Relief Effort in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines five days ago, displacing more than 700,000 people. As many as 10,000 are feared dead. In the city of Tacloban and other hard-hit areas, the Philippine government and aid agencies are struggling to deliver relief supplies and assistance to those in need. Our thoughts are with the people of the Philippines, and with Canadians whose loved ones were in the path of the storm.

 

Friends and relatives in Canada concerned for Canadian citizens they believe to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling toll-free 1-800-387-3124 or sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

 

I encourage everyone in Victoria to join me in supporting our Filipino community here, including the ongoing work of Laila Pires and the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association. The Bayanihan Centre has already been touched by the outpouring of support from our city. They are hard at work collecting donations for the Canadian Red Cross’ emergency relief efforts in the Philippines. You can find the Bayanihan Centre at 1709 Blanshard Street, www.bayanihan.ca, or 250-472-1898.


Local donations are crucial, because the Canadian government has announced that for the next month it will match, dollar for dollar, donations made by Canadians to registered charities by setting aside money in the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. As your Member of Parliament, I will continue to work with the Filipino community in Victoria, local businesses, and other elected officials to support the relief effort in any way I can. Please continue to check my website and social media for more information.