Bobbin-plant employees help build affordable houses

Employees at Imperial Tobacco’s Philippine Bobbin Corporation (PBC) factory have given up their own time to support a project that’s providing accommodation for disadvantaged families.

About 25 volunteers from the PBC factory near Rosario recently helped with construction work on 20 new homes.

The aim of the project is to improve the lives of poor families in depressed areas where they’re exposed to health problems, high crime and other negative factors.

The project is backed by Imperial’s charitable arm, the Altadis Foundation, through Gawad Kalinga, a Philippines-based charity.

Almost a quarter of the population in the Philippines lives below the poverty line and Gawad Kalinga’s vision is to provide these people with affordable housing.

“I’m delighted that our people volunteered to help contribute to the efforts locally to enhance living conditions,” said Carlos Saez-Diez, PBC’s general manager. “We’re all very proud to know that our company is supporting this on-going project thanks to the generosity of the Altadis Foundation.”