Dasmariñas, Cavite: British American Tobacco (BAT) Philippines officials and employees trooped to the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village in Dasmariñas, Cavite to help build houses for beneficiaries.
Employees in the company’s Alabang headquarters worked with members of the Bayanihan GK Village in Dasmariñas on houses that are to be completed in the next two months.
“We may be a business, but we’re not all about money. As a socially responsible organization, we want our employees to experience being part of an activity that helps make a huge difference in people’s lives. Building houses for Gawad Kalinga is one of the best ways to give back,” James Lafferty, BAT general manager, said.
Meanwhile, Rudy Abugan, one of the beneficiaries and also the project’s foreman, expressed gratitude for the help that they received.
“What we accomplished today with your help, we wouldn’t have been able to finish in a day, if it were just us working. We’re truly grateful that you took the time to be with us. It means a lot to us. We hope to see you again soon,” he said in the vernacular.
The Bayanihan GK Village in Dasmarinas is a 4.5-hectare development that is less than a year old. According to GK Volunteer Coordinator Jose Emilio Oquinena, the entire property is envisioned to host around 350 houses once complete.