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 Supporting victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

 

Senator Enverga's video statement on the 1st anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

 

 

 

                                                                                                                      

 

Canada Marks One-Year Anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan

 

 

 

Government of Canada committed to improving the well-being of people affected by the devastating storm

 

November 8, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

 

Today, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, alongside Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr., marked the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan making landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013. They were joined by Her Excellency Petronila P. Garcia, Philippine Ambassador to Canada, members of the local Filipino-Canadian community and Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie.

 

Minister Oliver also announced, on behalf of Minister Paradis, the Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance Call for Proposals. This call for proposals, valued at up to $20.6 million over a period of four years, is designed to help restore the livelihoods of people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. It forms part of the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund through which the Government of Canada matched the $85 million in eligible donations made by individual Canadians.

 

“On this one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, we pay tribute to the resilience of the people in the Philippines affected by the storm, the work of our partners and the generosity of Canadians,’’ said Minister Oliver. “Our relationship with the Philippines and the Filipino-Canadian community is long and strong, and we will continue our support to help build a better future for the people of that country.”

 

Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. It devastated large parts of the Philippines. It is one of the deadliest typhoons on record in that country, causing more than 6,000 deaths and affecting 16 million people.

 

From the very beginning, Canada has played a leading role in the global response to the impact of the typhoon by providing significant humanitarian assistance to meet the immediate and early recovery needs of affected people and by deploying a number of experts from various Government of Canada departments to support a broad range of critical needs faced by the Filipino authorities.

 

“Last year I saw first-hand the resolve and the determination of the people of the Philippines to overcome the crisis, as well as the compassion and dedication shown by Canadian humanitarian workers who went to the Philippines to help those in the worst of circumstances,” said Minister Paradis. “Canadians feel strongly about helping to support communities affected by natural disasters and other emergencies abroad. We will always stand at the ready to provide humanitarian assistance to people who need it.”

 

 

 

Quick Facts

 

  • When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on November 8, 2013, Canada was already putting in place a rapid, lifesaving, whole-of-government response working closely with the Filipino-Canadian community, humanitarian partners and the Government of the Philippines.
  • On November 10, 2013, Canada established the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, through which more than $85 million in eligible donations by individual Canadians were matched by the Government of Canada
  • Canada also sent relief supplies such as tents, blankets, water purification tablets, shelter kits, and other essential items from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s emergency stockpile.
  • Elements of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) were also deployed to support relief efforts by providing clean water, medical assistance and logistical support, including addressing pressing needs on Panay Island.
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada also expedited the processing of immigration applications for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan who had applied before the tragedy. By September 2014, nearly 2,100 applications had been approved after being expedited as part of the special immigration measures.
  • In 2014, the Philippines was confirmed as a country of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts.

 

 

 

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Video message: Senator Enverga thanks Canadians for their support to victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

Senator Enverga's statement on Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Senate Chamber 

 

For information about the Government of Canada's Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Relief Fund please click on the link below.

http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/acdi-cida.nsf/eng/HEL-1110224227-6D4 

 

 

Minister Paradis announces support for those affected by Typhoon Rammasun

 

Canada’s immediate response will ensure life-saving emergency relief is provided quickly

 

July 21, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

 

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced up to $250,000 in humanitarian assistance to help meet the urgent needs of those affected by Typhoon Rammasun.

 

“It is absolutely devastating for the people of the Philippines to be hit once again with such a destructive typhoon,” said Minister Paradis. “Canada’s immediate response will help ensure emergency relief is provided as soon as possible to the people and families affected.”

 

Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) hit the east coast of the Philippines on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The full impact of the storm is still being determined. To date there have been 94 fatalities reported, 6 missing, numerous injuries as well as the destruction of crops and thousands of homes ($180M CDN in damages). Three provinces have declared a state of calamity. More than 500,000 people have sought refuge in evacuation centres.

 

Typhoon Rammasun, which hit only eight months after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), brought heavy rainfall into Tacloban, causing tents to flood and collapse and leading to the relocation of 2,000 families.

 

Canada is closely monitoring the situation in the Philippines as needs assessments are ongoing, and is prepared to respond further as needed.

