Canada announces CAD$ 1.1 million in COVID-19 assistance to Philippines

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The Government of Canada announced today, June 10 that it is providing more than CAD$ 1.1 million (approx PhP 44.5 million) in additional COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a global threat that does not recognize borders and can only be overcome through coordinated action around the world,” the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines said.

It noted that the government of Canada is pleased to partner with the Philippines in its efforts to combat COVID-19.

“Two initiatives are being launched to help support the Philippines through the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Canadian embassy said.

“Canada is donating to the Philippines 120,000 N95 PPE masks valued at CAD$ 782,000 (approx PhP 29.5 million) as part of Canada’s CAD$ 4.5 million in-kind contribution to six ASEAN member states,” it said.

“Canada is adding CAD$ 400,000 (approx PhP 15.2 million) to the existing CAD$ 17.8 million Sexual Health and Empowerment Philippines (SHE) project with Oxfam to ensure the unhampered provision of sexual and reproductive health services during COVID-19,” it added.

The Canadian embassy said this investment complements ongoing response activities, including the establishment of an emergency hotline for health services and gender-based violence, procurement of PPEs for barangay health workers, and distribution of family planning information materials.

“The additional funding will support core activities of the SHE project which aims to improve the quality, availability, and uptake of health services of over 85,000 women of reproductive ages as well as adolescent girls and boys in conflict-affected and disadvantaged regions in the Philippines,” it explained.