To help victims of Typhoon Odette recover, the Canadian government is pledging another P80 million for humanitarian assistance. 

The funds will be added to the earlier P120 million financial support sent by Canada back in December 2021 and will be used to support hard-hit areas and communities in Visayas and Mindanao. 

“Two months after super typhoon Odette devastated widespread areas in the Visayas and Mindanao, Canada continues to work with the Government of the Philippines, the United Nations, and our partners to address the needs of vulnerable people still suffering the after-effects of this climate change catastrophe, the world’s second-deadliest natural disaster of 2021,” Canada’s Ambassador to the Philippines Peter MacArthur announced on Friday (March 4). 

This additional donation will be funneled to the World Food Programme for food assistance, to the International Organization for Migration for emergency shelter operations, telecommunications, and logistics operations. 

“We have been amazed and humbled by the resiliency and resolve of Filipinos, and the tireless efforts of those crisis responders working to restore livelihoods, rehabilitate infrastructure, and address pressing humanitarian needs while at the same time coping with the pandemic,” MacArthur said. 

The initial P120-million funding was dispersed to the victims of the typhoon disaster through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies via the Canadian Red Cross, Oxfam Canada, Plan International, and World Food Programme.

It helped provide immediate assistance to 81,000 people, who were the most vulnerable after the natural tragedy occurred. 

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