 

Quick Facts

  • Typhoon Rammasun is the seventh weather disturbance to affect the Philippines in 2014, and the first to make landfall. On average, the country is hit by at least 20 typhoons each year.
  • In response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last year, the Government of Canada made a rapid, life-saving whole-of-government response which included humanitarian assistance as well as the deployment of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).
  • In 2014, Canada added the Philippines to the list of development countries of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts.

 

 

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Contacts

 

Sandrine Périon
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
343-203-6238
sandrine.perion@international.gc.ca

 

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
343-203-7700
media@international.gc.ca
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Statement from Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. offering his condolences to the victims of Typhoon Glenda

 

July 19, 2014

 

 

 

Ottawa, Ontario - It is with great sadness that we witness yet another typhoon striking my country of birth, the Philippines. I wish to extend my condolences to the victims, their families and friends on behalf of myself and my family. Typhoon Glenda made landfall with winds gusting up to 185 kilometers per hour on Tuesday, July 15.

Although large areas, including the capital Manila, were put to a standstill, and there is much damage and some loss of life, local authorities coordinated evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, and took other precautionary steps.

“We will notice that this is the first major storm after Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ and there was sufficient preparation orchestrated by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC),” said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. The NDRRMC reported 38 dead, 10 injured and eight missing persons.

Please know that all the people who are in the affected areas, and their friends and families here in Canada and around the world, are in our prayers at this difficult time. We pray that the victims will find strength to once again overcome adversity.

God bless.

 

 

 

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Senator Enverga makes the funding announcement on behalf of the Hon. Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie accompanied by Ontario Senator Thanh Hai Ngo and York Centre MP Mark Adler.

 

Canada providing humanitarian assistance to the Philippines

 

 

 

Canada’s support will address immediate needs of thousands of conflict-affected families in the Philippines

 

June 28, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

 

Today, Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr., on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced $800,000 in new humanitarian assistance funding to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) for a project that will address the immediate needs of thousands of conflict-affected families on Mindanao Island in the Philippines.                                                             

 

“Canada’s relations with the Philippines are strong, and we continue to build on those strong ties in assisting the Filipino people,” said Senator Enverga. “Canada’s support will ensure that conflict-affected families in the region will have access to improved temporary shelter conditions, access to safe drinking water, improved access to sanitation and hygiene facilities, as well as improved nutrition.”

 

Despite a recent peace agreement signed in March 2014 between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the effects of decades of ongoing conflict continue on Mindanao Island where thousands of displaced families live in dire conditions. Congested evacuation centres are increasing health risks, malnutrition and protection concerns. Mindanao has also been struck by three natural disasters over a span of 11 months: Typhoon Bopha/Pablo, December 2012; the Bohol earthquake, October 2013; and Typhoon Haiyan, November 2013.

 

The new funding announced today will support IOM’s efforts to support the conflict-affected women and children by improving the coordination and management of camps for more than 25,000 internally displaced people in 10 evacuation centres and four temporary shelters, as well as improving conditions at temporary shelters by providing privacy partitions for approximately 4,000 families in evacuation centres.

 

“Canada’s generous contribution of $800,000 to IOM for its humanitarian relief in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is helping thousands of vulnerable people,” said Marco Boasso, IOM Chief of Mission in the Philippines. “Canada’s donation will pay for camp management in evacuation centres for displaced persons and transitional shelter for people leaving the centres and returning home. It will also support the Bangsamoro Peace Process. The IOM Mission in the Philippines is grateful for the generous support of the Canadian government.”

 

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration and provides humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refugees, displaced persons or other uprooted people. Canada has a long-standing relationship and strong partnership with IOM.

 

Senator Enverga announced the new funding at a Filipino cultural event, the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show, in Toronto which raises funds to relieve poverty in the Philippines. The event is organized by the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation.

