|Posted on November 27, 2013 at 10:50 PM|
"As we approach Christmas, I encourage Canadians to keep donating to registered Canadian charities, and our government will match eligible donations, dollar-for-do...llar, right up to December 23, 2013."
November 27, 2013, OTTAWA - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, concluded a trip to the Philippines where he witnessed the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan first-hand. He also met with local government and United Nations officials, as well as with international and Canadian humanitarian organizations working to respond to needs in some of the hardest-hit regions of the country.
The magnitude of the destruction across many regions of the Philippines is nearly impossible to comprehend," said Minister Paradis. "I am truly proud to have witnessed the compassion and dedication shown by Canadian humanitarian workers who have travelled to the Philippines to help those in the worst of circumstances."
Minister Paradis visited some of the hardest-hit areas of the country. In Ormoc, he toured the Canadian Red Cross field hospital, which is working closely with local hospital staff and other emergency health care providers to ensure that more than 100,000 people have access to a wide variety of essential health services, including surgery, medicine, maternal and child care, and outpatient services. The Minister also met with members of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which has been deployed to Roxas City to contribute to relief efforts by providing clean water, medical assistance and logistical support.
“From the onset of this tragedy, Canada has played a leadership role in providing humanitarian assistance where it is needed most," added Minister Paradis. "As we approach Christmas, I encourage Canadians to keep donating to registered Canadian charities, and our government will match eligible donations, dollar-for-dollar, right up to December 23, 2013."
While in the Philippines, Minister Paradis also met with local government and United Nations officials, as well as with Canadian non-governmental and international humanitarian organizations, to discuss the ongoing challenges in delivering humanitarian assistance on the ground. The typhoon and subsequent storm surges have severely damaged local infrastructure, including roads, ports, and airports, which is impeding access to many areas.
Photos and video of the Minister's trip to the Philippines as well as of the Government of Canada's humanitarian assistance and relief efforts are available at http://www.forcesimages.ca/
|Posted on November 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM|
PCCF has coordinated with AFCM to aid in the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts aka Operation Tulong. Thank You to Father Ben Ebcas for these updates.
OPERATION TULONG/TABANG- FOR TYPHOON YOLANDA VICTIMS IN THE PHILIPPINES
UPDATE # 4
As of Nov.20, 2013, on our 10th day of Relief Operations, here are our updates:
1. Financial Assistance, as of 6:00pm today, our total collections $150,869.80. We are still receiving cash donations. Thanks to our generous donors. There are several persons who don't even demand a receipt but we still provided for ...record purposes. Our books are open for you to search your name and donations. If you have donated a certain amount in cheque or cash and you don't find your name in the list, I will take personal responsibility. We are transparent. We do our best to protect your donation because you worked for it and it comes from your heart. Thank you for sharing your blessings. As mandated by the Archbishop, we shall submit the money to the Archdiocese this week or next week so they can send it immediately to the Bishops of the Philippines via Caritas Philippines, the charitable arm of Pope Francis I.
2. Donations in kind. We shall load and ship our boxes tomorrow morning in two 40ft container trailers bound for the Philippines. I shall monitor the journey of these donated goods until they reach their intended beneficiaries c/o Archbishop John F. Du, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte; Bishop Leonardo Medroso, D.D., Diocese of Tagbilaran; Archbishop Jose Palma, D.D., Archbishop of Cebu; Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, D.D.; Archdiocese of Jaro; Bishop Abarquez of Diocese of Calbayog, Bishop Barquez, Diocese of Borongan. If needed, I will go home to accompany the Bishops as they claim these goods and get their acknowledgment.
Thanks to all our volunteers. they have worked day and night. Some worked until midnight to finish some tasks that need to be accomplished. To our generous donors, may God reward you abundantly and keep you always in His care.
We will hold a Thanksgiving Mass for all volunteers on Monday, Nov. 25 @ 7pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
For those who have been very critical of our mission, I prayed for you. Maybe God has other plans for you. Maybe you are experiencing your inner storms that made it difficult to see the many good things happening around you. God bless you always. God bless Canada! God bless the Philippines! Mabuhay!
Update # 3: As of Nov.17, 2013- After 7 days of operation, here are the updates:
OPERATION TULONG/TABANG: TYPHOON YOLANDA VICTIMS
1. Monetary Donations (Cash or Cheque)- as of 7:30PM, total collection $113,395.95. Alleluia! We will still continue to receive cash or cheque donations.
2. Donations in Kind- This week we will be shipping 2 containers of door to door boxes. We have generous sponsors t...o ship our goods for free. We also have standby shipment funds on hand just in case there will be extra boxes to be sent. The mountain of goods and the hundreds of boxes are not problems but blessings. From the management point of view, there was no time we ever doubted if we can send them all. I studied the whole process before we launched it. We had strategies in place. Just implementing the first strategy, everything worked on smoothly. No worries my friends. During the relief operations for Typhoon Ondoy, we sent 800 boxes. Most of our volunteers if not all, are experienced and reliable. Hence, we are so blessed and are profoundly grateful to them.
