MANILA, Philippines -- Former Ateneo star point guard and Gilas Pilipinas pool member Matt Nieto has been helping out his godfather, Cainta Mayor Kit Nieto, in aiding his constituents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matt Nieto, who helped the Blue Eagles win three straight UAAP men's basketball titles, has been diligently making calls to companies and asking them for help.
"Patuloy po ang aming pamilya sa paghahanap, pakikipag-usap, at pakikipag-coordinate sa mga tao at organisasyon na nais tumulong, mag-donate, o maghatid ng kanilang supporta para sa bayan ng Cainta," Nieto said.
"Ginagawa po namin ito sapagkat ito ang tama - ito ang dapat," he added. "Alam po namin na napakaswerte namin sapagkat nasa bahay kami, may pagkain, kama, at iba pang pangangailangan sa araw-araw."
"Subalit, hindi po kasi ito ang sitwasyon at realidad para sa napakaraming Pilipino, maging sa Cainta po. Hindi naman po namin kayang umupo-upo lang dito sa bahay nang alam ito."
On Tuesday morning, Chooks-to-Go heeded his call. The company, under the leadership of its president Ronald Mascariñas, sent packs of chicken that were distributed to the medical workers at Cainta Hospital and other parts of the province.
"Napakalaki po ng aking pasasalamat sa ihinandog na donasyon at pakain ng Chooks-to-Go para sa ating mga frontliners sa Cainta. Lubos po ang paghihirap at pagtatrabaho ng ating mga frontliners para sa ikabubuti ng buong bayan at ng buong bansa," the former Blue Eagle said.
Since the enhanced community quarantine was implemented all throughout the country to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the staff of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. has worked non-stop to supply frontliners with food and other necessities.
As of March 25, there have been 552 reported cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, with 35 fatalities.
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