Mighty Corp helps tobacco leaf farmers

Filipino-owned tobacco manufacturer Mighty Corporation pledge to buy more tobacco leaves and helping three million tobacco farmers and their dependents increase their yield in the Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley.

According to Mighty Corp. Executive Vice President Oscar P. Barrientos, he said that the company’s share of the domestic market increased from five percent in 2012 to 20 percent of the local market for cigarettes in 2013. The company vowed to help millions of tobacco farmers whose lives are dependent on the tobacco industry.

“We have earned our fair share of the market by making affordable cigarettes sold to the mass market. We’re proud of our modest success coming from a home-grown and Filipino-owned cigarette company,” Barrientos said.

“With a bigger share of Mighty Corp. in the market today, we are giving the tobacco farmers a fair share of our success by offering competitive prices to their crops,” Barrientos added.

“Last year, we have bought even the low-priced tobacco leaves. Had Mighty Corp. not done that, it would have created a problem for tobacco farmers,” he claimed.

“We are happy to offer better prices to tobacco farmers and are willing to tie-up with the Department of Agriculture and the National Tobacco Administration to cement our partnership with the farmers.”

“Our contribution is in the form of taxes, which helps in the development of the country. We also employed more factory workers. Now, we have more than 2,000,” he said.

The cigarette manufacturer expanding their corporate social responsibility projects in the country. “As far as CSR is concerned, we will have irrigation pumps in their area and provide mini tractors. This will come in the form of grant. We will have scholarship grants,” he said.

Wong Chu King Foundation donates P4M to Yolanda victims

The CSR arm of Mighty Corp, Wong Chu King Foundation has been providing assistance to poor and underprivileged sectors. They donated more than P4-million to the hundreds of victims of super-typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo and Capiz.

According to Ms. Camille Arsenal, coordinator of the foundation said that chairman, Nelia Wong Chu King approves the release of the funds to the victims. The said donation, which will also benefit 78 employees of Filipino cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corporation and their dependents.

“WCKF did not think twice after learning of the extent of the disaster. The victims were given enough funds to enable them to pick up the pieces and recover from the disaster,” Arsenal said.

“We treat our employees like family,” Mrs. Wong Chu King said. The foundation started in 1990 and aims to perpetuate the memory of Wong Chu King, the family patriarch, a philanthropist who had provided assistance to the poor and underprivileged in his lifetime.

 

Mighty Corporation supports the programs of Wong Chu King Foundation

Wong Chu King Foundation gave out college scholarships in Northern Luzon

Charitable arm of Mighty Corp, Wong Chu King Foundation affirms their dedication to help people who are in need, especially tobacco farmers and their dependents in the country.

“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 Corp president Edilberto Adan said.

He also added that the foundation’s educational assistance which consist of 100 college scholarship grants, to poor but deserving students who are children of tobacco farmers in Northern Luzon.

“Formal schooling is often too expensive and priced well beyond the reach of the poor, including tobacco farmers,” Adan said.

The said program is one of three components of a P10-million joint CSR project of Mighty Corporation and the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives Inc. that aims to 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,” Adan says during at the formal signing rites for the project last February 8.

“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,” Mario Cabasal, NAFTAC national president said.

The foundation initially offered scholarships to the dependents of active employees of the tobacco company. It was later expanded this to include 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.

Mighty Corp lifted up the spirit of tobacco farmers in Northern Luzon

Bulacan-based cigarette manufacturing company Mighty Corp announced several months ago that they will double its purchase of tobacco from five million to 10 million kilos this year. This will benefit farmers in the northern part of the country which will boost their income.

NAFTAC president Mario Cabasal said the announcement of the company was expected to break the farmers’ dependence on giant tobacco companies. “The farmers now have a buyer for low-grade tobacco,” Cabasal said.

Mighty did provided farmers 83 units of water pumps and 16 hand tractors. They also sponsored at least 100 college scholarship for children of tobacco farmers in La Union.

Meanwhile, Mighty’s Executive Vice President Oscar Barrientos said the company will compete with the giant tobacco companies in the purchase of tobacco, which will be use as cigarette filler.

Then, Mr. Edgardo Zaragosa, Administrator of the National Tobacco Administration overwhelmed over Mighty Corp’s entry in the market. “If Mighty is absent, we will be having problems selling tobacco,” Zaragosa said.

Mighty Corp gained production from tobacco farmers

Last February, Bulacan-based cigarette manufacturer, Mighty Corp signed an agreement between local tobacco farmers, along with National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives, Inc. The joint project which designed to uplift the lives of farming families under the theme, “Sama-sama Tayong Pilipino sa Pagyabong ng Industriya ng Tabako.”

The said partnership was sealed by top Mighty Corporation 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.

Meanwhile, a consultative meeting was held between Mighty executives and 200 tobacco farmer-leaders from Pangasinan, La Union, Abra and the Ilocos provinces.As they announced a pledge for a P10-million fund for three-pronged programs that will help tobacco farmers produce better quality tobacco.

The said program, which includes irrigation pumps and tractors for the farmers, giving out 100 college scholarship grants and the institutional support for the annual search for outstanding tobacco farmers and cooperatives.

“We are happy that Mighty Corporation has stood firm on its commitments to help the 65,000 strong tobacco farmers in the Philippines with their pronouncements this year to purchase 10-million kilograms of tobacco leaves and the P10-million outreach projects for tobacco farmers,” Cabasal said.

“This is a big help to tobacco farmers,” said Cabasal, who expressed elation over Mighty Corporation’s commitments to initially buy at least 10 million kilograms of tobacco leaves.

With Mighty Corp’s CSR arm, Wong Chu King Foundation, Inc., they 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.

