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Canada donating P206-M relief for Yolanda victims

Canada announced on Sunday that it will provide up to P205.9-million (Cad$5 million) in support to humanitarian organizations striving to meet the needs of the people affected by typhoon Yolanda.

According to the Canadian Embassy in Manila, emergency relief activities will include the provision of emergency shelter, food, water, livelihood support, and other essential services.

“Canada is deeply concerned by the impact of this catastrophic typhoon,” said Canadian Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie Christian Paradis said in a statement.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and are working with Canadian and international humanitarian partners to determine what assistance is required.”

Minister Paradis said in addition to this support, Canada has already provided support through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird added that they will continue to monitor the situation to ensure humanitarian needs are met and provide further assistance if required.

“The destruction is alarming, and Canada will continue to ensure needs are being met,” said Minister Baird. “Canada remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable people around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this devastating storm.”

Simultaneously, British Minister of State for the Foreign Office Hugo Swire offered his condolences to the Philippines following the devastation caused by the strongest typhoon ever to hit the country this year.

Swire disclosed in a statement that a Department for International Development (DFID) team has already arrived in the Philippines to assess, in consultation with the United Nations and the Philippine government, what assistance the United Kingdom can offer as a matter of urgency.

According to the British Embassy in Manila, several British nationals have been affected by the storm damage and communication difficulties although there are currently no reports of any Britons who died or injured in the typhoon’s aftermath.

The embassy said it has been offering consular advice to British nationals and those wishing to contact family and friends who are in the Philippines.

“The priority now is to reach the remote communities that have been cut off by the storm and help Philippine authorities in their effort to meet their urgent needs,” it added. “Our thoughts are also with Filipinos resident in the UK who will be worried about friends and family back in the Philippines.

  • Lisa Malinao

    THANK YOU CANADA AND ALL CANADIAN AND BRITISH PEOPLE. I REALLY APPRECIATE FOR YOUR KIND HEART. BUT RIGHT NOW THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR THE TYPHOON VICTIMS. MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE IMMEDIATELY IN MOTION TO GIVE AND HANDED DIRECTLY GOODS FOR THE PEOPLE IN NEED. IN TACLOBAN ,THEY NEED IMMEDIATE HELP FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSES FOR SHELTER , FOOD , MEDICINES, CLOTHES EVEN TOILETS BECAUSE THEY HAVE REALLY NOTHING.
    THEY CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS MONEY FROM GOVERNMENTS TOBE RELEASED LATTER DUE TO BUREAUCRATIC PROCEEDINGS. ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREDN WHO LOST THEIR PARENTS AND THEY BECAME ORPHANS AND NOBODY TO CARE FOR THEM.
    NOW IT’S RAINING AGAIN BECAUSE OF ANOTHER TYPHOON COMING. PLEASE THEY NEED IMMEDIATE REACTIONS FOR THEIR NEEDS.

  • Joel P. Abing

    God Bless po sa mga tumulong at tutulong Pa.

  • Silver Rain

    or maybe… they can send it to media instead sending it to the government… parang mas mapagkakatiwalaan mo pa nga yung Abscbn, tv5 at Gma ( other private companies) na siguradong makakarating yung ipadadala

  • Ana May

    Typhoon Yolanda devastated places in the Philippines, and the residents really need help, in whatever form available. God bless Canada and other donors for being there for us, may i therefore take this opportunity to remind people concerned in its
    distribution to please see to it that this help reaches them accordingly and totally. Thank you.

  • joseph

    ang meaning daw ng PDAF ay “”Pilipinas Di Aasinso Forever— kay please sa mga nagbabalak, na naman na lamunin yung mga tulong na ito na ibinigay sa ibang bansa. sanay mamatay na kayo. mga salot.

  • Guest

    I’d say na kahit malaki ang binabayad naming tax dito sa Canada, alam ng government kung ano ang gagawin sa pera, isa na nga dito yung pantulong sa ibang bansa na nangagailangan. Sana lang po, matanggap ng mga nasalanta ang tulong na ito at hindi sa bulsa ng mananamantala.

    Also, may mga Filipino-Canadian community din dito na nag-oorganize ng fund raising para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda, and surprisingly, overwhelming support nun, pati ang ibang lahi ay nag-aambag din ng tulong para sa mga biktima ng bagyo.

  • Leo

    Isa lang ang aking hinahangad.. na lahat ng donations ay makakarating sa mga taong na apektuhan ng bagyong Yolanda .. sa mga opisyal na tatanggap nito, sana wag kayong gaya nina napoles at ibang mga opisyal ng gobyerno na madilim ang konsensya

  • Ronald Regidor

    Thank you so much Canada, UK, US, Denmark and to all countries who helps either small amount, foods, clothes..so much appreciated. thank you!