Businesses and social organisations have responded to the Government's appeal to be charitable and donate gifts to impoverished citizens during the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

The National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) gave 100 wheelchairs to invalids in Bac Ninh province.

Staff at the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietmam (BIDV), have also donated 16 billion VND (762,000 USD) to the poor and people affected by natural disaster nationwide.

A BIDV official said this was the third year the bank had implemented the ‘Tet Gift for the Poor' programme.

Trade union president of Ho Chi Minh City 's Industrial Parks and Processing Zones Nguyen Van Khai said about 5,000 workers would be given Tet gifts before the holidays. About 1,000 free trips would be available to workers who will be travelling back to their native provinces to celebrate Tet.

HCM City Trade Union would pay half and the rest would be provided by businesses. The programmes is estimated to cost about 3 billion VND (142,000 USD).

Head of the HCM City Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Labour and Salary Department Nguyen Thi Dan said the department had requested businesses to pay sufficient salaries and bonuses to their labourers before Tet./.