 

Quick Facts

 

  • Mindanao is the second-largest and southernmost major island in the Philippines.
  • Conflict in Zamboanga City has displaced more than 120,000 people since September 2013.
  • In December 2012, Typhoon Bopha left 2,000 people dead and affected 6.2 million people. On October 15, 2013, the Bohol earthquake killed more than 220 people and affected 3.2 million others. Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, caused more than 6,000 deaths and affected 14 million people.
  • In addition to this support for humanitarian assistance in the Mindanao region, Canada is playing a leading role in the global response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan by providing significant humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of the people affected.

 

 

 

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Sandrine Périon
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
343-203-6238
sandrine.perion@international.gc.ca

 

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Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
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DART flies to the Rescue in the Philippines, Esprit de Corps, January 2014
March 28, 2014

 

Courtesy Esprit de Corps Canadian Military Magazine

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DART returns to Canada after a job well done!
December 19, 2013

 

The main contingent of the Canadian Forces' Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) returned to Trenton Air Force Base from the Philippines on December 19, 2013.

Hailing DART's accomplishments and excellence during a visit to the region, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos said :

"The Canadians have provided exceptional support to the humanitarian effort.  This is the most effective civil-military coordination we have ever seen at the field level and should be used as a model for future disaster response operations."

Members of the Filipino Canadian community along with Senator Enverga, Mark Alder MP, LGen Marquis Hainse, Commander Canadian Army and MGen Jim Ferron, were at the base to greet the returning troops and to thank them for their good work.

 

MGen Ferron, Senator Enverga and community members wait. 

DART has landed.  

MP Mark Adler and Senator Enverga on the outlook.


The line-up greeting DART members on the runway.

Senator Enverga thanks DART member for a great job.  

          

Loud cheers from the crowd when DART enters.  

Senator Enverga gives a brief statement to thank DART.

 


Staff at Citizenship and Immigration Canada silent auction supporting victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
December 4, 2013

 

On December 4, 2013, staff at Citizenship and Immigration Canada organized a fundraiser for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda at their offices in Ottawa.  Among the invited guests were Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander, Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan, Senator Enverga and the Secretary General and CEO of Canadian Red Cross Conrad Sauvé.  The event included update of efforts in the affected area, future plans and strategies for reconstruction, testimonial from a CIC employee whose family in Tacloban was affected and a silent auction.  Thanks to staff and volunteers at CIC for this initiative.

 

 

Minister Alexander applauds Senator Enverga for his work. 

Senator Enverga and CIC staff discuss Boat Cakes.

Senator Enverga and CIC staff at silent auction table.    


Laptops for online donations to Canadian Red Cross at CIC.


Durham Filipino-Canadian Society Inc.'s : Annual Christmas Dinner & Dance & special fundraising for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan
November 30, 2013

 

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Senator Enverga was proud of the efforts of the Durham Filipino-Canadian Society headed by Dr. Amelia Yadao-Bayang, the organization raised funds for the Typhoon Yolanda Victims. The Christmas Dinner and Dance turned as a special fundraising was a tribute to the Bayanihan Spirit of the community all over Canada


Senator Enverga meets with CIDA officials about Canadian contribution to victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
November 27, 2013

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Senator Enverga with in discussion with Dean Frank, Director, Strategic Planning and Operations, Asia; Stephen Salewicz, Director, International Humanitarian Assistance, Global Issues and Development; Shannon-Marie Soni, Deputy Director, Southeast Asia and Oceania Relations; and Luc Morin, Deputy Director, Cabinet Liaison Unit and Parliamentary Relations. 

 

Senator Enverga meets with CIDA officials for an update on Canadian involvement in the relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, and the future efforts that are needed.  Some of the main points discussed were: of the $20 million committed by Canada,  $8 million is distributed among established Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) delivering relief in the affected region, which included, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) CARE, PLAN, Save the Children, World Vision, and Oxfam, $ 2 million to the red Cross, and $ 10 million to the United Nations System, which includes the World Food Programme (WFP) United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Organization for Migration (IOM), World Health Organization (WHO).

Other Canadian efforts are the Canadian Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which is based in the city of Roxas, Capiz Province, and the Canadian Red Cross field hospital in Ocron, Leyte Province.

The excellent work by DART has been noted by international actors as an example of desirable and successful civil-military cooperation and coordination during large-scale relief operations.

