Appeal to the Canadian Government for Typhoon Haiyan relief

November 12, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
80 Wellington St
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

Re: Appeal to the Canadian Government to increase the federal financial aid for typhoon Haiyan relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction

As the Canada Coordinating Committee of the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), we welcome the announcement of the Canadian Government that it will provide up to $5-million to assist with humanitarian aid in the communities in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and in addition, match the money donated by individual Canadians.

While the full extent of the devastation is not yet known, early reports reveal that the impact on affected communities is catastrophic. In addition to the tragic loss of life and displacement of entire communities, it is estimated that the damage could reach $14 billion.

The half million Canadians of Filipino descent along with other generous Canadians and Canadian organizations have responded quickly to mobilize resources to aid the affected communities. However, private funding from individuals and charitable organizations can scarcely meet the enormous resources required for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. The half million Canadians of Filipino descent along with other generous Canadians and Canadian organizations have responded quickly to mobilize resources to aid the affected communities. However, private funding from individuals and charitable organizations can scarcely meet the enormous resources required for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. The UN has launched a flash appeal for $301 million for typhoon Haiyan emergency relief efforts to cover an initial period of six months. In past emergencies of this magnitude, Canada has been among the major donors of assistance. It gave $425 million to countries hit by the 2004 tsunami. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Canada immediately allocated $150.15 million for humanitarian and initial reconstruction efforts and another $400 million for the Haiti Action Plan.
We appeal to the Canadian Government to increase Canada’s direct financial aid for Typhoon Haiyan relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction, in addition to what it had already promised
We ask that information about the assistance provided by the Canadian Government to the Philippine Government and non-government organizations be made public to ensure public accountability for the use of the funds.

Sincerely,

Bern Jagunos
On behalf of the Canada Coordinating Committee – International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines
Email address: ichrpcanada@yahoo.com
Mailing address: 211 St. Patrick St., #702, Toronto. ON M5T 2Y9

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About OCHRP

The Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (OCHRP) is an activist human rights network of women, workers, church people, students and migrant Filipinos that promotes awareness of human rights issues concerning the Philippines and the situations of overseas workers from the Philippines in Canada.

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