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Canada contributes P120 million to NGOs in the ‘Odette’-affected areas.

Three non-government organizations (NGOs) will receive a total of CAD3 million (PHP120 million) in financing from the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines on Thursday to assist the Philippines in delivering assistance and rehabilitation to individuals affected by Typhoon Odette.

The donation came after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged “prompt help to relief activities in the Philippines” for individuals affected by the storm in a statement on Dec. 21, 2021, according to the Embassy.

The World Food Programme (WFP) would receive PHP72 million to support emergency food assistance and logistics operations “in line with the needs highlighted in the United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Needs and Priorities plan,” according to the statement.

“The allocation aims to assist 530,000 people by providing non-perishable nutritious food, emergency cash-for-work in semi-urban and rural areas, multi-purpose cash transfers to cover immediate food needs and support livelihood, and facilitation of transportation and emergency logistics response equipment,” according to the Embassy.

Oxfam Canada and Plan International Canada will receive PHP28 million for assisting in the provision of multi-purpose cash assistance to support basic food and shelter needs, daily potable water including storage and treatment solutions, distribution of menstrual health and hygiene kits, and facilitating access to protection services, according to the statement.

“Over the course of six months, the assistance aims to satisfy the needs of approximately 30,250 persons in Surigao del Norte and Southern Leyte – the two provinces hardest devastated by the storm,” the Embassy said.

Meanwhile, it was announced that the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) will receive PHP20 million through the Canadian Red Cross Society to support the IFRC’s appeal to increase Philippine Red Cross activities addressing emergency health, shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene needs of the typhoon’s most vulnerable victims.

Ottawa is “extremely worried by the aftermath of this climate change-induced calamity,” according to Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Peter MacArthur, and is continuing to monitor the situation while working with the Philippine administration.

“Our partners are trusted humanitarian groups with the networks and track records to guarantee that assistance reaches those who need it most,” MacArthur explained.

He stated that the UN has set aside USD12 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund to assist individuals affected by “Odette” (CERF).

“Following a CAD88 million three-year re-commitment made in December 2020, Canada has been a significant contributor to the UN’s CERF,” MacArthur added.

He added that the Embassy has also contributed an additional CAD50,000 (about PHP2 million) to the Caraga region’s local relief efforts through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

He also added that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines has asked its members to donate to “private-sector relief and rebuilding operations.”

“Because of the severity of this ongoing disaster, efforts to assist people with shelter, food, water, and livelihoods will need to be continued in the next weeks and months.” As a result, we are prepared to engage with our allies to provide any further support that may be required,” MacArthur added.

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