(BGO) - Most businesses have been busy with year-end shifts in recent days. Besides regular work, they are preparing for Tet holiday while also engaging in the “Tet for the poor” programme launched in the northern province of Bac Giang.
Bac Giang Garment Corporation supports the provincial fund “For the poor” in 2016.
This spring, people in Con Trang village, Canh Nau commune (Yen The district) have another reason to celebrate as the village cultural house is inaugurated – which was previously a village school. As teachers and students have moved to the commune’s centre, officials and residents in the village planned to turn the old school into a cultural house. However, the facility has become dilapidated. Knowing the village is poor and the communal budget insufficient, the Ha Bac Export Garment Joint Stock Company provided financial support for the commune to repair the school. Director of the company Tran Anh Manh himself and some employees made a fact-finding tour of the village to map out plans and invite contractors to build the cultural house. Manh also asked the company’s officials and staff to coordinate with villagers to monitor the project. The total cost for repairing and upgrading the building, paving the floor and the yard, building a gate and purchasing new furniture was 300 million VND (13,287 USD).
At a signing ceremony of emulation campaigns in 2017, centrally-run enterprises operating in Bac Giang contributed 781 million VND (34,590 USD) for Tet for low-income earners
Apart from the cultural house, the Ha Bac Export Garment Joint Stock Company plans to help Con Trang villagers build a concrete road which is more than 1km long. Earlier, the company transferred 50 million VND (2,214 USD) raised for the local “For the poor” fund to the provincial Vietnam Fatherland Front committee. President of the company’s Trade Union Nguyen Manh Hung and head of the company’s human resources department Nguyen Thi Thanh said the company’s leaders care about social welfare activities and assisting underprivileged people, adding that the assistance plans have been mapped out from the beginning of the year and approved by the shareholders. Each year, the company allocates over 1 billion VND (44,290 USD) for this work. The implementation process received close instruction in the motto of bringing the assistance to the needy. Furthermore, the company’s leaders also shared business know-how while meeting with officials and people at the grassroots level.
As a big company in the province, the Bac Giang Garment Corporation has encouraged all workers to work together to help the poor. Having overcome many difficulties to build a strong company, the leadership always empathise with the hardship of the working staff and vulnerable people in society. Expanding operations, generating more jobs, and ensuring stable income for local workers are part of the company’s contributions to social welfare.
Ha Bac Export Garment Joint Stock Company helps upgrade cultural house at Con Trang village, Canh Nau commune (Yen The).
Deputy Director of the company Tran Huy Hoc said helping needy people has been a regular activity of the company over the past 10 years. The company’s charitable fund for the poor was set up by the management board and workers. Each official and worker contribute the salary of two working Sundays a year to the fund. The fund gradually increased through years, from 700-800 million VND (31,003 USD – 35,432 USD) in the initial years to over 2 billion VND (88,580 USD) at present. The fund is managed and distributed by the company’s Director and President of Trade Union. Each year, about 1.6 billion VND (70,864) to 1.7 billion VND (75,293 USD) is spent on supporting natural disaster victims inside and outside the province, donating to the fund for the poor, and taking care of the needy and social welfare beneficaries during Tet. About 300 million VND (13,287) is spared to assist workers from difficult backgrounds at the company. This year, the company will present nearly 2,600 gift packages to disadvantaged people in the province for Tet.
Along with garment export enterprises, hundreds of other companies are also participating in social welfare activities. Director of Viet Thang Joint Stock Company Nguyen Van Thua said besides a billion-VND fund to support poor people and social welfare beneficiaries, the company is always willing to help when mass organisations call for assistance for those in need. Meanwhile, the Tan Thinh Construction Joint Stock Company and the Bac Giang branch of Viettel military-run telecom corporation spend billions of VND to present gifts, cows, and build houses for the poor each year.
According to the provincial Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, local businesses have provided tens of thousands of gift packages to needy people in recent years on the Lunar New Year. In 2016, 51,000 gifts were presented, surpassing the target of 35,000. An equivalent number of gifts are expected to be donated in the upcoming New Year festival for the Year of the Rooster.