The town fiesta in Cainta, Rizal may have been cancelled by the local government due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, but residents have something to look forward to as Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto has announced the giving away of a total of P300,000 to 300 residents who will be picked from among those who will send their comments to the Facebook page of the town mayor.
Nieto, in his post, announced that each of the 300 residents will be receiving P1,000 cash starting November 30 until December 1, the two feast days that are observed in the town in honor of their patron saints, Saint Andrew the Apostle and the Our Lady of Light, respectively.
The mayor has coined the cash giving activity as "Cash Serye," or cash series since the giving is done in series until all the recipients have gotten their prizes.
Every year in Cainta, the local government has been initiating the holding of various events related to the twin town fiesta celebration including the ‘Sumbingtik’ Festival, a series of activities that showcase the history and culture of the town including the passion of residents in preparing native delicacies and sweets.
The "Cash Serye" is the latest of the series of activities that were introduced by Nieto in the past several weeks on his FB page.
Nieto had earlier launched the "Siomai Serye" (dumplings), "Pizza serye," and "Chicken Wings Serye" with several lucky netizens getting the free food delivered to their doorstep.
During the first few months of the pandemic, the local chief executive of Cainta had auctioned off some of his personal collection of signature basketball shoes and donated the proceeds to his needy constituents.
December 1 is a special non-working day in Cainta by virtue of a Presidential Proclamation recently signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.