Canada to provide P44-million aid to PH amid coronavirus pandemic

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The government of Canada on Wednesday announced it would provide more than CAD$1.1 million (P44.5 million) in additional novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) assistance to the Philippines.

In a statement, the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines said the assistance includes a donation of 120,000 N95 masks worth CAD$782,000 (P29.5 million) as part of its CAD$4.5 million in-kind contributions to six Southeast Asian member states.

Canada is also adding CAD$ 400,000 (P 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.

“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 Government of Canada is therefore pleased to partner with the Philippines in its efforts to combat the virus,” the 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,” it added.

The Philippines has so far recorded 22,992 coronavirus infections with 1,017 deaths and 4,736 total recoveries.

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