CLAUDE Dauphin, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities made the following statement on Tuesday regarding the unprecedented devastation in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan:
“On behalf of FCM members from across Canada, I extend our sincerest sympathies to residents of the Philippines who have been affected by the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. As they begin to deal with the aftermath from this terrible natural disaster, we are offering our full support in the efforts to rebuild and recover.
“FCM is reaching out to its municipal partners in the Philippines, the Government of Canada, and humanitarian organizations, to offer disaster reconstruction assistance. Our members possess vast experience in this area, and we stand ready to offer our help and expertise in any way possible. FCM is a 20-year partner of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), and several local governments in areas of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Those relationships will be invaluable in our contributions to this international effort.
“Our thoughts are also with the residents of Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Micronesia and Palau and we are prepared to stand with them in their efforts to mitigate the effects of typhoon Haiyan on their citizens and infrastructure.
“FCM has experience in post-disaster reconstruction as well as in supporting disaster preparedness and management. In recent years, FCM managed three large multi-year post-disaster municipal reconstruction programs in Indonesia (Aceh), Sri Lanka, and Haiti, and also coordinated a response to the Chinese earthquake in Sichuan.
“Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development, announced Sunday that for every dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities responding to the crisis, the government will set aside an additional dollar for the Philippines crisis matching fund. FCM encourages its members to donate to the Red Cross’ Typhoon Haiyan fund at: http://www.redcross.ca/donate/donate-online/donate-to-the-typhoon-haiyan-fund.”