Mighty Corp’s charitable, Wong Chu King Foundation has been offering scholarship grants to tobacco farmers’ children.
“Education is known to be a powerful equalizer. It gives children from low-income families a fighting chance to uplift themselves and their families from poverty and lead productive and meaningful lives.”, Mighty president Edilberto Adan said.
He added that educational assistance from the foundation which consist of 100 college scholarship grants to deserving students who are children of tobacco farmers.
“Formal schooling is often too expensive and priced well beyond the reach of the poor, including tobacco farmers,” Adan explained.
The said scholarship program is one of three components of a P10-million joint CSR project of Mighty and the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives Inc.. It will benefit 65,000 farmers in Pangasinan, La Union, Abra, Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.
“This is our way of thanking the farmers for helping to make our company what it is today,” said Adan.
“We are happy that Mighty Corporation, through its Wong Chu King Foundation, has stood firm on its commitment to help 65,000 tobacco farmers in the Philippines,” said Mario Cabasal, NAFTAC national president.
Retired judge Oscar Barrientos, Mighty’s executive vice president and spokesman said the foundation initially giving out scholarships to the dependents of active employees of Mighty but it was later expanded to dependents of retired employees and poor but deserving students with excellent academic records.
“Through this program, we hope to help the farmers and their children become competitive in the global market and earn sustainable incomes,” Barrientos said.
The scholarship project which was supported by the National Tobacco Administration’s scholarship program for deserving graduating high school students and dependents of tobacco farmers.
Other components of the project include agricultural production assistance, consisting of 16 hand tractors worth P2.5 million and 90 irrigation pumps worth P1.1 million; and institutional support for the annual search for outstanding tobacco farmers and cooperatives by the National Tobacco Administration (NTA).