Thanks again to all our Community leaders, our staff, counters, caretakers, volunteers, our AFCM Ministries, parishioners and all our Donors. May God reward your generosity and benevolence a hundredfold. God bless Canada. God bless the Philippines. Mabuhay!
Update #2 - Nov 16th, 2013
WORDS OF THANKS to all volunteers and parish staff and 2nd UPDATE from Fr. Ben Ebcas, Director of the Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission in Toronto and Pastor of the Our Lady of Assumption (OLA) Church on Bathurst Street on Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts at OLA:
(Nov. 16, 2013, Saturday)- After six days of operation, as of 9:00pm, here are the updates:
1. Monetary Contributions (Cash and Cheque)- Overall Total- $89,620.20 which includes donations for shipment.
2. Donations in kind. We have already shipped more than 200 boxes of goods. We will be sending early next week a 40 ft container van to be filled with 360 boxes. Thanks to our countless volunteers who are so generous and fun to work with. They don't only bring, sort, pack and box donated goods. Most importantly, they bring the goodness of their hearts and manifest the Filipinos' "Bayanihan" spirit. Thanks to all our donors that come to our church doors as far as Peterborough, Burlington, Ajax, Barrie, etc. I am sure God is very happy with your works of mercy. God bless you all.
Special thanks to our Spiritual Leader in the Archdiocese of Toronto, His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins and His Auxiliary, Bishop William McGrattan for visiting our parish twice this week and celebrating the Mass for the people of the Philipppines especially those struck by the Super storm Typhoon Haiyan.
Thanks to all our community leaders, like Senator Tobias Enverga and his wife Rosemer, leaders from Filipino organizations , and our Ministries of Social Action, Temporalities, Worship, etc. Our office staff, caretakers and volunteers that work early morning till late at night are admirable. God is Good. All the Time
As of Nov 16th, 2013, in-kind donations will NO longer be accepted at the Our Lady of Assumption Church. Due to the overwhelming response by the community, the church is now at its full capacity. We would like to THANK YOU ALL for your generosity!! If you have goods that you would still like to send to the Philippines, you may send your donation directly to one of the addresses below.
Bishop Leonardo Medroso
Diocese of Tagbilaran, D.D.
St. Joseph Cathedral
CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City
Archbishop John Du, D.D.
c/o Sts. Peter and Paul Parish
Ormoc City, Leyte Philippines
In Cash donations will be accepted and cheques should be made payable to:
Our Lady of Assumption Earthquake/Typhoon Relief
On the memo: AFCM or Filipino Catholic Mission
***Tax Receipts will be issued by Our Lady of Assumption Church.
Tax Receipts will be issued by OLA and Ottawa will match the donation until December 9, 2013.
"...For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the crisis in the Philippines the government will donate an additional dollar – effectively doubling their contribution."
|Posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM|
PCCF Executive Officers, Alex & Merle Dooc together with Jun Peres helped organize a clothing and food drive through the Bayan Basketball team to collect goods for the Typhoon Victims.
Kudos to all our PCCF Officers / Leaders, and to the Community for all YOUR support! Let us keeping going.
|Posted on November 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM|
In celebration of our singing priests and to help raise funds to support the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), join us as we RISE UP! on December 7th, 2013.
Please note that the AFCM Christmas Party has been cancelled but we invite you all to join us for this celebration and fundraising effort.
|Posted on November 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM|
November 14th, 2013 -
Sen. Tobias Enverga, Jr. introduced Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to the participants of a media teleconference this afternoon on the immigration measures in support of the government's response to Typhoon Haiyan.
Minister Alexander urged those who are currently in Canada whose work permits are expiring soon to come forward, so that the the government may extend their work permits, "so that they don't have to go back to the Philippines soon."
The details on this later when Minister Alexander's Office issues the press release.
THANK YOU CANADA!
|Posted on November 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM|
We are happy to inform everyone that our Miss Philippines Canada 2013 - 4th Runner up, Michelle Veloso and her family who were in Leyte during Typhoon Haiyan are all safe! (Courtesy Fe Taduran)
If you are still search for family/friends, here is another useful tool: http://bit.ly/1fr27DN
|Posted on November 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM|
From: Father Ben Ebcas, Pastor OLA and AFCM
"Operation Tulong: For victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda and Major Earthquake in the Philippines"
We are launching a major appeal for help to all Filipinos in Ontario and parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto.
The cry for help is deafening as our brothers and sisters are still in shock due to the recent major calamities in Central and Eastern Visayas and other parts of the Philippines.
A special prayer for the victims and deceased will be said during the Filipino Mass at 5pm Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at the Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church (OLA) on 2565 Bathurst Street, Toronto. The appeal for monetary help and non perishable food items and clothing will be launched as well.
Nov. 11, Monday, we will start packing goods in the basement of OLA CHURCH. May God bless us all.
