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P70M aid for ‘Pablo’ victims

Manila, Philippines – THE Canadian government has committed to provide P70 million (Cad$ 1.75million) as additional assistance to the victims of typhoon Pablo which devastated Mindanao and parts of the Visayas last week.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Canadian Embassy in Manila said this is in addition to its initial contribution of P10 million (Cad$ 250,000) to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support the Philippine Red Cross in helping approximately 50,000 people affected by the typhoon.

“Canada is responding to the increasing needs of the people of the Philippines as they face the alarming devastation caused by the typhoon,” said Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino. “We are helping families survive by providing critical humanitarian assistance,” he added.

The Canadian embassy said Canada’s assistance, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will support the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide access to emergency food assistance to reduce the vulnerability of crisis-affected people, especially women and children.

The Canadian embassy said it will continue to monitor the situation to ensure humanitarian needs are met and provide further assistance if required. (Roy C. Mabasa)

While heavily-battered provinces in Mindanao are still reeling from the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo, leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom was able to bring a semblance of normalcy in the region with the restoration of its text, call, and data services. With just a couple of days when floods and mudslides ravaged the Globe Telecom facilities, services were immediately restored.

Globe experienced service interruption due to fiber optic cuts in Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Sur, Compostela Valley, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental/Oriental as a result of heavy rains and strong winds.

Likewise, as a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to public service, Globe has conducted relief operations in two badly hit areas in Compostela Valley as well as organized a Libreng Tawag Center at the municipal hall.

Early this year, Globe has been awarded the much sought after BS 259999 Business Continuity Management System which allows it to showcase the highest confidence and assurance to stakeholders that the company is more than capable to proactively plan, prevent, and navigate through difficult periods.