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.