Canada donates P58-M to ‘Sendong’ victims

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This includes donation from the province of Matinoba, home to thousands of Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines – Canada will provide about P58 million in humanitarian assistance for flood victims of “Sendong,” their Embassy here said on Thursday, January 5.

The government of Canada is giving more than P53 million while the Canadian province of Manitoba is providing an additional assistance of P4.3 million, a statement said, quoting Beverley Oda, Minister of International Cooperation of Canada.

“Today, Canada is responding to calls for needed supplies and further assistance to help those affected restore their strength and livelihoods,” Minister Oda said.  “We commend the local communities, non-governmental organizations, and the Government of the Philippines for their rapid response.”

Canada is home to more than 500,000 Filipinos and Canadians of Philippine descent.
Canada’s response, through the Canadian International Development Agency, will support the efforts of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the UN World Food Programme, the International Organization for Migration, and Oxfam Canada in the affected areas, the statement added.

This follows an earlier announcement by the Province of Manitoba that it is contributing CAD$ 100,000 (about P4.3 million) as assistance to the flood victims.  “All Manitobans stand in solidarity with our province’s large and close-knit Filipino community as we offer support to friends and family in the Philippines recovering from this devastating natural disaster,” Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said. –

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