Minister Fast Signs Book of Condolence at Philippines Embassy

Top photo: Minister Fast signs the book of condolence at the Embassy of the Philippines to Canada after Typhoon Haiyan.

Bottom photo: Minister Fast expresses condolences on behalf of the Government of Canada to Leslie B. Gatan, the Philippines’ Ambassador to Canada.

November 14, 2013 - Ottawa, Ontario - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, visits the Philippine embassy in Ottawa to convey the Government of Canada’s condolences to the people of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which made landfall in the country on November 8.

Canada continues to support the Philippines in responding to this disaster. Most recently, on November 13, the Canadian government and the Red Cross announced the deployment of a Canadian Red Cross 12-person medical team and field hospital to the Philippines to provide urgently needed emergency health support. Canada made an initial allocation of $30,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on November 8, to help launch relief operations and meet the needs of those affected by crisis. On November 9, Canada announced an initial contribution of $5 million to aid those affected. Twenty-four hours later, in reaction to the tremendous devastation, Canada launched the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, which will match eligible donations by individual Canadians dollar for dollar. On November 11, Canada deployed elements of the Disaster Assistance Response Team to further support relief efforts.

Canada continues to work with the Government of the Philippines, international humanitarian partners and allies to determine what is required to meet the urgent needs of the people of the Philippines.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

Media Relations Office
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