THE NSW Government has committed $500,000 to the relief effort in the typhoon-devastated Philippines where thousands are dead and millions exposed to disease.
In a rare moment of solidarity, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Opposition Leader John Robertson joined in expressing their sympathies to the many members of state's Filipino community who had lost or were missing loved ones following one of the largest storms in human history.
Mr O'Farrell said the government's support could be taken as a "part payment" for the major contribution the Filipino community had made to Sydney and the rest of the state.
Foreign aid workers are expected to remain in the Philippines for months.
Mr Robertson noted that more than $4millon children, equivalent to the population of Sydney and Melbourne, remained displaced.
He said he joined with the people of NSW in grieving for the people who had lost their lives and praying for those who were in the Typhoon's path.
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