Canada commits P44 million aid to PH coronavirus fight

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2020 12:07 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2020 12:10 PM

MANILA - Canada said Wednesday it would provide some CAD$1.1 million (P44.5 million) in additional COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines.

This includes a donation of 120,000 N95 masks worth some P29.5 million as part of Canada’s CAD$4.5 million (P167 million) in-kind contribution to 6 Southeast Asian nations.

Canada is also adding some P15.2 million to the existing CAD$17.8 million (P663 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 Canadian Embassy said in a statement.

The Philippines as of Tuesday recorded 22,992 of COVID-19, with 4,736 recoveries and 1,017 deaths.