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JTI Philippines Gives New Homes in Partnership with Gawad Kalinga Camarines Norte
[Date Created: August 13, 2013]

by TJ Valerio and Cecil Mahilum


In photo are (from L-R) GK Head for Camarines Norte Honorio Estravez, Laniton Brgy. Cpt. Eduardo Cabaña, Daet Mayor Tito Sarion, Camarines Norte Provincial Administrator Joey Boma, JTIP General Manager Manos Koukourakis, and JTIP Corporate Affairs Director Mildred Sabarre turning over the ceremonial key to the beneficiaries.


JT International (Philippines) Inc. (JTIP), distributor and marketer of global cigarette brands Winston, Mild Seven, Camel and LD, has turned over the first set of houses to residents of Barangay Laniton, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Camarines Norte in partnership with Gawad Kalinga. The community, called GK Friendship-Laniton Village, was formed through the support of the local governments of Daet, Camarines Norte led by Mayor Tito Sarion, and Mayor Nelson delos Reyes of San Lorenzo, Camarines Norte. 

This is only the first batch of the 20 families that will be given new homes. In addition to JTIP, the provincial and local governments also pledged a total of 20 more homes. The building of these homes began with the help of volunteers during last March’s Bayani Challenge, a five-day volunteerism event which attracted a total of 80,000 volunteers in 37 sites around the Philippines. The volunteers did various socio-civic projects which included house building, education sessions for children, and many others.


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Gawad Kalinga is not a charity, rather, it's an organization that aims to end poverty by building sustainable communities. This would not be possible without the partners who have journeyed with us in changing the lives of others. Like JT International (Philippines) Inc. (JTIP), you too can help the poorest of the poor and partner with us in building sustainable and holistic GK communities! For more information, email info@gk1world.com.


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