 


The Harmony Centre Fundraiser in support for the victims of the Super Typhoon Haiyan, Pickering Ontario
November 24, 2013

 

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Senator Enverga was a guest speaker at the Harmony Martial Arts and Fitness Centre fundraiser for the Typhoon Yolanda victims. Senator Enverga encouraged and thanked the organizer for their charitable endeavor. Minister of State (Multiculturalism), Tim Uppal Minister, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander and MP Corneliu Chisu were on hand to support the relief efforts under the leadership of Shihan (5th Dan) Raymond Ata and George Gonzales. The event demonstrates the generosity and leadership qualities of all Canadians.


Block Rosary Crusade of Toronto Christmas Party
November 23, 2013

 

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Senator Enverga acknowledged Donation by the Goan members of the Block Rosary Crusade of Toronto at their annual Christmas Party. Goan is the demonym used to describe the people of the Indian state of Goa. A large number of Goans in Toronto are active Catholics.


Senator Enverga thanks Asian organizations for their support to vicitms of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda at Canadian Multicultural Council - Asians in Ontario
November 23, 2013

 

 

Senator Enverga celebrated with the Canadian Multicultural Council - Asians in Ontario Food and Cultural Festival. The highly successful annual event is a celebration that features Asian Food and Culture. The celebration was also a charitable event for the recent typhoon in the Philippines. 3 Cheques were presented by Rev. Dayi Shi, Abbot, Cham Shan Temple of the Buddhist Association of Canada; Ken Choi, Advisor, the Buddha's light International Association of Toronto. Their donation of $5000 each through UNICEF will help a lot of the Typhoon Victims. Malaysian Association also presented their cheque of $1000 donated through Red Cross. Crisis and devastation in the Philippines have united all of us, we are brothers and sisters indeed. Thank you to all our friends around the world.


Ministerial media statements
November 8, 2013

 

Minister Paradis Extends Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

November 27, 2013, OTTAWA - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, concluded a trip to the Philippines where he witnessed the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan first-hand.  He also met with local government and United Nations officials, as well as with international and Canadian humanitarian organizations working to respond to needs in some of the hardest-hit regions of the country.

The magnitude of the destruction across many regions of the Philippines is nearly impossible to comprehend," said Minister Paradis. "I am truly proud to have witnessed the compassion and dedication shown by Canadian humanitarian workers who have travelled to the Philippines to help those in the worst of circumstances."

Minister Paradis visited some of the hardest-hit areas of the country. In Ormoc, he toured the Canadian Red Cross field hospital, which is working closely with local hospital staff and other emergency health care providers to ensure that more than 100,000 people have access to a wide variety of essential health services, including surgery, medicine, maternal and child care, and outpatient services. The Minister also met with members of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which has been deployed to Roxas City to contribute to relief efforts by providing clean water, medical assistance and logistical support.

“From the onset of this tragedy, Canada has played a leadership role in providing humanitarian assistance where it is needed most," added Minister Paradis. "As we approach Christmas, I encourage Canadians to keep donating to registered Canadian charities, and our government will match eligible donations, dollar-for-dollar, right up to December 23, 2013."

While in the Philippines, Minister Paradis also met with local government and United Nations officials, as well as with Canadian non-governmental and international humanitarian organizations, to discuss the ongoing challenges in delivering humanitarian assistance on the ground. The typhoon and subsequent storm surges have severely damaged local infrastructure, including roads, ports, and airports, which is impeding access to many areas.

