Canada offers additional P40M for ‘Pablo’ victims


Homeless flood survivors walk toward the gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after the strongest typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Canada on Thursday announced that it was giving the Philippines an additional P40 million to support the conduct of relief efforts for the victims of typhoon “Pablo” (international name Bopha), the worst storm to hit the country this year.

“Canada remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable people, who continue to suffer from the effects of Typhoon Bopha,” Julian Fantino, Minister for International Cooperation, said in a statement.

“The destruction is alarming, and Canada continues to ensure needs are being met,” he added.

The statement noted that the additional grant raised to P120 million the total aid given by the Canadian government.

It noted that the grant, to be coursed through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), would be given to two organizations tasked to provide food, safe drinking water, and emergency relief items to the approximately 260,000 affected people in worst-hit areas.

It said that the 500,000 Canadian dollar would be given to the International Committee of the Red Cross for the provision of tents, essential household item kits, water, and other emergency relief items for up to 210,000 people. Money would also be used in the repair of hospitals and rural healthcare facilities.

Meanwhile, another 500,000 Canadian dollar would be given to Oxfam Canada for access to clean water, sanitation, shelter, food and other emergency relief items for 25,000 typhoon-affected people in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, the two worst-hit provinces.

Canada had earlier given various organizations P80 million in aid to support their local relief operations in typhoon-affected communities in the southern Philippines.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had earlier noted that the international community’s cash and in-kind aid to the Philippines in the wake of Pablo has exceeded P670 million.

More than 1,000 people died and more than 800 remained missing after Pablo hit southern Philippines earlier this month, and the estimated damage to properties was pegged at P24 billion..

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  • disqusted0fu

    another government body from another country sends their support for our countrymen. while our own government is MIA. where is the president by the way?

    • dodong1

      he is in his office smoking and drinking…..

      • disqusted0fu

        correction! apparently he is in Baguio with his friends, smoking and drinking!

  • KeriMo

    ang dami ng donations saan na ba napupunta any one knows a site na nag eexplain saan napupunta mga donations? kasi based sa mga news parang walang nagbago sa mga nadaanan ni pablo

  • Your_King

    It’s great that other countries are giving money to the Philippines for ‘Pablo’ victims, especially during the holiday season. At the same time it’s giving President Aquino and his Administration an excuse to not do anything more to help the victims themselves.

    • kanoy

       It is shining a huge spotlight that the world is very much aware of,,,all these non-Catholic nations from around the world have heaped billions of $ not P on the Philippines while the richest organization in the world,,,THE VATICAN….and its lone puppet…THE PHILIPPINES….has given NOTHING other than PRAYERS…which are free

  • surigao_miners

    ang dami ng donations mula sa ibang country….tuwang tuwa si Pnoy nito…tuwang tuwa din ang mga KURAKOT na opisyales ng GOBYERNO! TUWAD NA DAAN UMAASA SA IBANG BANSA KAPAG MAY SAKUNA! 

  • surigao_miners

    bakit ayaw sisantihin ni PNOY SI PAJE AT JASARENO? DENR AT MGB secretary na mga INUTEL! puro pa pogi!

  • dapogiguy

    oy bad kau ha…nagpalabas na raw si noynoy ng 200 million para sa mga victims sa pablo… ang tanong nasaan?.. salita lang yata yun…lol

  • murtson

    kung hindi sa mga ngo at tv stations’ foundations, maraming hindi makakatikim ng pagkain sa Cateel at typhoon-ravaged areas. Watch the TV newscasts. Nhoynoy certainly didn’t release all the hundreds of millions of money given as relief assistance by foreign countries. They are saving them for the next year’s election in addition to th P45billion CCT fund. Even the destroyed bridge in Caraga, Davao Oriental’s reconstruction have not yet been started. Where is the money? This administration has no transparency on the donated money’s expenditures. Certainly, the anti-corruption hype remains a myth. Corruption is still existing big time.

  • geminimind

    Always say Thank You to Canadiens and Canada,and let the philippine gov’t have it’s own way of thanking them.

  • MaySenseBa

    “would be given to International Committee of the Red Cross”  Is this under the PRC Philippine Red Cross?  If it is, then Dick Gordon thanks you for a couple of hundred 30 seconders that he can broadcast for his senate run.

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