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Victorian Support to PH in Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Nov 12 – Premier Denis Napthine today expressed his deepest sympathies to those  affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan and announced an initial $100,000  commitment from the Victorian Government to assist with recovery efforts.

“On behalf of all Victorians, I offer my most profound sympathies and  condolences to the people of the Philippines in the wake of the terrible  loss of life and damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan,” Dr Napthine said.

“The Victorian Government has committed an initial $100,000 to the  Australian Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan appeal to assist with recovery  efforts.

“I have spoken to the Honorary Consul for the Philippines to pass on the  thoughts and kind wishes of all Victorians and to offer assistance.”

The Premier today moved a Motion in the Victorian Parliament expressing  Victoria’s sympathy and strong support for the recovery of the  Philippines. A number of leaders from Victoria’s Filipino community  attended today’s proceedings.

Dr Napthine said that Victoria was home to more than 38,000 Filipino-born  Australians.

“As news of this tragedy continues to unfold, the thoughts of Victorians  are with our friends, neighbours and colleagues in Victoria’s Filipino  community,” Dr Napthine said.

Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on Friday with winds of over  300km/h, making it one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded.

Any Victorians who have concerns for the welfare of family and friends in  the region should first attempt to contact them directly.

Those unable to contact friends and family and who hold concerns for their  welfare should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 24-hour  Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 or +61 2 6261 3305 from outside  Australia.

For more information about the Australian Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal,  visit