Photos and video of the Minister's trip to the Philippines as well as of the Government of Canada's humanitarian assistance and relief efforts are available at http://www.forcesimages.ca

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Backgrounder

Canada's response to Typhoon Haiyan

The Government of Canada has taken decisive action to provide emergency relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  These measures include:

  • providing an initial allocation of $30,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies before the typhoon made landfall to help launch relief operations;
  • providing $5 million in immediate support to humanitarian organizations immediately following the typhoon for emergency relief activities;
  • deploying more than 300 members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) of the Canadian Armed Forces to address pressing humanitarian assistance needs in the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz, including opening/clearing roads, providing clean water using reverse-osmosis purification units, providing engineering support by repairing generators at hospitals and assessing bridges, and providing medical assistance and logistical support;
  • deploying, with the Canadian Red Cross, a field hospital and medical team to provide emergency health support in Ormoc, in the province of Leyte, which opened on November 21;
  • creating a matching fund by which the Government of Canada will contribute a dollar for each eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities, and extending it from December 9 to December 23, 2013. Canada also announced an initial $15 million, which will count against that fund;
  • deploying relief supplies from Canada's emergency stockpile, including approximately 3,000 tents, 16,000 blankets, 1.3 million water purification tablets, 5,000 shelter kits, 20,000 jerry cans, 19,750 tarps, and 4,400 buckets; shipment of these supplies began November 20, 2013, and will help meet the basic needs of as many as 5,000 families, or 25,000 people, for three months; and   
  • deploying two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers as part of the Interpol Incident Response Team, which is currently on the ground in Manila to help assess the requirements for the recovery and identification of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and to coordinate national and international Disaster Victim Identification efforts.  

In addition, Canada will be prioritizing the processing of Filipino applications on request from those who are significantly and personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Requests from Filipino citizens who are temporarily in Canada and wish to extend their stay will be assessed in a compassionate and flexible manner. Canadians without travel documents as a result of the typhoon will have their applications expedited by the Canadian Embassy in Manila.

Prime Minister Harper also spoke with Benigno Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on November 11, to extend his heartfelt condolences to the people of the Philippines, and to offer support to the Government of the Philippines in the aftermath of the natural disaster.

 

 

Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. offers his condolences to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

November 18, 2013
Ottawa, ON

It is with great sadness that we witness yet another natural disaster unfold in my country of birth, the Philippines. I wish to extend my condolences to the victims, their families and friends on behalf of myself and my family. Typhoon Yolanda made landfall with record winds at speeds over 300 kilometers per hour on November 8.

In anticipation of the Super Typhoon, local authorities have coordinated evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, and taken other precautionary steps with assistance of both Canada and the United Nations agencies on the ground. Despite these efforts to limit loss of life, the latest report from the Government of the Philippines is that 5,240 individuals have died, 25,615 persons are injured and 1,613 are still missing.  It is a terrible tragedy that has struck the nation.

Please know that all the people who are in the affected areas, and their friends and families here in Canada and around the world, are in our prayers at this terrible time. We pray that the victims will find strength to once again overcome adversity.

Our Government is monitoring the situation very closely and stands ready to help with our international partners as needs become clear. Our Government will contribute up to $ 20 million to support the efforts on the ground. They have committed to match the funds raised by Canadians dollar for dollar, and have sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to assist with efforts in the city of Iloilo. 

The response from Canadians has been tremendous. I wish to thank all those who have are assisting with fundraising and other activities supporting the Philippines all over Canada, and I urge you to keep assisting in any way you can. The Philippines needs your help.

God bless.

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Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. will join other volunteers and participate in the fundraising efforts at Our Lady of Assumption Church for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

 

Please see details below:

TYPHOON RELIEF - YOLANDA
IN KIND & IN CASH DROP OFF:

OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION CHURCH
2565 BATHURST ST.
TORONTO, ONTARIO
T (416) 787-4547

MONETARY DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE & CANADIAN GOV'T WILL MATCH THE DONATION!

                                                                               

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 To watch video of the statement click here.

Date: November 18, 2013
For immediate release

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Announces Further Canadian Support for the Philippines 

TORONTO Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced significant additional support for emergency relief activities in the Philippines.  He made the announcement during his visit to Our Lady of the AssumptionCatholic Parish, where he met with members of Toronto’s Filipino-Canadian community to discuss Typhoon Haiyan and the government’s response to the crisis. 

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in the Philippines who have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.  We are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Filipino-Canadian families who have loved ones that have been affected by this tragic natural disaster,” said the Prime Minister.  “Our Government has taken decisive action to address the ravages of the typhoon by working closely with the Filipino-Canadian community, relief agencies and the Government of the Philippines to provide ongoing support to those who need it most.  I am very pleased to announce that our Government will commit an additional $15 million towards emergency relief activities that should bring further comfort to the victims of this catastrophe.  This brings the Government of Canada’s commitment to date to more than $20 million.” 

