papua New Guinea, Russia and China.