MAIL | Canada Announces Details of Php120m Humanitarian Aid for People Affected by Super Typhoon Odette – Mindanao Times

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FOLLOWING Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s December 21 statement on Canada’s commitment to provide immediate relief support in the Philippines for those affected by Super Typhoon “Odette” (international name “Rai”), the Embassy of Canada announces details of C$3 million (approximately PhP120 million) in humanitarian assistance to international non-governmental organizations with the following allocations:

  • CAD 1.8 million (PhP 72 million) to the World Food Program (WFP) to support its response in emergency food aid and logistics operations, in line with the needs identified in the United Nations emergency plan. humanitarian needs and priorities. The allocation aims to assist 530,000 people through the provision of non-perishable nutritious food, emergency cash-for-work in semi-urban and rural areas, multi-purpose cash transfers to cover immediate food needs and supporting livelihoods, and facilitating transport. and emergency logistics response equipment.
  • CA$700,000 (PhP28 million) to Oxfam Canada and Plan International Canada, to provide multi-purpose cash assistance to meet basic food and shelter needs, daily drinking water, including storage solutions and treatment, distributing menstrual health and hygiene kits, and facilitating access to protection services. The aid aims to meet the needs of around 30,250 people in Surigao del Norte and Southern Leyte – two provinces hardest hit by the typhoon – over a six-month period.
  • Can$500,000 (PhP20 million) to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) through the Canadian Red Cross Society to support the IFRC emergency appeal to boost Philippine Red Cross activities that help respond to health, shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) emergencies of the most vulnerable affected by the typhoon. The assistance aims to meet the immediate needs of 81,000 of the most vulnerable affected households, including female/child headed households, pregnant or lactating women; families with disabled people, elderly people, people with chronic illnesses, families with children under five, families who have not received any help or sufficient help from the government or other organizations, those who belong to socially vulnerable families and those who do not have the resources to meet basic humanitarian needs on their own

“Canada is deeply concerned about the consequences of this disaster caused by climate change. We continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to working with the Government of the Philippines, Canadian and international humanitarian partners to reach out to those most affected by “Odette,” said Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines, Peter MacArthur.

“Our partners are trusted humanitarian organizations with the networks and track record to ensure that aid is delivered to those who need it most. The Red Cross, Oxfam, Plan International and the World Food Program are well placed to provide support, have an existing presence on the ground and strong relationships with local authorities, other civil society organizations and affected communities explained Ambassador MacArthur.

“We are also delighted to learn of the rapid allocation of US$12 million from the UN from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support the response to Super Typhoon Odette. Canada was a top contributor to the UN CERF following a 3-year C$88 million re-commitment made in December 2020.”

Through the Embassy’s Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, Canada provided rapid response funding of an additional C$50,000 (approximately PhP2 million) to support local relief efforts in the Caraga, which was particularly affected by the storm.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines has also asked its members to donate to private sector-led relief and recovery efforts.

“Canada stands in solidarity with the people and government of the Philippines alongside the international community led by the United Nations and humanitarian civil society organizations in the collective work of relief and early recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this devastating natural disaster. Due to the scale of this ongoing crisis, efforts will need to be sustained over the coming weeks and months to help people find shelter, food, water and livelihoods. We therefore stand ready to work with our partners to provide any further assistance that may be required,” Ambassador MacArthur said.

For more information please contact:

Carlo Figueroa

Public Affairs Officer

Canadian Embassy

Email: [email protected]

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