How to Donate
PCCF will be coordinating with AFCM in the relief efforts.
In Kind - Needed: canned goods, clothing, footwear, blankets, medicines over the counter, rice in sacks, tarpaulin.
In Cash - Only Cheques are accepted and should be payable to:
Our Lady of Assumption Earthquake/Typhoon Relief
On the memo: AFCM or Filipino Catholic Mission
***Tax Receipts will be issued by Our Lady of Assumption Church.
As reported, 10,000 people already have perished, at least half a million homeless and thousands are deprived of food, clean drinking water and clothing.
Packing of goods are ongoing at OLA starting November 10, 2013, so please volunteer if you have time between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.
CBC News, Appeal to the Community by Rosemer Enverga: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/ID/2417089200/
CTV News: PCCF takes action to aid the relief efforts of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
WHAT YOU CAN DO HERE IN CANADA
Important Contacts (Please feel free to share with your family and friends):
Photo Credit Front Page Philippines
|Posted on November 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM|
CANADA LAUNCHES MATCHING FUND TO HELP THOSE IMPACTED BY TYPHOON HAIYAN
November 10, 2013
OTTAWA – Canada is calling on Canadians to help support the people affected by the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan through a matching fund. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
"Time and time again Canadians ...have demonstrated they are among the most compassionate and generous people in the world. Our Government is making sure their contributions can do more to ease pain and suffering," said Minister Paradis. "Through this fund, for every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the crisis in the Philippines the government will donate an additional dollar – effectively doubling their contribution."
Typhoon Haiyan has caused widespread devastation in the Philippines affecting an estimated 9.5 million people. Over 615,000 people are currently displaced and well over 1,000 people have died according to the Philippine Red Cross. The numbers are expected to increase as more affected areas become accessible. The people of the Philippines and other affected countries by this storm are in dire need of clean water, hygiene and sanitation supplies, food, medicines and shelter.
Canada is also deploying the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team, to assess needs on ground and identify potential response options, which could include the Disaster Assistance Response Team.
"This storm has had a devastating impact on the people of the Philippines, and sadly, it is not yet over. In the coming days, we will continue to monitor the situation, we will work with our partners to meet humanitarian needs and we will stand ready to provide further assistance if required," added the Minister.
On November 9, 2013, Canada also announced up to $5 million in support to humanitarian organizations striving to meet the needs of the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This was in addition to the initial allocation of $30,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross on Friday, November 8 to help launch relief operations and meet the needs of those affected by this crisis. Emergency relief activities will include the provision of emergency shelter, food, water, livelihood support, and other essential services.
With the recent successive emergencies in the Philippines which began with the outbreak of fighting in Zamboanga City and Basilan on September 9 and the 7.2 magnitude Bohol earthquake on October 15, the response capacities of many agencies in the Humanitarian Country Team is overstretched.
Today, Canada announced the establishment of a mechanism to match donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities from now until December 9, 2013, in the Philippines and other affected countries, the government will set aside one dollar for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
The relief fund will provide effective and accountable financial support to experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations to meet immediate needs in response to the crisis in the Philippines region. Working through established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations will ensure an effective and timely response.
For more information on how to donate, Canadians can visit the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website, or consult the list of registered Canadian charities on the Canada Revenue Agency website.
CANADA WILL PROVIDE UP TO $ 5 MILLION TO SUPPORT TYPHOON VICTIMS
November 9 2013
Canada supporting those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan
OTTAWA – The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced today Canadian support to address the catastrophic effects of Typhoon Haiyan.
Cana...da will provide up to $5 million in support to humanitarian organizations striving to meet the needs of the people affected by this typhoon in the Philippines and surrounding regions. Emergency relief activities will include the provision of emergency shelter, food, water, livelihood support, and other essential services.
“Canada is deeply concerned by the impact of this catastrophic typhoon,” said Minister Paradis. “We continue to monitor the situation closely and are working with Canadian and international humanitarian partners to determine what assistance is required.”
The situation related to Typhoon Haiyan is evolving rapidly. The strongest typhoon this year, it slammed into the Philippines on Friday, November 8, 2013, setting off landslides, knocking out power in several provinces, and cutting communications in the country's central region of island provinces. The typhoon is now on its way toward Vietnam, where it is expected to make landfall tomorrow, November 10. Significant loss of life, a large number of injuries, as well as destruction of property have been reported. Nearly 4.3 million people are reportedly affected, and although needs assessments are ongoing, humanitarian needs are expected to be substantial.
“In addition to the support announced today, Canada has provided support through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to provide immediate assistance to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan,” said Minister Paradis.
“The destruction is alarming, and Canada will continue to ensure needs are being met,” said Minister Baird. “Canada remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable people around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this devastating storm.”
The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation to ensure humanitarian needs are met and provide further assistance if required.
For more information, media should contact:
Margaux Stastny, Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie
Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)
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