A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was recently signed between organized tobacco farmers in Northern Luzon and Bulacan-based cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation or Mighty Corp to jointly pursue projects designed to uplift the lives of local farmers and their families.
Under the theme “Sama-sama Tayong Pilipino sa Pagyabong ng Industriya ng Tabako,” the partnership was sealed by Mighty Corp President Edilberto P. Adan and Executive Vice President Oscar P. Barrientos with Mario Cabasal, head of the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives, Inc. (NAFTAC) at a hotel in Bauang, La Union.
Cabasal said that the members of their organization are happy that companies like Mighty Corp has stood firm on its commitments to help the 65,000 strong tobacco farmers in the Philippines with their planned P10-million outreach projects for tobacco farmers aside from the guaranteed purchase of 10-million kilograms of tobacco leaves.
During the meeting, officers of the only wholly Filipino-owned cigarette company turned over 16 units of hand tractors worth P2.5 million and 90 units of water pumps worth P1.1 million to chapter delegations from the seven tobacco-producing provinces in Northern Luzon though its corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm Wong Chu King Foundation (WCKF).
Established in 1990, the foundation aims to continue the life-long advocacy of Wong Chu King, the family patriarch, an avowed philanthropist who was involved for the unfortunates and provided timely assistance to the underprivileged. The foundation also aims to encourage and promote education through scholarship programs and raise funds for charitable, cultural and educational purposes.
Other initiatives included in the MOA are the donation of support farm implements like irrigation pumps and tractors; sponsoring new 100 college scholarship grants for the children of tobacco farmers and the institutional support for the annual search for outstanding tobacco farmers and cooperatives.