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Cainta mayor auctions shoes for COVID relief

By Kier Gideon Paolo M. Gapayao
April 18, 2020


"Araw-araw hanggang matapos ang quarantine, mag-auction ako ng 3 pares hanggang maubos ang virus o maubos ang koleksyon ko," states Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith "Kit" Nieto as he puts up pairs from his personal shoe collection for auction in order to donate funds for the benefit of locals who were unable to benefit from the social amelioration program. (Photo from Mayor Kit Nieto's Facebook Page)

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal - Cainta Municipal Mayor Johnielle Keith "Kit" Nieto spearheads aid in line with the fight against COVID-19 this time on a personal capacity, through auctioning pairs from his shoe collection.

The mayor stated in his social media account that unlike nearby towns and cities such as Pasig, Cainta does not have enough funds to cover locals who have not received assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in line with the COVID-19 threat.

Only 37,000 SAC forms have been allocated for the municipality while the its total population is at around 320,000 people.

Due to this, Mayor Nieto, an avid shoe collector, said that he will begin auctioning his shoes three pairs a day and donate the proceeds to help augment the town's social amelioration funds.

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"Araw-araw hanggang matapos ang quarantine, mag-auction ako ng 3 pares hanggang maubos ang virus o maubos ang koleksyon ko," stated Nieto.

Base prices are posted along with photos of the pairs of shoes in his Facebook Account where bidders can place their respective bids by commenting.

For the first auction day, April 14, the base prices for shoes ranged from P 10,000 to P 30,000, rising as the bids go higher.

Mayor Nieto was able to raise P 132,000 for his first three pairs of shoes on the first day alone.

The Municipality of Cainta recently made waves due to the LGU's best practices such as meal provisions for up to 6,000 people daily as well as a strong community response through various donations. (PIA-Rizal)

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