Canada is responding to this disaster in coordination with the Government of the Philippines and Canada's humanitarian partners, such as United Nations agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations, to ensure that humanitarian support meets the needs of the people affected by the typhoon.  The additional $15 million announced today will be disbursed to a range of humanitarian relief efforts based on appeals from these partners, who have the expertise and capacity to deliver assistance on the ground. 

The Prime Minister commended Rev. Fr. Ben Ebcas Jr. of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Parish for his leadership in Toronto following the typhoon.  Father Ebcas opened the doors of his Parish for prayer after hours and has started collecting donations to send to the Philippines. 

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Backgrounder 

Canada’s response to Typhoon Haiyan 

The Government of Canada has taken decisive action to provide emergency relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  These measures include: 

  • Providing an initial allocation of $30,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help launch relief operations;
  • Providing up to $5 million in support to humanitarian organizations for emergency relief activities;
  • Committing an additional $15 million for humanitarian assistance, based on appeals from Canada’s humanitarian partners, such as United Nations agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations, who have the expertise and capacity to deliver assistance on the ground;
  • Creating a matching fund by which the government will contribute a dollar for each eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities until December 9, 2013;
  • Assisting with the deployment of a Canadian Red Cross 12-person medical team and field hospital to provide emergency health support in the Philippines;
  • Sending the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team to Manila to determine where Canada’s help is most needed; and,
  • Deploying elements of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to support Government of Canada relief efforts in the region by providing clean water, medical assistance and logistical support. The DART will address the pressing needs in the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz. 

In addition, Canada will be prioritizing the processing of Filipino applications on request from those who are significantly and personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Requests from Filipino citizens who are temporarily in Canada and wish to extend their stay will be assessed in a compassionate and flexible manner. Canadians without travel documents as a result of the typhoon will have their applications expedited by the Canadian Embassy in Manila. 

Prime Minister Harper also spoke with Benigno Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on November 11 to extend his heartfelt condolences to the people of the Philippines, and to offer support to the Government of the Philippines in the aftermath of the natural disaster.

 

                                                                                

Date: November 15, 2013
For immediate release

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper provides update on Canadian Support for the Philippines

 

Montreal Prime Minister Stephen Harper today met with members of Montréal’s Filipino-Canadian community to discuss Typhoon Haiyan.  The Prime Minister visited the Filipino Association of Montréal and Suburbs, where he paid his respects to all those who have been affected, pledged his ongoing support to emergency relief efforts in the affected areas, and sought input from the community on the government’s response to the crisis.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all those in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, as well as to the Filipino-Canadians who have felt the impact of this devastating natural disaster,” said the Prime Minister.  “Our Government has been working closely with the Filipino-Canadian community and relief agencies to provide assistance as soon as possible to those in the Philippines who need it most.  I was pleased to receive feedback from the community today on the efforts that we have made.”

The Prime Minister commended Montréal’s Filipino-Canadian community for their efforts in organizing donations to send to the Philippines.  He also noted that Canadian individuals and businesses have already donated roughly $15.7 million to the aid effort.  The Government of Canada has made a commitment to match all donations by individual Canadians.

“These acts of generosity and compassion towards the victims of the typhoon can be seen across the country,” added Prime Minister Harper.  “I am proud that our Government is matching the generosity of individual Canadians dollar for dollar, in addition to the immediate emergency assistance we are providing and the deployment of elements of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team and the Canadian Red Cross medical team.”

