35th Guam Legislature Recognizes Republic of China (Taiwan) for Donation of 200K Face Masks

(Hagåtña, Guam) – In recognition of the diplomacy and friendship between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Guam, Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson and Speaker Tina Muna Barnes on Friday presented Resolution 328-35 to express their gratitude, on behalf of the people of Guam, for Taiwan’s generous healthcare donation to the island during the COVID-19 crisis.


In May, various Taiwan organizations assisted in facilitating the donation of 200,000 surgical face masks from the China Medical University Hospital (CMUH), based in Taichung, Taiwan, to Guam. The world-class hospital facility has served as an additional option to Guam residents for specialized healthcare in the Asia Pacific region and has treated several patients from Guam in recent years. With respect to the established relationship between Taiwan and Guam, medical professionals at CMUH led discussions on donating medical aid to Guam amid the island’s COVID-19 response and, through the diplomacy and assistance of various Taiwan, Guam and United States partners, was able to ensure their donation of 200,000 face masks made it to the island. The Office of the Governor of Guam received the donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) in mid-May. The supplies will be distributed to healthcare and front line workers through the Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense.


The persons and organizations that assisted in facilitating this medical aid to Guam include:

· Aichi Chou, Chief Executive Officer, and Professor Hung Chi Chen, Superintendent, International Medical Services Center, China Medical University Hospital

· Vincent C.H. Yao, Director-General of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)

· His Excellency Wallace M.G. Chow, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the Republic of Palau

· Dr. Joanna Lei, Chairwoman, National Women’s League of the Republic of China

· Alex Lei, Director, Hawaii State Office in Taipei

· Anna Kao, President, and Lily Yu, Former President, Taiwanese Business Associates of Guam


“The people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) have long been respected neighbors and allies to the people of Guam, and their meaningful donation of 200,000 face masks to our people only underscores the valued friendship between our islands,” said Vice Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson, sponsor of Resolution No. 328-35. “Un Dangkolo Na Si Yu’os Ma’åse,’ thank you very much, to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and those who united to equip our healthcare and front line workers with the protective gear they need to save lives. As a global leader in healthcare and COVID-19 response, Taiwan is a beacon of light for our region and we won’t soon forget their kindness, compassion and commitment to the people of Guam.”


“Taiwan has been our sister city since 1973. Expressing the true spirit of Inafa’Maolek - Un’ Dangkolo Na Si Yu’os Ma’ase to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Women’s League of the Republic of China, and our brothers and sisters in Taiwan for your continued partnership within our Blue Continent,” said Speaker Tina Muña Barnes, co-sponsor of Resolution No. 328-35.


For more information, please contact Tihu Lujan at The Office of Vice Speaker

Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or senatortcnelson@guamlegislature.org.

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