Office workers cross a flooded street using makeshift floats during heavy rain at the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Flooding caused by some of the Philippines' heaviest rains on record submerged more than half the capital Tuesday, turning roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters. The government suspended all work except rescues and disaster response for a second day. (MNS photo)

Office workers cross a flooded street using makeshift floats during heavy rain at the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Flooding caused by some of the Philippines’ heaviest rains on record submerged more than half the capital Tuesday, turning roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters. The government suspended all work except rescues and disaster response for a second day. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Canada is contributing $30,000 to boost relief operations for Filipinos affected by Tropical Cyclone Labuyo (Utor), particularly those based in Central Luzon.

In a post on its Twitter account, the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines said the contribution is made through the Canadian Red Cross Society.

“Under this operation, PRC will deliver sleeping materials (blankets and sleeping mats), jerry cans and hygiene kits to 1,500 families, provide unconditional cash grants to 1,500 families to enable them obtain their own choice of food items and meet other subsistence needs, and deliver shelter repair assistance to 500 most vulnerable families,” the embassy said on its Twitter account.

“Canadians are concerned about the health and well-being of the residents of Central Luzon in the aftermath of Typhoon Labuyo,” said Canada’s Ambassador to the Philippines Christopher Thornley.

The assistance will support the Philippine Red Cross’ efforts to assist some 1,500 households or 7,500 people for four-and-a-half months, it added.

For its part, the Red Cross will also undertake disease prevention, health and hygiene education for families that will receive relief and shelter repair assistance.

With the contribution, Thornley said Canada hopes to “support the recovery and rehabilitation of effected communities.”

Labuyo left at least 11 dead and three missing, and left P1.418 billion in damage. (MNS)