MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will be receiving more than CAD$1.1 million or about P44.5 million from Canada as support in the country’s fight against COVD-19.
According to an article by GMA news, part of Canada’s assistance is the provision of 120,000 N95 PPE masks valued at CAD$782,000 or about P29.5 million.
The Philippines, according to the Canadian embassy, was also selected as recipient of COVID-19 diagnostic equipment, testing kits, reagents, and laboratory consumables as part of a CAD$5-million global project Canada is funding through the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“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.”Canadian embassy
To ensure the unhampered provision of sexual and reproductive health services in this time of pandemic, Canada will also be providing and additional CAD$400,000 or about P15.2 million to the existing CAD$17.8 million Sexual Health and Empowerment Philippines (SHE) project with Oxfam.
“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.”CANADIAN EMBASSY
The Sexual Health and Empowerment Philippines project (SHE) aims to improve the quality, availability, and uptake of health services of over 85,000 women of reproductive ages as well as adolescent girls and boys in conflict-affected and disadvantaged regions in the Philippines. Additional funding will be able to provide support core activities for this measure..