MANILA – Actress-host Toni Gonzaga is leading a relief operation in her hometown in Taytay, Rizal, one of the affected areas when tropical storm Ondoy (international codename Ketsana) hit the country last week.
During the press conference for ABS-CBN's "Pinoy Big Brother Double Up," Gonzaga was thankful that she and her family had been spared from the wrath of Ondoy.
However, a big number of her town mates have been displaced by the storm, prompting the actress and her family to come to their aid.
"Alam ko na may nangyayari dito sa Manila, sa ABS-CBN, but instead of bringing my stuff there and 'yong mga goods na mayroon kami, since nasa Taytay na din ako, kami na ang nag-organize ng sarili naming pagtulong, ng pagbibigay ng relief goods," said the actress-host.
The former village councilor added: "Hindi naman kailangan kang maging pulitiko o hindi ka kailangang maging miembro ng anumang organization para makatulong in your own special way. Sa sarili mong paraan pwede kang tumulong sa mga kababayan mo.
"Up to now, my mom is still organizing some stuff na pangtulong naman sa ibang mga staff namin sa 'Entertainment Live' na naapektuhan."
Gonzaga, who is one of the hosts of the upcoming “Pinoy Big Brother Double Up,” said she's happy that a lot of stars are also helping the flood victims.
The lead star of "Precious Hearts Romances: Ang Lalaking Nagmahal Sa Akin" added that people should now take a more proactive stance in taking care of the environment.“Tayo din naman siguro ang dahilan kung bakit nagkakaganito, kung bakit binabaha dahil sa sarili din nating kapabayaan. Siguro ginigising lang tayo na mas maging aware at mahalin ang ating lugar, ang ating bayan," Gonzaga said.