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8 November 2014, Palo, Leyte -
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell poses beside a street marker named after the name of the Australian town he grew up in and where his alma mater, James Cook University, is located – Townsville.
‘Townsville’ was one of the street names that Ambassador Tweddell unveiled in the Gawad Kalinga Village in Barangay (community) San Agustin, in the town of Palo, province of Leyte in the Philippines. Palo was one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November 2013.
Immediately following Typhoon Haiyan, the Australian Government provided humanitarian response including deploying HMAS Tobruk that sailed from the Australian Army base in Townsville carrying stores and personnel to help those affected by the typhoon.
Australia’s response also included a A$1 million grant to the Filipino non-profit organisation, Gawad Kalinga, to provide shelter units to families whose homes were destroyed.
On the first anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan this year, Ambassador Tweddell led the handover of the first batch of 12 housing units for the typhoon-displaced families. The Gawad Kalinga Village in Palo, Leyte will feature streets named after Australian cities, and included in the first batch were Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Townsville.
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