 

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PMO Press Office: 613-957-5555
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 Backgrounder

 Canada’s response to Typhoon Haiyan

The Government of Canada has taken decisive action to provide emergency relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  These measures include: 

  • Providing up to $5 million in support to humanitarian organizations for emergency relief activities;
  • Providing an initial allocation of $30,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help launch relief operations;
  • Creating a matching fund by which the government will contribute a dollar for each eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities until December 9, 2013;
  • Assisting with the deployment of a Canadian Red Cross 12-person medical team and field hospital to provide emergency health support in the Philippines;
  • Sending the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team to Manila to determine where Canada’s help is most needed; and,
  • Deploying elements of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to support Government of Canada relief efforts in the region by providing clean water, medical assistance and logistical support. The DART will address the pressing needs in the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz.

In addition, Canada will be prioritizing the processing of Filipino applications on request from those who are significantly and personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Requests from Filipino citizens who are temporarily in Canada and wish to extend their stay will be assessed in a compassionate and flexible manner. Canadians without travel documents as a result of the typhoon will have their applications expedited by the Canadian Embassy in Manila.

Prime Minister Harper also spoke with Benigno Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on November 11 to extend his heartfelt condolences to the people of the Philippines, and to offer support to the Government of the Philippines in the aftermath of the natural disaster.


                                                                               



Notice - Immigration measures in support of the Government's response to Typhoon Haiyan

Ottawa, November 13, 2013 — Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today that, effective immediately, Canada will be prioritizing the processing of applications on request from Filipinos who are significantly and personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

As well, Canadians without travel documents as a result of the typhoon will have their applications expedited by the Canadian Embassy in Manila.

Requests from Filipino citizens temporarily in Canada who wish to extend their stay will be assessed in a compassionate and flexible manner.

In support of these measures, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has set up special email addresses and a dedicated phone line to respond to requests from applicants and their families.

Overseas: Applicants who can demonstrate that they are significantly and personally affected and wish to declare their cases a priority can contact the visa office in Manila directly at manila-im-enquiry@international.gc.ca.

In Canada: Similarly, applicants and their family members who wish to declare their cases as a priority can contact situation-philippines@cic.gc.ca or contact CIC's Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100, which has a dedicated crisis line.

CIC continues to closely monitor the situation and will consider other facilitative measures as necessary.

                                                                                        

 

Prime Minister Harper calls President Aquino of the Philippines to express condolences and offer support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

 

Ottawa, Ontario

11 November 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke this morning with Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, in the wake of the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).  

On behalf of all Canadians, the Prime Minister offered his heartfelt condolences to the people of the Philippines.  He said that the thoughts and prayers of all Canadians are with those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Prime Minister Harper indicated that Canada stands ready to help and support the Philippines in responding to this disaster.  In this regard, he noted the contributions of Canadian assistance in support of humanitarian organizations that have been made to date and added that the government is calling on Canadians to help support the relief effort through a matching fund.  The Prime Minister also noted the deployment of the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team to assess needs on the ground and identify potential response options.  President Aquino expressed his sincere thanks to Canada.

See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2013/11/11/prime-minister-harper-calls-president-aquino-philippines-express-condolences-and#sthash.EJddLXa3.dpuf

                                                                              

 

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Typhoon Haiyan


November 9, 2013
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on Typhoon Haiyan, which first hit the Philippines on November 8th:

“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones as a result of Typhoon Haiyan. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this devastating natural disaster.

“Canada is standing by to offer any possible assistance to the Philippines in responding to this emergency. Our officials in Ottawa and at our mission in Manila continue to closely monitor the situation, and remain in contact with relevant local officials and humanitarian partners.

“I am keenly aware of all the Filipino-Canadians anxiously waiting for news on their loved ones.

“Relatives and friends seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in the affected areas should contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885. They may also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.”

 

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Canada launches matching fund to help those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan

November 10, 2013 - Ottawa – Canada is calling on Canadians to help support the people affected by the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan through a matching fund. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

"Time and time again Canadians have demonstrated they are among the most compassionate and generous people in the world. Our Government is making sure their contributions can do more to ease pain and suffering," said Minister Paradis. "Through this fund, for every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the crisis in the Philippines the government will donate an additional dollar – effectively doubling their contribution."

Typhoon Haiyan has caused widespread devastation in the Philippines affecting an estimated 9.5 million people. Over 615,000 people are currently displaced and well over 1,000 people have died according to the Philippine Red Cross. The numbers are expected to increase as more affected areas become accessible. The people of the Philippines and other affected countries by this storm are in dire need of clean water, hygiene and sanitation supplies, food, medicines and shelter.

