Parliamentary Secretary Menegakis and Senator Enverga visit a water purification kit manufacturing plant that helps victims of Typhoon Hagupit
December 23, 2014 – Richmond Hill, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Costas Menegakis, Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr., on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today visited the Envirogard Products Limited manufacturing plant with members of Toronto’s Filipino-Canadian community. The plant manufactures water purification kits that GlobalMedic is currently distributing to people affected by Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines.
“I am proud of Canadian companies such as Envirogard, which has been a pioneer in the water treatment industry in Canada, and is now helping populations half a world away,” said Parliamentary Secretary Menegakis. “With Canada’s support, GlobalMedic will help address the immediate needs of 10,000 typhoon Hagupit-affected people in the Philippines by distributing hygiene kits, water purification units and supporting activities that promote clean water, sanitation and hygiene in affected communities”
Typhoon Hagupit first hit the Philippines as a Category 3 typhoon on December 6, 2014, making it the most powerful storm to hit the Philippines this year. Hagupit has affected more than 4 million people and severely damaged more than 42,000 houses across the affected areas. The Government of the Philippines has confirmed 18 deaths, and more than 1.7 million people were evacuated.
“It is devastating that the people of the Philippines have been hit again with such a destructive typhoon,” said Senator Enverga. Canada’s support is critical to ensure Filipinos, receive the help they need at this difficult time.”
“Canada is steadfast in its commitment to helping the Filipino people in their efforts to restore their livelihoods and build a better future for their country,” said Minister Paradis. “Canada was proud to help in the relief effort in 2013, and we are proud to assist again this year.”
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