Minister Fast Pays Respects to Typhoon Victims in Philippines

July 21, 2014 - Manila, Philippines - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, lights a candle of remembrance for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Typhoon Yolanda), which devastated parts of the Philippines on November 8, 2013.

During his visit to the Santuario de San Antonio church, Minister Fast also remembered the Philippine victims of Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Typhoon Glenda), which hit the island nation last week.

Canada today announced it will provide $250,000 for humanitarian assistance in the Philippines to help meet the urgent needs of those affected by Typhoon Rammasun.

In April 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canadians had contributed $85 million to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, funds that were matched by the Government of Canada. In the typhoon’s immediate aftermath, the Government of Canada made an initial contribution of $15 million for emergency relief efforts.

Canada also deployed the Disaster Assistance Response Team for relief and recovery efforts.

On June 28, 2014, Canada also announced $800,000 in new humanitarian assistance funding to the International Organization for Migration for a project that will address the immediate needs of thousands of conflict-affected families on Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

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