Canada is also deploying the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team, to assess needs on the ground and identify potential response options, which could include the Disaster Assistance Response Team.

"On November 9, 2013, I announced up to $5 million in support to humanitarian organizations this is in addition to the Matching Fund that I am announcing today. This storm has had a devastating impact on the people of the Philippines, and sadly, it is not yet over. In the coming days, we will continue to monitor the situation, we will work with our partners to meet humanitarian needs and we will stand ready to provide further assistance if required, added the Minister.

The announcement made on November 9 was in addition to the initial allocation of $30,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross on Friday, November 8 to help launch relief operations and meet the needs of those affected by this crisis. Emergency relief activities will include the provision of emergency shelter, food, water, livelihood support, and other essential services.

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Backgrounder

On November 9, 2013, the Government of Canada announced up to $5 million in support to humanitarian organizations striving to meet the needs of the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda). In addition, an initial allocation of $30,000 was made by DFATD to the International Federation of the Red Cross on Friday, November 8 to help launch relief operations and meet the needs of those affected by this crisis. Emergency relief activities will include the provision of emergency shelter, food, water, livelihood support, and other essential services.

With the recent successive emergencies in the Philippines which began with the outbreak of fighting in Zamboanga City and Basilan on September 9 and the 7.2 magnitude Bohol earthquake on October 15, the response capacities of UN agencies and other humanitarian actors are overstretched.

Today, Canada announced the establishment of a mechanism to match donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines and other affected countries, the government will set aside one dollar for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. The government will use the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund to provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations, employing established channels and procedures.

To be counted for the purposes of the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, donations from individual Canadians may not exceed $100,000 per individual and must be:

  • monetary in nature;
  • made to a registered Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan;
  • specifically earmarked for response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan; and,
  • be made between November 9 and December 9, 2013.

To ensure that donations are eligible for the matching program, you should ensure that:

  • the donation complies with the conditions outlined above;
  • the registered charity receiving the donation will be using the funds in response to the humanitarian crisis related to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan; and,
  • the registered charity receiving the donation will be declaring it to DFATD.

It is up to the registered Canadian charity to certify, through a declaration form (to be made available on the DFATD web site), that the donations declared are eligible. Registered Canadian charities are under no obligation to declare donations to DFATD if they are not satisfied that they meet eligibility requirements. Registered charities declaring eligible donations must complete the declaration form. Forms must be received by DFATD on or before December 23, 2013 for donations to be counted towards the size of the relief fund.

The relief fund will provide effective and accountable financial support to experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations to meet immediate needs in response to the crisis in the Philippines and other affected countries. Working through established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations will ensure an effective and timely response.

For more information on how to donate, Canadians can visit the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website, or consult the list of registered Canadian charities on the Canada Revenue Agency website.

 

                                                                                        

 

Canada supporting those affected by Typhoon Haiyan

 

OTTAWA – The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today Canadian support to address the catastrophic effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

Canada will provide up to $5 million in support to humanitarian organizations striving to meet the needs of the people affected by this typhoon in the Philippines and surrounding regions. 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 Minister Paradis. “We continue to monitor the situation closely and are working with Canadian and international humanitarian partners to determine what assistance is required.”

The situation related to Typhoon Haiyan is evolving rapidly. The strongest typhoon this year, it slammed into the Philippines on Friday, November 8, 2013, setting off landslides, knocking out power in several provinces, and cutting communications in the country's central region of island provinces. The typhoon is now on its way toward Vietnam, where it is expected to make landfall tomorrow, November 10. Significant loss of life, a large number of injuries, as well as destruction of property have been reported. Nearly 4.3 million people are reportedly affected, and although needs assessments are ongoing, humanitarian needs are expected to be substantial.

“In addition to the support announced today, Canada has provided support through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to provide immediate assistance to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan,” said Minister Paradis.

“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.”

The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation to ensure humanitarian needs are met and provide further assistance if required.

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