By Nel Andrade
CAINTA, Rizal – From a pair of children, who parted with hundreds of pesos in saved up coins, to groups of friends, who have been preparing ready-to-eat meals.
These were among the random donations being received by the local governments in Rizal province that have inspired local officials into carrying on with outreach activities to as many persons being affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis as possible.
Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto is one such local official.
Nieto mentioned how a pair of young siblings sent in their savings of coins, with a message written on a piece of pad paper, wishing that they could go out soon.
Just last Friday, Nieto’s neighbors sent 40 forty sacks of rice, other unknown Cainta residents also donated 100 packs of snacks, and another 100 packs of rice meals.
A local native delicacy maker sent 800 packs of “bibingka”, or baked rice cake.
Cainta has reported a total of 46 COVID-19 cases, minus the six persons who have died and one person who recovered from the illness.
It also has 186 patients under investigation (PUIs), eight of whom have died, and 11 have recovered. There are 279 persons under monitoring (PUMs).
In Antipolo, small and big companies, as well as families and individuals also donated food items to the city government.
The office of Mayor Andrea Ynares, in her post on Facebook, said that the city government has received some 15,888 pieces of canned goods, 43 boxes of biscuits and 30 gallons of alcohol from San Miguel Corporation, and some 86,400 packs of noodles from Nissin Monde over the weekend.
The city has also acknowledged receiving donations of 500 cavans of rice from Chinese Federation and Eastern Rizal Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
A family of chefs has been preparing packs of snacks and refreshments to hundreds of medical frontliners in the city’s private and public hospitals.