Mighty Corp assists fish pond owners to their project

Filipino-owned cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. initiated to help the fish pond owners to earn income thru the tobacco dust that the company will donate.

The tobacco dust is made of fish pond conditioner that protects local ponds from predators. It will help a lot of Filipino fish pond owners and operators as well as tobacco farmers nationwide.

“We are going to help the National Tobacco Administration promote the use of tobacco dust by donating to our thousands of fish pond owners and operators all over the country,” Mighty Corp. executive vice president Oscar Barrientos said.

“In doing so, we are helping both tobacco farmers and fish pond owners and operators increase their yield,” he added.

Barrientos explained that the NTA was promoting tobacco dust to control the population of snails and other fish pond predators. The said option by the company is effective and economic option to replace highly toxic and cyanide-based chemicals used in the preparation or sterilization of fishponds.

He said the ccompany aimed to increase the income of the tobacco-growing industry by buying 10 million tobacco leaves from local farmers all over the country and they allotted P700,000 for the purchase of green leaves.

Meanwhile, NTA manufactures Tobacco Dust Plus located at Sto. Tomas, La Union, wherein the leaves are re-dried and pulverized.

The team from the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center in Tigbauan, Iloilo under Joebert Toledo confirmed the tobacco dust efficacy. Also, the government agency did some further research about the promising results from the use of tobacco dust as a substitute to chemical fish pond fertilizers.

Wong Chu King Foundation funded college scholarships

Wong Chu King Foundation, the charitable partner of Mighty Corp offered 100 college scholarship grants to poor but deserving children of tobacco farmers in Northern Luzon.

The initiative made by Bulacan-based manufacturer of tobacco, Mighty Corp. and the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers and Cooperatives Inc. that aims to benefit 65,000 farmers in Pangasinan, La Union, Abra, Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

The foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of Mighty. “This is our way of thanking the farmers for helping to make our company what it is today,” said retired general Edilberto Adan, Mighty Corp’s president and chief executive officer.

“We are happy that Mighty Corp., 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.

Meanwhile, Retired Judge Oscar Barrientos, Mighty’s executive vice president and spokesman, said the foundation initially offered scholarships to the dependents of active Mighty Corporation employees but later expanded this to include dependents of retired employees and poor but deserving students with excellent academic records.

Other components of the P10-million joint 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.

Wong Chu King renovated church in Naic

Charitable institution, Wong Chu King Foundation celebrates its 24th anniversary this year. They recently turned over the renovation project for the historic Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in Naic, Cavite.

The church’s outer wall structure with limestone and built a new garden and fountain was rebuild by the foundation.

“We cannot allow this historic church to go into disrepair because it had not only strengthened the Filipino faith but also stands as a mute witness to the martyrdom of the defenders of Philippine freedom and nationhood,” Wongchuking said.

The said project was started in June 2013 and completed last February this year. They did the ceremonies was held last March 30, the foundation’s 24th anniversary.

“Our project aims to maintain the original structure, essence and sanctity of the church,” said James Navarette, the foundation’s general manager.

“At first, the foundation focused on repairing the church’s roof and ceiling. But Mrs. Wongchuking heard of the personal project of Fr. Virgilio Saenz-Mendoza, the parish priest, and the people of Naic to refurbish the outer walls of the church,” Navarette added.

Wong Chu King Foundation funded the construction of chapel in Xavier School

The charitable arm of Mighty Corp, Wong Chu King Foundation funded the construction of the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Senior High School Building for Xavier School in San Juan City.

The said chapel will be dedicated to Mr. Wong Chu King, patriarch of the family that formed the foundation.

According to Caesar Wongchuking, Wong Chu King Foundation’s vice president says that the Sacred Heart Chapel of Xavier School’s senior high school building is being built for the cause and passion for education by his father.

“Fr. Desautels went door-to-door in Manila for donations to buy the land needed to set up the school,” Wongchuking recalled on how the founders of the school and his father met. “At 3:30 pm on December 15, 1955, Fr. Desautels closed the deal and purchased the land barely an hour and a half before the 5 p.m. deadline agreed on with the seller of the land on which the school was eventually built.”

“All of us, my siblings and I, graduated from Xavier School and imbibed the Jesuit’s God, education and service-centered mission,” he added.

“This project is our way of honoring our father’s friendship with the Jesuit community and paying forward for the excellent education we received from the school,” said Alex Wongchuking, the foundation’s executive director said.

During the signing the deed of donation for the construction of the chapel at Xavier are Marietta Wongchuking- Co Chien, Wong Chu King Foundation Director; Johnip Cua, Xavier School chairman of the board of trustees; and Fr. Aristotle Dy, school president and director.

Mighty Corp reached out to fish pond owners

Filipino-owned cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. initiated to donate tobacco dust, a fish pond conditioner that protects local ponds from predators that will help millions of Filipino fish pond owners and operators as well as tobacco farmers nationwide.

“We are going to help the National Tobacco Administration promote the use of tobacco dust by donating to our thousands of fish pond owners and operators all over the country,” Mighty Corp. executive vice president Oscar Barrientos said.

“In doing so, we are helping both tobacco farmers and fish pond owners and operators increase their yield,” he added.

Mighty Corporation aimed to increase the income of the tobacco-growing industry and bought 10 million tobacco leaves from local farmers in the country. La Union-based Tobacco Dust Plus plant is where the leaves are re-dried and pulverized.

The tobacco dust promotes the growth of lablab, an algae and natural fish food. It also serves as pond floor conditioner. Most of the pond owners and operators used it to sterilize fish ponds before stocking fingerlings. The said studies conducted by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center in Tigbauan, Iloilo.

With the promising results done by other groups in using tobacco dust as a substitute to chemical fish pond fertilizers will be use by the farmers.