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Jiangxi, China donates P8M to upgrade Bohol hospital facilities

JIANGXI, China (via PLDT/SMART) (30 October) -- Jiangxi province donated on Sunday 1-million renminbi (about P8 million) to Bohol, its Philippine sister province, for the upgrading of the medical equipment of Boholís provincial hospital.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who arrived in China Friday on a five-day official visit, witnessed the turnover of the Jiangxi donation in simple ceremonies held at the Hayden Room of the Sofitel Trilec Hotel here last night.

Governor Huang Zhiquan of Jiangxi province handed over the donation to Bohol Governor Erico Aumentado.

"The Jiangxhi provincial people's government has decided to donate one million RMB yuan to the state hospital of Bohol province in the Philippines for the purchase of medical equipment," the commemorative plaque on the donation read.

The donation was also part of the warm welcome for the President to Jiangxi and to "further enhance the friendly relationship between Jiangxi and Bohol and to promote the development of the public health sector in Bohol, particularly the Bohol State Hospital to purchase medical equipment," it added.

Aside from being sister provinces, Jiangxi and Bohol share the distinction of being the first sister provinces to share "sister mountains."

Boholís famous Chocolate Hills, one of the Philippinesí leading tourist attractions, share the same "bloodlines" with Jiangxiís Mount Lushang, also one of Chinaís tourist hubs.

The establishment of the "sister mountains" program is designed to spur tourism in both countries, particularly in Bohol and Jiangxi.

It also encourages and supports exchanges and cooperation between the two provincesí respective tourism administrative departments, travel agencies and relevant tourism service businesses. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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