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article imageMP Urges Canada to Help Flood Victims in Philippines Special

By Romeo Marquez     Dec 29, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - As aid pours into the Philippines from the international community, Canada, where a significant Filipino population exists, is being urged to lend a helping hand in alleviating suffering.
A Toronto lawmaker has asked the federal government to match funds raised by non-governmental organizations for the victims of typhoon-spawned floodings in two major cities in Southern Philippines which, as of Thursday, have left a total of 1,257 dead, 4,419 injured and 85 missing, according to official government figures.
The initiative by Jim Karygiannis, P.C., M.P. for Scarborough-Agincourt, comes as Filipinos in the Greater Toronto Area have begun pooling resources to help an estimated 113,411 families or 720,860 people affected in 789 villages in 56 towns and eight cities in 13 provinces in southern Philippines.
"I do not seem to recall any matching funds for any disasters in Philippines although there has been matching funds for the earthquake in China, Pakistan, etc.", Karygiannis, Liberal critic of multiculturalism, says in an emailed response to questions following his announcement.
He said he has asked MP Beverly Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, for the matching funds from the Canadian International Development Agency, Canada's lead agency for development assistance.
A fund-raising is launched by the Canadian Aid & Relief Project at Aristokrat Restaurant on Wilson A...
A fund-raising is launched by the Canadian Aid & Relief Project at Aristokrat Restaurant on Wilson Avenue.
The Toronto-based Canadian Aid & Relief Project (CARP) is collecting donations in cash to fund a planned medical mission to the affected areas in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in Mindanao island.
CARP president Dr. Francisco Portugal said that although foreign aid has been pouring in, assistance to the victims in terms of housing and medical care will still be needed in the next few months.
"We already receive $5,000. During Typhoon Ondoy ,we raised close to $60,000. By experience we probably will raise that same amount, hopefully," he says at a press conference launching the fundraising on Thursday night at a local restaurant.
Government relief agencies in Manila said that a total of 102,899 families or 674,472 people were affected.
Dr. Portugal assured that 99 percent of whatever amount is raised will go to relief efforts. "We do not allow or budget for administration or staff because all the staff that we have are volunteers and there's no basic employee for CARP," he states.
Another group, the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation, has collected approximately $6,000.00 in cash and approximately $1,000.00 in kind and turned over to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and Kapuso Foundation in Manila, according to Rosemer Enverga, executive vice president.
Book author Stuart Lyall pledges 70 percent of revenues from sales of his book  My Kids Are Gonna Be...
Book author Stuart Lyall pledges 70 percent of revenues from sales of his book "My Kids Are Gonna Be Rich!" for flood victims in the Philippines.
The NUJP (National Union of Journalists of the Philippines) chapter in Toronto has also raised $500 for its own assistance to local journalists affected by the disaster, NUJP president Edwin Mercurio said Wednesday.
A children's book author, Stuart Lyall, has pledged 70 percent of proceeds from sale of his book, "My Kids Are Gonna Be Rich!" during the CARP fundraising.
A fundraising poster by the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation.
A fundraising poster by the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation.
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