Actress-singer Nadine Lustre is one of the celebrities who has taken action to help the survivors of Typhoon Odette, which ravaged parts of the country last week.
Together with her reported French boyfriend Christophe Bariou, the actress helped distribute relief goods to affected families in Siargao, one of the worst-hit areas by the typhoon, as seen in the former's recent update on Facebook.
"Guys we are working day and night here to set up, coordinate and secure distribution points for reliefs goods especially rice and canned goods. Us, we are focusing on Malinao, Union, and Mamon island. Distribution point in Malinao in what’s left of our warehouse will be operational tomorrow," Christophe wrote in his post on Thursday, December 23.
"Planning to send boats to the islands. First Mamon, if possible La Janosa and Anajawan," he said. "If you want to help specifically these places, you may send donations on my account. But for general help and purchasing goods from the mainland, please send to Bastien del Isle, info I already shared earlier on my feed."
Christophe, who owns a resort in Siargao, was glad to report that things are finally improving on the island, though people there still need all the help they can get.
Meanwhile, aside from leading relief operations with her boyfriend, Nadine also worked with environmental group Greenpeace Phillippines in installing a solar panel in Brgy. Malinao so that survivors in Siargao can charge their cellphones and other devices.
"This is actually a solar charging station. We've installed a solar panel here which the locals, people here in Malinao can use so that they could charge gadgets, their phones, lights, or anything that will need power since there's still no electricity here in Siargao. The whole island still doesn't have any power and no one really knows when it's going to come back. So phones will be useful to use as light, and if there are people also who have rechargeable LED lights, they can use that as well," said Nadine in a video shared by Greenpeace.
"I'm just really happy that everyone's helping each other, and there's a lot of people from outside of the island who want to help as well," she added. "It's really good to see everyone coming together, helping each other out."
The actress earlier expressed her concern over the wide devastation caused by Typhoon Odette in Siargao, where she has been spending a lot of time in recent months.
On Twitter, she wrote, "I've been frantic all day. My cortisol level hasn't been this high in ages. I can't even think straight. Please, let's all help everyone affected by Typhoon Odette."
Odette, the worst tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, has killed at least 375 people, displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, destroyed homes, flooded villages, and toppled power lines as it barreled across the country starting December 16.