Davao City – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jinhua and Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Callawa Water Pumping Project in Barangay Callawa, Buhangin District here last May 10.
“Both as developing countries, China and the Philippines are good neighbors helping each other and trusted partners benefiting each other. This water pumping station in Callawa stands testimony to China’s sincere commitment in helping the Philippines improve the people’s livelihood, alleviate poverty and achieve balanced and sustainable growth,” said Zhao.
She noted that just a month ago, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his daughter, Sara, were in Hainan, China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference.
“Our two leaders once again met with each other and reiterated the commitment to further carry forward China-Philippines relations.” Zhao noted.
“As a proverb goes,‘There are no mountains standing higher than a person, and there are no roads stretching longer than our feet’.With the visionary guidance from our leaders and concerted efforts of our peoples, the China-Philippines relations are bound to ride winds and break waves, while the practical cooperation between our two countries will bear more fruits and bring more benefits to our peoples.” he added.
In her message, the lady mayor expressed her gratitude to the Chinese Embassy’s generosity, underscoring that the betterment and deepening of the Philippines-China relations, China is offering more and more assistance to Davao’s infrastructure development, livelihood improvement, environment management and urban-rural balanced growth.
She pointed out that these prove that the Philippines-China friendship and practical cooperation serve the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples.
The Callawa water pumping project consists of a deep-water pumping well, water tower, power-engine room and related equipments, as well as a drinking water pipe-network leading into households.
The project is expected to be completed in six months. The project will greatly ease the scarcity of drinking water in mountainous areas, and around 3000 households will be benefited.